DO YOU UNDERSTAND the difference between being busy and being productive? It’s common to have conversations with people that are just “so busy” They run from one thing to another, and talk about how busy they are.
Often these individuals thrive on the attention they get from being “so busy”….they have a false sense of accomplishment. However, are they actually accomplishing what they desire and are they getting ahead?
As an entrepreneur, it is vital that you spend your time effectively, and not waste it on things that are not important to your business growth. It’s important to distinguish the difference between doing things for the sake of doing them, often due to habit, or believing this is the way that “everyone” does it, or, thinking out of the box and eliminating the habits, and only focus on doing things that are actually productive. Many years ago, I learned a powerful distinction – only do things that lead me towards my goal.
How does this look?When arranging my schedule, I look at how much time I have and what my goals are for that day. I only do things that lead me towards those goals. I recognize if I am doing something that doesn’t contribute to my goals, I am making the wrong decisions and am getting stuck in being busy, not productive.
I prioritize the tasks that are most important and do those first thing in the day. I then fit everything else I am responsible for around that.
I use a daytimer faithfully! I have a paper daytimer with a month at a glance, and also a week at a glance, broken down by day in 15 min increments. I schedule everything! My work, my fitness, my family, my dog, my hobbies, everything you can think of. This is a way to know if you have over scheduled and can’t possibly get everything done, or, if you have space somewhere you can squeeze something in. It may sound a bit anal, but I have done this for over 30 yrs and it has been highly effective. I have the peace of mind knowing when I get through my list for the day, I am done.
I also use a diary system to keep track of things I want to remember and things I have to do. Each morning I pull out my file for the day and everything I have to remember is in that file. It works hand in hand with my daytimer, and allows me to stay on top of things, and remember points I wouldn’t normally.
Something else that has been highly effective for me is working ahead on tasks. For instance, when you are in a productive state, it is easier to get more done in a short time, then if you wait to do the task when it is actually time to do it. One way I have implemented this is with my weekly podcasts. When I sit down to do a podcast, I have my equipment all ready to go, and find I am in the peak state of mind to do them. I record 4-10 at a time because I have already done all the set up work. I can then pull from the archives I have filed each week. It takes far less time to do them this way, and if I have a week where I have other commitments or maybe not feeling the right energy to record, I don’t miss a beat….the podcast is already done and waiting to be released. I use this strategy on many business tasks like this, also in keeping my home in order, gift buying, everything you can think of. It’s so simple to implement this strategy into everything we do, but so overlooked by most, including myself until about 4 years ago.
Being productive rather than busy is important to your business growth. Without this awareness, you will be spinning your wheels, wasting time, and missing opportunity because you think you don’t have time. When we are productive, we seem to gain more time, be more relaxed, and are able to engage in things “busy” people just don’t seem to have time for.
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IN EVERYTHING we do and observe, we find lessons we can utilize to shape our lives in a powerful direction. Do you tend to push through challenges, or give up at the first sign of challenge? Successful entrepreneurs do not give up easily. Situations we encounter can contain powerful lessons, if we are open to the messages.
I came across a post on social media recently. An individual was selling something they bought because they “tried it for 15 seconds and it didn’t work”. This was a new mother selling a bottle of some sort. Apparently after only 15 seconds, the mother determined the baby would not take this bottle. FIFTEEN seconds! She was also selling the bottle warmer for the same reason. She had invested in the equipment (hundreds of dollars) and simply gave up on all of it after only 15 seconds!
There is a powerful lesson in this. I am about to become a grandma and have talked with our daughter about this. I have seen so many new moms give up breastfeeding in a very short amount of time, saying the baby just wouldn’t take it. I nursed both of our children and know from experience that there is an adjustment period for both the baby and the mom. It is natural for the baby to nurse…that’s what babies do. It is something new mom’s have to learn. We have to push through the challenges we face in learning to relax, to adjusting to the initial pain of milk coming in, to sticking with it until we and the baby are in sinc. Once you get through that first week or so, it is the easiest and most natural thing in the world, but sadly so many are just not willing to do what it takes, and are looking for EASY, not EFFECTIVE.
It is much like being an entrepreneur. Everything is new. We don’t know how to do a lot of things. We feel frustrated, we feel like we don’t know what we are doing. It is easy to give up. We want everything to be easy.
