Guest Blog by Karen Wessels, co-founder and COO of VA Connect
Success at times can seem quite elusive. You’re running your own business, running a household, and you’re a wife, partner, parent to boot. So how do others do it? They make it look so easy. Does it have to do with them being better at time management? Or, is it that they have a different mind-set to you?
Success can be related to your belief system, passion, attitude and habits. The reality is that each and every entrepreneur is different and your journey is unique to you. What it will come down to eventually is keeping a balance between setting practical habits and deciding when to let things go.
I’ve compiled a list of different mind-sets that will help you on your entrepreneurial journey to success.
Do what you love, and love what you do
Once you’ve found your passion and you’ve invested in it, you are more likely to enjoy success. Naturally this makes sense. When you spend more than 85% of your day doing what you love, you will be able to tolerate the parts of your job that you don’t love as much, like doing admin work, or following up on creditors for example. In any case, these are things you need to learn to delegate to your staff. When you love what you’re doing, the sky is the limit to achieving great success.
Keep talking about your vision
It’s an excellent idea to start every day visualising how your day will go. When you start your day with intention, it will go according to plan. With the same token, the more you speak about the vision for your business and your purpose, the more it will become engrained in your mind, your very being. Share your passion and joy on a daily basis with your staff, your family, and in business meetings. It’s also serves as a great reminder for you as to why you started your business in the first place.
Believe in you
Believe in yourself, your vision, and your capabilities. Always ensure you have a positive attitude, as this will make the journey a smoother one. When you believe in yourself you can achieve basically anything. With this belief you will strengthen your resolve when the going gets tough. You will be resilient and fortuitous.
In the face of fear, be courageous
Starting your own business can be a scary thing. There will be times that you’ll need to step into the uncomfortable zone, and your fear may hold you back. In order to be successful you may need to do courageous things, venturing into the unknown. Don’t fear failure or success. You will experience both and you need to have the courage to learn from both.
Be grateful for this journey
Stop, and take a look at how far you’ve come, at what you’ve achieved. Don’t allow negativity to impede your growth to success. Be grateful for everything that you’ve experienced on this journey, whether it’s good or bad. Don’t complain about the small things, but rather be grateful that they happened as it prepares you for the next part of your journey.
Developing these mind-sets will help you navigate this path which has no handbook. With these mind-sets you are armed with abundance and openness to take you in the right direction and achieve what you’ve set out for yourself from the beginning – to live a life you’ve always wanted.
Karen Wessels is the co-founder and COO of VA Connect, a South African virtual assistant platform that provides outsourced administrative support. Prior to establishing VA Connect, Karen spent over 10 years in different sales, marketing & admin support roles. Having worked with MDs, SMEs and professionals, she is very familiar with managing different workloads within tight deadlines. This has equipped her with the invaluable skills required to run a successful VA business. Follow Karen on her Personal Website | Twitter | Facebook | Google+
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