Dealing with Change in 5 Easy Steps

Dealing with Change in 5 Easy Steps

Dealing with change is not always an easy thing to do for most people but without this necessary ‘evolution’ in our lives, how would we improve? Our aversion to changing many things in our lives stems from a natural fear of the unknown and it’s this fear that may be holding you back from experiencing MORE in many aspects of your life! The first step in dealing with an otherwise ‘traumatic’ shift in how we live, work or love is to recognize that change can be good and doesn’t need to be feared! Getting over our natural reluctance to make or accept changes is what we’re talking about here today!

To help ‘ease’ the discomfort associated with embracing changes in our lives, here are 5 simple steps to help you transition to something new and different! Remember, it’s usually for the better…

Seek Advice

Discuss with others your reluctance and listen to their objective feedback as to WHY you should consider changes! Listening to others helps introduce a degree of objectivity into your thinking and can even help you overcome your fear of the unknown, especially when others have already ventured into the ‘unknown’ and benefited! This is especially important since this fear is usually what is holding you back!

Look to the Positive

If you’re seeking change, there must be a reason, so emphasize the positive of what making any changes can do for you! It tends to be human nature to focus more on the negatives when making changes because, once again, we’re not really sure how these changes will affect us! As much as making things better is appealing, to anybody, it’s hard to escape the concern of what would the negative effects of any changes may be! Again, our feelings of fear and dread tend to dominate our thinking so be aware of this and control your thinking!

Let Go the Past

Perhaps the change you seek is to explore an alternate path from the one you’ve been on, and for possibly quite a while! It may be difficult to change your course due to the time and effort you’ve already invested and you just don’t want to simply walk away from it! Your commitment to your previous path although admirable, may be holding you back from making further progress or even reaching your goals! Let go of the past and focus only on the present and future because you can’t change what has already happened, you can only learn from it!

Take Action

Often times it is simply that first step that is the most difficult to take so be proactive when considering any changes! Once you’ve done your due diligence and determined the ‘new’ path you’re considering to be viable and an improvement over the path you’re currently taking, take action! By understanding that your new choice is the right choice for you, and of course that change can be good, go for it! Much like quickly removing a band-aid to minimize the discomfort, take swift and immediate action on changes you’re considering and before you know it, you’ll be glad you did!

Get Out of Your Own Way

Be aware of any self-doubt that lingers in your head and don’t let these feelings keep you from doing what you need to make improvements! Remember making changes is typically planned improvements from previous courses of action you had been taking so embrace it as such and move on, but don’t let your own self doubt sabotage your efforts to initiate any new plans! We all have internal conversations with ourselves, at least I do, it’s called self-talk and this ‘voice’ in our heads can be very critical at times! Don’t let your own self-talk, tempered by fear and/or doubt, to continue holding you back from taking chances or making decisions that could improve your circumstances or your life!

Dealing with change in any aspect of your life can be difficult simply because most people share a common fear of the unknown! Although this fear is understandable it can also be holding you back from developing further as a person or making other adjustments that may improve your current situation, be it personal or professional! Working through these fears does NOT have to be difficult and the 5 tactics discussed above will certainly help when you’re reluctant to making changes! The bottom line is this, although changes do represent the unknown, remember, change can be good, which is WHY you may be considering them in the first place! For things to change so must you otherwise expect and accept that things will remain as there are!

5 Common Challenges Most Successful Entrepreneurs Face

5 Common Challenges Most Successful Entrepreneurs Face

Most successful entrepreneurs can attribute what they’ve accomplished to a strong desire and a laser like focus on the goals they’ve set! This is NOT to say that you won’t have challenges to overcome as you pursue your entrepreneurial dreams but rather that with persistence and a keen focus you can be successful as well! The key to your success will be found primarily in how well you maintain a healthy balance in your life, which will be essential, especially because you will be mostly working by yourself! Nobody to share your daily ups and downs with or to get feedback or opinions from can make your existence a lonely one and this can easily lead to some very common pitfalls you MUST avoid!

Following are 5 common obstacles entrepreneurs must be mindful of, especially when working by yourself, if you want to reach your goals!

Negative Thinking

One of the biggest challenges to overcome when working by yourself is negative thinking which occurs when you begin to doubt your abilities or what you’re doing! Without others around to lend encouragement or advice it is extremely easy to become frustrated and the longer you remain so, the more ‘negative self-talk’ or thinking you’re likely to do! Simply having others around who can offer different perspectives or insights helps keep you better balanced and not as likely to take on a perspective of doom and gloom!

