When I hear the phrase, “walking in someone else’s shoes,” it reminds me of a few different scenarios. One of them is that you can never really understand another person’s circumstances unless you find yourself in the same position.
I heard T. Harv Eker say that in his workshops he lets people swap shoes (I must say, I don’t know if I would do it – sweaty feet comes to mind) so they can experience the discomfort of that. This, then, relates to people not doing the work they love.
It is such an apt metaphor that I just had to share it. Wearing uncomfortable shoes all day that pinch, slip off, are too big, too small, smelly, ugly, even gorgeous but just not you, must be hell.
And, yet, that is exactly what you are doing if you find yourself in a job or even your own business not doing what you love. This can also happen even if you do what you love but are overwhelmed because you are not getting the results you want. As a result, you’re probably not having fun and enjoying the business lifestyle you intended.
The worst of it is, we are prepared to do this! Day in and day out, not seeing a way out. Well, that is what you are thinking if you don’t do something about it or don’t know what to do about it.
So, let’s look at what it would take to get out of this undesired reality.
Five Essential Keys to Business Success
1. Purpose and meaning
First, determine what you are all about. Discover, confirm, or refine your purpose. This is not a cliché. Purpose gives you meaning and meaning gives you purpose. Both are crucial to experience fulfillment, self-actualization, and both contribute directly to your health.
What are you passionate about? What are your talents and skills?
2. Crystal clear vision
Next, you need a crystal clear vision. What do you want in your business, life, relationships, etc.? What do you dream about? Where are you going? Where do you want your business and life to be?
Make sure your purpose is aligned with your vision. This is also the road to success and wealth.
3. Step-by-step plan
Then you need a plan that you can follow step-by-step to manifest your vision. A plan detailed enough so that you know exactly what you need to do every day, week, month – to move you closer to living your dream.
The combination of purpose and vision gives you your why that gets you out of bed in the morning and excited about your day ahead. The bigger your why, the easier it will be to stay motivated because, as you know, life happens all the time and can derail you if you don’t have a strong enough why to stay the course.
Many entrepreneurs disregard the following to their detriment:
4. Inner game
Your inner game or mindset, especially your relationship with yourself, will determine your success or failure in everything you do. Your relationship with yourself determines who you are being in your doing. Your beliefs about your self, your capabilities, people, business, and time, to name a few, determine your strategies, actions, behaviors when things go well and when they go wrong.
In short, to grow your business, you need to grow yourself.
5. Business skills
Last, but not least, you need to upgrade your skills in terms of running a business. You need to be skilled at marketing, setting up systems, customer service, and finances, to name a few. You need to master how to leverage your business so that you can work less and make more money. This is key to becoming a business owner instead of just working for yourself.
Robert Kiyosaki says that most businesses don’t fail because of what entrepreneurs know and don’t do – yes, that happens, too – but most businesses fail because of what the entrepreneur doesn’t know.
Wrapping Things Up
These five components will ensure you are in flow, loving your business and are destined to live the business lifestyle you desire. Without them, you will feel like a headless chicken stuck in a maze: overwhelmed and overworked heading for burnout.
Take a moment now and do an inventory of where your business and personal lives are at the moment. Rate every part from 1 to 10 and provide evidence for your ratings. Identify where you can improve, where you need help, and then get help.
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