We've all heard this haven't we? Probably even more so since the release of The Secret in 2006.
All entrepreneurs are dreamers. We have a knack to see what's missing and then get ideas to fill the gaps. Now, some people are self-motivators and thrive on the idea above. They like to measure themselves based on their performance. Others, I've found, need a shove now and then in the right direction.
We are just past the middle of 2008, which means some of you may be getting a little panicked about hitting end-of-the-year deadlines and financial goals. And the troubles in our economy are only heightening those fears for most.
Here is a short list of things to consider to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start running toward the goal again:
1. It always helps to write down your goals. I know you've heard this a thousand times before, but when is the last time you did it and took it seriously? You have 5 months left this year, what do you really want? And do this exercise for all areas of your life - Do you want more balance? Do you want to have more saved?
2. Ask yourself, “What is really holding me back?" This is a serious question that deserves some serious thought. Is it lack of knowledge? Lack of capital? Fear? Sometimes when we pinpoint the thing that is sucking the motivation right out of us, we realize how crazy it is, and get over it.
3. Consider spending 30 minutes everyday that is dedicated to reading the latest news in your industry. See what new ideas your competitors have, what is working for your customers and what is not, etc. This will make your life much easier in the long run - and you'll be a LOT more successful as a result.
I encourage you all to remember the excitement you felt as you started the year 2008. Remember all that you wanted to accomplish, how you wanted to impact yourself and others, the commitments you made to yourself.
Do not get discouraged by that. Allow those memories to re-align you with what you really want for your future and the future of your company.
Rex Wisehart, http://www.AskRexWisehart.com , spent thirty years of his professional life as a late-stage business turnaround consultant. Throughout this time, Rex attempted thirty-eight turnarounds; twenty-seven of which were extremely successful.
In 1999, Rex gave up the consulting business and today, he is a principal and CEO of seven small businesses and is a frequent speaker to groups.