Unrealistic Goals

Possessing lots of ambition is typical of any aspiring entrepreneur HOWEVER do not allow your strong drive to make less than realistic decisions! Although ambition is great to have, it can also lead to you ‘overestimating’ your resources and/or abilities when establishing your goals! You MUST be realistic when goal setting otherwise you are literally setting yourself up for failure! On the other hand having available to you the objective opinions of others will help keep your goals attainable and your efforts more effective!

Take Action

For many, it can be very difficult to STOP the ‘learning process’ and simply take action especially since the internet is a 24/7 incubator for new information! We’ve all heard of analysis paralysis which typically results from information overload and when working by yourself it becomes more difficult to recognize you’re caught up in this cycle! Learning is great and absolutely encouraged however if this knowledge is NOT put to use, what is the sense? Remember, nothing gets done until you take action!

When to Say When

Although having a strong work ethic is admirable, it is also critical to take the time to step away from your work! Being self-employed can be a very liberating feeling however without the proper balance in your life, your work can completely consume you! Recognize you’re only human and therefore subject to fatigue so it’s important to take breaks and to learn NOT to constantly be burning the midnight candle! Fatigue is a breeding ground for judgment lapses and other ‘types’ of errors which require additional effort just to correct! As a solo-preneur, do you really want to create MORE work for yourself thereby delaying your achievements? Of course not, so if you’re tired just step away until such time that you are properly rested, less distracted and ready to produce without making errors!

All Work and No Play…

Above we’ve spoken about taking regularly scheduled breaks from your daily work schedule but what about taking an extended leave? Spending time away enjoying family, friends, traveling or various outdoor activities is your WHY when it comes to the reason you’ve become an ‘independent’ business-person! When working by yourself it’s easy to become consumed by what you do therefore you DO need some balance in your life that reminds you why you work so hard and rewards you for doing so! Think in terms of what is more important to you, your work or your life!

Knowing most successful entrepreneurs have had the same challenges to overcome as you do serves as proof that your own goals can also be achieved! Perhaps the most difficult aspect of being an entrepreneur is that you are mostly working by yourself with no outside support or encouragement! For the reason alone it is critical for you as an entrepreneur to maintain a healthy balance in your life while in pursuit of your business goals! This will help you keep things in perspective, avoid burnout and of course, make the best decisions possible concerning your professional or personal interests! Simply be more mindful of those challenges of which we spoke of above so that they don’t overwhelm you!

Be More Productive By How You Think

Be More Productive By How You Think

Devising strategies, tactics or techniques to help you be more productive during the summer months is a challenge that faces most entrepreneurs! With all the temptations and/or distractions that accompany the summer months it can be very challenging to keep your focus on the business you’re building! On the other hand having the proper mindset along with a can do attitude can help you get more done despite all the distractions surrounding you! Remember how you think is a STRONG indication of the actions you may take!

Below are 7 different ways having the proper mindset will keep you productive during the summer months even with all the distractions the season brings!

Think Objectively

Leave all your emotional baggage and biases behind as you ‘venture’ into your day and learned to view things objectively! This type of clarity helps you keep your focus on what it is you’re actually seeing or experiencing so that you can assess situations for what they are and NOT what your personal prejudices or ‘filters’ perceive!

Think Routine

Develop and stick to some type of schedule or routine to help you keep your focus on what you need or intend to accomplish! Of course a large part of establishing any routine is taking the time to identify your objectives and than devising a plan that will enable you to reach these objectives! It has been said and I totally agree, that routines bring results! Remember, a disorganized genius is no match for the average person with a daily routine!

Think Positive

The power of positive thinking not only strengthens your motivation but it also lowers your stress and any negative ‘self talk’ that may be holding you back! Instead of avoiding challenges embrace them with a can do attitude that will surely help boost your confidence while increasing your pool of knowledge! Additionally having the proper mindset where your thoughts are positive and proactive will also help you work through difficult challenges and NOT be demoralized when encountering any setbacks! When you are upbeat challenges are no longer overwhelming but rather tend to be more of a test that you’re confident you can overcome, and with a smile on your face!

