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Not Giving Up Before Payday
It is easy to get discouraged when “things” in your business and career aren’t happening fast enough or aren’t going as planned. You may feel as if you are working hard and doing all the things “gurus” are telling you to do and yet, you’re disappointed with the results. What should you do?
Success in business often comes with periods of starts and stops. There are times when you’re making huge strides forward and then, there are times you may feel as if you are stuck in neutral. The key to not getting discouraged and giving up is developing the mental focus to keep going forward even when times are tough.
Here are five positive suggestions for going forward and not giving up before payday:
1. Revisit your business mission statement.
A well-written mission statement gives you a purpose for your career and your business. A mission statement is a written statement of your purpose. American Heritage Dictionary defines purpose as: “The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal.”
A well thought out mission statement can provide clarity, focus and direction to both your life and your business. When you truly have an understanding of what is important to you personally and professionally, your business takes on more importance.
2. Study your goals and plan of action.
Goals give you focus and direction. Well-written goals will help you focus on those things that are productive, empowering and will take you forward in positive ways. Goals change over time. When was the last time you looked at your goals?
Hand-in-hand with setting goals is a well thought out and workable plan for achieving your goals – your workable plan of action. Your plan of action must be motivating enough to keep you going positively forward day-to-day. Have you made time to write out a doable and motivating plan of action for achieving your goals?
3. Analyze your time management skills.
Are you managing your time wisely? An important key to great time management is working to keep the important things important. Let me ask you this: Do you know the most important daily activities that when done regularly, will support you in achieving your business goals?
Stephen Covey probably said it best, "The key is not to prioritize what is on the schedule, but to schedule your priorities."
4. Focus your time and energy on what is going right.
I know from personal experience that it is easy to get caught up in the negativity of what isn’t going right. But, that’s exactly what we shouldn’t be doing if we want to keep going forward in positive ways.
If you want your business to be consistently on the upswing, then it is necessary to plan for consistent success. Make a list of what you’ve done right in your business – all the small and big things that are working and helping you to head positively forward. When you look at this list, what additional steps can you add to that list?
5. Hire a coach or mentor.
A well-qualified and experienced coach or mentor can save you time, money and energy. When you’re ready to seek out the expertise of someone who has been there, done that and knows how to share that information with you, then it is time to hire a coach.
You’ll want to download a copy of my free eBook Should You Hire A Coach? here on BellaOnline.com Should You Hire A Coach?
Here is my suggestion: Take your time and weigh all your options carefully. If your business is something you are passionate about, then go through these five suggestions carefully so you can make a well thought out decision about the direction of your career and your business. Then, you can decide if you don’t give up before payday.
Here is an offsite link to Amazon.com - I'd like to recommend one of my favorite "time management" books “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy – it's short, sweet, to the point and filled with practical suggestions: Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
I'd also like to recommend my Kindle ebook How To Keep Yourself and Your Business On Track. The empowered woman's guide to staying focused on your money making goals. Here's a direct link: How To Keep Yourself and Your Business On Track (Women Empowering Women)
I've purchased this book for myself and my opinions are solely mine. I am also an affiliate of Amazon.com and if you purchase this book through this link, I will earn a commission.
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