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Breaking Free: Uncovering Beliefs Holding You Back from Starting Your Own Business

Are you stuck in a job you hate, yearning to break free and start your own business doing what you love but feeling paralysed by self-doubt and uncertainty? I know exactly how this feels because this was me 12 years ago! Back then I was struggling with an eating disorder, physically ill and in a job I hated. Many aspiring entrepreneurs find themselves in this predicament, unsure of what's holding them back and how to move forward. The good news is that with a little self-reflection and introspection, you can uncover the beliefs or thoughts that may be keeping you stuck and begin to chart a path towards creating the business and life you desire. Here are some strategies to help you get started:

Reflect on Your Fears:

Take some time to reflect on the fears that may be holding you back from starting your own business. Are you afraid of failure, success, rejection, or uncertainty? Write down your fears and explore where they stem from. Are they based on past experiences, societal expectations, or self-imposed limitations? By shining a light on your fears, you can begin to challenge and overcome them.

Examine Your Self-Limiting Beliefs:

Identify any self-limiting beliefs that may be sabotaging your entrepreneurial aspirations. Common beliefs include "I'm not good enough," "I don't have what it takes to succeed," or "I'm too old/too young to start a business." Challenge these beliefs by asking yourself: Are they based on facts or assumptions? Are they serving me or holding me back? Reframe negative beliefs into more empowering ones that affirm your capabilities and potential for success.

Explore Your Relationship with Success:

Consider how your upbringing, education, and past experiences have shaped your relationship with success. Are you comfortable with the idea of success, or does it trigger feelings of guilt, shame, or unworthiness? Reflect on any messages you received about success growing up and how they may be influencing your current mindset. Cultivate a positive and empowering view of success as something attainable and deserving of.

Journal Your Inner Dialogue:

Pay attention to your inner dialogue and the stories you tell yourself about your ability to start a business. Are you constantly criticizing yourself, doubting your skills, or downplaying your achievements? Journaling can help bring awareness to your inner dialogue and uncover any recurring patterns or negative self-talk. Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with affirmations that reinforce your confidence and self-belief.

Seek Support and Accountability:

Don't hesitate to seek support and accountability as you navigate the process of uncovering and overcoming beliefs that may be holding you back. Whether it's through coaching, mentoring, or joining a supportive community of like-minded individuals, surrounding yourself with people who believe in you and your potential can provide invaluable encouragement and guidance. I would not be where I am now without the support of a coach. Share your struggles and aspirations openly, and lean on others for support as you embark on your entrepreneurial journey.

Take action:

Take action! When I was still in my corporate job I was working with a coach, my aim was to go part time or leave and find a part time job to tide me over until my business grew. He asked me what was I doing to find this part time job? Nothing I said, I was stuck in fear not doing anything! What is the next right action for you to take to make the transition from employee to business owner?

Breaking free from a job you hate and pursuing your entrepreneurial dreams can be daunting, I know, I remember the fear that I felt but it's entirely possible with the right mindset and approach. By taking the time to reflect on your fears, examine your self-limiting beliefs, explore your relationship with success, journal your inner dialogue, and seek support and accountability, you can uncover the beliefs, fears or thoughts that may be holding you back and begin to dismantle them. Remember, you have the power to create the business and life you desire. I always say the leaving my corporate job was the scariest yet best thing I've ever done! Embrace the journey, trust in your abilities, and step boldly into the future you envision

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