Everyday without fail I get emails upon emails from people who tell me that they’re struggling to get going with their online businesses, and struggling to get their businesses to where they want them to be.
So I reply back and ask them a few questions about their business – the first 3 questions I generally ask are;
- What does their business need to be doing for them for them to feel it’s succesful (ie are they looking for time freedom, are they looking for X amount of money coming in, are they looking for a happy medium of both, etc).
- What actions are they taking to get their business where they want it be?
- How often are they taking action towards building their business?
And since I started asking these questions I’ve noticed a major trend forming with all the answers I get back, all these people that are failing are failing for the exact same reason.
They’re all failing because they’re treating their business wrong.
The truth is a lot of the people I’ve spoke to had excellent business models, were doing 99% of things right and they could have been very succesful, but this 1 problem is making them all flat out fail.
So it’s spurred me on to put this post together, in the hope that it will give people a “real life” visualisation on how simply treating your business differently can be the one major factor behind it’s make or break.
It doesn’t matter what you know, or how good you think you are – you NEED to treat your business “the right way” in order for it to succeed.
So what is the right way… and what on earth has it got to do with the gym?
I’m not going to tell you need a six-pack in order to become a succesful entrepreneur, that would just be silly – but I do feel that the gym is the best “real life” comparison for seeing how different attitudes can affect your business, as hopefully you’ll soon realise.
So to begin our visualisation, let’s say want to go from looking like this…
To looking like this…
The first thing you’d need to do for sure is take action & join a gym. Just like in business, the first thing you need to do is actually get started & create a business. Ideas alone won’t take you anywhere & biz-ops can’t help you if you’re not willing to try them out.
That might sound super obvious, and well, that’s because it is super obvious… But you’d be surprised how many people contact me telling me where they envision themselves being, then when I ask what they’re doing to try to reach their goals their answer is… Nothing!
So lesson #1 is to stop procrastinating – take action on an idea, join a biz-op, create a product – whatever it is just be sure to do something, because nothing will happen unless you do. Even if it doesn’t work out it’s better to have tried & failed than to have not even tried at all.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
Getting started is easy, it’s keeping going that’s the harder part. The biggest reason people fail online is simply because they give up.
Most people want immediate results, and when they don’t see them they throw in the towel.
Businesses don’t work like that – to build a succesful business you need to have a long term vision. You might not make money for weeks, months, even years – but providing you keep at it you will eventually enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.
Think of this one like the gym – if you turn up 1 day and work out, do you instantly see the results you want the next day?
You don’t… and it would be unrealistic to think so.
But if you keep going to the gym regularly for a few months you’ll start noticing a change and it’s exactly the same with your business.
It’s all about keeping consistant and making small efforts towards reaching a long term goal.
So lesson #2 is don’t give up on your business – it may seem laborious, it may seem like you’re doing it all for nothing, but one day it will pay off & you’re only regret will be not starting sooner.
My biggest tip on this one is instead of focusing on where you’re at now, focus on where you will be in a few years time (and think about what you’ll be missing out on if you DO give up).
If your business model is based on you getting rich quick, it aint gonna work.
It’s certainly possible to make a lot of money quickly in business – but if that’s your main goal it’s not going to be sustainable and eventually it’ll all fall to pieces.
Just like the naughty supplements floating around in gyms – they can get you results quicker, but they come with massive implications – and what happens when you stop taking them? You end up bouncing back to an even worse position than you were in when you first started out.
In the gym you can achieve the exact same results without the supplements, it just takes more time – but at least you’ll have assurance in the fact that you’ve done it the right way & the results you’ve achieved are sustainable.
So lesson #3 is don’t cheat in your business to try and get things moving more quickly – ride it out and do things the right way. Your main focus should be on creating value for your customers, and if you do then you won’t have to worry about the money because it will come naturally.
Take-away 1: In the gym there’s no easy way to get from A to B, you’ve got to go in there and do the hard work. The same applies in business – if you want to see results, you’ve got to put in the work.
Take-away 2: If you want to see results in the gym you’ve got to stay consistent & turn up regularly. If you only go once a month you can’t expect to see results because you’re not dedicating yourself. In business you have to stay consistent too otherwise you’re not going to see results their either.
Take-away 3: Bodybuilders will go the gym no matter what – it doesn’t matter how much sleep they get or how much work they’ve got to do they’ll make time. As an entrepreneur you’ve got to treat your business with the same attitude – make sure that everyday you do at least one productive thing towards your business regardless of how big or small it may be.
Take-away 4: Never give up – you know for a fine fact that if you give up on the gym your progress is going to come to a dead halt. Give up on your business and the exact same will happen. Don’t focus on where you’re at now, focus on where you WILL be if you keep on pushing forward.
Some Things For You To Consider…
The chances are that deep down you know the real reason that your business isn’t where you want it to be is because you’re not treating it with the right attitude.
So ask yourself…
Are you really putting your all into your business or is there more you could be doing?
Are you spending as much time as you possibly can building your business, or are you wasting time on other things (like watching TV)?
Building a business is a case of go hard or go home – you can’t go at it half hearted.
Think about your goal, think about how badly you want, and step up your game.