A Guest Post by Amy S. Lasseter
You have a true desire to serve, support and change the world. You have a servant’s heart because watching people live their truest life makes your heart sing. I get that because, well, me too! Yet, when you get ready to build your business, you’re suddenly in the weeds and not sure which way is up…this happens even when you’re in the middle of your business life cycle.
No matter where you are in your business or practice, things can come at you with lightning speed and instead of taking a proactive response, you start merely responding.
Being reactive, rather than proactive, can send you down roads you don’t want to go down…and this happens when you’re setting your goals too. So, how do you build your dream business and life while showing up in the world in a way that truly feels good to you?
Here are four secrets that some of the biggest names in the business won’t tell you!
Secret 1: Know Your Values
There will be times when you have to make choices and decisions at a quicker pace than you’d like – it’s merely a matter of time. Therefore, you’ll want to be crystal clear on your values and your mission.
The smaller your practice, the greater impact staying true to your values and mission will have. Unfortunately, this also means that the farther away you get from your values, the more likely you are to build something that won’t support you or the people you so deeply want to serve.
Secret 2: Be Present
Listen, you’re a dreamer – every business owner I know is! And thank heavens, because the world needs people just like you and me.
Big visions are intriguing, captivating and mesmerizing. However, there is one thing that I learn over and over again (I’m hopeful that at some point I will finally learn my lesson…).
You can’t get to where you need to go if you can’t figure out where you are. You’ll either have no platform to jump from, or the platform you have will collapse under the weight of your beautiful dream because you didn’t take the time to fix the cracks and chips in the foundation.
Not only have I watched other business owners experience this, I’ve personally experienced it myself. Truth: It’s not pretty, and I would love to help you avoid this experience (though if you ever need someone to help you clean up the mess, I’ve got your back!).
Wondering how you get to the next level of business? Keep reading because that answer is next…
Secret 3: Focus on Stretching & Growing
Focus on stretching and growing into your next stage of business & life – don’t leap yet! Now, here’s something that not every business or practice owner will tell you:
There will be time to leap. Every business is a risk, which inherently requires leaping. However, leaping requires discernment and wisdom, and that only comes from growing and stretching yourself into the next level.
The problem with leaping too early is this: If you force yourself to leap into the next level of growth, your thought process, mindset, and behaviors will still be operating within old thinking patterns. A leap requires something totally new and different from you. Leap early, and you’ll find yourself under an intense learning curve and an incredible amount of pressure. This, my friend, is not a good mix.
Before you take the big leap, start growing and stretching yourself into the new area you’re looking to move to, and get knowledgeable on the topic. Do this by surrounding yourself with people who know more than you at least six months prior to your leap.
This will help you start shifting your thought process, behaviors, and mindset, and allow you to reach your goal when the time is right to make it happen.
Secret 4: Manage Your Energy
You’ve probably heard a lot about time management and delegation. There is an absolute place for these things in your life and business. Yet, you feel like your hands are tied when you’re still a solo practitioner and can’t afford to hire an assistant.
Perhaps you’re the person who feels like they need an assistant but doesn’t know what to take off their plate (you’re busy, you don’t have time to train an assistant).
If you discover yourself in either of these situations, stop asking yourself where or what you want to do with your time. That’s not helpful because all you’ll end up creating a huge list of tasks and ideas that you want to do (and honestly, you already have that, right?!).
Start asking yourself this question instead, “How do I want to spend my energy?” So many of my clients think that time is infinite, and it is…until it’s not.
When I start asking about where they want to spend their energy, where they want their energy to flow, I get completely different answers and the list I’m given is significantly shorter.
Do you want to guess what else my client and I learn when we consider this new perspective? The significantly shorter list they’ve created is considerably more in line with their values. Remember the first secret you read earlier in this article?
Yup, you guessed it friend, it all comes full circle!
Goals with a Pretty Bow
You now have in your possession the four secrets for living your dream life and business! Start working with these four things and you’ll achieve the level of success you’ve been dreaming about on your own terms. Does it get any better than that?
Keep going, friend because I want to see you at the top!
Amy S. Lasseter is the founder of BreakThrough, a Growth & Success Strategist and known as the Go-to-Goal-Girl. She specializes in ensuring high-achieving women, soulpreneuers, therapists & leaders breakout of their fear, perfectionism and shiny-object syndrome so they can soar above and beyond their goals! With aligned, brave action these women experience total freedom in their business while experiencing more money, time & joy in life.
During her 12-year career, as a trained psychotherapist, has served over 195 women, been featured in numerous podcasts, contributed to Sivana Spirit, been quoted in Counseling Today, BuzzFeed and is a regular contributor to Athens-Oconee Parent Magazine where she cheers on mothers in business.