Three Contradictions Keeping You from Making More Money
When it comes to making more money in your business, talk is cheap.
Positive self-talk and affirmations can help if you need more money, but only when paired with aligned action. If you are saying all the right things, are still not making more money, check to see if your actions are contradicting what you say.
Here are three contradictions that will keep you from making more money, even if you are talking the talk.
Contradiction #1: Saying that your business is what you’ve been called to do, but comparing your experience to someone else’s reputation.
“Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people” –Nido Qubein
Contradiction #2: Saying that you want to elevate your business and increase your income, but avoiding doing things that will bring more money into your business but make you uncomfortable.
“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” – M. Scott Peck
Contradiction #3: Saying that you value authenticity and being real, but copying what you see other people doing.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~Judy Garland
SHIFT Work: Go from bright but almost broke to brilliant and bankable.
#1 – Stop comparing yourself to other people.
I used to waste so much time looking at what everyone else was doing. We have a tendency to get discouraged and distracted by what we see other people doing. Are you spending more time comparing where you are to other people instead of investing time in filling your pipeline with new clients or following up with the leads you have? Honor the season that you are in and mind your business.
#2 – Be willing to be uncomfortable.
Bright women get comfortable with a certain type of discomfort. I had an epiphany about my own discomfort: I was willing to tolerate the stress of living paycheck to paycheck, more than I was willing to face potential rejection by prospective clients. We often fail to realize that if we are not experiencing the life we want, we are always choosing between two discomforts. Are you choosing the discomfort that will keep you from making more money or are you willing to be uncomfortable as you stretch to a place where you can grow your wealth.
#3 – Find your path and own it.
You’ve probably heard of BSOS (Bright Shiny Object Syndrome). But what about MSMD attacks? MSMD stands for “Monkey See, Monkey Do.” MSMD attacks occur when you see someone else do something, like get a new website, launch a new program, write a book, or change their tagline – and all of a sudden you have to make a similar change. Your copying is purely based on what you see without understanding the reason behind the action of the person you are copying.
I admit there is a lot we can learn by observing what our colleagues and competitors are doing. But copying what someone else is doing without considering the long term impact and alignment with your goals and values is dangerous and costly.
How can this SHIFT help you make more money?
The less time you spend comparing your self to other people or making changes to things because you are trying to copy someone else, the more time you have to intentionally focus on revenue generating tasks and projects. And each time you make a decision to step outside of your comfort zone, you will attract the resources and opportunities you need to make more money.