Hey there Goal Getter 🙂
If there’s one thing that entrepreneurship has taught me, it’s that there’s always more to learn lol. The longer you’re in business (I’ve been in 5 years now), the more you learn the things you need to stay motivated and mentally strong. However, because us entrepreneurs want to “do it all and by ourselves” it sometimes takes us a little longer to learn some of the simple but valuable keys to WINNING. I’m sharing 5 of them with you today.
1. You need an accountability partner. Let’s face it, there’s many moving parts to biz and trying to manage it all and your “mental health” by yourself gets old really quick. While, I am a super huge fan of to-do lists, content calendars and planning tools – if you ask me – they still don’t replace having someone who you can call on when you need a push, a pep-talk, to cheered on and most importantly someone to support you in reaching your goals.
If you’ll allow me to get technical for one second – in a study conducted on “goal setting” by Dr. Gail Matthews from Dominican University in California, the results showed people who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent them weekly updates were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated them.
As if that’s not a good enough reason why you need an accountability partner, here’s a list of other reasons:
- Accountability partners make sure you keep your goals a priority.
- On days when your mental strength is tested, your accountability partner usually serves you a nice dose of motivation…the push you need to get your head back in the game.
- Accountability partners have a way of pushing you beyond your comfort zone. They push you take more risks.
2. You need an inspiring workspace. Why? Well because your surroundings have a HUGE impact on your mood, emotions and productivity. If your workspace feels lifeless, 9 times out of ten you’ll start to feel that way. If your workspace is cluttered, you’ll also start to feel all over the place. The upside is that if your workspace is “feels good” and is inviting you’re more likely to want to spend time there. I love the tips that Small Biz Trends shared some tips on how to create an inspiring workspace, check them out here.
3. You need to BREATHE. Seriously – just breathe. Breathe is life, breathe eases stress, and few deep breaths – throughout the day – works wonders with shifting energy when things get tough. Let me tell you that when I became more intentional about incorporate breathing exercises into my day, I found it easier to power through my tasks and the day. Here are some ways to get more breathing in:
- taking up yoga
- simply take 5 deep breaths and repeat 5 times each day
4. You need to know how you differ from those in your industry. This is something I actually recommend you get clear on before starting or building your business. However, if you’re already in biz, it’s not too late. I encourage you to take your next free day to get crystal clear on what it is that you offer, that others don’t. Consider, what makes your customers/clients come to you in particular? What unique value do you add to your customer’s life? Once you are clear on these things, creating content and sharing your message becomes 10 times easier. And dig this – the more clear you are about how you differ, the more you stand out and YOUR customers, and the quicker customers and clients come running your way.
5. You need a like-minded community. Similar to having an accountability partner – having a group of like-minded people to lean on is key…and as an entrepreneur you need it! Your community becomes your inspiration and a place you can go for emotional support. When you’re apart of a community there’s also always opportunities to learn from those in your community, to collaborate and to share tips of the trade. You don’t want to just join any community though. You definitely want to find a group of people who share your niche’. If you have found your “peeps” yet, I encourage you to make this a goal for 2017. Not sure where to get started? Here’s some suggestions:
- attend a local tech group meeting
- contact your local Chamber of Commerce for suggestions
- check out meetup.com and look for events/networking opportunities in your niche
Again, these are valuable lessons that it took many years to learn. If you get on top of this now, you’ll be lightning-speed ahead of where I was at when I started out. So, get on it 🙂
Okay, that’s all I got friend! Until next time and as always,
I love you like XO!