The beauty of running a business is that the creativity that fuels all the ideas keeps the joy flowing, and with each new idea, we are growing as a person too. This energy can be a great inspiration to keep feeding the momentum that is required to chase our dream. Here are 3 keys to keep in mind while you are on your journey as a successful entrepreneur:
Understanding the Journey is the Real GoalAlong the way we may face unpredictable challenges that act as ways for us to problem solve and be innovative. The interesting thing is that in isolated moments during this journey we can feel doubt or fear as to whether things will unfold as we had wished. And of course, there is never any certainty about the unknown anyways! The trouble is when our mind is so focused on a specific predicated goal, stress can build in anticipation, and we often end up stealing our own joy in the process of our moment to moment creation. Our mind may even conclude that our aspirations are perhaps not materializing at the speed we might have hoped for, and thus zap away at our passion and motivation. So, the possible solution to this unwanted stress is what? Consider this- If we can be aware the ONLY GOAL of long-lasting meaningful value is the journey of being an entrepreneur, we would in fact slow down to applaud all the new skills and experiences we have mastered. We would end up marvelling at the fears overcome, the adventures experienced and delight in the wisdom we have acquired. This type of evaluation of our accomplishment can end up being far more rewarding than the expectation of meeting our straight-line plan for our vision. Thus, the curvy road often followed is the true magical reward in our business endeavour. The journey is the point! Key your eye on this whenever you can and stop to appreciate the small moments. Take a deep breath down to your feet and stop to recognise the smiles that you have encouraged and the hope that you have offered. These moments are the ones that often count the most.
Believing Easy is RightGrowing up into our adulthood we often receive messages from school and society that working hard yields success and thus best results. We somehow learn that hard is good! However, our gifts usually come really easy to us, and we can often disregard them because they are so natural. We can end up accidentally feeling those things come easy to others as well, not realising that this might not be true. Look at your easy moments and question how you can build on those. Also, when something just flows almost effortlessly, an unexpected door opens for us, or an unexpected opportunity just falls into our hands, these moments are showing us that life is taking care, so pay attention. It is these exact moments that can act as a springboard for the growth of our business and help us to see where our potential growth lies. So, each month pay attention to the events that happened easily. Explore them with a curiosity to see what hidden messages they are sending into your life. Have a deeper scrutiny at the things that seem hard and look to see if you are focusing too much effort for the dividend gained. It is often those non-pre-meditated moments of ease that show us where to focus! Look for easy and break the myth that success has to come at the price of hard work. Being consistent is different to it has to be hard.
Noticing Our Emotions Offer Clues to PivotingOur third key to business development is our emotions. They are like clues driving us into the untrodden path that we are destined to navigate. Excitement says do more of this... A tightening of the stomach and heaviness says take stock, you might need to pivot away from where you are at. Use your emotions as a barometer to help you move in the direction of your full potential and contentment. And of course, evaluate fear too. If you are really afraid it could be the greatest moment of growth for you, and the fear is attempting to keep you small and unfulfilled. At other times the fear could be alerting you to see that the risk is too big. It could be the warning saying "No". Tune into your fear through your inner gut and learn to discern its message. This type of clarity can never be gained from outside of you.