As entrepreneurs, we often bite off more than we can chew. We have big dreams, goals, and visions. Our excitement is contagious and we often share our ideas before we’ve fully brewed the plan to make them a reality. Be it inexperience or hopeful thinking that lets us believe we can accomplish huge projects in short time, we do so over and over.
Part of what I love about working with women entrepreneurs is strategizing. I LOVE formulating step by step plans that incorporate the multiple layers of a successful end result. While a plan is a key element to achieving your goals and make your dreams a reality there is another crucial element that often is overlooked. Let me share a little story …
One evening a while back, I enjoyed watching my 6-year-old while she was building an elevated train track for her little brother. She wanted to have the living room “all set up for him to destroy when he woke up in the morning”. Because they tracks were elevated, they collapsed many times during the construction. Each time, she would calmly look at where she was in the building process, assess the situation and determine the best way to restart her project.
At some point, I asked if she wanted to stop to which she quickly answered “no, it’s not built yet”. She was firm in her resolve to finish the project she had mapped out for herself despite the repeated disappointments of collapse and re-build.
As I watched, I thought of how if adults could have the same resolve to complete tasks or achieve goals despite disappointing setbacks, we would achieve much more. So here is what I learned from my daughter about accomplishing large projects.
Plan a project with a specific end goal (it helps if the goal benefits others)
Know your WHY so you can quickly refer back to it when things get tough
Realize that sometimes we need to try, try again to achieve our goals – something worth achieving may not come without a little work.
Understand that each “failure” is actually an important learning opportunity in what will work and what did not. Do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.
Two steps forward, one step back still gives you one step forward and a learning opportunity.
I encourage you to take these steps to the table the next time you are hashing out a vision, strategizing your goals or making your dream a reality. Need some help creating your action plan or sticking through the tough spots? I’m just an email away at Kate@KatePowers.com and I would love to support your dreams and goals!
Kate Powers is a published author, speaker, consultant and coach. Kate has been helping women in business achieve greater success while achieving live balance for over 10 years.
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