It’s rare for me to actually take time off from my business. As an entrepreneur we are often tied to our businesses and unlike humans, businesses never sleep.
Even though I was taking time off from the business it did not stop me planning out the next year with my team and figuring out how best to tackle the next 12 months and how it fits into our larger gameplan (oh, and we do have some HUGE plans for this year…)
So that leads me to the topic I want to talk about today… How are you going to tackle 2013?
Now, most people who are new to business of ANY sort usually work from day to day with a general vague idea of what they are doing but have no real defined gameplan in place. This is why most businesses fail and why new entrepreneurs continue to struggle to see success.
When I get up on stage and speak with entrepreneurs all over the world it concerns me when I see so many people who have MASSIVE potential but fail to have an real direction to focus their efforts on. It just leads to incredible wasted efforts and it is especially disheartening when you know that with just a little planning and execution they could be very successful at what they do.
So, here are some quick tips you can use to help figure out how you can not only achieve incredible success, but set your self up for many years to come.
1. Plan for 2014
What? 2014… but we are only just hitting 2013! Yep, you heard me right. Plan for 1 year from now. Where do you want to be and what do you want to have acheived this time next year? How about 5 years from now? You have to think long term and decide the direction you want to go… then go for it.
Planning ahead is like having a lighthouse in the fog. Everyday, narrow-view perspectives will blind you if you don’t have that solid beam of light to guide you. So, write down your main objectives for the next 12 months, print them out and stick them to your wall so you see them EVERY DAY. That way everything is influenced by that guiding light. If something you are doing is not guiding you in that direction it is likely a bad move!
2. Break Down the BIG PLAN into Executable Chunks
One thing many people do that create goals or plans is have this fantastic idea and then have no idea how to get there. They see the light and know that is where they need to be, but have no real idea how to move forward. It’s like a maze. They know the exit is there, but have no idea how to navigate the maze to get out.
What I like to do is break down goals into chunks. Sometimes I even work from the destination backwards. For example, to achieve X I must already have A,B, and C done first. Guess what? You have just created your executable sub-goals. You have to arrange them in order of priority. For example, if C cannot happen until A is in place, then A must take priority. These are link waypoints, your path to success. Now you have a plan and points to execute you can move forward accordingly.
3. Set Deadlines and STICK TO THEM
Now, this is one thing I struggled with. I have very bad ADHD, so focus, deadlines and time management was ALWAYS a challenge. However, one thing I have found is that for each executable goal you MUST set deadlines. Procrastination is one of the biggest killers of success. If you set deadlines like they were CRITICAL and unmovable, and you work towards that deadline you will hit every bullseye as you go. If you make those deadlines flexible, procrastination will creep in and tip your boat over.
If you fail to hit a deadline you set then any subsequent deadline is moved or even destroyed… and that makes moving forward even harder. Now, if it is just unavoidable and you have done everything you can to hit a deadline and it just did not work out, you can be flexible but the efforts you make pay off in the long run. Because your constant momentum and determination will eventually drive you to where you want to be.
4. Delegate the Grunt Work
One of the first things I always teach new entrepreneurs is that they are not Atlas, nor should they want to be. You should not carry the weight of everything on your shoulders and you should be focused on moving forward to your goals. Many new entrepreneurs want to do everything themselves to save their finances and learn the skills. However, this can slow you down and cripple you.
There is nothing wrong with learning how to do something in your business. In fact, I actively encourage that. However, you cannot be all things to all people all the time. For example, if you need to create a new website for your business, you don’t have time to become a master graphic artist, or expert in HTML or WordPress. Maybe you need to have some coding done. So, if you were to do all this yourself you would have to master Photoshop, learn HTML, PHP, WordPress and many other critical skills. That could take months or years to master in some cases.
Any efforts you make in the starting period would be mediocre at best. How would that impact the perception of your business? How many hours did you spend trying to learn that skill and how much is your time worth per hour? The simplest approach is to hire someone or delegate that task to someone who has already mastered the skills you need and have them do it, while you focus on the critical parts of your business and keep the momentum moving forward.
5. Hire, Partner or Barter
This is what should be your mantra moving forward. As I mentioned in the previous section, hiring someone to do the grunt work is something you must do where possible. However, don’t consider that only for grunt work. For example, if you have something you are selling then you may need a copywriter. Good copywriters are expensive but there is a reason. They are GOOD copywriters. A good copywriter is worth their weight in gold. So, hiring people with very specific and specialist skill sets can save you a fortune in the long run as opposed to trying to do it yourself.
However, we don’t always have a way to do things the way we would in an ideal world. Sometimes the budget does not exist for such things. So, look to either hire, partner or barter. If there is some common ground where you have valuable skills and assets you can leverage with a supplier of certain skills, you can either barter those skills and assets or even partner up with them in some form to get a massive discount or leverage that working relationship to do a true work in trade.
6. Invest, Invest and Reinvest
Do not be afraid to invest in your business, invest in yourself and reinvest profits back into the business to help it grow. I see so many people celebrate any success they have and then spend the profits and drain the business, effectively putting it back to square one and then wonder what happened. You should always consider future growth, even if that means that you cannot siphon off the profits until everything is 100% sustainable and constant.
You also need to be able to invest in your business. Your time, effort, skills and monetary commitment to your success is critical. You must also invest in yourself. Your biggest asset in business is your brain and mindset. Everything you can do to enhance that and empower yourself is critical to long-term success.
7. Surround Yourself with Success…
It is no surprise that millionaires associate with other millionaires. They feed each other at a level of success that helps them move even higher. You should adopt that same mindset for 2013. Surround yourself with successful people with the same mindset you want to achieve and know you need. By doing so you are propelled forward with their momentum. It is like being caught in a powerful current that pulls you forward to a common destination of success.
8. Learn from Those that Have Already Succeeded
One of the biggest mistakes I made when I first started was not having a mentor. I struggled to succeed like you have and through sheer guts and determination and many failures made it to where I am today. One of my biggest breakthrough moments was having a mentor guide me away from pitfalls and mistakes before I made them and that opened up many doors that I did not even know existed.
Mentors come in all types. You can hire, partner or barter (as we mentioned previously) with a professional. Read books from successful people and have unofficial mentors or join their sites or mailing lists of those that you believe can help you best. For example, I have many students I have mentored over the years that have gone from struggling entrepreneurs to highly successful business men and women all over the world.
9. Join the Inner Circle and Cover Most of These Tips All at Once…
We have helped many thousands more through our membership site here at IM Success Center with our Inner Circle and group mentoring and coaching sessions we do every week with the “Ask Sean Sessions.” In these sessions I share some of my personal success strategies for every area of business and we also do live question and answer sessions with the entire group.
This is very powerful and with all the other training programs, resources and more we have helped many thousands of entrepreneurs in your exact position leap forward directly to where you want to be.
Now, you would think joining something like this would be a very expensive proposition. However, I would like to invite you to be part of our Inner Circle and give it a try for just $1.
You can try our Inner Circle for 14 days and have unlimited access to our entire member’s area, all the training and all the previous Ask Sean sessions, as well as 2 live ones to see what we do here at IM Success Center and how we can help you.
Imagine having someone like me in your corner, guiding you and surrounding yourself with successful people and driven entrepreneurs. Imagine how much faster you will achieve the success you so desperately need.
After all the powerful tips and strategies we have shared here I would love to have the opportunity to personally guide, mentor and help you. To be the guiding light to help you navigate out of the fog.
Even if you do not join the Inner Circle, each and every point we discussed here will help you push forward and achieve great things.