I once heard someone say that success is 99% mindset. It didn’t mean anything to me back then but fast forward two years into running my own business. I have a huge collection of failures, successes, collaborations, product launches, etc.. I’m not new to making money in the online space and I’ve learned a thing or two about the women who succeed and those who don’t.
It all comes down to being both steadfast and resilient. Succeeding as an entrepreneur is a mind game.
You’ve got to be committed to your vision and what you’ve been called to do on this earth, because your business is a gift to the world! It’ll be tough, and you have to be willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goals. Here are 5 key tips that have helped me get there:
1. Motivators Worth Fighting For
I love the concept that Shanna Skidmore teaches on the Main Motivators for Entrepreneurs. Every entrepreneur has something they aren’t willing to give up so it becomes a motivator that pushes them to earn income in their business. Without some sort of motivator, financial success would never matter.
You might have a little bit of all of these but there is always one that stands out most!
- Time – Freedom to plan your time as you please (this one is me!)
- Challenge – Enjoy the thrill of meeting new goals in business
- Art – Doing the creative art your love and getting paid for it
- Impact – Serving and giving back through your business
To me, time is everything! It means being able to work, travel, hang with my husband, invest in relationships, and serve in my local community whenever I want.
So next time you’re working hard on a launch or working late into the night, think back on your main motivator. You’ll know exactly what you’re working towards!
2. Accept The Grind
I’m not going to sugar coat it. Being an entrepreneur is freaking hard work! So put your big girl pants on and deal with it.
There have been months in my business where I worked around the clock and barely had time to grab coffee with friends or even snuggle and binge watch The Big Bang Theory with my sweet husband (he’s my rock). I knew it would all be worth it in the long run because the quicker I could get my business up and running, the sooner I could expand my team and delegate tasks, which meant more freedom for me!
You have to accept that there is a start-up phase that requires a lot from you. And, there will be seasons in your business where you’ll need to put more hours in than usual, but eventually this business thing does get easier! (If it hasn’t, you need to reevaluate your business model.)
3. A Community To Lean On
Pay close attention because this one is essential! We are relational people. We crave connection and community. Starting your own business can cause loneliness, especially if you don’t have a team yet. Loneliness can affect and stall your progress. In fact, it can cause your mind to start whispering false thoughts to yourself.
It’s down to you to make sure you have a good community around you. But, and this is a big but, you have to invest in the right relationships.
The wise Jim Rohn says that “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” So, find people who get the risks you’re taking and the hard work you’re investing. Find people who are on a similar journey. Find people who make you laugh and encourage you to enjoy life. Find people who pour wisdom and love into your life and business.
4. Make Time To Recharge
As a CEO, you’ll give a lot of yourself to your business (and don’t forget about all the other areas of your personal life too). Meaning you can go days without showering, eating a proper meal, or even seeing people in person because you hide away in your business cave for days on end. I’ve learned that self-care is actually a business task.
I always show up as the best version of myself for my clients when I’ve taken time out to put myself first. It’s easy to get sucked into your business when you love what you do but, remember, you’re creating a freedom based lifestyle – not just a business. Schedule time to do things that light you up! It’ll do your business a world of good in the long run.
5. Don’t Make Yourself Guilty
Living with regret is a terrible burden, but living with failure is something you can move past. Give yourself the opportunity to have a fresh start! Forget about the mess that you have made in the past and instead choose to learn from it. Stop feeling guilty, just clean it up and start over! If you live in the past and sulk over the mess that you’ve made, you won’t ever move forward.
Clean up your mess. Prepare for what’s to come and start moving forward. Now it’s down to you to take action on what you’ve learned!
Photo: Brooke Cagle