A right-thinking, creative frame of mind is all it takes to achieve anything you desire. Being persistent in business will only make it easier to achieve your goals. Business is a domain that is unpredictable, but so is life. We don’t know the end result, but if you have a clear vision of the journey and what it is that you want out of your business then you are pointed in the right direction to achieve that success.
Here are a few tips on being persistent in business, focused mainly on a spirited drive and setting achievable goals:
Passion Beyond Passion
You need passion to be able to venture into any project and business. Whether it be an extension in your home, finding the right schools for your children or wanting to be that successful businessperson. You need something that will encourage you to get up in the morning. If you’re uneasy about going to work then there’s a problem. A possible lack of enthusiasm and passion for your business would be a likely scenario.
You need to stop now and re-think what it is that would make you interested again in your business. The last thing you want to do is work for the money only. There has got to be more than money that motivates you. The fact is, if you don’t offer your heart, soul and being persistent in business then you’re likely not making the right business moves for growth and expansion.
Remember, if you’re not ready to make business gains and help your customers, then somebody else will by take over that business momentum that you once had and move into your territory! Now there’s food for thought… would you let that happen to your business?
Give New Strength To Clarity
Along with passion you need clarity. Being clear on your vision and plan will avoid a lot of unnecessary trial and errors. Not knowing how to reach your goal is like driving a car and not knowing the address of your destination. You can imagine the journey and how it would feel, but with no sense of direction or a clear path to your destination would be a very challenging journey.
Very rarely do you venture out of your front door without knowing where you are going? Most successful business people do their research, homework and business planning by mapping and setting out a route to their business success. This way, you know where you are going, but also how long it will take to get there.
You must bear in mind the obstacles and elements that may lay in your journeys path, and set aside some alternative paths should you require a diversion. If you are the business owner, guide and direct your team in the direction that you want to see yourself in the next 6 months or 5 years. The clarity of your business vision should filter down to every member of your team.
If the vision or the journey is too overwhelming then break-up the journey. Make shorter, achievable deadlines that you can reach as you travel along to the final destination. This will give you more clarity every step of the way until you reach your ultimate business goal.
Ride the Business Tide
The journey may be a pleasant, gradual ride for some businesses but for most startup businesses this can be daunting. There will be a lot of obstacles in the way and people, who will naturally put themselves before you. Not everyone is a giving person. This can be disheartening and make you wonder why you took this journey in the first place. You may be losing money instead of making any, and this could go on for a long period of time.
Pull over, re-evaluate your business, what’s going wrong and what’s right? Don’t continue until you have cleared your thoughts and the vision is transparent once again. In other words, use your ‘side view mirrors’ and ‘windscreen wipers’ to allow for a clear, pleasant train of thought and journey. Don’t forget, being persistent in business does pay off.
Together with on going business evaluations, there is dedication that must play a major role on your part – Commitment. You need to be committed. If you don’t have the commitment you will withdraw physically and mentally from your daily tasks and not be able to achieve that success that your strive for.
Take a few steps back, or take some time out to really gather your thoughts and grasp what your commitments were before they were side stepped from the daily work humdrum.
You have invested a lot of time and finance into your business, whether it’s new or old and therefore, you can’t give up on the premise that you are mentally not capable of handling things at present. Again, you need to have vast control and authority, and being organised in a way that makes you aware of all the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of your business. Be committed to being successful!
For a successful business, we can conclude that you need to know what your target is, i.e. your destination or where you want to see yourself and your business in a set period of time. Along with this, you need clarity and clear belief to achieve your goals
Break-down the target destination to smaller, more achievable tasks and take action to employ the right candidates to get that task performed to a high standard. Know the strengths and weaknesses of your team members and allocate the right tasks based on their strengths.
Remember no business person is an island, so everyone needs someone to bounce ideas off. If you are a sole trader, then this could be harder for you than those who have a team around them. Join a business orientated group like business networks, industry meet-ups or have business friends/colleagues that you trust who will boost your confidence and give moral support.
Be 100% committed to your business and recognise your strengths and weakness. Be clear, be proactive and be a ‘giver’ because what you give in value you will ultimately get back in masses. Above all, being persistent in business manifests success!