Many home-based business owners experience overwhelm, lack of focus and yes, even self-doubt. It doesn't matter if they've been in business two weeks or 10 years, the common challenges remain. The good news is they can be overcome and it all boils down to three small things.
Over the past week, I had the great pleasure of speaking with three amazing individuals who recently joined my newsletter.
It was wonderful to learn about their past accomplishments and future goals for their home-based businesses.
Although all three were experienced and successful in previous business pursuits, the challenges of overwhelm, lack of focus, and even a pinch of self-doubt were creating a block for each of them.
Regardless of whether you're a new home-based business owner, or a seasoned entrepreneur, taking on new challenges can sometimes be daunting, to the point of almost paralyzing.
The important thing to remember is it's all a matter of perspective and choice.
If you are experiencing a self-limiting belief that is blocking your progress, consider the following …
- What past accomplishments are you enormously proud of? (Don't be humble here!)
- What strengths, skills and abilities contributed to these successes?
- Is there any reason why you would no longer possess these same qualities?
I'm willing to bet dollars to donuts you not only possess those same qualities, but are also wiser and much more experienced than when you first set out to accomplish those goals.
If you are lacking a skill required to achieve your goal, is there any reason why you can't develop it? If you don't have the time or inclination, can you find someone who does and have him or her assist?
If overwhelm is creating lack of focus, confusion and a sense of spinning your wheels, consider the following …
- What can you say "no" to starting today? Do you have to respond to every e-mail the second it arrives or answer the phone every time it rings? Can you create a pocket of time where the phone, e-mail and interruptions are not permitted?
- What can you delegate, starting today? Instead of folding brochures and stuffing envelopes or opening your own mail, can you enlist the aid of one of your children or an assistant? Can you create more time for yourself to work on building and growing your business instead of being detracted by daily repetitive tasks?
- What can you say "yes" to starting today? Has someone offered to help, but you choose to do it all by yourself? Can you relinquish control and accept the help of others? Hang up your superhero cape and take the heat off yourself. Others may amaze you with what they can do!
- Breaking your goals down into bite size pieces. What do you want to accomplish in the next three months? You don't have to carry your five-year plan in your mind every single day. By all means, know where you're going, but focus on the immediate task at hand and deal with it only. Creating home-based business success is a marathon, not a sprint.
- If you don't have all of the answers, who might be able to provide them to you? Doing it all alone is tiring, frustrating and makes for really slow progress. If you can avoid making mistakes by learning from someone else who has already made them, what kind of time will you save?
All of the benefits and freedom of being a successful home-based business owner are available to you. All that is required on your part is a strong belief in yourself and a knowing that your success will ultimately be determined by your perceptions, your choices and your actions. You can make it happen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laurie Hayes works with professional individuals who are tired of working in the rat race and ready to pursue home-based business ownership. To receive valuable tips and strategies on how to build a successful business while avoiding costly mistakes, subscribe to her free bi-weekly newsletter at www.wheretheheartis-lifecoaching.com