What is Perseverance?
Perseverance is an important skill every entrepreneur should possess in order to achieve success in their business venture. Without this important skill, it is so easy to seek the way out when business challenges come up.
According to the Collins English dictionary perseverance is defined as ‘continued steady belief or efforts’. This is an approach that should be consistent in entrepreneurs despite the obstacles, discouragement and disappointments they face daily.
Without perseverance in an entrepreneur’s mind, efforts become lukewarm and results unachievable. Perseverance can be difficult to discover and sustain as obstacles can become tiring and insurmountable – emotions we all need to watch out for and overcome. These feelings are common especially to new entrepreneurs who are trying to find their feet in the business world.
The Entrepreneurial Mindset
Successful entrepreneurs usually possess an uncompromising focus which enables them to achieve their business dreams. They forgo feelings of inadequacies, negative emotions and the “I can’t do it” attitude. Their lives are centered on their business goals and persevere until the goal is achieved. These high achievers are motivated to reach the pinnacles of business success; they are never tuned into the negative words of “it’s not going to work”. Their focus is on one thing… the goal of success.
To feel this way, you must truly enjoy what you do and be passionate about your business. When you possess the passion for what you do, the other skill sets including perseverance will come naturally over time.
How to Develop Perseverance
Find your Passion
Collins Dictionary defines passion as a strong enthusiasm for something. Perseverance goes hand in hand with passion. Analyse yourself by asking the following questions:
- What part of your business excites you?
- Have you deviated from your primary business vision or are you still on track?
- Sometimes being an entrepreneur can feel like a circus juggler – with business administration, marketing, customer relations and more all crying out for your time. The initial vision can become obscured and frustration can easily set in. Take control by revisiting your vision and find your passion once again.
Make Time for the Task you Love
Sometimes the mundane business tasks take so much of your time; you struggle to find time to do the things you love about your business. Do not lose sight of what made you start out in business, find time to do those things as regularly as you can. If possible incorporate it into your daily activities, as this will be the booster that helps you persevere in hard times. For example if you love graphic designs, do not get carried away with marketing and book-keeping and stop designing – create time for your passion!
Perseverance is not developed in a day; it takes time to acquire and this comes by regular practice. When you set a task for yourself make sure you complete it before you move on to another task. Stay focused on each task you embark upon and reward yourself with little treats for a job well done and for getting closer to your overall goal.
When you find something you are passionate about, it is so much easier to find the fortitude and perseverance to wade through the challenges. This is what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the ones that consistently struggle – which one will you rather be?
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It is always a good idea to evaluate our lives and motives at regular intervals, asking ourselves questions such as:
- Are you in love with your job or business?
- Is it serving the right purpose or is it just something to get by?
- How do you know what you love to do and do what you love?
These are questions a lot of us do not actually want to answer, especially if you have been in the same role for many years doing the same job or running the same unprofitable business.
On another spectrum, there are some people out there, who wake up with exhilarating excitement to face every day. They are those who are fortunate enough to have found something they love to do.
Stopping the Same Old Thing
If every morning fills you with dread and you wonder how you will get through the day, it might be worth your while to take a step back and evaluate your life. It is of vital importance that you love your business and not love just the money you get from the business. Money is easy to love, but it is not so easy to sustain that love when things are not working.
If there is no true joy and passion for what you do, need for growth and improvement will be on the back burner. You will have no desire to expand or grow your business, eventually the aspiration starts to wane and the business might collapse.
True Business Love
When you are involved in a business you love, you are keen to develop that business and always taking steps to make it work. You are passionately engulfed in business activities that will ensure your venture grows. There is the urgency to provide solutions and solve problems to push your project to the next stage. You are also always in a constant state of productive and proactive change, and you are most of the time invigorated and excited.
The passion and fervency you use to run your business is what turns into sustained profits. The challenges that might occur along the way are seen as the chance to climb higher. You are open to opportunities, in tune with your inner self and able to spot channels that will accelerate your business growth. The core element of an entrepreneurial mindset is PASSION, something which cannot be developed doing what you do not love or enjoy.
Finding something you enjoy and love will take a conscious effort on your path. It is an envious place to be when you are doing what you love and getting results. Once you discover your passion for the right business, your natural instinct kicks in and drives you to success.
There are ways in which you can discover and embrace something that interests you and find the business of your dreams. Visit http://www.businessideabooster.com to learn more about how to discover your passion and start a journey to a more fulfilling life. Alternatively sign up for the one-2-one Passion Definition, Business Idea Development or Brainstorming Sessions.
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If you have a work inbox, you most likely will get emails everyday. Some from your clients, your suppliers, email listings and some unwanted. So how exactly are you suppose to deal with your inbox on a daily basis so it doesn’t take over your business life?
Choose a Time Slot
Find a time slot in the day when you choose to open your emails. If you are easily distracted, do not make it the first task in the morning as it may spiral out of control if something catches your fancy. I choose to open my emails first thing as it helps set my mind for the day, especially information from my clients and email subscriptions. Allocate a specific amount of time to deal with your emails, mine is twenty minutes maximum.
Filter Your Emails
Some of your email will be urgent, some will be for further reference and some are meant for trash or junk mail. Try to read through the important ones rather than save them for later. Reduce the mail in your inbox as you go along – do not be afraid to hit the delete button. Compartmentalized them into folders such as resources, email subscriptions, junk etc. Make sure that your ‘read later’ pile is kept to a minimum and do ‘read them later’.
No Entry – Friends and Family
Politely ask your family and friends not to send personal emails to your work inbox. Less mail from loved ones can drastically reduce your workload and sifting process. If they must send one (for business), ask them to make it short and to the point.
Reply in a Jiffy
If you need to reply to an email, summarise your points and do not go into an elaborate write-up.
Maintain Good Practice
- Once an email is read, remove it from your inbox either into another folder for reference or delete it.
- Try to keep your inbox as clear as possible, if an email is lingering there for too long – maybe you do not need it after all.
- Unsubscribe from email listings you no longer find useful and keep subscriptions to a manageable level.
- Make it a habit to junk the mail you did not solicit for or need.
- Keep your work inbox for work and not for leisure activities, if necessary create a mail box for that purpose and make sure you notify people to use it for your personal emails.
- Shift through your inbox once a week to weed out emails that have been lingering unread for days.
- Show junk and spam mail no mercy as they are major time-wasters.
- Do not visit your inbox too many times during the day, I visit mine thrice a day morning, lunchtime and before I close shop for the day.
- If you are expecting an important mail, then be strict with yourself to check in and check out without loitering!
Don’t forget to glance through your junk mail as some important mail might slip through the net. As you tackle your inbox this week, be firm so you can spend your time doing what matters.
Wishing you every success.
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