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What's Stopping You?

The beginning of the year is a time to look ahead at what you want to achieve for your business over the next year. You have probably already done this. However actually achieving your objectives is much more challenging that deciding what you want to achieve. So if you are struggling to move forward with what you want to, it may be worth considering what is stopping you? This will help you to understand where you need to focus your attention first.

Here are some ideas as to what may be stopping you moving forward with your business goals:

Don't know where to start. This can hold you back because if you don't know where to start you will never get started. If you don't know where to start, you probably need to get some help from someone who is experienced in what you want to do e.g. If you want to increase your sales, you may want to talk to a sales and marketing expert.

Can't decide what to do. You may be generally indecisive or just can't decide about this change. If you can't decide what to do, you may want to look at the different options and weigh up the alternatives. If this doesn't help you may want to get support from someone with the business experience to help you e.g. a business mentor or consultant.

Something else needs doing first. If something else needs doing first then consider if it does need doing first or are you just using it as an excuse? If it does need doing then get it completed so you can move forward with your goals.

Don't have time. If you don't have time in your business then you need to look at how you are going to generate time. You may be wasting time on things that don't really need doing, there may be a need for more delegation or outsourcing, it may be a time management issue, people may be doing the wrong jobs or need training or you may need additional staff.

It seems too big. If what you want to do seems too big then consider breaking it down into smaller more manageable tasks and milestones. If it is a complex project you may need some help on project planning.

Don't know how. If you don't know how to do something this may be an indication that you need some training in your business or you may need to seek some help from someone with more expertise or outsource the work.

Procrastinating. If you find that you are doing anything else but what you want to do then you are probably procrastinating. To move on you need to tackle the procrastination by focusing on the end goal and why you want it, looking at your motivation, trying some easier tasks first to get into it and maybe introducing rewards for achievement.

Worried about your ability to achieve. Often you don't get going on something because you are worried about your ability to deliver and achieve it. If you worry about it you will never start and if you don't start you won't achieve your goals. Start with some small changes first and see the impact and then move onto the larger ones. However you may be worrying because the goal is too risky for your business, if this is the case, then you may want to change or downsize your goal.

Don't have the resources. You may have something you really want to achieve but if you don't have enough resources or the right resources in your business you will not achieve it. You may want to review the resources you have against what you need and address the gaps before starting.

It is the wrong goal! If you are very anxious or keep putting off what you want to achieve then have a good think about whether what you want is right for your business and what you really want. You may find that you have the wrong goal! There is nothing wrong with this and it is better to realise this early and change course.

As you can see from the above there are many reasons that could be stopping you moving forward towards your goals. Don't just motor on regardless as you will find you will not achieve what you want to. If you can understand what is stopping you and address this first, you will have much more chance of getting your business to where you want it to be.

Author: Liz Makin
Published: January 2011

Through Makin It Happen - Coaching, Mentoring & Stress Management, Liz Makin provides personalised business coaching, business mentoring and stress management services to business owners, directors, managers and professionals. If you are looking for a business coach, business mentor or help with stress please contact Liz on 01780 765270 or email Liz@makinithappen.co.uk to arrange a free consultation session.


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