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Self-Imposed Limitations - how to identify and eliminate them



Consider the 6 common 'self-imposed' limitations that hinder your working world. If you develop awareness of them in your approach and the impact that they have - you will be able to address them and ...

Consider the 6 common 'self-imposed' limitations that hinder your working world. If you develop awareness of them in your approach and the impact that they have - you will be able to address them and make success easier.
Challenges come to you from many different directions…just just don't need to impose your own!



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  • Self-imposed Limitations … and how to avoid them
  • Self-imposed Limitations The following thoughts are triggered from 17 years experience of coaching managers, leaders and key influencers. As people grow and stretch their abilities they encounter challenges that become ‘limitations’ if not addressed. This presentation is about the common ‘self- imposed’ challenges that I have encountered. It seems obvious that these self-imposed limitations should be removed urgently.
  • Thoughts, activities and approaches that are both optional and unhelpful. They hinder your success. Self-imposed Limitations Definition
  • They could be things that weigh you down
  • They could be the masks you choose to wear
  • They might be in any realities that you refuse to accept
  • Self-imposed Limitations They could be...the complexities you manufacture
  • Is this You? ...or is this You?
  • Focus Beliefs Data Filters Excuses Self-imposed Limitations
  • If you would like to understand and eliminate your ‘Self Imposed Limitations’... ...management coaching is an engaging and successful way to discover practical tips, hints and techniques to use. www.discoverycoaching.com Self imposed limitation #1 Focus Self imposed limitation #2 Beliefs Self imposed limitation #3 Creative Avoidance Self imposed limitation #4 Pre-packaged excuses Self imposed limitation #5 Illusion of Insight Self imposed limitation #6 Unhelpful Filters
  • FOCUS Self-imposed limitation #1
  • The main thing is to keep the main thing as the main thing If you allow your focus to unhelpfully ‘travel’ and to set up camp in ‘places of interest’ - it can become self-limiting because it distracts you from your goals.
  • Focus can be described as concentrated attention Without it opportunities and challenges get missed
  • At work this concentrated attention is best focused on... Goals Challenges Opportunities
  • Maintain a state of goal focus GOAL It simply means knowing want you want to happen This knowledge can then drive your choices
  • If you don’t challenge your challenges they become a self-limiting drag on energy, time and enthusiasm
  • If you don’t look for opportunities you don’t find them This can be career self-limiting
  • Self-imposed limitation #2 Beliefs
  • If you think you can do a thing…or think that you can’t do a thing...you’re right! Henry Ford Self-imposed limitation #2 Beliefs ...so you had better be ‘wise’ about what you are going to think!
  • Make sure that the ‘beliefs’ you have are helpful. You use them to influence, justify and trigger your behaviour. Beliefs Self-imposed limitation #2
  • It is self-limiting to believe that you can be ‘comfortable’ and still innovate and inspire change. Beliefs Self-imposed limitation #2
  • Once you have refuted their argument and logic… ...don’t believe the inner doubts that tell you you cannot do things or become something Beliefs Self-imposed limitation #2
  • Don’t believe the lie that new technology is beyond you. It is self-limiting to keep technology and social media at bay. Be an early adopter. Beliefs Self-imposed limitation #2
  • Once you have worked out who you can and should be… ...don’t believe that you have to strive to be like the others. Believe that your difference can add- value and enrich the group Beliefs Self-imposed limitation #2
  • Self-imposed limitation #3 Creative Avoidance
  • Self-imposed limitation #3 Creative Avoidance Don’t think of ways to avoid situations or people… ...challenges, situations and issues do not melt away - they just hide and wait for a less convenient moment to jump out!
  • Self-imposed limitation #3 Creative Avoidance If you get it ‘wrong’ corrective actions can be taken. If you don’t make a decision the situation just gets worse. The decisions that you avoid are always going to be more of a problem than the decisions you make. Beware Decision Avoidance Zone
  • Self-imposed limitation #4 Pre-Packaged Excuses
  • Self-imposed limitation #4 Pre-Packaged Excuses The issue is the ‘Pre-Packaged’ element
  • Self-imposed limitation #4 Pre-Packaged Excuses It becomes self-fulfilling The issue is that you prime yourself for failure… You do not try as hard You ‘know’ it probably wont work
  • Self-imposed limitation #4 Pre-Packaged Excuses “They probably already have a...” “They probably don’t have a...” “The problem is...” “We might not be able to...” “I’ll do my best but…” “If only…” “It won’t work but I’ll try…”
  • You, your colleagues and your competitors face common obstacles
  • Professional athletes see hurdles as a part of the race...not an interruption to their running Decide to see them as an opportunity to shine and get ahead of your competitors…
  • Self-imposed limitation #5 The Illusion of Insight
  • Self-imposed limitation #5 Illusion of Insight Have you ever been much better informed... ...but actually none the wiser?
  • Self-imposed limitation #5 Illusion of Insight You pre-judge data This occurs when… Its the tendency to see what you actively look for...its called ‘priming’ and it can hinder objectivity. It triggers you to look for things that support your thinking.
  • Self-imposed limitation #5 Illusion of Insight You take a superficial look at data This occurs when… ‘Soundbite’ analysis can easily create red-herrings and missed opportunities.
  • Self-imposed limitation #5 Illusion of Insight You pretend you understand data This occurs when… The ‘emperor’s clothes lesson is still alive and kicking
  • Self-imposed limitation #5 Illusion of Insight You look at the wrong data This occurs when… All data is not created equal. Some is better than others.
  • Illusion of Insight
  • Its an ‘illusion’ because its not really there... Just like the ‘insight’ is not really there if the data has not been understood and interpreted wisely.
  • Self-imposed limitation #5 Positions are adopted according to the illusion Decisions are driven by the illusion Progress is ‘limited’ by the illusion
  • Self-imposed limitation #5 ...the illusion of insight creates a confidence... ...this confidence convinces and persuades others... ...from this the illusion gains further credibility. It is limiting because...
  • Self-imposed limitation #6 Unhelpful Filters
  • Unhelpful Filters Self-imposed limitation #6 We all look at things through our ‘filters’. We link behaviours, situations and happenings to what we ‘expect’. These expectations or filters come from our previous experiences and the way we interpreted them.
  • Unhelpful Filters Self-imposed limitation #6 These can be ‘helpful’ filters’… or they can be ‘unhelpful’
  • Unhelpful filters Self-limitation one brick at a time Selfish Superficial Negative Angry Proud Over Optimistic Cynical Defensive Paranoid Dismissive Greedy Impersonal Critical Self-imposed limitation #6
  • Become very aware of the ‘default’ positions you are taking… and focus only on the helpful ones Objectivity Positivity Curiosity Engagement Enthusiasm
  • Pre- packaged Excuses Illusions of insight Unhelpful Filters Creative Avoidance BeliefsFocus There is no need to let self-imposed limitations make life harder Smooth off your sharp corners!
  • Thanks for watching the slide show! Jonathan Frost is a Director of Discovery Coaching Limited and has been a consultant and coach for over 17 years. His focus is on enabling people to discover the practical tips, hints and techniques that are relevant to their everyday leadership life. He has extensive experience working with leaders at all levels in industries as diverse as Retail, Distribution, Utilities, Defence, Engineering, Local Government and Professional Services. If you would like understand and eliminate your ‘Self Imposed Limitations...we can make a difference and we would be delighted to hear from you. Email: jfrost@discoverycoaching.com web: www.discoverycoaching.com