Everyone is in a reactive position in business and are struggling of finding ways to become successful. Today, we’ll focus on four ways to succeed. For example, as some states are beginning to reopen, others are maintaining their #StayHome orders. While other states that are somewhere in between with these reopening.
How is this affecting your small business success? Remember, there arenrecommendations I’ve been putting in my Facebook live events. Such as, taking this time to review all of your organization’s policies and procedures? Reviewing your client profiles? What about your 1 – 5-year business plan? Marketing plan? These last six weeks have truly been a gift. One of the key ways to support your business and yourself to succeed – the gift of time. The time to do all the internal administrative elements that you never seemed to have the time to do before. If you’re ready, here are four ways to support your success.
Let us delve into those four ways of supporting your success. Firstly, finding excuses is the number one killer of small businesses. Looking for reasons is where success begins. What will you be choosing this week? Find excuses for not being in action? Or a reason to step up and into action? Having a reason is the first of four ways to succeed.
Be S.M.A.R.T. to Succeed
Secondly, success has to do with having a vision on how you will move; meaning setting goals (remember S.M.A.R.T. goals are the best goals!) and milestones for achievements. Without setting goals, you are setting yourself up for not reaching the end your desire. Communicating your own expectations supports you achieving your success. Without it, then you have no idea where you are going and when you’ve arrived. As you set goals, make sure you build in milestones along the way. These milestones keep you moving in the right direction. When you meet your goals, your level of motivation keeps you moving forward. Remember to tap into what is your internal motivation trigger!
Small successes are your milestones to fuel your discipline; your disciplilne empowers you to continue along the path or plan you have established. Secondly, another way to be successful – discipline! You need to have discipline to find success. Defining self-discipline is knowing your ability to focus, stay on task and setting those S.M.A.R.T. goals. What helps you stay focused? Know your learning style, know your motivation triggers, know yourself and you like to work. And of course, understanding these will empower you to be more disciplined and ultimately succeed.
Success in business is also dependent with how you earn the respect others and that, begins with self-respect. Thirdly, how you show respect for yourself models to others how to treat and interact with you. Self-respect is having a set of solid boundaries in place. Go back and revisit April’s Facebook live events about healthy boundaries. Having a clear set of boundaries empowers other to interact and communicate in a respectful manner. For example, without knowing where you begin and end in relation to others; you may end of spinning your wheels and wasting a lot of time and energy. Which doesn’t help you move towards your goals and will undermine your success.
Be Motivated to Succeed
Finally, talking about motivation, it brings us to our fourth way to support your success. Being able to answer the question: “What incentiveses you?” An example is a corporate work environment, there will be incentives established for employees, rewards for meeting certain goals and achievements.
Meanwhile, have you thought about implementing incentives for yourself as a small business owner? Incentives can be a wide range of items; we are all not motivated by money rewards. Extra time off? That new laptop you’ve been wanting. New car? New clothes? Yes, all of these in the end have a financial cost but if you are achieving your goals then your financial bottom line will be stronger, and these costs can be written into your monthly/annual budgets. Therefore, your reward circles us back to what is your motivation trigger, and ultimately ties into your self-discipline. Can you stay focused and disciplined long enough to achieve your milestones and ultimately your goals?
In conclusion, S.M.A.R.T. goals, self-discipline, self-respect, and incentives are four aspects leading the path to your success. The underlying theme is knowing yourself first. Knowing how you work. Knowing how you learn and work. All this knowledge when applied correctly will support your success in both life and business. So, what are you doing today – coming up with an excuse why you failed or taking a step into action to support your success?