In the last part of the "Throwing in the Entrepreneurial Towel" series my TOP business mastermind colleagues will share their secrets to rebounding, and I will share with you the final two sneaky obstacles to success most people are doing and don't even know it, and how to overcome it.
• RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: I'm a social person but my relationship building skills were still lacking and reflected big time in my business. You must be willing to do two things to further your success in business: 1) maintain contact with a good potential partner 2) create a win/win way for you both to win in business, and you do that by partnering on business ventures, which is a little deeper than your average joint venture partnership.
• GET OUT OF COMFORT ZONE: I’ve shared this one before, but it cannot be overstated. I had a bad habit of implementing business coaching or doing a business task to the "level of my comfort zone," meaning, I would implement the training only partially, or only implement the steps I thought were most important. Foolishly, I thought this would still yield the best outcomes. Along the same lines, make sure you are coachable (willing to follow the instructions you are given by your coach).
So, in conclusion, review this list to make sure you haven’t missed a step before you consider throwing in the towel. And be open to the possibility of making over your ENTIRE business if that is what is needed to yield the results you want. However, I caution to only do so under the guidance of an expert.
ADVICE FROM MY MASTERMIND COLLEAGUES TO STAY MOTIVATED:
"Take a step back, replenish, fill your bucket with something that feeds your soul. Give yourself some space with it so you can see clearly. Pull together a team of trusted advisors to talk through challenges (get a different perspective). Like a board of directors. Outsource some icky tasks that are weighing you down. Read a good business book. I keep a Success Jar (see above pic). Every time I have a success, no matter how big or small, or even a failure that I learn from, I write it down on a strip of paper and put it in my success jar. I review them once a quarter, but it's also something I do if I'm feeling down, unmotivated, unaccomplished. It really reminds me of how much I've done, how far I've come. And that usually gives me a much needed spark." - Lisa Rehurek
"Have a group of advisers, professionals who guide you. Have one or two who believe in your belief. Meet with them on the phone or in person once a week. They are your cheerleaders." – Joy Golliver
"I recommend evaluating your 'why' and if your why still makes you cry with joy, then you MUST get through the mud to get to clear waters. I periodically review testimonials and notes others have shared with me as reaffirmation that I am making a difference. Another thing to do is give thanks for all life experiences that brought you to this point in your life."- Tandy Elisala
"When you feel demotivated about running your own business, just think about the alternative - being chained to a desk in a corporate prison once again. Think about having little or no freedom to fully express your ideas and not being able to build a flexible work schedule around the people and things that matter most to you. Now, if that doesn't put the fire back in your belly, I don't know what will." –Ogo Obata