Building on yesterday’s post, something that goes hand-in-hand with ‘rule of five’ is the idea that you get what you focus on. An extremely successful friend of mine, Jody, uses this strategy. Every morning, she wakes up a few minutes early and spends 15 minutes thinking about her goals. Then, she goes to work on her ‘five things’ for the day after she’s focused on her goals. She is a good example of how useful focusing and the action-oriented ‘rule of five’ can be. Ruthless execution of both habits (focus coupled with action) has led her to be the owner of a multi-million dollar art and greeting card company. If you spend just a few minutes each day focusing on, or reminding yourself about your goals, you help keep them alive in your mind. This makes achieving your goals more likely. You tend to get what you focus on! So, why not focus on your positive future?
Another good way to keep your business aspirations at the forefront of your mind is to surround yourself with other goal-oriented, positive people. Hang-out with people who mirror your goals and the values you hold for yourself. Nothing will kill your dreams faster than being around people who constantly tell you that: ‘You can’t do it!’ So get around positive people with healthy, ‘goal-happy’ attitudes. Ideally, you’ll want to surround yourself with people that augment your weaker points, who absolutely stun you with their strength in certain areas and wow you with their talent every time you’re around them.
While goal-setting for your business is partly about identifying what you want, why you want it, and how you’ll go about getting it, it is also very much about keeping those goals alive by breaking them down into manageable pieces, and surrounding yourself with people who encourage you to achieve them. It’s easy to set goals! You can get started on them right away. And you don’t have to know millionaires or billionaires. Simply look around you – there are positive ‘goal-happy’ people everywhere. Look for them in your surroundings. Then, as each goal-setting time of year comes around, and more and more of your goals have been achieved, your company’s shape and mold will grow stronger and stronger.
Your homework for today is to make a list of five people in your town that you respect, admire and want to learn from. This will be your list to work off of for the rest of the year as you start to build either a Mastermind Group or a close group of positive business friends who can help inspire you to your highest success. Ideally, down the road, these same five people will turn into your unofficial Board of Directors or Advisory Board.
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the final part of this series.
Looking for another part in the “Kickstart Your Business” series?
Part 1 – Defining Your Business
Part 5 – Using Your Vision To Inspire
Part 7 – Put Your Goals To Action
Part 9 – Endless Possibilities
Wow! Thank you for this question. I’m sure that others are thinking it but maybe are afraid to ask.
I think the key to your question is in the last sentence: “I love my friends and the history we have but I’m not in that place anymore.”
There’s nothing wrong with outgrowing your friends. It’s a natural cycle of life. The key is to honor and respect the places that you’ve been together while continuing down your personal path of success. Perhaps your positive forward momentum can help them see that there’s another way of life or perhaps inspire your friends to make different choices. And if it doesn’t, it’s important to recognize that everyone has different paths and different comfort levels with circumstances. Keeping a judgment-free attitude is integral to honoring your relationship with the past while moving forward (with whomever wants to join you!) in a positive manner.
So, I have a hard question – I hung around with a tougher crowd when I was younger. I’m trying to work hard and work my way out of the trouble I created for myself through bad choices. But I don’t want to quit calling them because we grew up together and I know that they will think that I am getting all goody two shoes on them and thinking that I am better than them. Did you always have amazing friends? Do you have any strategies for helping me? I love my friends and the history we have but I’m not in that place anymore.
Soap Kitten says
This is great, inspirational information.
I have so enjoyed this series….so much great information. Too bad it is coming to an end. Although it will give me time to keep working on all that has been covered. I am intrigued by the Mastermind Group. I will be researching more on that.
more great advice.
thank you and I am trying with all my might to implement every single lesson here.
how did your angel meetings go?
i am intrigued……