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Just imagine, if you really believe that you can do something how it will inspire you to keep trying each day. You merely have to remember that you really believe you can do it. Maybe you have the type of mind that you also need to tell yourself why you believe you can. Is it because you know that once you make a decision to do something that you won’t stop until you have accomplished your goal? Is it because of your past experiences where you always prevailed?
Then conversely imagine trying to do something while not really believing you can. Just the thought puts a terrible weight in the air and you have to keep lifting that in addition to whatever chores you need to do to run your business. It is exhausting because your focus is on doing everything in spite of the weight. It won’t be long before you convince yourself that you may as well stop trying since you already know it isn’t going to work.
There are many factors that may discourage someone when trying to start a business. There are things we don’t know yet that create an element of doubt (what if I can’t understand?); There are things that people have told you about yourself long in the past that make you feel insecure; Or there may be those wonderful souls that may be telling you about the evils of the Internet that make you skeptical.
Now add in the fact that nothing is going to happen instantly or by osmosis. This is the day you realize that unless you get off your duff and learn how to do what you need to do, and actually do it and keep doing it, you may have real reason to doubt you will make it. In spite of any issues with your mindset either way, if you can focus on doing the learning and the work necessary, you can get through it.
Actually there are those who ‘live to work’ and those who ‘work to live’ – think about the difference. They both work, and they both live. One loves to work and the other works just to get by. Nothing wrong either way, but I guarantee you the person that lives to work is having more fun working than the person who sees it as a necessary evil.
It is the one that loves to work that will be proactive and really try to learn everything they can and be constantly striving to excel. They will enjoy going that extra mile and will actually be more likely to reach a place where they love to share on some level with others. They want to share information, they want to help people achieve what they have, and they just have a lot to give to the universe.
You might exclaim that it is profit! Certainly that is the object and does indicate whether or not the business is successful. However what all determines if the business even gets to that point? Some of the main components of success beyond the obvious things like a good product are mindset, focus and presentation.
There is really a lot to be said for the ‘spirit’ of things. This has to do with mindset and extends to the environment in the business. Is it bright and shiny? Or is it dark and dubious most days? It is obvious that if the atmosphere is one of positivity and hopefulness that it will carry the business a lot farther than if someone is skeptical and just has a negative attitude. This can be about the time, money or duties required to conduct the business.
A positive mindset is so important that steps should be taken to create a positive atmosphere no matter what is happening or not happening. Remember wherever you are focused, that is where you will likely end up. That is why it is so important that you force yourself to be in ‘a good mood’ about your life in general as well as your business. Do not allow yourself to get off into self-pity or create reasons that you know you will fail.
You can accomplish this positive mindset by doing mental exercises whenever you feel a dark cloud hovering over you. Truly know and believe that you can succeed. Do not look at what you can see, but look at what you might not be able to see YET. Focus on what you HOPE to attain and believe that you can accomplish it. Keep telling yourself about that over and over until you actually believe it.
Here is where it is important to keep your goals realistic. Certainly somebody who tells themselves they know they can make a million by Friday is going to be sorely disappointed. Keep it real. Give yourself goals that you can actually accomplish. Don’t be afraid to under-estimate. You can increase your goal each time you accomplish a benchmark.
Another very important component of having a successful business is to be focused on the tasks at hand. It can’t be a half-way thing where you kinda, sorta pay attention to business. Treat your business just like you would a job where you are accountable to someone. In fact you want to be the type of person who ‘exceeds expectations’ – don’t just do enough to get by but do more any time you have an extra 5-minutes to invest in your business. Learn what ‘proactive’ means and go there often.
Do you have some little (or big) things that you think it would be nice to have? Do some of these persist off and on or year after year? Do you wake up from the day dream being very practical and acknowledge that you really can’t afford it, so you forget it again. ‘Can’t afford it’ means not even on credit, which is not free money but quite the opposite.
You may or may not begin to resent this, feeling deprived or punished. You work hard and you take care of business. Why can’t you have just this one little thing you want? You can. If you look at it from the perspective of saving the money to buy it, maybe you can!
Saving money means putting it away – say every payday whatever you can – just a few dollars that you won’t notice if you are running things pretty close to the bone like most of us. Even small amounts will add up after a while. So next time the dream comes up and you say “I wish I had that” you realize you can have it because you have the money! No reason not to!
There is another way to set yourself up so that you come up with this wonderful “I can afford it, I deserve it, I am going to get it” day. That is to start a small part-time business at home. This is very practical because you are using ‘spare’ time to earn ‘spare change’ and once you get it rolling, you can start to save money that doesn’t come from the paycheck-to-paycheck squeeze.
This part-time business can become so productive that after you get your heart’s desires you have had to do without, then you can just keep up your momentum and start to use the money you earn to pay down bills so that you spend less on interest; you start to save for emergencies. In case you don’t remember the feeling, it is wonderful to realize you actually have a comfort zone where savings are concerned.
The dread of unexpected expenses need not give you nightmares anymore but let’s face it, it can happen to anyone at any time. The water heater or the car can die, there can be a tornado or a flood, someone in the family can get sick and require deductibles and co-payments. Again if we are running paycheck-to-paycheck how do we absorb these extra expenses? Do we go into debt with credit? Unfortunately sometimes that is the only alternative unless you have savings.
So make it a point today to find a way to earn extra money that you can save for fun or otherwise! Start a home business part-time. Make even your spare time count to build your present and future security!