I love the halfway point of the year, as it's when I review how well my business has done so far. I look at my yearly goals and financials, review my next set of goals for Q3 and gear up for a big increase in momentum for the final six months of the year.
I firmly believe that creating habits like these are the key to my business success. They have helped me to get to six figures within two years while only working three or four days a week, and create the deep, broad impact I have now.
With that in mind, here are three small things that can make the world of difference to your start-up success.
1. Axe the perfection mindset
Mindset is massively important. However, the way I think about mindset has changed as I've grown my business. I used to think that once I was “fixed” I could achieve great things.
Once I got over my fear of visibility.
Once I felt 'good enough'.
Once I felt like I wasn't a total fraud.
But there is no 'once' - because we're always a work in progress. Even when you think you've nailed it, another mindset issue will crop up and off you go again.
When I accepted that, the pressure to be perfect melted away. I accepted who I was and committed to do the work and keep growing.
The idea is not to try and fix yourself, but to be the best version of you possible.
2. Review your weaknesses
We ALL have weaknesses. Nobody is perfect (even those people with carefully curated Instagram accounts). But for some reason, we just accept those weaknesses. It doesn't have to be that way. We have the power to do something about them.
Every December I review where my weak points were for that year, and figure out the priorities. The things that are having a detrimental effect on my business, or me.
And then I find a solution for that weakness (and there have been a fair few weaknesses for me to deal with) - whether that's investing in training or coaching, or hiring someone to handle that area of my business for me.
For example I used to struggle with finishing - anything. I'm a classic non-finisher and bail before I see most things out (usually because I'm terribly impatient). I need accountability to help me with this, so I've invested in things like 'masterminds' (business support groups) where others could help me to stay on track. And it's worked a treat.
You see, the sooner a weakness is dealt with, the sooner it will stop having a negative effect on your business. Rather than accepting or shying away from your weaknesses, get comfortable with them and take action as soon as you can.
3. Get the right support
Finding the right support to get my business where it needs to be has been essential to its growth, but I didn't always select my support this way.
I used to listen to other people's suggestions of coaches and think I should work with them too, without considering if they were right for ME and what I needed at that time
This often led to a mismatch, and I'd wonder why it didn't work…
Now I only work with people who match my level of integrity and have achieved what I want to achieve.
I've seen huge results from changing my mindset, my support network and my strategy for dealing with weak spots in my business. Creating small changes like these can make all the difference to the growth of your start-up - and the best part is that you can begin today.
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