Three habits that block your ability to grow beyond the status quo

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Zero productivity. You know what that feels like. You have lots of ideas, big plans but when it comes to moving them forward it just doesn’t happen. Eventually you lose steam and you are back to status quo.

Does that ever happen to you?

It used to happen to me a lot and I see it happen to many of my clients. They let their habits get in the way of their progress.

Here are three habits that you need to break to turn overwhelm into flow.

Inbox clutter

How many messages do you have in your inbox? For some people the only place their emails exist is right in the main folder. Here’s the problem with doing things this way.

Your main inbox is really a to-do list – items that you still need to address. It’s not storage. My client just last week finally created folders for his overwhelming inbox. It was something he thought about doing but like a lot of people the task felt daunting. It is if you let it get so out of control.

When he finally did go through all of his emails he found a few outstanding requests from potential clients from the previous season and was able to book them into upcoming programs. That’s money you can’t afford to miss.

Your challenge: Keep your inbox to one screen length worth of emails. On my Mac that’s 35 emails max, and even that feels like too many. Create a simple folder system where you can store anything you don’t want to delete. You don’t need to get it perfect. I find I rarely look back on anything I file so it’s usually not that important which folder they end up in.

Too many open projects

How many big projects are you trying to push forward right now? Do you have a book partially written? A product you want to launch? An event you want to create? A system you want to develop? I am sure there are a number of projects that you have started or want to start.

It is a good sign when you are excited about the possibilities, but excitement needs to get funnelled pretty quickly into action in order to see results. In general, people start too many new projects and don’t finish them.

Your challenge: Ensure you are only responsible for three projects at all times and don’t start new ones until your current ones are complete (which includes a post-project review to evaluate effectiveness and make necessary adjustments for future success).

Over analysis

Sometimes you have a great idea and don’t even start to get it off the ground because you haven’t got it worked out perfectly. Unfortunately you will never get there it perfect in time to test our your idea and then you’ll likely never explore a potentially lucrative venture.

Your challenge: Run your new idea by your best customers, mentors, set up promotional materials about the product or service before you even have it ready to sell and find out if it even appeals to your target audience.

It is not possible to know exactly how an idea will transform and you need to test it before you build it.

Is it time to take stock of the habits that block you and make a commitment to creating new ones?

If you find yourself not moving forward in your business compared to the amount of time you are putting into making it work, have a look at my breakthrough program the New Economy Business Mastermind to fine-tune your business model and set it up for systematic success.

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Lisa Princic is a Business Strategist & Membership Expert who helps thought leaders & niche experts build wildly successful memberships while making a positive impact. She helps entrepreneurs scale with powerful positioning & profitable programs designed around their zone of genius. A staunch believer in simplicity, Lisa helps her clients accomplish their goals by focusing on what to do AND what to ignore.

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