Admittedly, nothing can feel more unbalancing for a woman entrepreneur than being stuck in neutral. This phase can happen for a variety of reasons:
You’re ready to take your business to the next level, only you’re not sure what are the best steps to take without upsetting the apple cart of your current clients
Your current business model is leaving you stressed out and hyper-busy, but without the income to make it worthwhile at this pace
What you thought would be the perfect niche is proving to be more difficult to get going than you expected
You keep hearing, “I need to hire you”, only they don’t
You have a ton of ideas but they feel jumbled rather than feeling like a clear plan of action
If any of these sound familiar then take heart! Not only is this a phase (and yes, like all things, it too, will pass) but you’re also probably closer to a solution than you might think.
My advice? Follow my 3 simple tips to help you find your footing again. Once you do, you’ll have all of the clarity, vision and steps to move forward quickly. And you’ll begin to see the income streaming in as a result!
Step #1 Clarify Exactly Where You’re Getting Stuck
When you’re in the midst of feeling stuck in neutral, everything can seem like a mish-mash of unclarity. Your best bet is to first identify exactly which decisions you need to make, and in what order. Then, you can move forward making these decisions quickly.
For example, let’s say you’re attracting clients randomly, making it difficult to feel any sense of security regarding your income. This is a very common problem for many women entrepreneurs.
For starters, in this situation, the decisions you’ll need to make are:
- evaluating your niche
Is it clear, specific and easy to market to?
- determining if you’re marketing is reaching enough of the right people
Are you hiding out behind your computer, hoping prospective clients will magically flow in when you should be creating massive visibility in-person by speaking and networking?
- getting an outside expert to review your offers and your pricing
Are you investing in high-level mentoring or trying to figure everything out alone?
Step #2 Recognize What You May Be Afraid Of
Women entrepreneurs are much more likely than men to get stuck right at the moment they are beginning to up level their business. Why? Because growing your business stirs up old patterns of self-doubt.
The solution is to recognize an old pattern for what it is: the ego (or what I call, the “guardian mind”) trying to do everything in its power to keep you small. Recognizing it gives you the keys to your freedom because with this awareness you can say, “No thanks!” and make a new, empowered choice.
Just remember that moving forward is going to feel more uncomfortable than staying put! So don’t let common excuses such as “It doesn’t feel right” or “I’m waiting for a sign” keep you stuck. Substitute phrases such as, “I can do this!” and “Feeling uncomfortable means I’m on the right path” and even something stronger such as “I refuse to give in or give up!”
Step #3 Practice Making Decisions Quickly
I learned a vital success strategy from one of my favorite mentors (this guy took a company from $2 million per year to over $100 million so clearly, he knows what he’s doing). The strategy is to put a timer on your decision making.
Any decision you need to make can get done in 30 minutes or less. Most can be accomplished in 15 minutes or less. Speeding up your decision making will re-energize you and begin to give you the momentum you’re seeking.
Remember, Neutral Is A Holding Pattern, Which Means You Want To Either Ease — Or Burst! — Through It As Quickly As Possible
Quickly, grab a pen and fill in the answers to these simple questions:
I’m in neutral (stuck) because _______________.
The decisions I need to make are ____________.
The mentor who’s going to move me forward powerfully is ____________.
Getting out of neutral feels awesome and yes, you can do this!