5 Invisible Scripts That Sabotage Success

  • Posted on: 21 April 2015
  • By: Leonard Shostak

There is a lot of truth in the saying that success is 90 percent attitude. Our state of mind and the way we react to circumstances determine our likelihood to succeed. The invisible scripts and negative self-talk that run our daily thought processes can cause some real damage to our ability to persevere in difficult situations and overcome obstacles to reach success. Here are 5 invisible scripts that control our thought processes and sabotage real chances for success.

I don’t have the money/resources.

One of the most common responses to why people don’t follow their passions or implement their ideas into businesses is lack of money. While having the necessary funds and resources is extremely important, thinking of creative ways to obtain funding is a better approach to simply wallowing in misery about the lack of money. Many successful entrepreneurs have come from limited financial means and struggled financially until they were able to secure the resources they needed to succeed. What helped them overcome common financial obstacles was their ability to focus on creative solutions to funding their ideas, rather than focusing on the lack of funds in the first place.

I don’t have enough time.

We all have the same amount of time each day and each week. However, each of us achieves different results. How we utilize the equal time we all have determines our likelihood for success. How we approach time limitations and how we think about our busy schedules by focusing on highest priorities first determine how well we manage our time instead of focusing on the number of hours we have each day. Some of the most successful people focus on the results they achieve rather than the amount of hours they spend working on a project or an idea.

I don’t have the skills or experience.

None of us was born knowing everything and being good at it all. We all have acquired knowledge, skills, and a certain expertise over time. If you need a certain skill to be successful in implementing an idea, carve some time out each day to learn that skill or get a tutor to help you. If it’s specialized knowledge that might take much longer to acquire, hire people who already have the right skills and experience. You don’t have to know or do it all yourself—you simply have to identify and pick the right people who can complement your skill set and be a part of a stronger team to help you succeed.

I don’t have connections/the network.

This is one of the worst excuses people use to simply sit and do nothing about achieving their goals—whether these goals are finding a better job or starting a company. While knowing people in a certain field definitely helps, not having many connections or a large network is not a reason to give up. Go out to relevant events, meet and engage with people who could help you implement your ideas and gradually your network will become stronger and more relevant. Thinking that you can only be successful based on whom you know is self-sabotaging and implies that somehow the responsibility for your success lies with others. While influencers could be instrumental for your success, it will be ultimately up to your hard work, determination, resilience, skills, and knowledge. Of course you can’t do it all on your own, but don’t rely on others to get the work done for you.

The economy is bad.

The best way to avoid your own responsibility is to always focus on external factors beyond your control and blame your lack of success on circumstances. While the state of the economy matters in finding a great job or starting a company, how much you allow such external factors to influence you matters even more. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs have started companies during bad economic times. People who need a job can use such times as an opportunity to develop professionally and personally and ultimately find a much better job or clients to work with. The bottom line is that sitting and feeling sorry about living in a bad economic time is not going to improve the economy or change your situation. Quite the opposite, such a negative mindset will only discourage you further from focusing on what you need to do to succeed.

How we think on a day-to-day basis, our perceptions, attitudes and reactions to our reality and circumstances are powerful factors that influence our actions and behaviors. Ultimately, our chances for success are determined by the decisions we make and the actions we take based on the invisible scripts running through our minds. Being aware of them and working towards more positive and resilient thinking are crucial steps toward improving our chances for more peaceful, happier and successful living—no matter how we define success for ourselves.