1. Low Expectations: You set the bar too low, thinking that winning the small ones now will give you the courage to go for the big ones later. But that’s a trap.
* Winning the small ones only keeps you stuck in an illusion that you’re getting somewhere. Raise the bar.
2. Knowing too much: Thinking you have all the answers because you have an education, or experience, or money, or previous success.
* There’s no right or wrong road to success today. That’s what the techno revolution is all about—absence of formula! Try waking up in the morning with a “beginners mind” and proceed from there.
3. Inflexible: Rigid, jammed and stuck on how it has to be.
* Holding a firm grip on how the end result must look only blinds you from seeing the unlimited options and possibilities that are available.
4. Unfocused: Fooling yourself into thinking that you have a clear vision of where you’re headed.
* Constantly switching gears and changing direction only prolongs progress. And it doesn’t mater if you’re a fledgling drummer or a corporate exec. Get a clear vision of your big impossible dream and recommit every day…every single day. Not like positive thinking, more like positive doing.
5. Undisciplined: Wasting more energy worrying, wishing, and wondering than actually putting in the time to improve, excel, and advance.
* Put in the time.
6. Stuck in indecision: Unable to make important choices and decisions because you’re afraid of making the wrong choices and decisions.
* Keep the game moving. Do the deep research, gather the facts, then throw the dart…then throw it again…
7. Shaky Confidence: Confidence Is Everything. It trumps experience, rivals talent and beats the beans out of a good education.
* If you can’t find any, fake it!