Set Yourself Up For Success in Your Entrepreneurial Journey
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5 Steps to Set Yourself up for Success

1. Get clear on your vision

In order to get where you want to go, you need to have a clear vision of your destination.  Creating a road map will help you stay on track and focused while you set yourself up for success and arrive in record time.

When you have a clear vision you will find that you don’t spend as much time doing activities or tasks that are not pushing you closer to your goals and where you want to be.  By mapping out your destination you will surely know which way to go, while developing lightning focus to know when to say “yes” and when to say “no”.

2. Plan Ahead

Planning ahead will help you stay consistent and working toward your goals.  Setting up a schedule to publish blog posts, social media content, and following up with clients and customers will help you know exactly what to do next, rather than spending time thinking about the next thing to do.

Creating a schedule will help you get those things done that you aren’t looking forward to, but you know needs to happen.  Having a plan will help you achieve the goals have you clearly laid out for yourself and set yourself up for success.

3.  Eat That Frog

Running a business requires things that we don’t always like doing, or maybe just feel overwhelmed by.  By beginning our day “eating the frog” we will get the things done that have the possibility of dragging out checked off of our list first thing in the morning.

After we have the biggest, ugliest, most unappealing tasks out of the way, we can move on with our day knowing that we have accomplished the biggest things and we will have so much more free space to be creative, less stressed, and ready to take on any new challenges that come our way.

4.  Get Real With Yourself

Listening to the voices in our heads that scream self-doubt, worry and fear about all the reasons and excuses why we should stay right where we are leaves us feeling stuck and unable to move forward.

It’s much harder to get real with ourselves and know what’s true for us.  Yes, we can have the tendency to be lazy.  And yes, there are a lot of things we don’t know yet.  But, we are smart and creative and gosh darn it, people like us.

Let’s be honest about why we get stuck.  Though, let’s not get sit in that for too long.  Get real and move forward.  You are the only one holding yourself back.  Our lives and our businesses are better when we love ourselves, give ourselves permission to mess up once in awhile, and yet believe in ourselves to move forward and accomplish our goals.

You are much more likely to set yourself up for success when you are real about what is keeping you behind and what you need to do to move forward.

5.  Set Up Accountability

Being self-employed also means being self-disciplined.  And sometimes, that’s hard.  I have found that it’s easiest for me to do the work that a  client is waiting for and counting on.  It’s a bit trickier to motivate myself to do the administrative tasks that need done behind the scenes,  Why’s that?  Because on a day-to-day basis no one is counting on those things to be done, but me.

I’ve realized that I am much more likely to get something done when I know I’m needed, being counted on, and someone is interested in what I’m doing. Having an accountability partner helps me feel proud and accomplished and we get to celebrate our wins together.

It’s just as easy to do something as it is not to do it.  An accountability partner will help us complete tasks more consistently and provide some much-needed motivation to stay on track, rather than make excuses.

A business coach, a business bestie, or an accountability group could all be great avenues to explore to stay engaged and set yourself up for success.

“Show up. Show up consistently. Show up consistently with a positive outlook. Be prepared for and committed to the long haul. Cultivate a burning desire backed by faith. Be willing to pay the price. And do the things you’ve committed to doing—even when no one else is watching.”
― Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness

Which one of these steps do you think would be best for you to implement now to set yourself up for success?

Tell me in the comments below to join the conversation.

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