You are at a function and someone asks what you do for a living. You reply, “I’m self-employed.”
“Really? How long have you been in business? Is it working out for you?”
You gulp, paste on a fake smile and say, “Well, I have been in business X amount of years, and it’s great!” But secretly you are thinking, Yeah right. Then why can’t I get to the next level?… I am a fraud!
Does this sound familiar?
When you work for yourself, it’s easy to get stuck in what we call the “Comfort Zone.” We settle for what we have because we don’t want to push the envelope. Business might not be booming, but it’s not too bad either, so we just settle in and sail along.
But smooth sailing doesn’t make a better sailor. If you want to see real results for your business and push it to great success, you are going to have to step out of your comfort zone and find ways to shake things up. This can be pretty scary at first, but once you are out of your box and making changes, you will wonder why you ever stayed there!
Now, we all know that that’s easier said than done! So the first thing to do is a simple behavior modification.
Change Your Way of Thinking, One Thought at a Time
We tend to stick with the safe route when it comes to running our business. But risk is what drives success. Each time you ask yourself “What if?” start taking steps to actually find out! (What if I opened a brick-and-mortar store? What if I could get a loan to develop a new product?) Most people ask these questions and then stop thinking past that out of fear.
So stop being afraid, challenge yourself to think the next thought, and ask the next question!
Imagine You, More Successful
Put on your visionary hat! Dreaming about being a successful female entrepreneur is what propels us into starting a business, but we often stop picturing ourselves in that role after we get to work. Once we create the business, we start to worry about being a failure, and that image replaces the positive one. Then we become overwhelmed and stop moving forward.
In order to stop this negative behavior, your task is to start each day with a little mental exercise: image where you and your business will be in one year. Then do something outside the normal business role, like…
Take on a New Hobby
A new hobby might not seem like it has anything to do with moving your business forward, but it has a lot to do with motivating yourself to push in new directions. That can lead you to make new and exciting changes for your business, too. Once you feel comfortable taking a leap of faith in your personal life, you will feel more secure chartering unknown waters in your business.
Consider doing something that scares you (like skydiving) or that stimulates your brain (like learning how to design websites).
Invest in Yourself
Now it’s time to really invest in your own mental realm. Learning new things can help you make improvements to your business because it broadens the way you view the world. Investing in your personal development will lead to better confidence in yourself, which translates into improvements for your business.
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