I ask this question not because I’m mean, instead it’s because I genuinely care and because I’ve been there myself.
Do you recognize and of these statements?
I didn’t get the blog post done this week because I didn’t have time?
I didn’t complete the course, something else came up and I didn’t get time to work on it.
I didn’t make the call, I didn’t want to bother them.
There are so many excuses.
This is what I see happening a lot.
We set up our business and treat it like a hobby (I did this). We want to have out own business, but we have this idea that because we don’t have a boss we can choose our hours.
This is true and one of the things I love about my business, but we need to treat it like a business.
That, in my opinion, means two things – We must WORK when it’s work time and we must put the time in.
That doesn’t mean I recommend working round the clock or even working the average 8-hour workday people who are employed work.
In the early days especially I recommend you set yourself work hours and stick to them. You can be a little more flexible later on.
Give your business your best shot.
Put it first at the right time.
Say “NO” to things if they do not serve your business well.
Commit to being productive in your business.
I’ve seen people work just a few hours a week who produce more and are more effective in those few hours than some people who claim to be working full time in their business.
I’ll say it again.
When your working work.
Whatever you do in your business work time know why you’re doing it and what you want to achieve.
Also, what is a priority for one business could be a time waster for another business.
Are you self-sabotaging?
Many of us unconsciously self-sabotage. I still do this from time to time. Thankfully I’ve learnt to spot this quite quickly now.
Let me give you an example:
We have this thought in our head saying “Who am I to think I can teach people about this? People will laugh at me! People will think I’m a joke. It’s not good enough…”
All of this kind of mind chatter come from limiting beliefs. Sometimes we’re not even aware of these beliefs, but I see them playing out in so many businesses.
We don’t create that blog because we’re afraid no-one will read it or worse still people will read it and think it’s awful.
We don’t create the course because we believe we’re not smart enough or talented enough.
We don’t tell people about our business because we don’t really believe in ourselves.
And the list goes on.
So how do we tackle these beliefs?
Today I’ll share two techniques with you that will help
EFT and hypnosis
Try the above techniques. I recommend you practice them daily on business days for a minimum of 30 days.
Also, try this exercise.
Take a pen and paper and write down all the things you want to do in your business.
Next, ask why haven’t I completed this yet. You may have valid reasons why you have not achieved these things, but be honest, completely honest, if you are finding ways to avoid doing them or prioritizing the wrong things at the wrong time, write it down.
Being aware is the start. Actually writing it down makes it real. It means you’ve acknowledged what is happening.
Finally, write down what you are going to do from now on.
Here’s an example:
I want to produce an online course.
The course will take me a total of 10 hours to complete in full if I work at it solid start to finish.
How long has it taken me so far? 3 months!!!!!
Why haven’t I done it?
I put it off.
I prioritize other things that seem easier.
I say yes to going out instead of working.
Again I’ve done this.
For me, it came down to saying NO to going out when it was my time for working and making it a priority to commit to working at least 1 hour each day on the course.
I also needed to release any doubt I had (limiting beliefs)
I did this by practicing EFT, consciously replacing my thoughts and I also used hypnosis downloads to help me reprogram my beliefs.
I want you to create a business you love and one that is successful for you. So I encourage you to ask this question, even if it’s hard for you.
Are you Making It Happen or making excuses?
A business you love that fails would be harder to deal with.
Give it your best.
If you need my support, just get in touch.