“I was stuck in comparisonitis and Shiny Object Syndrome.”

It’s here where we get stuck, where we frustrate ourselves with the search for the path, some answers that prove you should take the leap. If you spend too long there, you end up in a vortex of second guessing and saturation.

by | Nov 26, 2017 | 0 comments

“I was stuck in comparisonitis and Shiny Object Syndrome.”

Every entrepreneur hits a wall at some point. I argue that we hit a wall when it’s time to grow. Which means we hit a wall every time we reach the end of the current cycle.⠀

Your business grows in cycles. The beginning is the wayfinding stage, the discovery of new opportunities and the mess-making where we still have the energy to try new things. ⠀

The next phase is where we get some traction and start to grow. Then, as we learn more and find our groove, we reach the peak of that cycle and enjoy some hard won time at the top of our game. ⠀

Eventually that becomes routine and we set our sights on what can be better, and start to believe that there’s another level we can reach. That next level looks fine, indeed, but just ever so slightly out of reach and therefore a tantalizing annoyance.⠀

It’s here where we get stuck, where we frustrate ourselves with the search for the path, some answers that prove you should take the leap. If you spend too long there, you end up in a vortex of second guessing and saturation. Like this business owner told me, a victim of “comparisonitis and Shiny Object Syndrome”.⠀

Look what this lady over here is doing, with her beautiful hair and smart outfits. What’s this guy got going on – oh, those programs are perfect – why didn’t I think of that? Maybe yogic flying is actually my calling, forget PR…⠀

And on and on and on.⠀

This type of paralysis can be cut short by a simple exercise (and by taking a time out from the Googles).⠀

Ask yourself the following questions and write down your responses. ⠀

Who do you love to talk to/interact with? What kind of person gives you a jolt of excitement?⠀

Thinking about those people, what do they talk about most/complain about/ask for? (If you’re not sure, go scope some forums or groups)⠀

How do you like to work? On projects? In conversation? Solitary confinement? With a group?⠀

If I gave you a week off, what would you spend it doing?⠀

In those answers is the key to your next level. Whether you’re starting out or shifting gears, these questions will help you refine what YOUR business will look like next. And you’ll feel it.⠀

 

Tell me in the comments…

Consider my list of questions… What did you come up with?

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Stephanie Hayes Business Strategist and Coach for Small Business and Entrepreneurs. What to do when you're feeling stuck in your business? How to scale your business to get sustainable growth? Stephanie is a business success coach for experienced entrepreneurs, creating detailed business models and plans (Vancouver).

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