Do you ever wish you could be like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz? You could click your heels and success would happen? If the business goals you want to achieve aren’t happening fast enough…if the success you wanted to achieve requires too many sacrifices, those things would just in a snap be like you wanted them to be? Would that be incredible? It WOULD be incredible, but success doesn’t happen with the click of your heels. Do you wonder why with all the energy that you’re putting out there in the world to accomplish what it is you want to become successful, that it still hasn’t happened to the level you want yet? When will it happen? There are particularly frustrating days when the process isn’t enough, you want the results; it’s on those days that you yearn for that button…that click to make it come together as you envision.
Do you hanker to just reach the goals that you thought you’d reach at the point you imagined? We trade many things to achieve what we want to achieve. You may have been prepared for it, you may not have been. It’s important to remind yourself why you chose your career. What is it about it that made you want your career, your business? What made you think that you’d be successful doing this for a living? There will be days…many days that it will be very easy to throw in the towel. Remember the Why! The price of success at times can be your patience, time, money, maybe where you have to live and with whom you get to spend your time, as well as other things that you don’t know until you come upon them. You’ll need to dig down deep and remind yourself why it is that you wanted to do what it that you’re doing. When you are climbing up your own proverbial ladder there are occasions when you can feel lonely. The things listed below are so you know that you’re not alone on the road to success-the others who are working to achieve that feeling of accomplishment are with you in spirit.
“If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it’s within your reach. And it’ll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build.” ~Steve Wozniak
Have you spent the last of your savings on your dream business? Did you make the choice to quit a job you had been at for years and knew was draining you of your inspiration and imagination? Did you feel you had to leave while you still had those qualities and what you thought was a great business idea? If this sounds like you, and you left and are in the midst of crashing out your 401K (your only asset), know that you’re not the only one out there who has gone through this; many people who are building their own businesses and many others who are multi-million dollar CEO’s now, worked second jobs or side jobs while they were dreaming and scheming and living from hand to mouth as they say. Not having enough money or feeling poor is very much the price of success.
When you make the commitment to focus on starting a business or having a successful career, you start out understanding or quickly learning the necessity of sacrificing what your might have considered your “fun” times for what will be your long term happiness. You will find yourself turning down invitations to hang out at small or large gatherings, you also are less able to help out in small or large ways. The increasing combination of your lack of availability and sociability, the less and less you’re likely to get asked to attend future events. You may be happily married, but building a career and having to change time commitments with your spouse can take its toll. You find you’re frequently working around your personal life. While you’re committed to your business, you may definitely wish on certain days that you had people to hang out with or in which to confide. You realize the ones in your life who are truly supportive and those who not. You realize the ones who understand you and the ones who don’t. This too is the price of success.
“Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades, bumps, and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested. Have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect, nothing is and no one is — and that’s OK.” ~Katie Couric
Hold the Hobbies
Before you jumped on the road where you dreaming of yourself on the front page of INC. magazine? You may have enjoyed painting, playing golf, camping out, travelling to exotic places, bird watching, gardening, chess, although probably not all at the same time. There are many things out there to enjoy doing that take up spare time and spare money. When you’re working to make yourself a success you don’t have very much of any extra time or money. It’s okay to sacrifice fun today for freedom tomorrow.
Mind Your Savings
When you are just starting to build your career, you will need to think small. Less is more. The lesser the income used on your every day needs the more there is to be invested into your growing career or business. If over the next several years you can put aside 25-50 percent or more of your income to invest in yourself and your business, it will be amazing what you will be able to compile towards your ever growing success. It’s essential to live simply while building assets and wealth.
Watch Your Balance
You can see the mountain top! That’s so important. It’s key to be able to know what career it is you want to create in order for it to become a success. In order to follow your dreams, you sacrifice stability and leave yourself feeling a sense of unpredictability. There may be weeks in which you will earn money and weeks or longer when you won’t. It’s a sacrifice you will make to move your career ahead. Successful people deal with instability because while they know there will be times they go down, there will also be those times they will come back up. Taking risks is giving yourself the chance to make your life better. It’s the price of success.
We can get really determined to achieve our goals…after all it’s what success is about. We start to neglect our health. We start to eat less healthy, maybe we forget to eat, we do less exercise or none at all, sleep less (it depends on who you are-some need 6 hours some need more), this could put our mental health at risk. Those that are really intent upon becoming successful know this isn’t the way to go. It may be difficult to put our absolute attention into physical, mental and emotional health, but it’s imperative to be cognizant of when your body is being overworked. Successful people at times may neglect part A of their life in order to improve part B, but this will only go on for a short time. It’s important that you not abandon your health for long or you’ll regret it in your future. Health is key. You’re not going anywhere without it.
“All the money in the world can’t buy you back good health.” ~Reba McEntire
In the midst of achieving all you want to achieve your life can be very jam-packed. You can feel like your head is going to explode at times. The amount of things you’re trying to accomplish and satisfy both businesswise and personally can be overwhelming if you’re willing to admit it. Many of you work from home so there is no clear proverbial line in the sand between your home issues and your career. It’s important to remind yourself that however overwhelmed you are, or the confusion that may be going on now, will not last forever. There will definitely be days when you feel more stressed than others and wonder to yourself if it’s worth it. Remind yourself that it is! Working to create a business of your own has never been easy. It’s crucial to relax when you need to. If you can build in a short bit of time every day to breathe deep and reflect, it can go a long way to reinvigorating yourself. Know every day you are step closer to having what you want.
“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” ~Alan Cohen
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