I saw another post on social media about a painter. He bought supplies (brushes, drop cloth, etc) to do a painting job. His words were “Got screwed on a painting job and contractor is no one to be found.” He bought the supplies one day and was selling them with this excuse the very nest day! What kind of business is he attempting to run if he has one client back out after only one day of buying his supplies and is already throwing in the towel? Instead of putting up a post about how broke he is and how he “got screwed”, he should put that energy and time into putting up a post to gain a new client to replace the one that backed out. THIS is why new entrepreneurs fail. They make excuses and they GIVE UP!
Success as a new mom or as a new entrepreneur comes by setting your mindset to figure things out. You must be solution oriented. You must stay calm. You must be willing to make mistakes. You must be willing to push through challenges and not get bent out of shape when something doesn’t go as planned. You must learn to take risks. You must be willing to do what it takes, for as LONG as it takes.
Whether it’s 15 seconds, 15 minutes, 15 weeks, or 15 months…DO NOT GIVE UP! There are always solutions. Those that succeed in life and in business have learned, these challenges are simply part of the process towards success. Your business is your “baby”. DO NOT give up on it because something didn’t work the first time….be solution oriented and be willing to do what it takes for as long as it takes!
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It is no surprise that each generation has different ideas and views on how things should be done. It is also no surprise that there is often resistance from older generations, believing they know better. Who is right, and who is wrong?
I suggest you change the question to, “What can each generation bring to the table and learn from each other?”. When we are willing to look at things differently, instead of simply being stuck in our ways, we can see different perspectives, and learn from each other.
I am speaking as someone from the baby boomer generation. I agree that we have experience and knowledge on what works and what doesn’t. However, it would be unwise to think we have all the answers. If we are not learning and growing, we are falling behind. There is a world of information at our fingertips to learn.
When we look at the millennial generation, it is evident they are more educated than any previous generation. They have grown up in the digital age, and can find answers to questions as quickly as they can enter it into their phone.
Millennials are quickly becoming the biggest portion of the workforce. With this in mind, it is important for companies to understand what is important to retain these talented young people.
Learning and Growing
They want to learn and grow, and they will do it with or without you. If the opportunity for learning,development and growth within a company is not possible, they will move on. Most will only stay 2-3 years, and if these opportunities are not provided, they will have no loyalty to your company. They will then find an opportunity that will allow them to get to the next level in their career.
As many millennials have devoted time to their education, they have already waited to settle down, buy a home, and start a family. It is not uncommon to see couples waiting until their early 30’s to marry and start a family.
They know what they want and if they can’t see it happening where they are, they are ready and willing to move on to find what will help them take the next step forward. They don’t have time to waste. They are willing to work hard, but not waste their years working somewhere that doesn’t utilize their potential and support their growth.
They want to feel valued. There are so many ways to help employees feel they are valued. A simple thank you can go a long way! When you see people doing things that make a difference to your customer, thank them! Think of how little effort it takes to bring someone that is going the extra mile a coffee in the morning when you are picking yours up. Get creative, and show your appreciation for those that are building your company.
Working from Home
Millennials want to work from home around their families. Today there are so many options that allow many work roles to be performed at home. This is a win/win for companies. With less employees in the office, the company doesn’t require large office buildings and less furniture, thereby reducing their expenses.
An employee that works from home obviously needs the self discipline to get the work done. However, in many cases, the employee that works from home will be able start earlier, work later, work when they are not feeling well, or if they have a sick child.
Snow days will also not be an issue in getting work done. How many companies lose several days per year to weather related issues because people can’t travel? Imagine that the roads are all closed, but your staff is able to work because they don’t have to leave home to get the job done.
To insist that the employee is sitting in a chair in the office building so you can monitor their work performance is an outdated management style of control and ego. This is increasingly becoming more and more important to today’s workers. If you don’t provide the opportunity for employees to work from home when it is available, they will likely move on to somewhere else.
They also want to be a part of something meaningful. Even if your business is something routine, and not really earth shattering, you can implement ways to be the company that is making a difference. As Richard Branson says, “Doing good is good for business”. How is your company giving back? It creates goodwill with your clients and your employees.
It’s important to treat them as equals by collaborating and working together, not as superiors with threats over their heads. People perform better when they are motivated and feel like they are contributing, not by living in fear.
The bottom line is you either recognize and embrace what is required to retain top millennial talent, or the companies that do will be welcoming them with open arms.
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THERE ARE MANY things that contribute to gaining referrals to grow your business. I’ve listed a few below, but keep in mind, this is just the start. The key to success in business is tapping into your own creativity…there are ideas there you haven’t even considered.
This list will help get you started. Ask yourself, what else can I do? What haven’t I thought of? When we ask ourselves better questions, we allow ourselves to tap into our creativity to find new solutions.
