As an entrepreneur or any professional, for that matter, how do you navigate uneven ground?
Every single day, we make decisions with only half of the information. Like driving a car at the night, we can only see as far as the headlights will show. The rest of the time we are trusting outside sources, such as our past experiences, someone else’s direction, or our intuition. Being an entrepreneur is like trying to traverse a swinging bridge, we are always moving forward, but not every step lands on solid ground. How do you move forward in this kind of environment where everything around you is constantly swinging with every move?
While uneven ground is the status quo of an entrepreneur and at the core of living a successful, fulfilling life, it can still be challenging to navigate. Here are three strategies to help you keep a steady footing.
- CLARITY OF VISION
This is an obvious one but ask any entrepreneur how clear they are in where their business is going and six out of ten will respond that they are not clear at all. Without a CLEAR destination, it is almost impossible to drive your business to success. You must get clear on where your business is heading and how you service your clients to be able to stay strong on your course.
Surround yourself with people who hold your vision and who remind you of your purpose when you lose faith. Trust me, there will be many times when you will want to give up. Let them remind you of where you are going and what you are working towards.
- EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE
Every time we are challenged by a situation, we have two choices, resist it, or embrace it. When my husband lost his job two years ago, I went into panic mode for about a minute and then, I asked myself, how will freaking out help me? All of a sudden, I became the only provider for our family of 6, and I went from full-time mum and part-time entrepreneur to part-time mum and full-time entrepreneur. I can’t say it was easy, but I CAN say that embracing the challenge and pushing through the fear, self-doubt, and uncertainty made me stronger, more confident, more resilient, and an even better coach for my clients. When the uncomfortable moments show up, don’t resist. Ask yourself, what is it about this situation that is giving me so much fear? I have learned on my journey as an entrepreneur that each one of those moments is actually where we learn our greatest lessons.
I believe the entrepreneurship journey is one of the most efficient paths to personal development. Our RESULTS are a consequence of our ACTIONS, which are informed by our BELIEF system, which defines our IDENTITY. If you are not getting the desired results, ask yourself, who do I NEED TO BE to get the results I want? Remind yourself that the journey of entrepreneurship is wobbly and sometimes unsteady, but it is worth it and will get you to the side of your life that you dream of.
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