Are You Seeing 20/20?
It wasn’t until I got glasses that I realized how many things I was missing. I not only saw the trees but I was able to see the details of the leaves and flowers. I got so used to things in the distance being blurry, that I thought this was normal.
How about you? Are there things that you are dismissing as normal but they’re really not? Is your business thriving or are you barely surviving? How are your relationships? What about your dreams? What are you missing?
Tip #1: Admit Your Mistakes (and Move On!)
I did a really dumb thing last week. I made a mistake that I haven’t made in about 10 years or so. I stabbed my eye with the mascara wand. I was in a hurry to get out the door to go to an event and before I knew it – yow! I went to the event anyway, figuring the pain would subside.
How many times do we do this in our businesses or in our lives? If we just ignore the elephant in the room, it will go away. However, the longer you wait, the worst things tend to get.
Tip #2: Admit You Need Help
Eventually, I realized I couldn’t fix this on my own. I needed to find a good eye doctor to help me figure out why my eye still hurt after 2 days and why my vision was blurry.
With specialized equipment and a very cool camera, the doctor was able to show me the problem. The thing I thought was nothing was actually a piece of mascara stuck not on but in my eyeball! I also managed to scrape my cornea. Well, that would explain things!
I received a contact lens “bandage” to keep my cornea protected so it could heal. This forced me to not do so much driving and computer work. It also gave me time to think about things that I might be missing or taking for granted. I also decided to avoid mascara for a while.
If you’re feeling stuck, confused, or overwhelmed, it’s probably time to hire a coach and a virtual assistant.
Tip #3: Take a Step Back To Re-Assess
New entrepreneurs tend to have a “spaghetti approach” when it comes to their business. They offer tons of products or services, figuring that if they throw enough stuff against the wall, something will stick. In my first business, I actually offered about 10 educational services!
Many also have a similar approach to social media and marketing. When I first began using social media, I didn’t have a particular strategy. I actually just used to post, tweet, or blog about whatever popped into my head. Not only were both of these approaches ineffective, it also confused the heck out of people!
Ask yourself the following questions: What do you really want to be when you grow up? What do you want to be known for? What’s important to you in this stage of your life? You may need to just start jotting things down.
Obtaining a clear vision takes time but can make all the difference in the world.
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Dori Staehle is a holistic business and success coach and Chief Encouragement Officer at Rock the Next Stage. Life’s short! It’s time to rock!