Think Like CEO and stop your habit of self-sabotage

Published by Hayley Gillard on

“I can’t do this!”

We all face difficulties in our business. Perhaps your recent launch didn’t meet expectations; or maybe your social media engagement is low; or your staff seem unmotivated.


Are you battling one of these challenges or something similar right now? When this happens do you find yourself thinking “I can’t do this!”? Does the problem, whatever it is, trigger that mindset monster of self-doubt, reduce your confidence to its lowest ebb and leave you questioning your personal abilities?


Well you’re not alone! I’ve been through it myself and it’s SUCH a common theme for so many of my clients. We encounter challenge in our business; it wobbles our confidence and undermines our self-belief, and this develops into a habit of self-sabotage that’s not helpful to us OR our businesses.


My message to you is: Don’t translate your challenges into failures, character flaws and personality traits! And my simple reframe can help you to stop this unhelpful pattern…


How to reframe your thinking

When you experience these difficulties, it’s time to reframe and THINK LIKE A CHIEF EXEC!! So what does this actually mean? Have you ever imagined the role of a CEO (Chief Executive Officer)? Perhaps you are one or you’ve been one. Well, what would a CEO do with disappointing results or an unexpected challenge? They would reflect on the situation and look at it like a business problem. And business problems have solutions! It’s the CEO’s job to investigate what’s causing the challenge and start a solution-finding process (or delegate one) to work out how to resolve it.


Back to your own business and its current challenge…


That solution-finding process might mean that you need to do some resource investigation; or take a course to find out more about that particular area; or hire a coach to help you get to the bottom of what’s holding you back from addressing something; or have a discussion with a business bestie who’s got similar experience to share with you.


Whatever it is, you’ll be in a stronger position to fix it without the self-sabotage and self-doubt triggered, and you’ll be able to view the problem more objectively and clearly that way too. If you’re still struggling to think about your problem with clarity you might want to try a visualisation technique that I use with my one to one clients. Read this blog to help you gain perspective on a business challenge.


In my group mastermind – “CEO Yourself” – we work together as a small private group, over six months, to help you overcome business challenges, grow in confidence, self-esteem and motivation, and up-level your business mindset for good. You can find out more here .


Next time you experience a disappointment in your business I want you to tell yourself – out loud if you like! – “THINK LIKE A CEO!” And put your objective solution-finding mission into action.


If you want more hints and tips like this, I would love to invite you to come and join me in Self-Belief School. It’s a private free community on Facebook where like-minded female entrepreneurs like you are hanging out, asking questions, supporting each other. I’m in there almost every day, giving hints and tips like this.

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