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One of the most popular advise you’ll receive as an entrepreneur is start small; but it’s easier said than done.
If you have an idea or a vision and you’re thinking, how can I start small? My plan is so big that I don’t think is feasible starting small; then this blog is for you.
Starting small simply means doing the least thing required to help you achieve your goals. Its mostly about doing your homework. You could start going out to meet people in that industry, asking questions, doing your own research and opening up your mind to the journey you’re about to embark on.
After you’ve prepared your mind for your journey, I have steps that I’ll be sharing with you that if you follow religiously, it’ll help keep you focused on your goal and you won’t even notice you’re starting small. You’ll just start already and start achieving your goals and reaching your dreams.
- Write Down Your Vision
You could write it in your journal, your diary or on your phone. Personally, I’ll suggest you write it down online. And by online I don’t mean twitter, Facebook, Instagram. I mean you could send it to yourself if you have two emails, so that you can always refer back to it.
- The second step is to cultivate the habit of doing something everyday about that goal no matter how small it is.
- Talk Less About Your Vision
According to science, the brain cannot differentiate between what you want to do and what you’ve done. So if you spend time talking about your vision, your plans, your dreams, your ideas; your brain will assume that you’ve done it already. And it’ll make you not perform the actual actions required to achieve your goals; so do more and talk less.
Besides the brain situation, having a dream is like being at the top of a mountain. You have a perfect view of what you want to do or what you want to achieve but when you try to share it with others, they might not really get it because they don’t see it the way you do. And if you keep trying to convince them and make them understand, you’ll scare yourself away from achieving that goal. Rather, invest that energy into putting in work that will actually bring your dreams to reality. Because if you don’t, you get frustrated and lose focus of what you actually want to achieve.
- Motivate Yourself
In order to motivate yourself, you need to focus on the process and not the outcome. When you focus on the process, you
open up yourself to the experience, to the learning process, to the journey; but if you channel your energy to the outcome, you might lose patience.
- Write Down Your Achievements
There are 2 reasons you should do this; first of all it will help you talk less about what you’re doing and how well you’re doing. The second is: it will help you identify your strength. You’ll know what you’re good at and focus on them. There’s no point dwelling on your mistakes or your shortcomings, identify your strengths and build up on them.
- Learn Your Lessons
Even though we don’t want to dwell so much on our mistakes, it shouldn’t stop us from acknowledging the mistakes and trying our best not to repeat them.
- Watch Your Ego
If you’re able to follow these steps from number 1 to number 6 very religiously, you’ll definitely notice an improvement in the way you handle things, the way you respond to people, the way you handle your business; and it’s only natural for your pride to grow as well. However, be careful for it not to enter your head because if it happens, it could make you lose focus of the actual goal you’re trying to achieve; you might think you’ve arrived.
- Remain Motivated
Do more of what’s working, keep your eyes on the goal but don’t dwell so much on it that it scares you. Learn your lessons and in everything you do, maintain a positive attitude.
Lets go over the steps one more time: write down your vision, cultivate the habit of doing something everyday about your goal, talk less about your vision and do more, motivate yourself, write down your achievements, learn your lessons, watch your ego and remain motivated.
I hope you found this article very very useful. If you decide to apply these steps, pleas share your experiences with me.
Thank you for reading, see you in my next blog…