Women have made strident advances in the workplace over the years. Today, women can choose to pursue a career over raising a family if they want and they can also find positions in every sector, in every company.
But there are still obstacles that women must overcome to be successful that many men will never need to. One of the biggest challenges a woman may face is herself and the possible personal sabotage of her own success. This can present a unique problem for any self-employed woman looking to take her business to the next level. Here are some common problems and what to do about them.
Trouble Owning Your Accomplishments
So you’ve launched a new company and defied the expectations of many people, but you just can’t seem to accept the fact that you did it. This is a tough feeling to overcome, especially with the communal nature that girls at a young age are taught they should have. Sometimes, it’s just hard to accept the fact that you accomplished something by yourself.
Take the time to celebrate your accomplishments. You chose the right vendors to us. You knew the type of car needed to create your company fleet. You understood the market and moved your company’s position accordingly. There is no shame in owning your accomplishments, and once you start to, you will find yourself feeling more confident and making more accomplishments each day.
Striving for Perfection
Perfection sounds like a nice concept, but perfection doesn’t happen in real life. You get your products or your services to be a good as you can make them, and then you go from there. Perfection can oftentimes be an excuse for female entrepreneurs to stall because something just isn’t good enough.
In today’s fast-paced business environment, you can’t let perfectionism ruin your company. Waiting too long because something isn’t perfect can cause you to miss out on opportunities that can move your company forward. Instead, accept the fact that perfection is impossible. Do everything to the best of your abilities and you will soon find more opportunities coming your way that you can cash in on and be successful.
Fear of Failure
Every entrepreneur has a little bit of fear in them when they launch a new business: what if it’s not good enough? What if I chose the market? What if people don’t respond to my product? These are natural questions that are tough to get rid of, but you shouldn’t let them sabotage your career before it even begins.
Sure, there’s a possibility you will fail. But there’s also the possibility that you will wildly succeed. Letting fear paralyze you business goals is just an excuse built on fear. Constantly reaffirm to yourself that you know what you are doing and you chose to go into this business for a reason. You will be happier and more successful in the long run.
While women have made great strides in the business world, sometimes their biggest challenge can be themselves.
Bradley Sims has a degree in psychology and works as a business mentor. He works primarily with women and young people and writes for business and news blogs.