Join a networking group – It could be the local chamber of commerce, or a meetup group, or a niche group within your area or even on social media. Network with other business owners, and get to know what they offer. Refer them whenever given the opportunity and you will find them reciprocating….
Over deliver – When we receive more than we expect, it is exciting and we naturally want to tell others. Ask yourself what you can do either in bonus items, or in bonus add value that will leave your client impressed and wanting to refer you?
Provide value – A lot of value can be added just in simple education of your service or product. For instance, start a blog on your website, and post valuable articles that educate your present and future clients on what you offer. It isn’t just about the sale. After the sale, go the extra mile and provide valuable knowledge they would not normally get. This sets you apart from the competition. The good news is there is no competition at this level! Those that provide extra value are among the minority…this will make you shine.
Testimonials – Social media is a wonderful platform to show testimonials from your already satisfied customers. Have people write up a short testimonial in their own words and post it on your social media channels, and on your website.
Give a referral fee – This could be a gift certificate for future purchases, or a gift from another business. You could also partner with local businesses to provide these gift certificates, so that you are collaborating with other businesses with the same goal in mind.
Volunteer and make yourself known in the community – This could be in a number of ways. When clients see you giving back, it is a reminder you care about your community. As Richard Branson says, “doing good is good for business”.
Ask – think about this….if every customer gave you just 2 referrals, you are doubling your business every time! Unless you ask, often people will not think about giving a referral, even though they know a couple of people that would be interested in and benefit from what you offer.
Remember it is YOUR business and up to YOU to create success. The more you take personal responsibility for your success, and the more committed you are long term, the more you will think of ideas that benefit the growth of your business.
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I'm sure many of you have heard this phrase before. Yet, although many have an awareness of this, they are not acting on it.
A story about a celebrity being in massive debt was posted all across social media recently. One article I read, suggested that this individual is just like "everyone else" in America...spending more than they make.
We hear stories as well about people that win the lottery, and despite their new found wealth, find themselves broke a couple of years later.
How can this be? How can people either win millions, or earn millions of dollars in a short amount of time, yet end up broke? The reason is simple. These individuals have not changed the way they think and make decisions. If your thinking prior to the new found wealth, was to live paycheck to paycheck, you would be a person that tends to spend everything you make. If you do not change this thinking, when there are more funds made available to you, you will run out of money just like you always did prior to the wealth.
This also applies to relationships, and other aspects of our lives. How can a person end up in more than one divorce? It can happen that you do not make the right choices first time around. However, repeating those same choices in the next relationship will not produce the type of relationship you truly want. You cannot choose a new partner with the same bad qualities you left your last partner for.
As Einstein said, "insanity is doing the same things, expecting different results". YOU are the common denominator. If you are not happy in your work, your relationships, or your financial situation, start observing and recognizing the choices you are making, and how these choices are creating the life and results you have. This is the first step. Until you do this, nothing will change.
Once you have gotten authentic with yourself, and identify where you are steering wrong, you are ready to start creating the life you WANT to be living.
Make a list of everything that is important to you - do NOT compromise.
Ask yourself what needs to change - This reveals things or people that may be holding you back. Have the courage to do what it takes. Focus more on your desire and let that guide you.
Make a commitment to do whatever you need to do to get the result you want - Big change requires a commitment to do what it takes for as long as it takes, period! You cannot expect to read a book, put it down and expect everything to change overnight. It takes long term commitment.
Only make choices that lead you towards what you want. Too often people will say they want something, but their choices and decisions are not leading them towards what they want. Very simple...you cannot go left if what you want is to the right. Keep this vision in mind and only make the choices and decisions that support the direction you truly want.
Work on yourself and realize that you have the potential within you to bring about change and live the life you truly want. Recognize you have years of past conditioning and beliefs that have brought you to this point. In order to make changes, you must be willing to learn to override your past thoughts and beliefs, and spend time daily in reprogramming your mind for success. Commit to reading, watching inspiring videos, TED talks, and surround yourself with people that have created the type of success you want. This thinking CAN be learned for those WILLING to put the time and effort in.
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We have all had times in our personal and our business lives where we feel we are in a rut. It could be in relationships, grief, change or many other things. How long do you stay in that rut? How long do you allow yourself to be a victim, to suffer? How do you snap out of it?
One thing that is absolutely certain in life and in business is nothing stays the same. As much as we want it to, we can't control certain things that happen. What we CAN control is how we deal with it and whether we are a victim of the circumstance, or a victor. The key is to understand that we have CHOICE. The choices we make determine our outcomes.
