Career limiting factors are any qualities or circumstances preventing you from achieving your full potential in your chosen profession. Some common examples include a lack of experience, qualifications or training, financial constraints, or personal circumstances such as family commitments. However, it is important to remember these factors don’t have to be debilitating to your personal goals. There are many ways to overcome career-limiting factors to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.
Break Down the Steps
In any process, there’s always a step that can classify as a constraint. So to identify your limiting factors, you should define the step constraining you. For example, you could be looking to improve your productivity. It’s helpful to figure out which step in your process is delaying you and address it. This could be something as simple as taking a break every hour to walk around or getting more sleep at night. Once you’ve identified your limiting factor, addressing it will help you to improve your productivity and reach your goals.
Reflect on Your Progress Towards Your Goals
It can be helpful to think about your goals and ask yourself why you haven’t achieved them yet. The answers to this question are not often due to external factors out of your control. Instead, about 80% of them are usually due to habits, behaviors, and opinions within your control. For example, if you’re trying to save money, you might realize you’re not doing it because you have a spending problem. Once you identify the issue, you can start working on solutions to change your habits and reach your goal. Asking yourself why you haven’t achieved your goals can be a useful exercise in identifying the areas where you need to make changes.
Create a Roadmap to Overcome Limitations
As a business leader, it’s important to be aware of your limitations and work to overcome them. One way to do this is to ask yourself what you can accomplish. What resources and tools do you have available? What skills do you need to build to get to your goals? Once you clearly understand your goals, you can start identifying the roadblocks holding you back. For example, maybe you’re aiming to expand your business into new markets. But without the right team in place, you’ll likely encounter difficulties. In this case, focus on building up your team by hiring new talent or developing the skills of your existing employees. By taking specific and tangible steps, you can effectively overcome the limitations standing in your way and achieve success as a business leader.
If you’re struggling to overcome your career limitations, contact me, Kerrie Hoffman from FocalPoint Executive Coaching. I use an advanced coaching module to hone in on your limits and work towards addressing them specifically. Our program will provide the tools you need to overcome obstacles and thrive in your career and personal life. If you live in Milwaukee, WI, and are ready to reach your goals, contact me, Kerrie Hoffman, at FocalPoint today.