Think Comprehensively (Big Picture)

What is your ultimate goal? Determine what you want, what is your vision, than develop a plan that will take into consideration ALL you need to do to make it happen! Think of your vision in terms of it being your destination on a map and than plot the route, or make a plan, that will help get you there! Without a plan or map you’re bound to get lost, so having a vision along with a plan will serve to keep your focus ONLY on what you need to do and not all the little distractions that pop up along the way!

Think WHY (Motivation)

Occasionally we all have a need to remind ourselves WHY we do what we do? This will help ‘refresh’ and strengthen your motivation thereby compelling you to keep your focus on the ‘process’ involved in helping you reach your goals! When reflecting back on your reason(s) as to why your trying to achieve particular goals it is recommended to focus on the benefits your successful accomplishments bring you! In the end, if there is no benefits to be had or experienced from all your efforts than there’s little reason to put forth the effort! On the other hand, if you stand to benefit, than this is your WHY and therefore your motivation!

Think Early Bird Gets the Worm

When speaking about productivity it is always recommended to start your day early when you’re fully rested both physically and mentally! Being well rested, as you should be once you’ve awaken to start your day, will help you to keep your focus longer so that you can get more done! Also, the early morning hours are typically peaceful since the ‘events’ of the day have yet to unfold thereby giving you a more tranquil environment in which to work! For those of you who are night owls, perhaps it’s time to rethink and reschedule your waking hours so that you can rise from bed earlier to start your day!

Think Outside the Box

When challenges arise obvious solutions may not always be apparent but never despair! When you possess a can do attitude, finding solutions to problems that face you is typically not a big deal! The determination you have tends to make you more creative simply because quitting for you is not an option! Even though you may not identify obvious answers to challenges that face you, your creative intelligence can find other ‘non-typical’ options available to get the job done! Remember, your mind is as complex, if not more so, than a computer, so don’t to afraid to tap into that amazing brain of yours!

What entrepreneur does NOT want to be more productive than they typically are during the ‘lazy’ months of summers? With all the distractions of having more to do, people to see and not to mention vacations, it can be extremely difficult just to keep your focus on your business! Having the proper mindset along with a can do attitude however, as discussed above, helps you focus on what you need to do so your business continues to grow as you also enjoy the summer-time festivities!

The 5 Qualities of an Entrepreneur That Breed Success

The 5 Qualities of an Entrepreneur That Breed Success

There are 5 certain qualities of an entrepreneur that are NOT commonly possessed by others that enable them to create and experience small business success! These same qualities can help you reach your goals as well provided you possess them, and if you don’t, don’t worry, they can be easily developed! Without further ado let’s enter into a discussion about the 5 qualities many successful entrepreneurs possess and what YOU will also need to succeed if enjoying small business success is your goal…

Today I Do This – Prioritize

Each day you’ll want to identify at least one thing as your PRIORITY so you’ll focus on it till it’s completion! As an entrepreneur, your priorities will typically be any task or project that will move you closer to your ultimate business objectives! By narrowing your focus on just a few manageable priorities means they will get the attention they need to be successfully completed! In many cases, some priorities may take days to complete but at least your making progress and this is what you need to do to reach your goals! Stay focused and stick with planning your work daily…

Embrace Rather Than Flee Challenges

Instead of ‘instinctively flinching’ every time you encounter a difficult challenge WHY NOT instead take the attitude you’re learning something new? Good, bad or indifferent if the situation you’re facing challenges you, there’s bound to be something new to learn and knowledge is good, right? By continually avoiding those tough challenges you will likely never reach your goals while also severely limiting your chances of learning something new! Remember once you’ve acquired any new knowledge, it is yours to keep and the very best way to increase your own value!

A Word About Gratitude

Have you ever considered the ‘ripple’ effect that can be caused by a simple “thank you” to anyone who does something kind for you? WOW…everybody seems to win in this situation while at the same time it tends to reinforce ‘good’ behavior as well, imagine that? The good will you develop by being nice or displaying acts of kindness will only positively enhance your reputation and this can easily help to boost your business efforts! Oh and how about those networking or joint venture possibilities? Your small business success depends upon a lot of things and having a good reputation will only work in your favor so be nice, besides it feels good!

Self Motivation

When somebody has got to do it to get the job done, that somebody is most times YOU! Entrepreneurs are often times fiercely independent which is not unusual since they tend to march to the beat of a different drummer! Having made that point these independent business people tend to work alone thereby they are typically self-motivated! If entrepreneurship is something you want to pursue, possessing a strong sense of self-motivation is definitely something you’ll need to succeed! Without the proper motivation, your dreams will NEVER become your reality! Are you motivated enough to reach your goals?

