If you want to build a successful business and a life you are proud to live each day, being honest with yourself is required.
Here are three of the biggest questions you should ask yourself right now. It’s time to get serious, be honest, and move your goals forward.
People go on vacation to escape their life, but what if you had a life where you never wanted to take a vacation? Consider what that life would look like, and then begin to build on it.
This question will force clarity on what is important to you. Sure, you want to have a business that makes money, who doesn’t? but if the actionable steps that you are entrenched in the day in and day out aren’t what you enjoy, that business is likely, not right for you. So before you get deep into building a business, make sure it is the right one now and one you won’t want to leave behind. Because unlike a corporate 9-to-5 job, when Friday afternoon can’t come soon enough, being an Entrepreneur, doesn’t mean you can walk away and forget everything in the “office”.
Becoming the business owner and person you want to be means looking at those who inspire you and emulating their actions. If you drag your feet into the office with a wrinkled shirt and lackadaisical attitude, of course, you aren’t going to become the next CEO of any company, let alone your own.
Start playing the part of the role you want to have, not the one you are currently in.
Look at your biggest inspiration and learn as much as you can about them. To what can this person attribute their success? Ask yourself what skills they built, what types of businesses they run, how they walk into a room and do they command respect in their professional life? I looked at everything from how my role-models and inspirations built their brands to what their diet looked like. I learned about how they spoke publicly and where they invested their money. I learned as much as I could about them, personally and professionally.
Don’t lose sight of you who are but realize that every little detail matters. When you ask yourself this question, it will be a strong indicator of how close or far off you are from showing up as the person you are becoming and want to be.
I was asked this question, and it took me by surprise. This is the type of question most people don’t want to honestly answer. I began to tread lightly into the answer, unsure of what my truth would reveal. Deep down, I was confidently able to answer: “Yes, I do want to be my best.” Sure, it is tempting to let go and ride the bus straight to mediocre town, but that wasn’t what I wanted. Mediocrity is not for me, professionally or personally.
This question sparked inspiration in me and acted as a reminder of what I wanted to run towards–and away from. Use this question as a way to be reminded of what you want and why you want it.
Building the life of an Entrepreneur isn’t for the faint of heart. You have to want it. You have to dream of becoming the best version of yourself and become relentless in that pursuit.
If you are scared to answer these questions, you are hiding behind the truth, your truth. Rip off the Band-Aid and take the time, to be honest with your answers. Because the truth is, the answers are going to come out eventually, so you should probably face them now instead of delaying your dreams for later.
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Entrepreneur, Healthcare Coding and Reimbursement Consultant, Auditor, Author and Podcaster
Laguna Beach, California