I am not saying it is easy. I am saying it can be done, and when you are willing to put the effort in, it will accelerate the healing process in the situation you are in, and allow you to stop being victimized by it long term.
Maybe you have been downsized, and wonder who will hire you. You have been putting out resumes and not getting any response. It's easy to feel like a "victim" and feel like the rug has been pulled out from under you. Something people often don't recognize is they have knowledge, skills, experience, passion, and interests that can be utilized in starting their own businesses. You do not need to rely on an employer to hire you. You can take control and take a new direction and start your own business. You choose whether you are accepting "poor me" thinking, or, "I have so much to offer, I am going to embrace this opportunity to ______" thinking.
Disagree with your circumstances. This is not to say "something" unwanted hasn't happened. It is carrying on, and not allowing circumstance to define and control us long term, falling deeper into that rut. Recently we had to do one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in my life...put our beloved little dog down. It was just heartbreaking and I felt absolutely numb. I work from home, so she had been with me 24 hrs/day for almost 12 years. I removed all of her beds and toys etc., so I wouldn't have to look at them, but it didn't help. I couldn't imagine feeling this pain long term, so I did something totally unexpected by everyone around us. That same day I found a new puppy and brought her home. Over a month later, I still feel the pain of the experience we had, and still feel that grief we feel when we lose someone we love. But what I did was take control and allowed myself to love a new little fur baby and start making new memories. This dramatically accelerated the healing process, and gave me new happiness and laughter to focus on, so I didn't keep dwelling on it.
Some may argue that a pet is no comparison to losing a loved one, and it isn't, however, it is still painful. Another example I can share is losing my mother in law a few years back. We had spent the last month at the hospital every single day. For anyone that has experienced this, it is emotionally draining. Afterwards, my husband, understandably, didn't want to do anything. We have a very vibrant circle of friends and family we spend a lot of time with and laughter and fun is such a big part of our lives. We had not seen our friends during this time of her illness. A few days after her funeral, I convinced him we needed to out and be with our friends and re-inject some fun and laughter into our lives....which of course, is the last thing you think you can do at a time like that. Reluctantly, he agreed to go. We attended a halloween costume party. His words to me coming home were "I didn't realize how much I needed that". It was another example of disagreeing with our circumstance, and getting ourselves back to living on purpose. We were still grieving, but, when you force yourself to go out and keep LIVING, laughing, and enjoying the company of those you love that are still here, you have something you can hold onto and lean on. You realize that you can laugh again. you can have fun, and you can carry on. We can't change the fact we lose someone. We have a choice whether we die inside with them, or, carry on, treasuring and being grateful for the life we have.
Gratitude - Much has been written about the power of gratitude. When we are grateful for what we have, or what we have had, we open ourselves up to new possibilities. Many years ago, my business of 18 years was falling apart. I had spent the last 5 years working harder than I ever had, attempting to turn it around. There were factors that were beyond my control. When you have done something this long, it is also a loss when you decide to move on. You are not just leaving the work, you are leaving the people you have worked alongside for so long, some of which have become more like family to you.
Whenever we take a new path, we leave behind the old. I realized that it was time for change, I had outgrown what I had been doing. It had allowed me to be home with our children their entire childhood and they were now ready to leave home. Lot's was changing. I was very grateful that business introduced me to entrepreneurship, provided the financial rewards and time freedom while our kids were growing up, and most importantly gave me the greatest gift I could ask for - never missing a single special moment with our kids. Everything has a time frame...instead of having regrets, anger, or blame when change happens, find the good and recognize whatever it is, has served it's purpose and it's time to move on to the next chapter. Gratitude for everything that you learned, everything that you benefited from will help you keep your mind in a positive state.
Recognize when you are in a rut - You may feel depressed, angry, confrontational, or some other emotion. We cannot bring about good in our lives in this state of mind. It's important to understand we choose whether we continue to give energy to these feelings, or are going to take action to move forward. No one wants to be frozen, in an emotion where you can't do anything. It takes effort to move on and create a new or different diversion to get your mind out of that rut. We have to make a CHOICE, and those choices can take us in many new directions.....
Start a new hobby - With a new hobby, we will always learn something new, which keep our minds occupied, challenge us, and creates a diversion.
Keep yourself busy - When we are busy, we are not focusing on the challenges, we are focusing on the task at hand.
Learn something new - Learning something new creates a diversion, something new and exciting to think about, despite the challenge.
