7 Limiting Beliefs of Leaders

One of life’s greatest frustrations is taking charge of your destiny as the leader of an organization. Many individuals and consequently, the businesses they may come to lead, get stuck in their path to success. They mire in self-doubt, in self-sabotaging behaviors, and never truly reach their goals. 

Could this be you? 

If so, you may be suffering from limiting beliefs. These are your core values that put the brakes on your progress. They present resistance to your goals and stop you dead in your tracks. They could cripple you and your performance. 

Limitations prevent you from moving forward. They may cry from a spot deep down inside you that has been lingering for years. “Stop. Don’t go there. We don’t know how it will turn out.” 

Oftentimes, without realizing it, you may be facing an erroneous assumption about your own capabilities. 

Let’s take a minute and examine what the 7 key limiting beliefs for leaders and try to identify empowering behaviors to overcome them. 

1. Procrastination: Inability to get your job done. Either there are too many distractions from others because you haven’t set boundaries or you are not holding yourself accountable. 

Solution: Identify a solid list of tasks with levels of importance first and then urgency. Just because someone screams the loudest, doesn’t mean you should take care of them first. You are rewarding abuses of power. 

2. Epidemics of Self-doubt: If there’s something you don’t like about yourself, it’s better to hide it than express it or explore it. Do you hear yourself saying, “ I can’t; I’m too scared; I don’t know enough; I’m not skilled enough. I have to fake it to make it.” 

Solution: Engage yourself productively in exercises that permit you to acknowledge your strengths and gain the confidence that you need to become more secure. Identify and then, conquer your fears. Give yourself permission to do what you need to do to get it done. 

3. Perfectionism. “If I don’t do everything and do it right, I will end up alone.” Doing the right thing should take precedence. Are you guilty of micromanaging? Do you watch every detail instead of the big picture? 

Solution: Delegate, delegate, delegate and empower yourself and those around you by giving them the opportunity to excel. Give yourself a break and others permission to make mistakes. Again, what is the big picture and are you losing sight of your goals because you are focusing on minutiae instead of the vision? 

4. Scarcity: I cannot earn a living doing something I like. We can’t “make” money. We are not allowed to look too successful because then, no one will pay our prices. Does your business look like a loser? 

Solution: Clean up your act. Start behaving like a professional organization and one that welcomes abundance. Acknowledge that you are a winner and act like one. 

5. I’m too busy. I don’t have enough time, money, staff, etc. 

Solution: Time management skills may help you realize other benefits. Are you a wheel in constant motion, afraid to let anyone help you? Trusting in others, permitting them to make mistakes, and delegating may all prove beneficial to your end results. 

6. I’ll fail despite all of the hard work. If I fail, I should feel bad for a very long time and then be scared to try again. Often leaders’ burn out a vast majority of resources including their staff because they are stuck in a hamster wheel doing the same thing over and over again. Besides, if I am successful, no one will like me. 

Solution: Assess your strengths and weaknesses. Surround yourself with others that bring you balance. Hire people smarter than you are. Delegate to others whose skills set compliments your specific needs. 

7. I’ll never…..What are your goals? If you truly believe that you will never, you never will – no matter how you complete the sentence. 

Solution: Set goals; know what you want. Build roads to get there. Find out what it takes and do it. Reflect on what you want and go after it. 

If you release your mind and dispel these myths, you will overcome these limitations and set your goals and that of your organizations on an unlimited path to success. People attract what they send out to the universe. If you have a limiting mindset, you’ll attract others that are limiting. 

If you have an abundant mindset, you’ll attract others with a similar conviction. 

To rid yourself past disengaged employees, lack of motivation for you or your staff, poor attitude, or low employee morale contact me or another professional, credentialed coach. (go to www.coachfederation.org

Kayte Connelly, Best Principled Solutions LLC, is an Accredited Coach through the international Coaching Federation, one of few John Maxwell Leadership coaches, trainers and speakers, in this region and human talent development consultant specializing in personal, professional and community leadership. She offers keynotes, facilitates retreats and conversations with dissimilar parties and helps individuals and organizations identify and eliminate what stands between themselves and their goals. Customized, enriched services are designed to create and sustain generations of leaders for our community and elsewhere, based on research and global development. Please “like” us at www.facebook.com/BestPrincipledSolutions. Call 484.769.2327 for more information on how your leadership style could become more abundant.