If your career or business isn’t taking off, it could be because you’re not listening and paying attention. You may be waiting for a sign but the signs are often right in front of you.
What’s preventing you from moving forward?
In my experience coaching both entrepreneurs and musicians, there are 5 main reasons for not moving forward:
1) Procrastination: You conveniently find other things to occupy your time.
2) Perfectionism: You’re not finishing or releasing things because they’re not perfect.
3) Time management issues: You haven’t prioritized things and have no system or game plan.
4) Lack of knowledge: You haven’t invested the time and $ to learn what you need to know.
5) FEAR: This is the generally what’s behind it all.
People may say they can’t catch a break but what they didn’t know was that what or who they needed was right in front of them or nearby. You’ve got to pay attention. You also need to learn to ask people for what you want.
Are you hitting the brakes or the gas?
Even if you do make the right connections and have things in place, things still may not happen immediately. This is generally because one or more of the pieces wasn’t right. It could be a “wrong place, wrong time scenario.” This has happened to me on many occasions and yes, it’s extremely frustrating.
What’s interesting is when something clicks a year or so later. How does this happen? You planted a seed. You put something in motion that garnered someone’s interest but it just wasn’t the right time for them to hire you or take action.
Motion is very important. If you’re sitting back and not initiating anything, it’s very difficult to move forward. That’s like sitting in a car and not hitting the gas pedal. How do you expect the car to move? You definitely won’t get ahead if you keep hitting the brakes!
Taking a risk
Even if you’re a person of faith and you’re waiting for God to intervene, success is a decision. You have to choose to take a risk and move forward. The opportunity before you may not look like what you envisioned but it could be a stepping stone for you. You never know who’s watching online or who’s in the audience who has another opportunity for you. That opportunity may be even bigger and better or it may just lead you to the next step.
So, are you ready to rock the next stage of your talent, business, or career? Or are you going to keep waiting?
Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area. She’s the Founder & CEO of Rock the Next Stage, a full-service entertainment company that includes Next Stage Entertainment, and Next Stage Drumming. Dori is a music mentor for serious musicians. She specializes in young talent (30’s and under) and Christian artists but has worked with many others. Dori is also a drum chick, speaker, and the best-selling author of Find Your Divine Rhythm: A Creative’s Success Formula. To snag a complimentary 30-min. strategy session, click here.