Feeling overwhelmed, discouraged and confused about what to do? Being self-employed is sometimes a lonely road as the entrepreneur is often left to work things out by themselves. Although conference calls, seminars, social media may keep you connect with others, the bulk of your time is spent between you and your business.
The urge to quit and settle for a job "just to get by" can sometimes become very strong. Yet, those who go on to succeed somehow find a way to not give in to the call to back track. In all my years of working for myself, and studying high achievers, I can truly sum it all up in these 5 words: TO SUCCEED, YOU MUST COMMIT.
So how do you resist the urge to quit and stay committed to your business plan?
1. Make ENOUGH time for your business. How important is this venture to you? You simply should not be busy with everything else but your business. "I'm in school," "I am at work," "The kids won't leave me alone," etc, etc. The bottom-line is that your life is a reflection of what you spend most of your time doing. By making your business the centre fold of the activities you engage in, and dedicating enough time in building it, you eventually get the results it needs to blossom.
"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person," – Albert Einstein
2. Have a plan. It is not uncommon to know what we want, but have absolutely no idea how to achieve it. It is absolutely critical to formulate an action plan for guidance. Gain a clear understanding of what it takes to succeed in the industry. What are the activities that trigger growth and keep the wheels of success spinning for your business? Work these into your daily schedule. Perform identified tasks diligently, consistently and without distraction.
In some instances, the results may not be immediately obvious, but tend to slowly compound into tangible signs of growth as the business develops. Having a plan helps us set goals, solidifying commitment — through the good days and bad days.
Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them day after day — Arthur Gordon
3. Be consistent. Plan your days carefully and stick to a schedule that works for you, your family and for your business – remember that your business is very much a part of you at this point. For example, find out what are the best times to make phone calls (when prospects and customers are most likely to be available), conduct webinars, attend area meetings, etc. Become a creature of habits that growth the business. Perform buiness building activities "mechanically" … i.e. come rain or sunshine, whether we feel like or not, the plan has to be worked. That's consistency. Business growth slows to a halt when elements that fire up the engines of progress stop working.
Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down – David McNally
4. Be flexible. Frustration thrives in rigidity … have you noticed that folks who are set in their ways usually tend to be very irritable and frustrated? This is simply because the twists and turns of life are often not predictable regardless how much we try to control them. Yes, the flight just got delayed, you are running late, just missed a call — life happens sometimes and that's ok. Don't get too worked up when you skip a beat, instead reward your business by catching up. Remember that you are in control — it's your business to run, don't let it run you!
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach – Tom Robbins
5. Always go back to the basics. As business flourishes, many more doors open up and the tendency is to stray becomes strong. The entrepreneur very easily may become caught-up in activities that take away from growing the business plan, slowing down progress. Be careful not to spread yourself thin. Whether you're involved in mlm, blogging or on a fitness plan, exercise discipline in staying with the plan. Always go back to re-examine and reconnect with the building blocks of your business empire … that's where the power is.
Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives – Anthony Robbins
6. Take time off! Human batteries need to be recharged too! You just can't keep going and going and going. When you begin to feel drained and stressed out, give yourself permission to take sometime off — regardless of what anyone else thinks. This also gives you time to regroup and refocus — and ensures long-term commitment.
Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop – Ovid
Did I leave anything out? Please leave a comment.
I hope these tips on how to stay committed help your business develop. Good luck!