It is the beginning of the year and some of us have made resolutions for the year. The questions are:
Will I keep up with my yearly resolutions? or will I just forget about them?
Because, personally I have to admit that when I do yearly resolutions I forget about them really fast. Why is that? Mainly because they are too hard to keep up with it. It is easier to just continue with the same habits I’ve been carry on with for so many years.
However, I have to tell you in confidence that 2015 was a transition year for me. I made many changes to my life and I am continuing with my new habits quite easily. The reason?
I have a real interest and a real commitment towards my new changes.
I decided in 2015 that I wanted to be healthy and that I wanted to be independent work-wise.
I started to eat better, to go to the gym regularly and to become an entrepreneur and have my own business. I am able to do that because my kids are older and I don’t have to worry about them every minutes anymore. That freedom was a blessing for me, I have to admit…and because I am not the type of person to lay down on a couch watching tv, I had to fill up my free time.
I therefore understand that normally, I should’ve commit only to one change at a time. So let’s talk about the first change I made. That was in January 2015. I love learning and doing new things so I decided to be more serious about the ebusiness I created in August 2014. I only had about 1 hour to dedicate to this new interest of mine every night after work. Week end were out as it is family time and it is sacred for me and my family.
So I had 5 hours to commit to becoming an entrepreneur with a home-based business. Questions were:
- How to ensure that I would be all in during those 5 hours?
- Where to focus strategically?
- How to ensure that I would actually build my ebusiness and not giving up on it?
That’s where I found my 3 tips to ensure that I would be successful with my new endavour.
3 Tips to stay committed
When I decided to commit to my business, 3 elements helped me: accountability, consistency and support.
In Merriam-Webster, accountability is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions.
For me, being accountable for my business means that I have a commitment to ensure that I will do whatever is necessary for it to work, considering my limited resources (time – 5 hours and money). This is important for me. It is like going back to school. I commit to be successful. I don’t quit.
Keep the momentum – Be consistent
One of the easiest thing to do when you start something, is to quit on it because you find new stuff to do instead. I know the computer, the chat, the latest tv show is much more tempting after awhile. I found that putting a set hour every night on my calendar (let’s say between 7:00pm and 8:00pm) and telling my hubby and the kids not to disturb me is working well. Try it and tell me how it goes for you.
Also, I have separated my 5 hours into activities. I was dedicating 30 minutes each night to write and send my emails. The next 30 minutes were dedicated to reading business books (3 times a week) and to listen to webcasts (twice a week). That was my schedule…of course it is now different since I retired at the end of August 2015. I have more time to dedicate to my business…but you get the point. Schedule your time and dedicate it to what you scheduled.
Seek for support
This is crucial. It is important to get support in business. I get it from my family and I know that I am lucky.
I suggest that you get a coach or a mentor. That is important. I have a mentor I can talk to everyday and knowing that I have this support is precious. He is the person who give me the strength to continue because he has seen it all!
I also have a team of partners I can talk to. They are helpful too as they often got the same issues I get and they help me to work it out.
You can also find mentors and coaches by reading their books (for example, Robert Kiyosaki, Tim Robbins), reading their posts (such as David Kern, Ben Settle). You don’t have to know your mentors to apply their lessons, their wisdom.
Those are my tricks and they work for me. Try tehm and let me know how they work for you.
Talk to you tomorrow!