What can you do when you have a block in your business? Oftentimes, I believe entrepreneurs use the excuse that they have a block as a way to not move forward and do the hard work. There are times when you really do have a block, and you need to work with a therapist, a somatic healing coach like Rebecca Polan in our BEB group, or do some soul searching to unblock yourself.
I think we often use the excuse, “I have a block” so that we don’t have to do the uncomfortable work and there are times when you can tell the difference. Such as if you keep doing the same thing repeatedly, or you’re moving forward and you’re constantly hitting a wall. That is an actual place where you have a block.
Don’t avoid the area in your business that requires work
When people state “I have a block”, they tend to focus on a different area in their business instead of doing the hard work of building the business and going through that season that requires a lot of work. As entrepreneurs, it is our job to grow our businesses and take on new clients. The block or hurdles are part of it. Naturally, we always want to fix something that’s wrong. We would rather believe that there’s something wrong with us than just get uncomfortable and do the really hard work.
The reality is we get to this point and are facing resistance. You might physically feel resistance in your body to doing certain things. Some of that could be fear, overwhelm, and procrastination. However, I believe sometimes you just need to immerse yourself in the work and the block will magically go away. It’s in this doing where we find ourselves and we really uncover these hurdles that we need to overcome in order to move faster forward.
The excuse we sell ourselves
The belief that we have a block and that that’s why our business isn’t growing, and why we haven’t achieved what we want to achieve is oftentimes a lie or an excuse that we sell ourselves for not being where we want to be.
I came to the realization earlier this week that I’ve been playing small. I’ve been meandering around building my funnel and my website. I finally got to the point where I got sick of my own meandering and buying into my excuses that I had so much going on with the kids and all the craziness that is going on in the world. Juggling all this stuff and really, truly believing that. I was trying to achieve balance and doing all these other things instead of doing the hard work.
- Sometimes, we immerse ourselves so that we can get even clearer on what that actual block might be.
- Sometimes there is no block at all.
- Sometimes, we just needed to do it and, in the process, we figure out, what we needed to do to move forward.
Are you giving your choice a chance or hitting the reset button?
In the online space, you’re being told that you have a block, and you have to figure out what this block is. They are almost treating you from the perspective of you’re broken. I don’t like that way of thinking. I don’t believe that’s the case. I believe that we just use it like so many of our other excuses. “I don’t have enough time”, “I’ll do it when the kids get bigger”, “I’m too busy”, “I’m not sure where to start”, or “I’ve tried that and it hasn’t worked out before”.
So clearly, all the messages say it’s not for me. But underneath it, all is the fact that most of us simply do not stick with it long enough and I say this from a place of love. I think people try things for six, eight, or 12 weeks, sometimes even six months. If it doesn’t work out, they will announce that “I’m not where I wanted to be”. It isn’t working and they throw their hands up in the air. They hit the reset button and try another strategy. Everything they’ve just built they throw away.
Think of it as climbing a mountain. You climb halfway up the mountain and realize this isn’t the right trail, and you go all the way back down to the mountain. You try to remap a new trail. This is essentially what you’re doing every time you’re saying this isn’t working, I’m just going to start all over again. You’re literally walking back down the mountain. Instead of hitting the reset button and or walking down the mountain, try to pause at Basecamp and ask yourself what you need to adjust since the original path isn’t working.
We self-sabotage, all too often in that way, and we don’t actually give things a chance to be successful. More often than not, we give up too quickly and use different excuses as a reason why we can’t get to where we are. There are times where we have blocks, I truly believe that. I’ve done a lot of work on my inner child. Healing from stuff that happened in my childhood, and that has very much allowed me to move forward with more ease. We all have baggage. However, you also have to understand that you need to take action in order to be successful. You have to stick with it.
Stick-to-itiveness is what entrepreneurs really struggle with. They get this glittery object syndrome and always want to try the next best thing. Instead of looking at it from the perspective of “I have a block” ask yourself, how can I immerse myself in this experience. It’s in that doing where you’re really going to strip down and get to the core of what is going on in your world. It’s in the doing where we find ourselves and really get clarity on ourselves.
Do I really have a block or am I just procrastinating? Am I using the thought that I have a block as an excuse not to do the hard work?
Transforming your business
If you’re going to build a business, you need to go through a season where it’s going to be a lot of work, especially if you are transforming your business. Say going from 1:1 to 1: many. For a while, you will have to carry the 1:1 business forward while also creating all the systems and procedures for the new 1: many business model. You will have two jobs, and it won’t be easy. Often, we sugarcoat it and don’t necessarily see all of the reality of what needs to happen for things to come to life.
During this period of sacrifice, you need to sacrifice something in the current period to get to where you want to be in this next period. That might be your early mornings, some of your weekends / late nights, or you will have to find time somewhere else or find money to hire people to do the things that you need to do so that you can get to the next level.
Often it is not about balance but, it’s about alignment. You have to make decisions in the present, that your future self is going to thank you for.
I want you to challenge that thinking of I have a block! You are not broken. You are whole, exactly as you are. We are humans and if we’re not growing personally, then our businesses are probably not growing either. If you are going to have a growing business as an entrepreneur, get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It is in this doing where we’ll find ourselves and we’ll be able to really get clarity and move forward with ease and flow and excitement. Remember, you do have to go through a season of growth and a season of sacrifice to get there.
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