‘I Can't Because, I Need ... ’
Too many of us (yes, myself included) have become so reactionary that we don't plan out our success. We just chase shiny objects that won't even get us to our goals.
If a dependency is holding you back, you have two options.
First, your new goal is to remove the dependency. If this takes time, so be it. Put together a road map (I mean an actual calendar) working backward from when you want to achieve this goal. Then identify as many smaller milestones that will help you get there. I don't care if one of those milestones is faxing a contract.
Do people still use fax machines? I digress …
Whether you're a small business or a large business, small wins matter. I'm telling you, I'm speaking from firsthand knowledge. Small wins help you build momentum, show progress to the rest of the organization (or again … yourself).
Second, modify your goal based on the dependency. You'll probably want to do this while you're doing the option above too. 😉 If you can't reach your desired goal because you can't afford a certain tool or enough money for advertising (hopefully, you're not wasting advertising dollars already, as you likely are) then change your goal.
It amazes me to see people get hung up on only one desired outcome or path to that outcome that they just take no action at all. Stop your pity party and just change your goal. You can dictate what success looks like and what path can get you there based on these dependencies.
Once you've figured out how to modify your path to work within your means, I want you to make that calendar again. Determine when you want to reach that goal and identify all of the small wins along the way. Celebrate each and every one in some way and report that back to the business or your employees or your family if you're a "solopreneur."