It's the autumn of possibilities for your business
As the summer weather ends, I tend to refocus on business and recommit to my goals. Exploring the possibilities is always exciting (and a little scary). How do you challenge yourself to move forward in your business? Everyone does it differently. It’s one of the great things about being a business owner – You do want you want. That’s also one of the more difficult things about being a business owner – Nobody is there to tell you what to do. So how do you create your own personal business goals?
- Brainstorm the possibilities. Open yourself up to different options; find new resources and tools that can help you on your way to success. Recently I started attending a meet up in my area, for entrepreneurial women. It’s my little secret for the time being. Even though I have been in business for awhile, I felt the need to get back to the basics. Learn from others and get support for how I want to grow. I learn so much from people who are pursuing completely different businesses than mine.
- Commit to a goal. Own it! Let other people know what it is. Write it down. Whatever you have to do to keep yourself moving towards the goal. I have a small reminder (made with my handy-dandy label maker) on my computer monitor. It is a quote from Zig Ziglar. I look at it everyday. It says “The one action I need to take today in order to move closer to my goals is…” If you ask yourself this every morning and start the day with that mind set, you can’t lose.
- Have a realistic time frame. Finding the time could be the hardest part of achieving your goals. If it’s important enough, you’ll schedule bits of time to progress. Marking my calendar for reasonable amounts of time to work on a project works for me. It commits me to spending the time. Even if it’s a half hour, I am that much closer to the finish line.
- Break it down into mini goals. The same skills you use with your clients can be applied to your business. Better yet, if your goals are broken down into small tasks you can celebrate the completion of each task and not have to wait until the entire project is finished.
- Get support. At times “it takes a village”. Find people who will cheer you on and keep you accountable. Several years ago I joined a small accountability group. I meet over the internet with Julie Gray of Profound Impact and Nealey Stapleton of The Organizing Boutique about every 6 weeks. We ask each other questions, set goals for ourselves and keep each other accountable. Sometimes those conversations are hard, but in the end they are what gets me outside my box and moving forward. It is so awesome that we have nicknamed ourselves “the Rockstars”.
- Get ready for setbacks. Progress never travels in a straight line. Riding the roller coaster can be scary and fun. It’s all in how you look at it. I have learn that setbacks define my business. Coming back from a setback only makes you stronger, so go for it. Don’t let it stop you.
- Believe you can do it. The confidence that “you can” is essential. If someone created a confidence pill they be a gazillionaire, but it’s not that easy. Just now and be confident that you are an expert in what you do and do it to the best of your ability.
As your world reconvenes after summer, this is a great time to try something new. Resolve to connect with someone new. Find a more established colleague who you can learn from, or meet someone new who you can mentor. Commit to broadening your education. There are so many opportunities to spark your thinking. How will you recommit to your business goals in this autumn of possibilities?