Have you watched Taraji P. Henson’s acceptance speech for winning a Golden Globe Award yet? Or maybe you’ve heard about the passing of legend, David Bowie? God, rest his soul. Wanna know what you have in common with great names like theirs? You’ve got a dream and you could pursuit it and be really successful in it if you really wanted to… just like they did. You don’t have to be an actor or a musician… the thing about having a dream is that it can be one of any kind!
a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.
It’s not that you haven’t made any progress as an entrepreneur, but since you’re here, I’m guessing you could probably use a little help getting the ball rolling with your business and that’s what I’m here to do. Like many, I have huge goals for my brand this year. I plan to take The Goddess Column to new heights with every effort I make and you should feel the same way about your brand! But how do I get there? You might be asking.
We’re only ten days into the New Year and already I have achieved some of the goals I set for myself to accomplish by the second quarter of the year! How did I do it? I took 4 smalls steps that seriously gave me the results I wanted and then some! We don’t all have the same business ideas in mind, nor are we all in the same area within our entrepreneurial journey, but for those of you who are just starting out or have reached a road block in a business you’ve already built (which is where I felt I was), following these steps are sure to help. Here are 4 small steps entrepreneurs should take that are guaranteed to give BIG results every time! So, let’s get into it!
Do sufficient research.
This is the first and most important step that every entrepreneur should take when beginning or continuing on in the entrepreneurial journey. You can never do too much research. Google is an entrepreneur’s best friend, so don’t be afraid to utilize it. You’re guaranteed to find a ton of resourceful information from experts who have reached a certain level of success and are willing to share how! You’ll also find other entrepreneurs who are trying to reach some of the same goals you are! Trust me they’re out there! Knowledge is wealth, so get as rich as you possibly can in this area. Research your business from top to bottom.
When I say do research, I mean legit research. Find resources and PRINT THEM OUT so that you can get off the computer, grab a cup of coffee, and sit down with pen, paper, and a highlighter and really concentrate and digest the information. I do NOT mean “research” that is really just you skimming an article and writing down the major subheadings. It’s a little tedious, but if your researching something that you’re truly passionate about I think you’ll enjoy learning about it.
Once you’ve done a sufficient amount of research, you’ll be ready for the next step. How do you know if you’ve done enough research? First, remember that you’ve never done enough research… but you should reach a point in your current research studies that allows you to confidently move forward in your progress. For me, one of my main goals was to get my media kit finished, so first I did my research and then I reached a point where I was ready to start working on my media kit. Although I’m ‘finished’ with it right now, I will never stop researching ways to improve my media kit… but I had reached a point in my current research studies that allowed me to say, “okay, I’m ready to start working.”
Write it out.
After you’ve done all your research and you’re ready to start working, contrary to popular belief, it’s still not time to start working. Now it’s time to get pen and paper and write down everything you need to do in order to start working. If you want this step to perform at it’s best, then you really need to write down everything. I worked backwards and that was best for me. I started by writing out my major goals, the ones I knew would take me longer than three months to finish. I only projected things for about half a year, but you can plan out to about a year if that’s better for you. I wouldn’t go much farther than that. After I identified each big goal, I broke each goal down into the smaller goals I needed to accomplish over the next few months in order to achieve the larger goals. After that? You guessed it. I broke the second level goals into even smaller goals that I could start right now. I had eventually worked myself into a plan that gave me daily tasks to achieve weekly goals, that would lead me to achieving monthly goals, that would, in turn, allow me to achieve the larger goals I set out for myself.
Having everything written down really made me feel like I had done so much already and I hadn’t even started working on actual projects just yet! Still, writing everything down is important and completely necessary for your success. Remember, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” The other great thing about having everything written down was the proud feeling I got from checking things off my list and actually seeing the progress. The list itself was progress because although I knew in my mind what I wanted to accomplish, writing them down made it that much more real for me. Now, I was ready for the next step.
Hold yourself accountable.
Time to work, right? Well, kinda. Before I was really, really ready to start the work, I had to promise myself that I would hold me accountable for all the work I did or did not get done in efforts to reach my goals. I wasn’t going to blame not sticking to my writing schedule (or anything else I said I would do) on anything or anyone. I was going to truly hold myself accountable for doing the work by STICKING TO THE PLAN, which for some reason, was incredibly hard for me to do up until now. I was always good for making a plan, but then ‘altering’ the plan when I didn’t feel like doing something. Have you ever done that? I had made up my mind that I just wasn’t going to BS my way through things this time because I was tired of getting the same half-assed results. Especially after all the preparatory work I had completed to even get this far.
Once I confidently assured myself that I was truly ready for increase in all aspects of my brand and business, I put my money where my mouth was and headed straight for the last step.
DO THE WORK.
NOW, it was time to do the work. It was time for increase. It was time to get sh*t done. Truthfully, ever since I started following the first three steps, this part seems to be the easiest and most rewarding of them all. Nothing feels quite as good as setting goals you can actually achieve–and not just one time either. These steps will work every time. If you learn that your passion is elsewhere, just follow these same steps for that new passion. None of the greats got where they are today without truly dedicating themselves to achieving the dream. Sure, it’s a little scary, but it can be done. YOU can do this.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this (long, but useful) article, after following these simple steps I have been able to accomplish goals even faster than I projected to in the planning process. It’s truly rewarding, I didn’t just say it would guarantee results to get you to click on this article, I meant it… and I really hope that you found this article helpful! I can’t wait to hear about how this works for you.
Do you have any steps that work for you? Share them in a comment below or shoot me an email to tell me all about it!