Want your proposals to stick? Do not make them. Instead honor your entrepreneurial spirit by setting intentions (and say “By Felicia” by 2020). Setting intentions allows you to align your goals with your mindset, then refine those goals as you achieve them or develop in a new direction, without losing your passion or drive. Here are three intentions to help you get on the road to a successful year and a more balanced life in 2021.
Intention number 1: Cut the crap
A professor writing in college used to say this regularly. For my students – myself included – this means removing unnecessary adverbs and filler words that do not advance the story. For entrepreneurs, this means getting rid of external noises and messes that don’t get you ahead – in business or in life. To say that revenue does not drive anything is ‘nonsense’. If you volunteer for a nonprofit or are close to your heart, it is definitely worth your time. But perhaps other things are not.
Social media rabbit hole. Do you spend hours away on Twitter reading political commentary? Set a time limit.
Junk email purgatory. Do you spend time through dozens of ‘junk’ emails that you need? Unsubscribe.
New businesses are clearly out of your scope. Stick to opportunities that are best suited to your core abilities and extend from there. If you have worked exclusively with B2B tech brands so far, but want to delve into new markets, try B2C tech brands, or consider B2B brands in the XAAS market Do it
Recurring subscription. List the products and services your business pays for: Are there overlaps? Can anyone be consolidated? When 2020 delivered its first setback in March, many businesses turned on instant tools for remote work, e-commerce, and virtual communication and collaboration. Now that you have a chance to settle down, cut the crap looking for a long-term solution that allows all of your devices to perform basic communication.
real estate. If your hipster office space has been lying idle for the past nine months, consider neutralizing or sharing the space with other entrepreneurs to cut costs.
Intention number 2: go public
Write your goals down where you can see them daily, and then share them with the people you trust. When I started writing professionally, my biggest goal was to get published – anywhere. I started sending question papers in 2005 and shared rejection letters with family and friends. My break did not come until 2007, but when it happened, I told that I had a fair celebration with myself and published articles, poems and short stories in many regional and national publications. Once I became an entrepreneur, I did not feel that I now had time to write for myself. But Desire never left me, and ultimately, what I learned from publishing for a consumer audience is what I have learned from running a business in six years and writing content for Fortune 500 brands.
Identifying and sharing your goals is great, but that does not mean that you can sit back and wait for things to happen. What steps can you take to get there? Make a list of the connections you can reach out to and another list of thought leaders or industry experts you would love to connect with. I used LinkedIn to connect with editors, subscribe to magazines that cater to my target audience, and start keeping notes on potential topic ideas. my first Businessman This article was published last October. The people you trust with your goals not only help keep you accountable, but it provides you with a personal cheering section when you realize a goal (and one when you don’t Searing section.
Intent number 3: make room for big ideas
Our best thoughts usually come in the car, in the shower or in our dreams. This is when we relax the most and allow our minds for new ideas. You don’t have to take a shower, a nap or drive around the city to do so; Any location you provide will work.
Still, entrepreneurs are not known to do a major job of balancing work and life. In fact, we all go into one, often at the expense of the other. I firmly believe that the stand and move goals of the Apple Watch were inspired by entrepreneurs like us, who lay behind computer screens for countless hours, only raising our heads to look for coffee. And that is not a recipe for cultivating creativity. It may sound like a swarm of yoga-inspired sparklers, but prioritizing self-care is not good for your health, it is good for your professional endeavors.
Be intentional about making room for yourself – take a walk, do some yoga, or turn off an old musical instrument. Yes, it takes time from your desk but not necessarily your work. The creative process is not linear and it is rarely effective to set a structured time to think about new ideas. Think of self-care as part of your entrepreneurial creative process and you will get a lot more from it, not at least better health, lower heart rate, and ability to concentrate. Let the mind wander from something else, and see where it takes you.
2020 has been a year of challenges that we will soon forget, but it has also given us room to adapt and prioritize. If you take anything with you in the new year, give it that place. You are more than the owner of the business; You are an entrepreneur. This means that you are a visionary – you do not sit on the bus and get out of the highs and lows. Giving yourself the space to adapt, develop and build can make a big difference in your ability to focus and innovate in the new year.
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