By Maya Bailey

How do you grow your business and still have a life?

How can you handle an influx of business and still have balance in your life?

Almost everyone has subconscious self-limiting beliefs that are responsible for them overworking and getting exhausted and overwhelmed. But if you were more effective with your productivity, you could find it’s possible to work just five hours a day.

Here are five self-limiting beliefs that stop people from working smarter, and instead make them work harder.

1. Perfectionism

Have you ever delayed sending out a letter or making a phone call because you wanted to be perfect? The more you suffer from perfectionism, the more time it takes for you to do anything.

If you are hindered by the belief, “I have to be perfect to be okay”, let go of that old belief and remember that imperfect action is better than no action.

2. “Other’s needs are more important than mine”

Are there never enough hours in the day? Are you constantly drained and exhausted? Do you spend so many hours attending to others’ needs that you barely have time to get your own work finished? Then an old belief is running you and taking valuable time from you. Whenever you look at your schedule, find the breaks and label those breaks “me time”. Scheduling me time is an important survival strategy.

How do you know what to schedule for me time? Ask your body what it needs. If you have an extra hour, ask your body whether it needs rest, exercise, a healthy snack or meditation to give your brain a break. If you’re interested in the longevity of your career and want to become wildly successful without killing yourself in the process, it is essential that you become focused on self-care and self-maintenance.

In order to do that, you’ll need to release the belief that “other people’s needs are more important than mine” and replace it with beliefs like “my needs are as important as anyone else’s” or “the more I honour my needs, the more I attract an abundance of my ideal clients.”

3. “To be successful you have to work long hard hours, struggle and sacrifice”

This is a good time to accept the fact that your beliefs create your reality.

As an example, if your hidden belief is “to be successful I have to work long hard hours”, you will undoubtedly have created a professional life in which you are working long hard hours.

It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. This belief, more than any other, is responsible for why you feel overwhelmed and overworked. You have subconsciously absorbed this idea in your subconscious mind.

Where does it come from? It undoubtedly comes from the model that you saw growing up. Most likely one or both parents were working very hard because they had that belief as well.

Instead, install a new belief system: “Success is achieved by working smarter, not harder.” Think of how different your life would be if you were working smarter, not harder. Do you think you would be working fewer hours?

Now that you’ve installed the new belief that success means working smarter, not harder, you will be faced with another belief that comes right behind it:

4. “I don’t want to delegate because I should be able to do it all myself”

You may not be aware consciously that this belief is running you. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you are working too many hours and have trouble delegating, you can bet that you have self-limiting beliefs that are stopping you from delegating.

If you have trouble delegating, you are working too many hours.

If you really want to cut down on your workload and work just five hours a day, you’ll need help reprogramming your old beliefs that stop you from delegating.

Here are a couple of empowered beliefs that will help you in learning to delegate:

“Delegating is easy for me.”

“The more I delegate, the more I attract an abundance of my ideal clients.”

5. Fear of prospecting

Many people have the incorrect belief that, “If I call people, I am bothering them.”

Just remember that when you hear that voice, it is just your old conditioning. That is not who you really are. If you let that voice win, a year from now you will probably be in the same place where you are now or possibly worse.

If you had to put in just one new empowered belief about prospecting to keep you on track, it would be, “I have a valuable service to offer and people are happy to hear from me.”

The bottom line is to listen to your heart. Don’t let your head, your fears or your self-limiting beliefs get in the way because they’re not real. What’s real is the feeling in your heart. Always follow your heart to help you install empowered beliefs that attract an abundance of prosperity and success to you.


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