How to choose what to do first

determine your destiny (1)In business, as a solo or small business owner it’s hard to know what to do first.  There are so many things to do, how do you know where to start?

Do you spend time finding clients or putting your ducks in a row?  Do you go out to networking events or build your website first?  It’s truly a quandary for some business owners.

Then, of course, there is the dilemma of the how to do it once you finally figure out what to do.  Business owners sometimes forget about that.

Being in that uncertain space creates a lot of stress, frustration and overwhelm, not to mention all those fears that show up.  It can cause you to come to a screeching halt in your business.

One amazing way I know to combat those problems is to be a part of a Mastermind.  You get access to others who can assist you out of that place I call “no-man’s-land” (well, in many cases it’s “no woman’s-land”) and into the place of knowing exactly what to do first.  This puts you into action, which leads to getting results, which leads to feeling really great about yourself.

A Mastermind is a collective brain. It’s a group of like-minded business owners who support each other in all aspects of their business.  It is usually run by a coach, who has similar business experience, to help the members through trainings, laser coaching and facilitating the group.

I believe a Mastermind is a key component in any business.  Comprised of individuals who are not directly related to your business, they hear and see things differently and therefore can offer a new perspective.  In addition, mastermind members are available to support you when you run into areas in which you need help.

In a recent Mastermind that I run, one of the business owners was struggling with making a decision.  When she brought this to the group, another member spoke up and said “It sounds like you aren’t really on board with this idea” and that allowed the struggling member to truly see what she already knew… but was ignoring. It gave her the confidence to make the decision to say ‘no’ in quick time and move on to something else she would be on board with.

Afterward, she told me that without the support from the group, too much time and money would have been spent trying to figure out what to do.

If you are interested in joining a Mastermind, there are still spots available in my 2016 Prosperous Business Mastery Group.  Click here to learn more or simply email me and I’ll be happy to talk with you about how being a part in the Mastermind can benefit you.

Are you a master?

Business woman pointing to the cameraExactly what is a master?  For our purposes we are going to define a master as someone in control or influence of events and outcomes.

Let’s take a look at business.  Are you a master of your business?  I hope you said yes, because hopefully that means you are influencing your outcomes; reaching your goals and reaping the rewards.  In other words, you are setting SMART goals and reaching them.

Now if you are thinking “Hmmm, I am, kind of… but more often I’m not”, not to worry because you can turn that around.  A lot of times it’s because you have no idea what to do or when to do certain things.  I could be that you aren’t realistic with your outcomes or have a hard time with prioritizing and time management.

Setting SMART goals is part of the process you can use to become a master in your business.

SMART means:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time Oriented

Broken down, it looks like this.

  • A good way to get specific is to write out exactly what you will do and how you will do it, and be as detailed as you can be. Step by step plans are great here.
  • Then you want to make sure you are making progress with what you are doing, so you’ll want to measure it. Tracking is the only way to know where you are, how close or how far away, or if you really indeed did reach your target.
  • Some people set unattainable goals and that keeps them from mastering their business and their results. So make sure your goals are achievable as well as realistic because both can stop you in your tracks.
  • The last part is to have a timeline that will support you rather than set you up to fail. If you have too long or short of a time table it will be destructive to your overall result.

Setting SMART Goals is just one way to master your business.  Another way is being part of a mastermind group which is, in essence, a collective brain.  Napoleon Hill defines masterminds as “coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose.”

I have been a part of a mastermind since I began my business and it’s one of the most valuable pieces in helping me master my business.  The other members of my mastermind hear what I say differently than I ‘hear’ myself.  They offer me valuable input and observations as well as advice and sometimes suggestions that help me immensely.  I wouldn’t have been able to come up with these ideas by myself!  My mastermind can see when I’ve missed a step in goal setting or when I need support and encouragement.

It’s because I believe so strongly in the power of a mastermind that I’ve created the Prosperous Business Mastery Group Mastermind Program.  I created it in order to bring like-minded business owners — like you — together so that you can have the opportunity to master your business and take it to a whole new level.  Click here for more details.

Of course, feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.  It’s a really awesome way to become masterful at your business!