Do something for someone else - Doing something for others takes the focus off of ourselves. Very often others have something much bigger they are dealing with, but this doesn't have to be the only reason we are reaching out to help others. There is a fine line...don't dig yourself into a deeper rut because you are getting too involved in others challenges when you are attempting to push through your own challenges. Simply find ways to help someone else....it could be doing the grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor, or taking on someone elses workload at work because they are going through something. Or, plan a birthday party for someone, or, watch a new mom's baby while she gets a massage. There are a million things we can do that provide that diversion so that we allow time to do it's job to help us get out of the rut we find ourselves in. When we shift the focus to others, we take the focus off our own challenges. It also brings about positive emotions when you are doing good things for others.
One more thing regarding gratitude. Be aware that the brain cannot think of two thoughts at the same time. When we focus on everything we are grateful for, we cannot simultaneously think about our challenges. Set up a gratitude journal and commit to it daily. When we purposely focus on everything we are grateful for, it produces positive endorphins within our bodies. Our brains believe what we tell it and what we think about. Gratitude is a daily exercise you can implement to purposely pull yourself out of the rut you are in. Sadness, stress, worry, etc., cannot live in a grateful heart. Fill your day with gratitude...be aware of it in everything you do.
The only person that can get you out of a rut is you. It starts with making a choice, and taking pro-active actions to turn your life around. The benefits are greater than the obvious. You will find through this, you also build your confidence, self worth and your self esteem, and will recognize what you are truly capable of.
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ONE OF THE biggest mistakes I see people make in life and in business, is to accept the thinking “that is what everyone does”.
Stop for a moment and really think about that phrase. If you are of this mindset, ask yourself why does that matter? Why do you believe you have to be like everyone else?
• Ask yourself does “everyone” have the result you are seeking?
• Ask yourself what successful people do, say, think or take action on?
• Ask yourself what makes successful people different from the masses?
• Ask yourself why you believe you have to be like “everyone”
• Ask yourself if this is holding you back?
Think about the types of things the phrase “that is what everyone does” covers. Everyone has a car loan, everyone has a mortgage, everyone struggles to pay the bills, everyone hates their job, etc., etc. Where is the hope, the possibility, the belief that it doesn’t have to be this way if you are willing to make different choices. What if you changed the message you are giving yourself? How can I buy a car with cash, how can I pay my mortgage off quickly, how can I eliminate my debt and start creating wealth, what can I do that will fulfill me in my work. We believe the conversations we have with ourselves. If we are feeding our minds negative messages, we will never achieve the life we want to be living. When we learn to start asking better questions, it puts our minds to work to find better solutions.
I’m sure most of you can remember growing up, and hearing your mom or dad say to you “Well if everyone jumped off the bridge, would you?” There is a clear message in this that people miss. Jumping off a bridge is obviously a negative, life threatening action. If we don’t want to be a statistic, even if everyone around us is jumping off a bridge, we have to DECIDE to take a different action. Are you going to settle because everyone else does, or are you going to DECIDE to create the life you truly want?
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This article is about music, but, the message is not actually about music....it is something much deeper. My husband and I are big music lovers. It's a big part of our lives and something we share with our family and friends. Music gives us such a natural feeling of joy and fun and brings about great memories. Think of the times you have danced the night away, or, when music was a huge part of an event you were at, and the happy memories you have.
Recently, we were listening to some documentaries about the music of the 50's....the impact it was having on people and the way they were embracing it and the fun they were having. You could clearly see the pure joy and the natural love of what music does for us as human beings. It seemed to give people in this video a new found sense of freedom of expression, which they were just RE-discovering.
I say rediscovering because we are born with this natural form of expression. Have you ever watched a small child? As soon as music comes on, they FEEL it and can't stand still....it is a natural part of being human to feel the beat and sway to the music in whatever way moves you. They don't have to be taught...they just naturally feel the rhythm. Have you ever asked yourself why that gets knocked out of us and why there are only "appropriate" places to express this natural pleasure? Have you ever thought about how different a workplace could be for example, if people felt comfortable enough to "break into a little dance" if a great song came on? How could this impact a workday? Just a little side step, jig, or two step....how would that bring a positive vibe to their work and co-workers?
This goes much deeper than music. Rock and roll represented change, and those in "power" couldn't tolerate it. It meant people were starting to EXPRESS themselves, have fun, listen to their hearts in doing what brought them joy. This meant a loss of control for those "in charge". They didn't want people to listen to their hearts and do what brought them joy....it would mean they would start to make different choices.
