Today I’m talking about what it takes to be a success. Success can mean many different things, but a lot of us equate success with freedom.
What I’m going to specifically focus on in this podcast is the freedom of being an entrepreneur.
The thing is, owning your own business can be difficult. But anyone can become a success if they have the right tools. The most important of those tools is a success mindset.
Many people who start their own businesses were originally in the corporate world where there were set hours and a boss requiring certain tasks be completed.
Often being at work in that kind of environment is about whiling away the day until it’s time to go home. Or we keep getting assignments and tasks thrown at us until we’re able to clock out.
This is why some decide to become entrepreneurs. They want to do work that’s exciting and meaningful. They want to be in charge of their own days and to have more freedom. But that freedom can come with a price.
Some work-from-home businesses fail because they have a different mindset when they are home. Being at home is all about kicking back and de-stressing. They don’t want to work while at home. They like to keep their home life and work life separate.
This may be a good idea, but in today’s workforce, work and home often merge despite our best intentions – we get texts and emails about work at home, whether we want to receive them or not.
Sometimes the superiors at our jobs expect us to be willing to work even during what is supposed to be our time off. Setting boundaries in these situations may become necessary.
Of course, if your thought about receiving texts and emails during your off times is positive, then no harm done. The problem comes when you feel resentful of these intrusions. In that case, you’ll need to make a decision. Either change the way you think about getting work communications at home or erect a boundary to stop it from happening.
When you work from home those two worlds can become even more likely to connect. It can be hard to keep our families and personal lives from becoming entangled with our professional ones.
Still with discipline and a specific plan, you can become a success either way.
If you decide to leave your job to work for yourself, just remember being your own boss really is just that – you have to BE your own boss. Successful entrepreneurs have to do what needs to be done in a timely manner – in other words – productivity is essential.
One lesson life coach Brooke Castillo teaches is that running your own business isn’t about filling your day with busyness, it’s about seeing results from that day.
Ultimately, you can work 80 hours a week or 20 hours a week – the important thing is seeing results.
Since my own coaching niche is writers, let’s say you’re an author who has a deadline to meet. How many hours you spend writing doesn’t matter as much as the amount of progress you make on your novel overall. Ten pages may take you two hours or two days, but what you’re really after is a completed project.
Now let’s flip that idea slightly to a self-published author – since I’m both traditionally published and self-published (what we call a hybrid author) I understand each of these situations.
A self-published author has no publishing company breathing down her neck demanding she turn in her novel by a certain date. Yet, if she wants to have more products to sell – in this case, books – she’ll need to complete as many as possible as quickly as possible and at the highest quality possible. No one will buy her novel and read it if it’s rife with spelling and grammatical mistakes.
So both authors’ objectives are to get to the result of a completed novel. But the self-published author is going to have to provide her own motivation and drive. The only one telling her to hurry up is herself.
The reason having a positive or success mindset is so necessary is because our thoughts cause our feelings. So if we start to doubt ourselves – we think, “I can’t do this,” “I’m not good enough to do this,” or “I’m not smart enough to do this,” the battle can be lost before we even begin.
Tip 1: Think positively and believably about our success.
We must believe we can do whatever we set our hearts on, and believing it starts with what we think. What are some things we can say to ourselves that are believable, positive and helpful?
•I can do this.
•I can figure this out.
•I am smart enough to figure out what to do.
Tip 2: Take note of how you feel.
When you say these things to yourself, how does it feel? If it feels good and true, then concentrate on these thoughts with all your might. If they don’t quite feel true, modify them until they do.
Tip 3: Once you feel good, act from that inspired place.
As long as you are in a positive, happy space, these actions will help you to be in alignment with what you desire – in this case, a successful business.
Tip 4: Look for results.
Give yourself a certain timeframe to start seeing positive results – probably at least 6 months to a year. If you’re being more productive – writing more, seeing more attention on your website, or seeing more sales of your product – you’re on the right track.
If you don’t see these good results, check what you’re thinking. Thoughts really do become things, so to quote Mike Dooley, “make sure they’re good ones.”
Are you a writer struggling to see results? Sign up now for a free mini-session with me, and we’ll get you back on the road to success.