Napoleon Hill once said that every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. While the global pandemic has devastated the lives of millions around the world, there are those of us who have had the privilege of being able to plant that seed of greater benefit and launch our own businesses during these uncertain times. In March 2020, I took the decision to launch my own coaching and consulting practice providing services to support aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals, helping them to get unstuck, be more, have more and achieve more.
Here are my top 5 tips for those of you who are keen to embark upon the journey of entrepreneurship:
Find your ‘Why’!
Things will get difficult, motivation & inspiration will wane, but your ‘why ’will compel you to take action even on the days when you simply don’t feel like it. Your ‘why’ is the reason failure simply isn’t an option. Maybe it’s to provide a better life for your loved ones, maybe it’s to leave a positive mark on the world. Reconnect with your ‘why’ when things get tough.
Get clear on who your ideal client is
If you want to maximise your profitability, it’s critical that you develop an intimate understanding on who your ideal client is. Knowing their deepest pain points, their fears and what keeps them awake at night will be pivotal to you positioning yourself as their ideal solution.
Commit to taking at least one step towards your goal each day
If the prospect of launching and successfully running your own business somewhat scares you, you’re in good company. Instead of becoming overwhelmed by the size of the proverbial mountain before you, seek to climb it by taking one step at a time. Consistent action in the right direction will help to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
Don’t go it alone
If you’re worried about gaps in your skills or knowledge or ability, please don’t let that stop you from taking the plunge. There is great value in leveraging the expertise of others with a view to compress time frames and avoid some of the most common pitfalls. Business Coaches & Consultants can provide accountability to keep you on track, expert advice and guidance to help you navigate this path.
Start before you’re ready
Here’s the thing, it’s likely that you’ll never feel completely ready. There will always be more to learn, more to do and more room for improvement. The idea of ‘readiness’ will trap you in your comfort zone. Growth, development and achievement almost always takes place outside of your comfort zone. Getting into the habit of taking immediate action is the most effective antidote to procrastination. Remember, ‘now’ is all you have. Why wait for a day that may never come for you? There are simply no guarantees in life. Start while you can!
You’ve got this!