Building Your Business Confidence
Congratulations on taking a giant leap toward your business success. By joining BIG, you have implemented one of the best-recommended tips for business success—building a support system.
Although our teenage years are well behind us, we can still be influenced (both negatively and positively) by our peers. For many, sharing your private dreams like someday owning your own bridal shop or wishing you could turn your favorite hobby into a business can be an emotional risk.
Luckily, BIG has been developed to be a safe haven for your business ideas, fears and success stories. It is a place where your business goals will be validated. It’s also a place where you can find others who can help provide you with skill sets that you do not possess. Making you much more likely to succeed.
Work together with other BIG members, both on-line and in-person try to put these common business tips into action.
FOCUS ON YOUR GOALS – It is so easy to get distracted. Between our family commitments and our overwhelming "to do” lists, there may be days when nothing about your business moves forward. By focusing on your goals and letting other BIG members help to keep you keep focused you can make great strides. Turn to the BIG forums to seek advice from other members and minimize wasted time.
HAVE SELF DISCIPLINE – Develop a business routine that you can stick with. Determine a realistic amount of time that you can dedicate each week (or each month) to your business objectives – and stick to it. Let others help keep to keep you on track by having routine meetings together and discussing your progress.
USE ACCOUNTABILITY TO REACH YOUR GOALS - Don’t judge yourself. Use personal accountability to help you reach your goals and make a point to feel good about the progress you are making along the way.
MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS - Google wasn’t built in a day. Small steady steps (with some side tracks, of course) will add up to real progress. Use other BIG members as a sounding board for your ideas. They will be able to let you know if you’re aiming too high in the short run and can help you pace yourself for the long haul.
"KNOW” YOU’LL BE SUCCESSFUL – At our age, we know that things almost never works out exactly as we planned. Utilize this "wisdom” in your business practices and allow your inner voice to commit to being positive. If you don’t think you’ll be successful, why should anyone else?
BE PERSISTENT – In his recent eulogy to his father, Ted Kennedy, Jr. paid shared this valuable lesson on persistence"...we'd be out late and the sun would be setting and family dinner would be getting cold. And we'd be out there, long after everyone else had gone ashore. One night...I asked him, why are we always the last ones on the water? Teddy, he said, you see, most of the other sailors that we race against are smarter and more talented than we are. But the reason... we're going to win is that we will work harder than them, and we will be better prepared... Morale of the Story: Persistence can compensate for many other weaknesses.
PURSUE YOUR PASSION - If it’s not something you’re passionate about, find something else. Enough said.
BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS - There is more than one path to success. Use the experience acquired from other members to determine if there’s another (more efficient and effective) path to your goal. It may save you many hours of time and frustrations.
BE PATIENT - You probably have been thinking about your business ideas for some time. It will take careful planning and lots of effort – not to mention an average of 3-5 years, before you are likely to realize financial success. Building a sustainable business is a marathon, not a sprint.
CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES - Even small successes are successes. Celebrate every key milestone to keep you recharged and motivated to move forward!
Getting Confident: Videos
Top 10 Mistakes People Make When Starting a Business
5 Keys to Making Your Home Office Work, Pamela Slim
Richard St. John's 8 Secrets of Success
Listen to Vivian Mastrangelo, Executive Coach and Clinical Psychologist, discuss the five key stepping stones to "Building Your Business Confidence." This teleconference was recorded on October 7, 2009.