One of the hardest things about launching a business is coming to the realization that you likely won’t become successful overnight
It’s a tricky thing, building confidence in yourself and your knowledge and developing trust with partners and customers. It’s a slow and steady process, built brick by brick, call by call, conversation by conversation. Sure, there are some outliers -- those people who see your vision and immediately jump on board -- but one of the most important qualities I see again and again in successful business owners is persistence.
The American writer Napoleon Hill said, “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
Here are a few ways I work with my team to help them master these elements of patience, persistence, and perspiration and launch themselves and their business to success.
Start With A Broad Vision, But Know Your Why
If you’ve read anything about me, you know that I think understanding your why is one of the most important things you can do before you launch your business. After all, if your business isn’t consistent with your values, you’ll struggle to succeed. You won’t feel authentic, and believe me, your prospective customers or partners will notice this!
Even more important, doing the work can be hard at times. If you’re able to get out of bed each morning and connect that day’s tasks back to your underlying purpose, you’ll find it easier to get to work, even on days when you’re feeling discouraged.
In addition, while it’s a good idea to set specific, short-term goals, it’s also smart to give yourself a bit of latitude. Have an idea of what your big goal looks like, and identify some of your steps along the way. But, be patient here. Give yourself some grace, and be willing to make some redirections along the way. You’re new at this, and you may not get everything right the first time out of the gate. Take a deep breath, reconnect with your Why, and just keep going. Which brings us to….
The Power of Persistence
A great deal of success comes from just not giving up. It’s making the 10th reachout call after your first 9 invitations have been declined. It’s sending yet another email to that wishy-washy prospect who can’t seem to make up his mind. It’s getting up each day, making a list, and getting down to business.
It sounds great, having a successful business that lets you work from home (or anywhere!) and pay your bills. And it’s an incredibly rewarding accomplishment that I’ve seen so many of my partners achieve. But every one of these people hit a low point, a period when nothing seemed to work out, when none of their efforts seemed to be rewarded.
The difference between these partners, and the people who aren’t in business anymore, is that they simply didn’t give up.
If you’re trying to stay persistent and positive, the best tips I can give you are to visualize your progress and to engage the support of a team. Traktivity helps you with both of these steps. By logging your reachouts and automating your daily goals, you’ll see your progress on your dashboard each day, and you won’t have to dedicate the extra effort and energy to coming up with each day’s list of contacts. And with the Team module, coming soon, you’ll see what your teammates are up to, swap tips, and encourage each other as you all grow.
It’s Good To Sweat
We all know how good it feels to complete a hard workout, right? The endorphins, the sense of accomplishment, the way your whole body feels healthy and ready for anything.
Well, it’s the same when it comes to your business. Putting in a full day’s work may feel a bit challenging at the time, but when you can sit down for dinner or an evening break and look back at all you’ve done, it’s a great feeling. Even if you’re not seeing immediate progress, the work is there. You’re building a foundation, and over time, you’ll see the results. Just like training for a marathon, it’s incremental progress each day and each week that sets you up for success.
Couple this hard work with the persistence and patience, and you’ve got a winning formula. If I can do it, you can too. So get out there and get going! And I’d love to hear about how you’re working on building your business -- share your stories and tips with our community here, or using #TRAKstar on Facebook and Instagram!