The idea of starting a business can be fun, exciting and nerve-racking, all at the same time. There you are, this budding entrepreneur, driven by the dream of touching lives and leaving a wealthy and thriving empire for your family.
However, reality has a way of sinking in when you’re faced with demands such as developing strategic marketing plans, making payroll by the end of the month, and finding good health insurance for your employees.
Although you know these are duties you must handle, they can leave you feeling overwhelmed and even impacting your momentum. Trust me, you have what it takes to be a great business owner, but you just have to pace yourself on the path to success.
As your colleague and coach on this business journey, I understand how building a business from the ground up can be tough, and it requires perseverance. Just know that those long nights and personal sacrifices are going to pay off if you stay focused.
Your focus is your most valuable asset, so don’t let anything or anyone hinder you from reaching your business goal. Sometimes, you even have to check yourself and confront your own fears with faith. After all, who cares if no one else thinks your idea is great? It’s not their vision and they will never understand your passion. That’s why the dream was given to you, because you will know how to handle that fragile idea with care.
So, what can you do to protect your focus? Here are a few suggestions.
- Delete distractions. If it’s not pushing you toward your goal, remove it immediately. Time is non-refundable and you can’t waste it on something that is depleting your creativity. Also, be sure to manage your workload so you won’t spread yourself too thin. Doing too much too soon can be a distraction, which is why you might find yourself emotionally drained.
- Unplug and refresh. Take care of your body and take some time away from the busyness of life so you can rest. Consider a digital detox by blocking off time when you step away from the computer, smartphone and social media to spend time with family, friends, or even take a walk at the park. This mental break will do wonders for you!
- Grow on the go. Every day won’t feel great, but there’s a lesson in every experience. View your setbacks as being setups for something better. In other words, grow through what you go through. You and I will never stop learning, and this will help you become a wiser entrepreneur in the long run.
This road to destiny is filled with swift transitions, and you must be adaptable and teachable. In addition to having a plan of accomplishment, get a mentor that will challenge you to push beyond your limits. Additionally, surround yourself with people who will not only celebrate you, but will hold you accountable when it comes to raising your standards. In other words, they will help you stay focused on what really matters.
If you can hold on to your focus, you will be unstoppable. So, do your tomorrow a favor and start today.
Danielle Harris is the CEO and founder of SDI, a leadership mentoring program for entrepreneurs, and earned her certification as a Personal Development Coach from the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute, an affiliate of the International Coach Federation. Reach her at (762) 333-2868 or SDILeadershipAcademy@gmail.com.