Success is showing up - again, and again...and again.
Updated: Jun 4, 2019
I admit. I do not have years of entrepreneurial experience to draw from in writing about stamina. I do, however, have many years of experience in something related - stubbornness. For better or worse, I was never the kid to accept things as they were. There always had to be a better way - an easier, more efficient, more satisfying way to get from A to B. And, how did I figure these things out? So. much. research. I was always asking questions, reading books, and even surfing the web to find out more - find out why. It's not that I have a major problem with authority. No one who knows me would describe me as a "rebel" or anything. It's just that I've never been a fan of the half @ssed solution. Some call it perfectionism. I prefer to think of it as an unwavering faith in the highest potential. (Doesn't that sound nicer?)
So, now six months in to my business, FreeUp, I have seen some very modest growth (to put it kindly). Sometimes I feel like I spend at least 70% of my time learning, and only 30% doing. What is the best software I can use to launch an e-course? How do I write the best copy to increase my mailing list subscribers? Do I attend that networking event, or spend that $20 on a webinar about SEO? What are click funnels and how do I use them? One fellow business owner tells me she has learned more in six months of owning a business than she did in her entire MBA - by a long shot.
Maybe you can relate. As a business owner, it often feels like the thing you wanted to do in your business ends up being the thing you spend the least time on, especially if you (like me) are a company of one. It is easy to become discouraged at your less-than-momentous growth. But, there is one incredibly important lesson that I am learning as I go. It can take years and years to become an overnight success. And, the ones who actually "make it" are those who show up again, and again, and again. Every day. Every unpaid hour. Plodding ahead towards that grand vision you held on the day you first registered your business.
It's almost 1:00 p.m., and part of me feels like I didn't accomplish much yet today. In two hours I'll leave my house to pick up my son from daycare, and that will be the end of my work day. What did I do today? I showed up for my future success as an e-course teacher. Even though I worked incredibly hard on my first course launch on Cyber Monday, with only six students signing up, I stubbornly believe in my highest potential. The week after my launch, I moved forward on my goals and ordered a studio kit, which I set up today. Ta-dah! Let there be light! Another small victory for the books - I'll take it.
What are some of your small victories? What are they ways you are choosing to show up for your future success? Robert Collier (1885-1950) once said, "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." Celebrate your small efforts today - they'll be more to accomplish tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, and...