I love what I do. There, I said it and I hope you can say it too. As some of you may know, I am preparing to move to a brand new site online and this is a nice time to take a look back at what I have accomplished thus far as well as to look ahead. Defining success is a very personal thing, often times it’s overlooked in the hurley-burley of becoming a fledgling entrepreneur. It seems inherent in the work of heart based entrepreneurs (healers, coaches, writers, intuitives, etc.) that our training completely omits marketing–which in this day and age is completely unacceptable. If a school takes your money and trains you in a particular discipline, but doesn’t teach you how to market, they indicate right off the bat that they are out of touch with the times.
So, how do you define success and if you’re struggling financially does it even matter if you take the time to define success? I say yes; your attitude will soar or crash depending on the inner pictures you have about your business and your verbage will match your inner vision. A lousy attitude can be the death knell for a developing business adventure, so take it on in a spirit of adventure for the best chance of success. The psychology of success requires for you to have courage, remain determined and focused irregardless of where you may stand in the moment. This is in true in all pursuits, but particularly for the entrepreneur, for whom success, especially financial success, may prove initially illusive.
Some tips for the road:
- What do you want to be remembered for? What do you want your life to be all about? These two questions alone may help you reframe success in a way that empowers your business (and you) to new heights.
- Remember who you serve and why. If you helped someone today via your emails, tweets, blogs or just by smiling at a passerby, you are helping to make this world a better place. Amen for that!
- Those blogs, tweets, Pinterest pins, etc. that you churn out will touch people you may never see; show up on the page and remember you’re building a legacy.
- Set up your work so that you enjoy the journey. Enjoy your clients, share photos, jokes, insights and laughter with your tribe–you don’t have to have that suit and tie, corporate mentality any more, so let your hair down and you’ll be far more user friendly.
- One of my teachers, Rita Davenport says that money isn’t everything, but it ranks right up there with oxygen. This is true–especially when the bills come due and your money is wanting. Just remember though–you can’t take it with you. Focus on what you can leave behind; a legacy of caring, compassion and service is pretty darn good, don’t you think?
- As a side note, some of the ugliest behavior I’ve ever seen in humans occurred after a family member’s passing, where the family members turned on one another all because of what they perceived they might or might not get from the estate. You might just want to spend your earnings on yourself or your favorite charities and let the kids figure out the financial success thing for themselves…just sayin’.
This is a transformational time for me; many of the things I envisioned for my blog have finally happened, but I understand it is just part of the journey. It’s exciting though and I hope you will stop by and sign up for notification for when the site goes live later this week.
I am setting up my business so that I can say truly I am enjoying the ride now as well as later; I hope to encourage you to do the same.
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