This is where the hard work begins. You are committed! Excellent! Keep that commitment alive through the hard work it will take to start, and success will come!
Do you remember learning to ride a bike? Drive a manual transmission? Skateboard? Ski? Swim? Ice skate? Shoot a basket? Throw a perfect spiral pass? Whatever else you started and got good at? It did not just happen with the flip of a switch. You had to do the drills, the practice, the mistakes and retries, maybe even the falling down. Maybe even getting hurt. But you kept at it! Persistence! That is what got you to where it came almost naturally and you got good! Persistence is the next ingredient for success.
Whether you are starting a new business or rejuvenating an existing one, it will now take persistence to change the old habits and thought patterns into your new ones. If you have never done real estate investing, for instance, do not expect to make millions your first year. If you are diligent, persistent, hard-working and creative, you just might pull it off. Most of us did not and it is likely you will not.
However, it has been said many times, “If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting.” You know you have to do things differently. You know you must develop new habits. You know you have to make changes. Make the changes intelligently and intentionally to decrease the amount of time it takes.
Do you want a formula for failure in your new change program? Take on too many changes at once and make them too big.
Do you want a formula for successful change? Do the opposite: Start with one or at most two small changes that you know you need to make, because you’ve planned this out.
Work on making that one thing a habit by doing it every time instead of the habit you no longer want. No cheating. No passes. No exceptions. After 30 days or so, it should come naturally. Then it’s time to start working on the next one.
A good one to start with is daily planning. Plan every day the night before. Start each week with a weekly plan of what you want to get done. (We’ll talk later about where the weekly plans come from.) Make the daily plans build to achieve the weekly goal by end of day Friday. Make daily planning a habit. That will make it easier to change other habits that you make part of your plan for each next day. Your goal is to stick to your plan and keep working on your plan-to-actual achievement until you get as close to 100% as you can make it. Track it. Reward yourself for improvement. Celebrate when you meet your goal.
Make up your mind to search the web and bookstores for ideas about successful habits…and then make the changes. Persist in improving. Stay committed to your future success. Never give up.
Okay, so now: What new proven action for success are you willing to start today and do until it is your new habit? If you cannot name it, you have some research to do. Go find something! Could I tell you some more things? Yup, but that would be giving you a fish, not teaching you to fish! Take the initiative. Prove to us both that you have enough initiative to be a successful entrepreneur!
Go for it! You can do it! We both know you can do it!