2016 is right around the corner. For most people this means renewed vigor in the form of a commitment to something better…which is, way too often, followed by a concession to the, not so blissful, ease of mediocrity.
For many home business entrepreneurs that commitment will be to Go Full Time in their business. Is this your year? The year you take the leap?
Maybe you want to fire your boss (I remember the day I did that and caught it on this video), or maybe bring your husband of wife home from their job?
If so, it’s going to take more than a few resolutions, a bold declaration, or some new strategy you’ve conjured up.
Going full time is a leap to the big time, and the tough news is it’s for big time players ONLY.
How’s that statement make you feel? Are you really a big time player? If the thought makes you uncomfortable, nervous, doubtful, or stirs up any, less than empowering, emotions you’re not alone.
Which is exactly why most people will never take the leap and achieve full time status in their home business.
The good news is you’ve just uncovered one of the first steps to actually making it happen, and if applied, along with several others detailed in today’s post, you’ll be well on your way to making 2016 your breakout year.
Now these steps are not in an exact order, but there’s a bit of logic to how I’ve numbered them. The most important thing is that you incorporate a basic element or interpretation of each into your life and business.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from coaching 100’s of entrepreneurs, all while fighting my own human battles, it's that everyone truly is different, and when it comes to personal development and change, we must find variations of things that work for us.
Alright…enough talk. Let’s dive in…
Step 1: Take Responsibility
I know it’s kind of cliche to say that you can’t control what happens to you, but you can always control how you react to what happens…but it’s so rarely embraced that it bears repeating.
See taking responsibility starts with not living in the past. We’re all human, and that’s a pretty tall order, but almost every person I’ve ever spoken to, or worked with, that feels the need to share the big long “this is what happened” story, isn’t sharing it because it fuels their fire.
Instead they’re sharing it because they’re seeking validation for their lack of progress or results. What story do you have to let go of in order to truly take the wheel in 2016?
Here's a funny but true quote about taking responsibility.
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Step 2: Change Your Core Beliefs
Arguably the most important factor when it comes to your success is belief in youreself, and belief in what's truly possible.
When I asked you if you’re really a big time player how’d it make you feel? See most people are letting their goals and dreams write a check that their core beliefs can’t cash.
It’s not about what you tell yourself, it’s about what you truly believe you’re capable of.
Here’s a small scale example. Recently I was talking to a trial member of a really awesome marketing system I promote called MLSP.
In our initial conversation he had told me his big “Why”, all the wonderful things he wanted to achieve and all the reasons he had to make it happen.
Shortly after we have a brief conversation where he cites the $150/month expense, and says I’m not sure I want to ALWAYS be shelling out $150 a month. My response to him was, so you’re telling me that you don’t really believe that you’ll ever make money in your business?
See what’s going on their? Ever think like that? What do you really believe is going to happen in your business? Is it in line with what you say you want? The belief has to come before the results, not the other way around.
Step 3: Monitor Your Associations
A big part of building a strong set of beliefs about what’s possible and what you’re capable of is surrounding yourself with real life examples and inspirations. People who have what you want.
You’re going to become a product of the people you spend the most time around. This is where taking responsibility comes in. You can’t change how the people in your life behave, but you CAN change who you spend your time around.
Here's a great Jim Rohn quote that reminds us of the importance of associations.
“You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with” – Jim Rohn
Step 4: Reverse Engineer Your Goals
First and foremost SET goals. Then write them down. Then reverse engineer them.
By reverse engineering them I mean to work backwards and break them down into shorter more manageable goals. It is 10 times easier to keep your eye o the prize for a week or a month, than it is an entire year.
Goals are always a sticky subject with lots of different philosophies as to how to approach them.
Here’s what I’ll tell you. I’m all for big goals, and I hate the concept of being “realistic” but most people the concept of thinking big to ludicrous land.
Where’s the line? It’s impossible to say, and I don’t want to play dream stealer here.
In fact I wish I had thought bigger faster. In my mind, this is a good time to look around the industry, and lean on the experience of your strongest associations to determine what is really possible if you play full out.
Step 5: I’ll Explain In This Video
Time to break up the Steps with a little video. Very appropriate when you find out what Step 5 actually is.
Step 6: Create New Patterns
If more people understood this we’d have a lot more success stories in our industry and the world. We are truly creatures of habit.
Our entire lives are made up of a series of patterns that carry us through seemingly complicated days, like mice responding to a small electrical pulses or food based reward.
If you want different, bigger, better results, you’ve got to change your behaviors right? In order to do that you must respect the fact that your behaviors have strong anchors in patterns you probably don’t know exist.
I tell students, clients, and teammates the same thing I’m going to tell you. Beyond mindset and belief…everything starts with our habits.
There’s a really cool book on this called “The Power Of Habits.” (If you want to know how me and my bud Adam are going to help entrepreneurs change their habits and crush 2016 click here)
Step 7: Invest In Yourself
I can hear it now. But Justice!!….I’ll invest in myself once I see the cash-flow in my business increase. Besides I’ve got to save my money if I want to go full time in 2016. WRONG. This is not a chicken or egg conversation here.
Investing in your and your business comes FIRST. If money is tight understand that every single person I’ve ever met has some level of fat to trim.
It just involves a change in priorities. If you have to sacrifice so be it. No eating out, no Starbucks, heck maybe no TV (I chose all of the above when I was getting started).
Investing in you and growing your personal value is the only way to break free and create the life you want. Everything else is just creating a more comfortable version of the life you don’t want.
Take advice from the man Warren Buffet
“The best investment you can make is in yourself” –Warren Buffet
Step 8 Do Good By Your Marketplace
Over deliver in every way (see what I did there :)). Seriously though, actually go out there and do the right thing, which is to put the people in your marketplace first.
Change the way you look at things a bit. Stop seeing every move yo make in your business as a move that produces more leads, sales, teammates, whatever…for YOU. And instead start making moves that provide more value and solve more problems for THEM.
Don’t misunderstand me. This doesn’t mean everything has to be free, or you shouldn’t make good profitable, sometimes self serving business decisions. It just means that the #1 question you should start with is how can I better serve my marketplace.
Trust me, I need to remind myself of this from time to time, but it is the ultimate difference maker. The end result is that everyone WINS BIGGER.
So…what do you think? I’d love to get your feedback in the comments below. Did you find this post helpful? Does the thought of making any of these changes make you uncomfortable? If so, good! Remember…as Jim Rohn says.
“For things to change you have to change. For things to get better you have to get better!” – Jim Rohn
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