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To Decide: to make a final choice or judgement about.
Tony Robbins has this great metaphor for "deciding." He said it's cutting loose the ropes of the boat that you've used to get you to the island. Meaning, you DECIDE that you're going to stay on the island and by cutting the ropes and letting the boats float away, you know you have no other choice but to make it work.
Being an entrepreneur means that you must become comfortable with deciding. And most definitely, you have to believe that there is no Plan B.
Perhaps it's time to let go of the person you know isn't a perfect fit for your team. Maybe it's finally raising the capital you need to move your business forward. Maybe it's closing down one part of your business so you can fully concentrate on your core competency. Maybe it's DECIDING to leave your comfortable job that's been paying your bills so you can finally work on your business full time.
I got used to making big decisions early in my life. At the age of 18, I was in my first semester of college and realized I missed playing softball. A passionate athlete, softball had been the sport I thrived in the most. So, I tried out for my university team. I didn't make the cut. But I really wanted to play! So, I tried out for the community college team that was near me and made that team. The great news was overshadowed by a looming decision...in order to play for the community college, I needed to be a full time student there. But in order to have the time to be a full time student there, I would need to drop to a part-time student at the university I was attending. The university that gave me a full ride scholarship that I would no longer be eligible for if I dropped to a part-time student.
What did I do? I followed my passion. I dropped my academic scholarship and played softball.
My ability to make hard decisions sharpened as I got older, so when the time came to make the decision on whether to quit my comfortable job so I could go after my entrepreneurial dreams full time, I didn't hesitate.
And now, as a new mompreneur, tough decisions are a daily part of my life. Do I put her in daycare so I can work on my businesses? Do I completely change the direction of my company? Do I continue to tell myself that everything I want to do is possible? Or do I admit that I actually can't do it all? Do I make the time for my health so I can be an energetic mom, wife and business woman? Where do I put my time on any given day?
Though most business owners would say that they have an idea of where they want to go when making decisions, the reality is that they rarely end up where they thought they would. As a matter of fact, savvy entrepreneurs know and embrace the fact that the period after the decision is quite hazy and open for a lot of change.
And that's what makes this journey so dang fun (assuming you learn how to manage the stress well)!
Being a great entrepreneur means you must be a good decision maker. That doesn't mean you make all the right decisions all the time. It means you cut the ropes and figure out how to survive on the island. You may discover that the island is barren and will now have to build a new boat. But, maybe...just maybe, you'll discover something new and fresh on the island that you LOVE doing and brings value to others.
So go ahead. DECIDE to be successful. Once you do, there's no going back.
I’ve never been one of those people who talks about how my college years were the best of my life. Or stated that my 20’s were the highlight of my adulthood. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty adamant that my life keeps getting better with each passing year.
That’s why I will always dream up ways to raise the bar in what I do in life and in business.
But New Year’s resolutions, goal-setting and promises are often forgotten or horribly unsuccessful. And the reason is that there is more focus on creating these goals than TAKING ACTION on the things you say you want to do.
So, let’s just start with the assumption that you also believe that every year gets better and that you have to DO STUFF in order for this “better-ness” to occur.
And, I’ll continue my assumptions that you want your business to grow and become a more enlightened person along the way. Fair enough?
So, now let’s move onto ACTION.
Here are 5 action steps that are guaranteed to help you achieve business growth and personal enlightenment in 2016.
*Note: The below action steps are meant for ACTION. Not contemplation. Just do them. You’ll thank me later, I promise.
In the summer of 2015, I knew I needed help with my business. I knew I needed others to look in and offer ideas, support and strategies in ways that I couldn’t do on my own. But I had no idea how to go about finding a mastermind (and at that point, I really didn’t want to be the one to create one). A few weeks later, my friend and co-podcaster Natalie Eckdahl invited me to join her private mastermind. Five online business women gather on a video conference call each week and hammer through a litany of issues, challenges and ideas. It has been the single BEST move I made for my business in 2015. Just imagine how much you could accomplish if you had trusted colleagues looking in on your business every single week! (And a massive side benefit has been that these women have become incredibly close friends!)
If you’re interested in joining an in-person mastermind, contact Rhonda@tbbo.org to ask her about our Eg3 Mastermind group. This monthly mastermind has 2 more spots available for anyone who qualifies (must have employees).
If you’re looking for an online mastermind resource, Natalie Eckdahl is a master facilitator of them and has a few openings left! Check them out: BizChix.com/workwithme.
Whatever you want to call it, hiring an expert to help you grow your business is a must. Maybe you need someone to look over your overall business structure so you can better organize it and just need a full Power Day. Maybe you hire someone for 3 months to get a jump start on the year. Maybe you bring in an expert to help you focus in on one particular area of your business (marketing, sales). Whatever it is, investing in someone else’s intimate knowledge will pay off dividends for your business!
We have all sorts of business experts in the TBBO family! My recommendation is to go ask for what you want on the Facebook Members Forum and interview a few people to see who fits best for you!
For some reason, I never wanted to create an online product. I didn’t want to be “that internet gal” who was always launching products. But in 2015, I realized that it was really because I was terrified of the responsibility of creating a product and having students who might just tell me that it sucked.
When I was 7 months pregnant, I gave a talk at Podcast Movement about the power of Facebook Groups and after being asked dozens of times if I had a course where people could get more in-depth education, I decided it was time to do it. I used the countdown of our little girl being born to light a fire under me and wha-la!
The Facebook Groups Rock eCourse was created, launched and SOLD! Over $3,000 of revenue was generated from a very soft launch of my brand new course. What scares the hell out of YOU that could drive revenue for your company? Do it. Now.
If creating an eCourse is one of those scary things for you, I highly recommend Zippy Courses...it’s a super simple software that makes all the “techie” stuff of course building very easy to create and manage.
Okay, I’m sure this comes up for most everyone during this time of year, but it’s no secret that exercising and eating well play a massive role in your overall performance - in your business and in life! From one entrepreneur to another, I’ll just say that when I’m working out and eating (relatively) well, everything else seems to fall into place. Because we’re talking business here, I’ll spare you my health and fitness story, but I will say that getting healthier doesn’t have to be hard. Just make it less of a big deal in your mind and in your actions and you’re sure to make some strides here. And you WILL feel the impact in your business!
If you’re looking for a great health and fitness resource, check out Beach Body's products and services! After using them to get my pre-baby-body back, I'm a huge believer in its simplicity and adaptability to every lifestyle!
I’m not talking about a weekend cruise here...I’m talking about going somewhere that you’ve always wanted to go...for at least a week! This past summer, Chris and I spent 2 weeks in Greece for our “babymoon.” You would think 2 weeks away from the business would have a negative impact, but it actually was the exact opposite. Being in a different country completely opened our eyes to what we wanted in our lives, how we can achieve those things and we returned to the business with fresh energy!
The power of these 5 action items is that once you make the decision to do them, you’ll be locked into the flow of that decision. You probably won’t see the results right away, but you’ll be in action. And then, eventually, a few months or even a year down the road, you’ll look back and be completely mind blown over how massive your progress have been, simply because you opted into them.
Don’t think about these. Just DO them. That’s how you’ll make this year different. Like, for reals, different! ;) That’s how you’ll make bigger strides in your business than you ever have before!
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