Seek to Grow

Like in any business where you’ll need to find customers to profit you MUST also be willing to learn new things to remain competitive and ‘current’ in your industry! In many cases, your own small business success will directly stem from your knowledge of the industry that you’re working in and your willingness to continue your education! There will be skills and strategies you’ll need to develop to make you more effective at what you do, but if you’re not willing or too lazy to do so, you likely will be doomed to failure!

The 5 most distinguishable yet common qualities of an entrepreneur that leads to their small business success have been discussed above here today. Acquiring or developing these same qualities, which is NOT difficult to do, can help you reach your goals as well and this is GREAT news! The bottom line is success is something we all can enjoy and the 5 simple qualities discussed above are literally all you need to succeed at just about any endeavor! Now the only question left to ask is are you ready for success or do you just like to dream about it?

5 Fears That Hold You Back and Why

5 Fears That Hold You Back and Why

Do you have fears that hold you back from trying new things that may improve your life either personally or professionally? Well it is NOT uncommon for you or anybody else to experience the feeling of anxiety once you’ve left your comfort zone to try something new! We all have certain self-doubts that inhibit our abilities to take action in particular areas and being paralyzed by fear in this way will keep you from experiencing a fuller life! The first step in overcoming fears like these is to recognized what they are and why they keep us from taking action!

Here are 5 very common fears that can and will limit the amount of success and happiness you can experience in your life and why they do so…

Success

Being successful at anything usually takes hard work and dedication but even this does NOT guarantee success will be yours! Another thing to consider is that once you’ve achieved any measure of success, expectations of YOU will increase and this can therefore apply more pressure to many people due to higher expectations of them! Success also tends to ‘push’ people closer to the limelight and although this type attention is commonly desired, some people place a high value on their privacy and may find the attention invasive! The above scenarios all point to the discomfort associated with being removed from your comfort zone and having to adjust to newer and higher standards!

Failure

The ‘flip-side’ of success is of course failure and many are understandably paralyzed by fear that if they attempt anything new they will fail! For starters failing to achieve your goals, whatever they may be, is a humbling experience! The realization that despite your efforts yours goals were not reached is a wake-up call to not only your ego but also the fact that you may have over-reached your potential requiring you to lower your own expectations, ouch! Possibly the biggest reason we all fear failure is the embarrassment associated with others being aware of your less than successful efforts thereby diminishing your sense of worth! In this case many may feel it is better NOT to try than to try and fail!

Commitment

Many have a fear of commitment due to what they may feel is a loss of their ‘current’ freedom by taking on new long-term responsibilities! Some people feel they just don’t have anymore room in their lives for additional responsibilities while others simply feel this commitment will keep them from pursuing other opportunities that may present themselves! These people just want to keep their ‘options’ open in hopes better things still await them! Dreamers like this will typically always try to avoid committing to anything including any associated responsibilities!

Change

For many, no matter what the current status of their lives may be, the fact remains that they are familiar with what to expect! Being in your comfort zone does NOT always mean you’re doing well but rather you are ‘settled’ in your current existence and have learned to make do with it! Change is often good although sometimes it may not be, but the fact is change can be very unpredictable and who wants to deal with that?

Death/Injury

This particular fear is simple to understand, it’s called self-preservation and most every living mammal or otherwise possesses this instinct! Only extreme thrill seekers will intentionally put themselves in harms way just for the sake of the experience and/or adrenaline rush! Most people would literally be paralyzed by fear when facing situations, intentionally or otherwise, that could lead to injury or death! Actually this is a very healthy fear to have and is one that I too possess!

Having fears that hold you back in any part of your life can typically be attributed to you venturing from your comfort zone! In many cases, fearing change like we just referred to above, can easily be overcome, but when you’re paralyzed by fear or the feeling of anxiety, obviously the issues behind these fears are more deeply rooted! By identifying what is holding you back and understanding the reasons why, you’re in a much better position to take the necessary corrective actions as we discussed above! Look, life is to be enjoyed and fully experienced, but remaining on the sidelines due to your doubts or fears will only limit the amount of success and joy you ‘allow’ into your life! Take action now and get the hell out of your comfort zone so you can fully participate in the life you have been given!