Overcoming The Enemies of Success

We all have the ability to achieve great success. Whether you’re running a large manufacturing plant or a small plumbing business, you have the power to increase your sales, create a higher quality customer experience, and build the business you’ve always dreamed of.

So what’s standing in your way?

While there are many challenges that business owners need to overcome, there are two enemies of success that nearly every professional will face at one time or another.

Enemy #1: The Comfort Zone

It happens to us all; we get into patterns, and those patterns become our everyday behaviors. Just because you’ve fallen into a habit does not mean it adds to your productivity. In fact, most of the time, unintentional habits actually lead to inefficiencies.

Let’s take the example of emails. As email became a larger part of business communications, we all became more and more addicted to it. Many of us walk into the office and check our emails first thing, and then we continue to check our emails every few minutes throughout the day. However, it has become widely accepted that checking your email in the morning actually reduces your productivity.

Working to get yourself out of your comfort zone by setting intentional productivity-driven habits will open your mind to new ideas and give you a wider perspective than you had before. It’s uncomfortable at first, but doing more things that take you out of your comfort zone is essential for success.

Enemy #2: The Path of Least Resistance

So many of us spend our time doing what’s easy as opposed to what’s necessary. From our daily task lists to our major life goals, it’s incredibly common to waste the majority of our energy on the things we can accomplish with the least amount of effort, instead of spending it on the items that will actually make a difference.

Sticking with the path of least resistance not only keeps you from achieving your goals, but it also leaves you stagnant. Often times, the harder things are difficult because you don’t already know the proper path to take. You have to think and learn. Without challenging yourself in that way, you’ll never grow your base of knowledge and skills.

Regardless of whether you’re a CEO or an intern, looking at your behaviors and recognizing which ones are holding you back is an essential element of finding success. Looking for more business success tips? Check out my blog.

About the Author

With more than three decades of experience in all facets of sales management, customer service, business growth, and staff coordination, Certified Business Coach Greg Emslie is a focused professional with the tools to help you grow and manage your business effectively.

Driven by his ability to implement proven business concepts and help improve teams, Greg affects all areas of the companies he works with, including sales, leadership, profitability, and decision-making. He focuses on improving efficiency and processes for his clients while helping them grow their revenue base.

Ready to begin finding other ways to make your company more productive? Let’s get the conversation started. Contact Greg Emslie for a business strategy discussion today!


I’d love to hear from you! If you have a question or comment please share it with me below and I will be in touch with you very shortly:

(* indicates required fields)