1 | BE PRODUCTIVE
Schedule out your days, weeks, and months. You don’t have to, of course, but people who are doing this are getting further ahead.
Many new entrepreneurs are thrilled to be working on their business full-time, and they immediately adopt the entrepreneurial lifestyle featured on Insta and Pinterest.
But if you want your business to work (and work well), then as you’re building, treat it like a job. Show up. Know what you need to do. Do what you need to do.
Of course, some entrepreneurs, do make multi-6 and 7-figure amounts of money while “doing nothing,” but notice what their “nothing” actually is. They’re still creating, sharing, connecting, and serving an audience. You haven’t seen what it took for them to reach the point where all they have to do is post a blog once a week, do a live stream every few days, or make a FB post and then lean back and wait to rake in the dough.
2 | PLAN FOR THE PRESENT
Have a vision for what you’re creating, but keep your planning focused more immediately. If you’re planning for five years down the line, you’re not going to be able to maintain the motivation and enthusiasm.
Research shows that 90 days is about the length of our mental horizon. So keep your focus there. Do you more in-depth planning for the 30 days ahead of you.
Set markers that are achievable ‘cause it helps maintain your momentum when you…
3 | LEVERAGE BASIC MOTIVATION
Humans are motivated by avoiding pain or gaining pleasure.
We are more motivated by the avoidance of pain. But if you celebrate yourself, the burst of pleasure that comes from reward in enough to motivate you as you gain momentum.
If you only get pleasure from the big goals, you reach you’ll lose momentum before you hit those markers. You’ll move back into the place where you’re only motivated when the pain is severe enough.
4 | PRACTICE GRATITUDE
Gratitude not only feels good, but it also gets you to focus on what’s going the way you want instead of what you want that you don’t yet have.
More importantly, gratitude is a potent reminder of how powerful you are. Gratitude allows you to recognize that there was something you didn’t have in your life experience, that you wanted, that you were then able to create and receive into your experience. That’s a mighty thing you’ve done. And you can do it again for whatever else you want.
5 | ENJOY THE BUILDING
Part of being a human is that our desires are going to expand continually. Once we reach the goal we’ve been working on, we want something else. We THINK we want to just “get there,” but that would quickly grow dull.
...And since there’s no “there” to get to, it will serve you to enjoy the process of what you’re building.
Enjoy the creation.
Enjoy the building.
Enjoy the work.
If you can’t ever enjoy the process, you’ll invariably find yourself pushing up against frustration and disappointment.
6 | KNOW THAT WHAT YOU WANT EXISTS
Know that what you want exists. You just can’t see it yet.
In the summer of 2016 I attended a business seminar focused on mindset. I stood up in a room of over 300 entrepreneurs and talked about what I most desired and how devastating it felt that I didn’t have it yet. How unfair it seemed that I couldn’t find love.
The leader looked me in my watery eyes and told me, “it’s here. You just can’t see it.” I looked around the room thinking maybe he had met someone who he thought would be good for me…
It was confusing, but it snapped me out of the story that I didn’t have it. I started thinking, “it’s here, I just don’t see it.”
It was less than a month later that I met my husband.
It existed I just kept telling the story that I didn’t have love, which kept it out.
Whatever you want is already available to you, but you’re too busy focusing on the way things are. What’s right in front of you.
What you focus on expands so as you’re focusing on how things are, how they’re not what you want, that becomes all you can see and you push away what you most desire.
Start recognizing that what you want exists. You just can’t see it yet.
7 | APPLY THE 80/20 RULE TO CREATION V. CONSUMPTION
When you’re ready to scale your business to 6-figures+ be sure to spend 80% of your time creating and 20% of your time-consuming. That means you’ll be producing 4-5x what you consume. Fewer courses. Fewer masterminds. Fewer books. Fewer trainings.
When we start our businesses, it’s natural to want to consume. At least it was for me. I mean I had spent four years in college, three years in law school, and 1,000+ hours preparing for the CA bar, so I wanted to acquire at least that much education for my business…
It makes sense but not how entrepreneurship works. Master your craft. Study and learn, but also implement. You’re never going to stop learning in your business so let go of the idea that you need to know everything even before you start.
Which is a perfect segue into the next point…
8 | YOU’RE NOT A VICTIM OF THE FACEBOOK FEED
Or Insta feed
Or any other network that allows for endless scrolling. We feel bombarded.
...So create white space for yourself.
You can curate the feed and be intentional about the content you consume.
If there’s a group you find valuable and want to see posts for, then follow it. Unfollow the rest. You can still stay in the group, and if you think about it and decide to mozy over to the actual group, all the posts will still be there.
Choose 5-10 people whose content serves you. The rest you can unfollow and remain friends.
8| RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF YOUR WORK
See your work as of high service. You need to recognize your value, even before others widely recognize it. That doesn’t mean you have to be anyone’s guru or that you have to lie or position yourself falsely. Just see that what you do is of value. If you have a desire to help or serve people, that’s good enough to start.
Grow and get better at it, but realize there is someone 1 or 2 steps behind you who will benefit immensely from your teaching and service.
9 | BE A GREAT STUDENT
Be a great student to become a better leader. And being a great student isn’t the same as consuming massive amounts of information all the time. (See 7)
Being an excellent student means you study, implement, and embody what you learn. That makes you a better student than the person reading two books every week who can’t explain any of the concepts in a clear and succinct way. And who certainly haven’t applied anything learned.
Spend at least 1 hour per day learning.
You can be, do, or have whatever you desire. These are a few small shifts you can make to get you moving in that direction.
My life and business have become more than I ever thought possible for me. If I can do this, than you DEFINITELY can.
I believe magic is possible for you.
I’ll be over here cheering you on!
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