Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Overcome The Four Barriers of Change

There may be several things that are holding you back from reaching your business goals. More than likely, change is one of them. According to a recent article by John Baker in New Visions Magazine (www.nvmagazine.com), change is the miracle that stimulates growth. Without it, your business does not grow.

The article outlined the following four barriers to change:

1) fear
2) the "what if" game
3) labels and titles (EX: losing your VP title in Corporate America)
4) lack of focus

Fear is undoubtedly the most popular one, although it shouldn't be. If you want to truly call yourself an entrepreneur, you must be able and willing to take risks. Risktakers are not afraid of failure. In fact, they expect it to happen from time to time. This, however, is a good thing.

Think of a baby who is learning to walk. Doing so is risky because they may fall and hurt themselves - and many times they do. However, this doesn't stop them from pursuing the course. That's because babies instinctively realize that its time for change; It's time to stop crawling and start walking. It's time for growth.

Likewise, it's time for a change in you. Whether you're just starting out in business, or have been a business owner for years - It's time to turn things up a notch.

Take some new steps. You will fall, but you will learn from that fall and you will be humbled. After a few falls, you will learn how to take the right steps with the right balance. Then, the growth factor will kick in and escalate you to the next level.


  1. I think that the what if game keeps so many people down. I like to flip it around, rather than asking what if I fail, or what if it doesn't work, I ask what if it DOES work, and then focus on the next phase of success.

    I know that we never will rise any higher than the image and expectation we have for ourselves.

  2. Very encouraging article, thanks.