Success. It seems like it never comes fast enough. While there are those who experience rapid “overnight” success, for the rest of us, it may take a little longer. And that’s not a bad thing! There are so many useful (and meaningful) things you can do along the way that will help you prepare for, and fully embrace, success when you get there.
It seems almost impossible to me now, but at the outset of 2018, I was ready to close my business! I’d spent three years laying a foundation and pouring my heart + soul into my dream, but I wasn’t seeing the results I’d hoped for. I was emotionally and mentally exhausted, but something inside me told me to keep going. That’s when I decided to focus on the things that were going right in my life, rather than dwelling on everything that was going wrong.
I purchased a cute (but inexpensive) journal, and every morning I would wake up and write down something I was thankful for. It didn’t matter how small or trivial it was, I just had to express gratitude. Honestly, it was hard at first, but after a few weeks, I’d find numerous things to write about. Something inside me shifted, and I became a more optimistic person, which gave me the energy to keep going in my business. I’m so thankful I did, because a few short months later, our bookings quadrupled! It was exactly what I’d been dreaming of, but I wouldn’t have gotten there if I’d given up.
Celebrate Every Victory
When things don’t seem to be going well, it’s time to celebrate every victory. I mean EVERY. Single. One. If a new client books, or you make a sale, do a victory dance– or play your favorite song, eat a special treat, play with your dog, kiss your S.O.– just do something to mark the occasion. Why? It’s important to remember that even though you aren’t where you want to be, you’re on your way! Good things are happening, even if they’re small things. All forward progress is important.
It’s easy to take your foot off the gas when it feels like you’re not getting anywhere. However, it’s during the small or slow times we often learn the most. First of all, we can learn from our mistakes. If something isn’t working, take the time to dig into why it isn’t working so you can fix it. There’s something so liberating about finally improving in an area that’s been difficult.
Sometimes we stall out in our businesses because we lack a certain skill set or knowledge base. Finding books or courses on those topics might be just the thing you need to get a breakthrough. Again, you want to enjoy the process, so find authors or course creators you enjoy! If reading isn’t your thing, there are some amazing audio books out there– many available through your local library.
Get Systems in Place
This might be my favorite tip of all time. Get rock-solid, scalable systems in place while your business is still small. I promise this will help make the journey so much smoother and less stressful as you go forward. Sure, you can stay on top of every email/order/inquiry right now when there are only a handful, but what would you do if you got 100 new leads or sales tomorrow? What systems would you need to have in place? Go through every aspect of your process from beginning to end, and develop a standard for each step. That way when you do experience massive growth, you’re already ready!