I was invited to give a talk this week at the Sandgate Business Network Breakfast. The subject of the talk was keystones to business success. In my short career as a business entrepreneur I have learned a few key points which have helped me be very successful in a short amount of time. To summarise these points we will use the word DESIRE.
D is for Decision. Making the decision to start a business and to give it 100% commitment is key. Once you have fixed your goal you must make a decision to stick to it no matter what adversity you face.
E is for Experience. You’ll need experience if you want to shorten the time it takes you to be successful. This doesn’t have to be your own experience. Talk to people who have walked the path before you, ask for help, find a mentor.
S is for Share. Share the workload. Stick to what you are good at, keep the passion flowing there. The tasks that you find difficult should be shared with others who can do it easily. The time you save by letting others do these jobs is time you can be spending on expanding your business.
I is for “I can do it”. Self-belief is key. If I don’t believe that I can create a successful business then I shouldn’t be doing it. We all have good and bad days with this. It is important to be surrounded by positive people who will help you stay positive o the days when things don’t go so well. It’s a good idea to join or create a Mastermind Group so that you have regular mmetings with people who can support you and hepl your business keep moving forward.
R is for Reflect. Take time regularly to analyse your business. Ask yourself these questions: “What am I doing, what’s working, what isn’t?” Let the activities that aren’t working fall away and keep doing more of what is working for you. Non-attachment is important here, don’t get caught up in trying to push ahead with something that isn’t working. It’s time may not be right, let it lie for a little while.
E is for Enjoy. What’s the point in being your own boss if you can’t give yourself a day off now and again?Often our most inspired thoughts come when we are relaxing or playing. It’s important to allow yourself downtime so that these thoughts are free to surface from your subconscious. Watching your energy levels is important too. It’s easy to get caught up in being busy. Take time out and just ‘Be’ whenever you can. A daily meditation routine will help with this.
Fix your desire in place – and go for it!
I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions of how you manage your life as an entrepreneur. !