Making Enjoyment Greater Than Your Effort
Typically, when talking about business strategy, we think of ways to maximize the effectiveness of your business, how to trade less time for money, and overall how to be a better ExpertPreneur®.
So you might be thinking, what's so important about enjoying your business? And how does that fall into the category of “strategy?”
Think back to a job you had that you didn't like. You dreaded waking up in the morning, counted down the hours while you were there, and celebrated days off. It was more of a chore than anything.
How well did you perform in that environment? Evaluate yourself honestly – I bet you didn't push yourself too hard. When problems arose, you probably complained about them before dealing with them. And I'm sure you didn't feel ambitious enough to try to move up the ranks.
Believe it or not, many ExpertPreneurs® suffer from this mentality in their own businesses. Even though it's their ultimate dream to succeed in this work.
Truly enjoying your work is extremely important to a long-lasting and successful business. So much so, that you should design your business to optimize it.
So today I'm going to discuss the strategy of how to enjoy your business, helping you achieve your dreams faster.
You'll learn just how much negative emotions can impact your overall business…
The happiness secrets of the top ExpertPreneur® out there…
And the big “C” you need to boost your business further than ever…
Negativity in Business
I played Varsity soccer for four years while in University.
I played with some of the best players in the country. We even ended up with an undefeated season and a National championship. However, blending a team of different personalities together to be high performing wasn’t always easy. And I give my coach a ton of credit for what she was able to do with us each season.
I remember one of her biggest challenges was getting people to take responsibility for how they performed, and fulfilling their obligations to the team. I’m not talking about showing up for practice on time, or being at every game. At that level of play, that’s a given. What I’m referring to is being accountable when you make mistakes during the game.
You see when some people make a mistake on the field, they work twice as hard the next play to make up for it. You might see a teammate get beat, but they work really hard to get back into position. Other people you watch get beat give up, and pass the responsibility to mark their man to another teammate. Now a high performing team will help one another out, but there is still an expectation that everyone is working as hard as they can. If they make a mistake, they work hard to fix it. No excuses, no slackers.
Now most of my teammates played with 100% commitment to do their very best. But there was one player who would always give up. You see, the problem was that she had a really bad attitude.
Now, I'm not referring to arrogance. Her main roadblock was that she never took responsibility for anything that she did wrong. And always made excuses for her mistakes.
She also complained a lot. About anything you can imagine, really.
Doesn't sound like a fun person to be around, right? And it's too bad, because she was really talented. But her poor attitude made it difficult to play with her. And I could tell she drained our coach’s energy on more than one occasion.
Now although we were successful as a team… there's an important lesson here. Negativity, excuses, and complaints won't get you as far in life. I’m sure my teammate had a shot at making the National team, but her attitude held her back. Competition is intense at that level, and a bad attitude is all it takes not to make the cut at the highest levels.
I’m sure you’ve had your own experience with people who blame their problems on other people or circumstances in their life. These people never take responsibility for their actions. They are often complacent, exerting as little effort as possible.
I'm here to tell you that as an ExpertPreneur®, you will never find success with that mindset.
If your business isn't where you want it to be, and you are feeling down about it, complaining won't do you any good. It's a waste of your time and energy. Not to mention, unless you are talking to a mentor, the person listening probably can't help you solve the problem.
What's worse is the habit of blaming your lack of progress on other things. “I have been so busy lately, I just haven't had time to work on marketing.” “My family will be in town, so I have to get my place together.” “People just aren't spending money in these times.”
The list goes on and on. But the fact of the matter is you make your own luck and success. And to do that, you have to take responsibility for your actions. You have to love what you are doing enough to step back and think about how you can fix things to get them on track.
Whether you figure out the next steps on your own, or get advice from a friend or mentor, be sure to apply that advice and do something with it. Knowledge means nothing without action.
The Secrets of the Gurus
I'm going to tell you one big secret right off of the bat – even the most successful ExpertPreneurs® have been through rough times.
I know it's hard to believe that some rich and even famous gurus have started out from nothing, but many have. And many, if not most, have built their businesses from scratch… just like you are.
The key is, they enjoy what they do, and that helps them work through those hard times. Staying positive, moving forward, and learning and growing from mistakes.
There's a funny psychological thing that happens when you smile. Even if you are deeply unhappy about something, you eventually start to feel better. And that's what prioritizing enjoyment in your business does for you.
Instead of kicking the roadblocks in anger and disdain, you stop, take a look around, and find a way around them. And don't be ashamed of the mistake. Own it!
One of the original internet business gurus, Michael Gerber, had problems for years before he found his success. He started over 40 years ago trying to help small businesses succeed. His clients had technical skills, but no idea how to run an actual business.
He helped them focus their dreams into tangible steps and he loved doing what he did.
The point I'm trying to make here is his positivity, and love of what he did, got him through those rough times. And because it is so clear he loves what he does, loves seeing others succeed, and believes in fulfilling dreams, the laws of attraction ultimately work in his favor.
Even just looking at his pictures on his website, you'll see he's smiling in every single one.
Imagine what that aura of positivity can do for your business. Not only will you find your success without giving up, you'll also attract more people along the way. Because everyone wants to hang out with a positive person.
The Big “C” for Success
Continuing along the lines of positivity for success, there's one trait you must wear proudly if you wish to find success as an ExpertPreneur®: confidence.
You got into this business because there is something you want to share with the world. You consider yourself to be an expert, and others stand to improve their lives by working with you.
What is there not to be confident about?
Contrary to what you might believe, extreme humility doesn't serve you well. That's not to say you should be arrogant. Arrogance implies an unwillingness to learn and grow.
Confidence falls in line with self-esteem. If I am going to become a customer of yours, I need to know that you believe you are great at what you do. You don't need to be perfect; you just need to be secure in your knowledge.
It can be difficult to maintain positive feelings about yourself and your abilities when things aren't going well. So, a great way to continually boost your confidence is to spend time around positive-minded people. In fact, I wrote an entire blog post on that subject.
By surrounding yourself with forward-thinking, successful people who understand and support you, you'll dramatically improve your success. You won't waste time wallowing in self-pity and doubt. And you'll spend more time finding solutions to problems.
You'll also become a magnet for clients.
When every ounce of your presence oozes confidence and enjoyment, people will want to know your secret. Smiling, having fun, and enjoying what you do sound like much better ways to spend your day than moping, worrying, and placing blame on others, don't they?
Making Happiness a Priority
The funny thing is, everything I've discussed in my ExpertPreneur® Magazine, blog, and Platform Newsletter is designed to make your business as enjoyable as possible. By creating a well-oiled machine that can run while you're away, you're designing the life of your dreams.
What's better than that?
Sit down one day soon and map out your plan for your business. And if you're feeling frustrated about where you are right now, think about how you can get to where you want to be. What steps would you need to take?
Also, take the time to appreciate everything that is going right in your life. Acknowledge your gratitude for having a home, a family, a skill you can share with the world… things we can easily take for granted. That genuine appreciation will pave the way for new successes in your life.
The road to success as an ExpertPreneur® is long and winding, but with the right attitude you can really enjoy the journey. Move forward with confidence, focus on how much you love what you do, and you will get to your destination. While enjoying every step of the way.