Women Rising: Navigating Common Entrepreneurial Blocks That Might Be Holding You Back

Feb 27, 2022

Have you ever wondered why the path to entrepreneurship seems effortless for some, while for others, it comes with a few more roadblocks? 

 There are a lot of reasons why this happens, but one of the root causes for many business challenges can result from subconscious blocks in an entrepreneur’s own mind. Large or small, these blocks play a role and can keep you from achieving your ultimate goals. Let’s talk about a few of the most common ones:

Block #1: You need to see it to believe it

Something many people struggle with when it comes to success is not actually believing in their own vision because they’ve never seen it done before. This could be because you lacked the right role models growing up. Or maybe it’s that you just haven’t seen someone of your age, gender, culture, or upbringing achieve the same goal. 

However, this doesn’t mean it can’t be done. It just means that you may need to seek out mentors or inspirational figures that you have things in common with, as proof of what is possible. This could be as simple as learning about famous or historical figures who have overcome adversity, or linking up more directly with someone in your community who can provide coaching. By consistently exposing yourself to other people’s success stories, you can start to reframe your mindset and envision something better for yourself.

Block #2: You are holding on to past trauma

We all have stories that we tell ourselves about our worth, our talent, or our potential, and unfortunately, these stories are often informed by a lifetime of past memories and interactions. 

If you’ve dealt with abuse, criticism, or failure in the past, these experiences can have a powerful influence on the narrative you believe about yourself. Just know that it is possible to work through these limiting beliefs and create a different story for yourself. Self work in the form of journaling or mindfulness practices can be very conducive for this. You might also consider seeking help from a therapist or counselor who you trust to help you talk through stuck emotions, and let go of toxic self talk.

Block #3: You’re stuck on one specific version of success

One more thing to be aware of when designing your career or life path is having an overly limited definition of success. If your only goal is to reach one specific financial milemarker, live a certain lifestyle, or keep up with societal pressures to always be achieving more, you may continually feel as though you are coming up short. 

In truth, success can have a broader meaning that includes personal happiness, quality connections and relationships, as well as the ability to own your own time and enjoy the things that you love on a regular basis. The next time you are feeling stuck or blocked, remember to take into account the bigger picture, celebrating all the ways in which you’ve come a great distance, and define success according to your own terms.