Today I’m giving you a dose of mindset for pet sitters. We should all try and do mindset work on a daily basis to move us closer to our personal and business goals.
Upper Limit Problem is a phrase coined by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks in their book, The Big Leap. So what exactly is an “Upper Limit Problem?” It’s a sneaky form of self-sabotage that creeps into your life just when things are starting to get really good.
As Gay Hendrick defines it…
The ULP is the human tendency to put the brakes on our positive energy when we’ve exceeded our unconscious thermostat setting for how good we can feel, how successful we can be, and how much love we can feel.
Below are ten signs that you may have an Upper Limit Problem
1.) You have an income cap that you can’t break.
New businesses should experience exponential growth in the first few years of business. After that, you may not have as large of jumps in revenue, but you should continue to make more every year that you’re in business. If you can’t seem to break a specific number, you’ve got an upper limit problem.
2.) You can’t get past a certain number of customers.
This goes along the same lines as number one, not being able to break through a cap on customers. I had this problem for a while. I couldn’t seem to get past 612 customers. After I realized that I had an upper limit problem, I have since tripled that number. (Awareness of the issue plays a large part in overcoming the issue.)
3.) You pick fights about nothing.
You just had a fabulous week! You signed ten new customers; you hired three new sitters; you created a new referral partnership. Things are going great when inexplicably;e you find yourself picking an unnecessary fight. If you find yourself getting overly angry just after something good has happened, it’s probably not a fluke.
4.) You never invest in hard assets.
You may invest in classes, trainings, courses, masterminds, live events or retreats, but when it comes to purchasing tangible things that you need for the growth of your business. If you find yourself having no trouble spending to learn, but you’re unwilling to spend to earn your subconscious mind just may be keeping you in continuous student status, which is holding you back on becoming a professional. This is an upper limit problem.
5.) You desert money-making projects right after the idea origination phase.
You come up with a stellar new idea for your business. Your customers are going to love it! You make notes, you create a project plan, and then you never look at it again. If you leave these great ideas unimplemented on a continuous basis, you may be subconsciously leaving them in the idea phase so that they don’t come to fruition. This is self-sabotage.
6.) You leave projects 70-90% done.
Similar to the last problem, where you desert projects at the idea phase, in this example you’re leaving things when they’re almost entirely grown. Your website is nearly done, your Procedures Manual is virtually complete, your new mailing campaign is ready to mail.
If this is you, you’re leaving projects in the final phases, so they never come into being. This is most definitely an Upper Limit Problem.
7.) You get sick right after you have a BIG win.
Sometimes it’s not your mind that objects and rebels. Sometimes it’s your body that protests your advancement. Do you ever get hit was an illness right after you achieve something great and then that illness stops you in your tracks. This happens to me with the gym. Without fail anytime I start a new workout routine, BAM! I get taken out with a virus which makes it insanely hard to get back to the healthy routine. Upper Limit, pet sitters!
8.) You walk away from deals.
You have terrific opportunities just waiting for you to seize. A new house sitting client needs you to housesit their mansion all summer. A new Monday through Friday, two times per day, dog walking client wants you to start ASAP, and you never get back to them. This is most surely a sign of an Upper Limit Problem.
9.) Your leave your money uncared for.
You have money waiting to be deposited, and you sit on it. I used to find checks in my pockets months after a service had been completed. My roommate used to find checks laying around the apartment and in my jackets. This was definitely a sign that I was suffering from an Upper Limit Problem.
10.) Other people’s difficulties throw you off your momentum.
When you’re in your “zone of genius” and making great things happen, nothing can throw you off your game. You’re focused and intentional, and nothing can penetrate you. If all of a sudden you find yourself being derailed by things that wouldn’t usually phase you, you may be suffering from an Upper Limit Problem. Your subconscious is looking for any reason to stop your momentum.
So how do you battle your Upper Limit Problem?
You battle your Upper Limit Problem by becoming aware of the issue. In his book, Hendricks refers to benign vigilance as “paying keen but relaxed attention.”
Start looking for patterns in your behavior and go on high-alert when good things start to happen to you. If you find yourself beginning to pick an unnecessary fight, close your eyes, take a deep breath and ground yourself. Say to yourself,
Every single person on the planet deals with an Upper Limit Problem. It’s just some have higher thermostats than others, and some have busted through their own upper limits.
Your Homework: Start with awareness and read the Big Leap! I highly recommend it!
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