As Mary watched her friends drive off in their boat, she wished she had been asked to go along.
For years she had been coming to this lake with her family. Her Uncle had a boat, and they would frequently spend the day on the water fishing and having a good time.
The more Mary thought about it, the more she thought, “Why can’t I take out a boat myself? I’ve seen my Uncle drive his boat for years. It couldn’t be much different than a car.”
With that thought in mind, she walked down to the dock and secured a boat.
As she pulled away from the dock, her confidence soared. This was going to be so much fun. Why did everybody make such a fuss about driving a boat?
The thought crossed her mind that she’d go and find her friends and wave as she drove by.
Then all of a sudden Mary noticed something. The boat was taking on water! She didn’t want to panic but what would she do?
Thinking quickly she grabbed her life jacket and called for help.
What does this story have to do with you and your business?
Many times people start a business because they think, “How hard could this be? Everybody else is doing it.” That’s where they go wrong.
There are a lot of working parts to running a successful business.
That’s why you need to learn how to plan for success.
If you noticed, the first thing Mary did was grab her life jacket. Why? She knew if the boat went down it would increase her chances of staying alive.
When it comes to your business, what is the life jacket to keep your business afloat?
Your life jacket is your plan of action, your goals.
Let’s talk about 6 reasons you might not meet your goals, causing your business to go under.
You set goals that were impossible for you to achieve
This is a recipe for disaster and could cause you to sink and fail.
For example, if you want to achieve a financial goal of $100,000 a year but you aren’t making anything right now, how realistic is that goal?
Why not start small at $25,000? This way once you exceed that amount you’ll feel more confident.
Your goals are not written down
There are countless stories of people that achieved their goals after writing them down. Don’t underestimate the power of writing out your goals and reviewing them daily or at least weekly.
You do not measure your progress
If you don’t know where you’re going, and how far you’ve gone, how do you know when you get there? Break a large goal into smaller goals. Recording your progress improves your chances of success.
You don’t celebrate small victories
Your business is based on building upon small achievements. Give yourself periodic encouragement as you achieve small victories on the way to your major goal. This continually stokes the fire of your desire, which gives you the willpower and determination to realize your dreams.
You are in an environment which is not conducive to you achieving your goals
If your family, coworkers, friends, and neighbors are not supportive of your dream achieving efforts, all your work may be for naught. The same can be said of your physical environment.
Take a look around at your office space. Is it dark and dingy or is it light and bright encouraging you to work?
Your goals are too vague
Setting a goal to “be rich” will probably never be achieved. Change that goal to” I will help other people solve a problem and in turn build a business that redefines everything.”
Once you have these goals firmly in place, they become your life jacket. You refer back to them often, even revising them when necessary.
Being successful is not about “winging” it. It’s about planning for it.
Another life jacket for your business is a business coach. When you have the right training, support and coaching it becomes easier to navigate the waters of running a successful business. Ask most successful people how they achieved their goals and they will say they had a coach or mentor.
One of the best ways for you to gain the help and support you need is by joining the Entrepreneur Hub Club.
Our group power hour brain storming session could be exactly what you need to take your business to the next level.
It could be the life jacket you’ve been looking for.
I would love for you to see what it’s all about by clicking this link: Entrepreneur Hub Club
What goals do you have for your business?
Until next time….
Be Savvy and Successful!
Toni Nelson – Start A Business Expert
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