As the music grew fans, those in control started to feel threatened and started using media to attempt to punish and destroy. It was a disgusting display of control and prejudice, and a true eye opener for anyone that wants to look back and recognize how this type of control continues to shape our world. A great summary is in this article.
As I watched this documentary, it was a reminder that society continues to be controlled by decision makers, and how people give in and accept what is being fed to them by government, media, and the masses.
This isn't just an article about what happened with rock and roll music in the 50's. It is a reminder that society has been and continues to be controlled by government and the media, and why it is important to think for yourself, and make your own informed decisions. We are fortunate to live in a free country in Canada and the U.S., and most other countries in the world, yet, freedom is something that starts with our thinking. If we allow ourselves to be controlled by the messages of business, government, masses thinking, we are not free at all, we are conformists living lives that mean nothing to us. We are following along like sheep believing and doing what we are being directed to do. When we lose control of our own lives, and are living to fit into what is "acceptable" to business, government and society thinking, it leads to depression, unhappiness, being unfulfilled and we find ourselves just going through the motions, just existing as another cog in the wheel. As human beings, we are here to create, love, share and live into our potential. That cannot happen if we fit into the box of unified conformity.
The first step is to create a personal awareness. Are you just conforming, doing and thinking and taking the same actions as "everyone else", or do you think and make decisions for yourself? Take the time to really reflect on this, watch the videos and inform yourself. It's quite eye opening when you look back from today to how people were manipulated into conforming through something as simple and natural as music. Now ask yourself, how is this concept still prevalent in our world today, and am I a victim of it, or am I living my life by my own choices....
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SO MANY PEOPLE dream of starting their own businesses. Why do so few act on it?
A few things stop people from turning their ideas into a successful enterprise.
Belief in job security – Think of everyone you know…family friends, neighbors, etc. How many of them are employees and how many are working as an entrepreneur? Most people believe the only way to work is for an employer, and by doing so, they will have “job security”. Back in the industrial age, job security was promoted through a weekly paycheck, benefits, 2 wks vacation time, etc. Society was conditioned to believe they needed companies to provide work for them to gain this “security” and peace of mind. This has been instilled in our belief system for centuries now, through generations, education and society in general. As soon as children can walk and talk, we hear adults asking them what they want to be when they grow up. Very often they are prompted with suggestions such as policeman, fireman, nurse, etc. Children are conditioned to go to school, get a degree and get a “good, secure” job. They are not taught to explore their interests, find a need and fill it, pursue their passions, by developing their own business. It is considered too risky with a high failure rate. Instead of continuing to buy into this fear based belief, recognize that YOU are the only one that can provide your own job security.
Conformity – is a big one. People generally don’t like to do anything outside of what is perceived to be “normal”. People like to “fit in” with those they are surrounded with. If “everyone” around them is working as an employee, most will believe this is the only way, the right way, the “safe” way to work. Instead, recognize the high % of people that are disengaged, unhappy, stressed out, bored, etc. because they have conformed and are living an unfilled life of mediocrity. Choose to step out of the box of conformity and follow your heart.
Fear of failure – No one wants to fail at anything in life. There is a fear instilled that most new businesses fail. Although this is true to some extent, it is not the business that fails. It is the individual behind the business that is attempting to run the business with the MINDSET of an employee. We are generally not taught to be solution oriented, to build resilience, to think out of the box and to find opportunity within challenge. We don’t fail….we give up. Change the perception you have of failure. Failure seems final, something we don’t have choice over. Instead be the person that will not give up and will be determined to find solutions to succeed. A very different mindset to come from.
Lack of belief – You don’t have to have all the answers to launch a business. If you take the time to study successful entrepreneurs, you will learn that many didn’t have a clue on how they were going to make their businesses work. However, a common trait, is to take the first step you know to take. You don’t have to have the whole puzzle figured out. Often the next step to take, is only evident and revealed to you once you take that first step. It leads you to the next logical step to take, and so on. You do not need all the answers in advance. Believe in yourself enough to take the first step, and you will learn and grow as you go, building your confidence, knowledge and learning about the huge potential you have within you.
Not taking action – No one can do it FOR you. Lack of action = lack of results, and leads to living a life of regrets.
We only get one run through this life. What are you waiting for? If you have the entrepreneurial dream inside of you, don’t let it die with you….live the life and the dreams you have within you.
As published on: http://bizcatalyst360.com/do-you-have-an-entrepreneurial-idea-you-havent-acted-on/
Debbie Ruston - Entrepreneur - International Trainer, Visionary Leader