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I was having a chat with one of my business besties this week, like always. It’s one of those things I look forward to and truly helps me grow my business. The subject turned to what we thought has made the biggest impact in gaining momentum in our businesses (aside from our chats, of course).
I look back at some of the coaches that I started out with. Some are not in business anymore. Some have changed their focus or messaging multiple times. And others have done really well. What makes the difference?
It seems a few things are common:
1. Pull the Trigger
One of the biggest hindrances to momentum is being wishy-washy. When you get a great idea, do it. Quit changing your mind. Finish what you start. You cannot worry about being “perfect” or wonder if you’re enough. Hear me when I share this: You are enough just as you are at this moment.
Thing is, there will always be more to learn but if you wait until you feel like you know enough or accomplished enough, you’ll never start. Just start where you are with what you have. Remember that done is better than perfect.
If you are having a hard time, give yourself a non-negotiable drop dead date to start and don’t allow yourself any excuses. Pull the trigger!
2. Focus on the Outcome
Once you know what you want, go after it with a vengeance. I think it’s so easy to get stuck in the day-to-day stuff we don’t want to do and then want to find something more fun to do instead. We forget why we’re doing it — shiny object syndrome, anyone? Yeah, I know. It SEEMS more exciting but it won’t bring you the happiness you think it will long term.
Reverse-engineer your process. Look at where you want to be and at what date. Then decided by backtracking, how you’ll get there. What are the steps that need to be taken? How long will they take? What does it require of you?
Daily, only do the things that will get you closer to your outcome. Evaluate the other ideas that pop into your head and categorize them into: no, yes now, yes but later or a great idea to think about again in the future. In this way, you can look at each idea and clearly see if it’s going to help or hinder your progress.
3. Purposefully Make a Ton of Mistakes
As someone who is actively recovering from worrying about the judgment of others, I know it’s hard to put yourself out there knowing that you’re going to mess up. But you will. No matter how long you wait, how hard you try or how put together all the piece seem, most strategies have a flaw. Problem is, we don’t know what that flaw is until we try it and realize it needs to be adjusted.
It’s just like Thomas Edison and the filaments for his light bulb.
I think successful people look at their mistakes much differently than others. They see them as ways to improve, ways to learn, and ways to eventually get it right. Expect to make mistakes, especially the first time you do things. And if you can look back and see what you’ve learned, you really haven’t failed at anything. That mistake has lead you to your eventual success.
What are your thoughts on how you’ve grown your business? Comment below!
Vickie Gould is a book coach, content marketing strategist, best selling author, and speaker. She believes that everyone has a story to share and a journey orchestrated for their positive growth — and that those experiences should be written in a best selling book.
Vickie helps entrepreneurs to share their stories, self-publish and leverage their own business books, grow their following, create more impact and turn readers into clients through her Easy Writer Program, one-on-one coaching and her free Facebook Group, Write Your Biz Book.
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