It’s a rare business owner who—at some point—doesn’t feel stuck.

Either you begin to experience burnout, or you aren’t reaching your goals and can’t seem to get past the income plateau you’ve found yourself on.

It’s a normal part of being in business, but staying there isn’t. Successful small business owners figure out how to overcome the hurdles and overwhelm and continue to grow their business. And the first step is to determine what exactly is holding you back.

Today, I’m sharing with you 3 reasons why you’re stuck

1 – Lack of Clarity

When you don’t really know what it is you want from your business, you’re experiencing a lack of clarity. Maybe you aren’t clear on who you’re meant to serve, or can’t quite envision your product, or the programs to create.

These are all symptoms of a lack of clarity, and they can stop a promising business in its tracks.

If you’re suffering from a lack of clarity, take a step back and do some brainstorming (or brain dumping) to get everything out in the daylight where you can see it. A physical board usually works best for this. This alone can help you get clear on what your next step is.

2 – Lack of Focus

If you’re clear on your goals but you’re having trouble moving forward consistently, then a lack of focus might be your challenge. You head to your workspace each morning with purpose, but by lunch it’s clear you haven’t accomplished anything you set out to do.

You’re not a bad person, or even a poor business owner. You just have trouble focusing on the next step that needs to happen to make your dreams come true.

So here’s something you can try

With your end goal in mind, brainstorm the immediate single step action you need to take to achieve it. So if your goal is to build a 4-week course, then your next step might be to create a poll for your mailing list about what they need/want from you. And start from there. Once you’re done, go on to the next. This way you avoid overwhelm and are able to stay focused.

3 – No Excitement

Are you Bored? Have you Lost interest in that business you once loved? This is unfortunately, pretty common among solo-preneurs. That’s why we see so many of them jumping from business to business, never spending enough time in any one endeavor to see it through to success.

Staying excited about your business starts with having a dream that keeps you going even when you’re faced with the day-to-day drudgery that every small business owner encounters. Not everything is fun when you’re running a business, but if you keep your “why” in mind, it can help you get past the dull spots. Check out my previous video on discovering your WHY.

Want to know how to easily fix all these issues (and more)? It’s a simple trick that the world’s most successful entrepreneurs have been using for decades: vision boards. These fun and colorful tools are often just what you need to clarify your dreams, work out your next steps, and stay excited about your business.

Vision boards can be as simple as a few images clipped from a magazine and pinned to a board or a collage of digital images saved as your desktop screensaver. The choice is yours. It’s completely personal, super fun, and best of all, it works. Give it a try next time you’re feeling stuck in your business!

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