Becomming A Successful Entrepreneur

Yet, many entrepreneurs treat their business growth like a race. The first few minutes of that race they’re in the lead, running at a brisk and solid pace. Then, suddenly, everything changes…

Their pace begins to taper, they become winded and might even feel a little queasy in the stomach. The finish line seems out of reach.

If you are racing to the finish line of success in your business, understand that you are more likely to ‘win’ if you train and prepare yourself for growth:

Set Your Schedule:

All athletes, and successful business owners are adept at setting goals. I know, I know, you’ve heard all about goal setting.

What you may not have heard is as simple as this…

If you don’t know what the finish line looks like, you won’t know when you get there. And, when you do get there you won’t know when you’ve lost it.

A clear plan, outlining what the finish line looks like for you ensures that you get there and stay there.

Know your Time:

There is no such thing as an ‘overnight success’. The most successful people you know worked steadily to achieve luminary status. They invested in honing their craft and finessing their process or system down pat.

Make no doubt about it, when you’re introduced to a hugely successful person, their success was an evolution. This evolution is a symbol of their well-practiced, well timed, pace.

Be satisfied with your results, no matter the size. When you are unhappy with your results, it is usually not because you’re not doing your best but because you’re comparing yourself against someone else’s time.

Carry the Right Gear:

Are you guilty of wanting to run in someone else’s lane? Did you know that the person you compare yourself against has developed skills and talents that qualify them to be in that lane?

What about you? What are you investing to run in a different lane?
You see, if you aren’t investing in learning new skills, strategies and tactics, you will continue to get the same results and place yourself in a constant state of yearning.

Stop comparing! Instead, arm yourself with the right gear. In your business, this means being a student of business – a student of learning.

During a recent interview, a multi-million dollar female entrepreneur shared that she invests a minimum of thirty thousand dollars a year on her personal and professional development

Why so much? Because she understands that to run in the fast lane, she needs to be armed with the right information, the right tools, the right gear.

Select Your Marathon Companions:

Your skills and stamina will be put to the test during the business growth marathon.

If you’re a solo professional, you may not find yourself in a position to have a ‘stand-in’ grow your business for you. You can however, surround yourself with an all-star support team.

You can’t experience big business growth all by yourself. To prepare for your growth, you’ll need to identify top talent. It’s this support team that will oversee those duties and responsibilities that can take your focus away from your training.

Just imagine how much lighter you’ll feel running in your lane when you have a support team taking care of the day-to-day operations – leaving you with more time to concentrate on business building activity.

Don’t Skip Mental Training:

You may feel you’re getting into the last stages of your marathon feeling unprepared and fearing failure. Taking care of yourself (mind, body and spirit) will give you fuel to ‘gut it out’ but in the end, its your will that pushes you over the finish line.

I’m often asked why I write, speak and teach so heavily on the topic of mindset and personal development. That is because in the end, no matter what race or marathon you’re running it’s your mental toughness that carries you through.

Don’t run against others. Run with the voice within you…the voice that suggests your purpose and passion not anyone else’s.

How To Be A Better Entrepreneur

Here we go again–another year of promises and promises. Six months from now it will all be forgotten and then we can continue to do what we always do-very little that will make a BIG difference and move us forward to achieve our new goals.

Everything gets buried in our overwhelmed lives. The Time Assassinators are at it again: interruptions, e-mail overload, demands on our time, cluttered office and busy lives. Sometimes as a home-based entrepreneur it is hard to be taken seriously. When will we ever find the time to achieve our goals and plans?

There is only one answer. Nike® said it. We all say it at one time or another: JUST DO IT! Oh, if only we could. If only it was that simple. Today I started writing. I do not answer the phone and let the message go into voicemail. I ignore my husband’s gentle interruptions to do something for him that could be done later after I finish my two hour writing goal. Then my husband answers the telephone and comes in to tell me my daughter’s on the phone. What’s a mother to do? I can’t ignore my daughter since hubby has already told her I’m here. I take the phone and tell her I’m on my writing project and will call her back in an hour.

If you want to achieve your goals then you have to follow some simple, but challenging rules:

1. Treat your home-based business as a business. Have a separate area for your business-related work. Include all the working tools you need to do your job from this area. If you do not have a separate room for your business then devote a corner of a room and put a folding screen by the area so that your family knows when you are in this work area you are working on your business.

2. Have a plan. You must have a plan. You need direction and something to review every day to keep you focused. Without a plan you will do things helter-skelter. Think of the end-result of what you want and then work backwards with all the steps it will take to accomplish that goal. It requires some work, yet it will make it much easier to get where you want to go. It is like drawing a map to your destination.

3. Make a date with yourself. Set aside the time needed in your appointment book to finish your project or the next activity of your project. You will be amazed at the difference it makes when you see the reserved time in your appointment book. Keep doing this and soon you will acknowledge that your time is just as important as the time you give to others.

4. Keep a routine. Maintain the same business hours every day if possible. Eventually you will create a pattern and working in your home office becomes a good habit. You also will find that you will be in The Zone more frequently and accomplishing more every day.

5. No interruptions allowed unless it’s a matter of life and death. Create some good responses if you are interrupted by your family or friends. Just like the answer I gave my daughter above: I explained I was in the middle of a writing project and I would call her back in an hour. This explanation helps her understand what I am doing and tells her when I will be able to respond to her.

6. Be persistent and never give up. Interruptions do happen but if you stay committed to accomplishing your business goals you will achieve the success you desire.

Recognize that you are a business person and you will finish what you start. When you accomplish your goals people will acknowledge you as a go-getter. They begin to see that you are a mover and a shaker. You will have more clients because they see you as a successful entrepreneur. Everyone wants to be with a winner.