Resources (Step 4 Of 7 Of Your Turnaround)
Resources - Step 4 of 7 of your turnaround, is part of a series I'm doing based on my mentor T.D. Jakes series. It's such good stuff and I can't keep it to myself! These are foundational principles I've been able to apply to my life to be free through home business entrepreneurship.
I love windmills like the ones in the picture above. When I see it, I see resources for unlimited potential.
To apply this picture to your business, I want you to see each windmill as a different resource that you can pull from to establish, build and grow your business and your life.
Speaking of being free...I believe you deserve to do the things you want in life. And when I talk to people, I've never had anyone not mention travel.
People tell me the places they've always wanted to go and see and the family members they've wanted to visit. So having the freedom to up and go anytime, anywhere, seems to be important.
It's almost August and I've been traveling a lot. And so far my schedule with confirmed travel plans once a month between now and Christmas. I'll be seeing family... friends.. and sights. They include ...
Michigan for a week
Disney World for a week
Williamburg and other historical sites in and around Virginia for 10 days
Charleston, South Carolina for a week.. and ...
I'm heading this next weekend to Bardstown, KY to spend the weekend exploring the historical town and seeing the Stephen Foster story.. just for something to do, to learn about and to have fun with. (Google it and check it out).
I share this with you to show you what's possible for YOU! My business provides the income for me to do this.
If this is something that's important to you my friend, consider the cost and commitment. It's worth it. Don't be afraid to learn new ways of doing things and you'll begin to get new results.
In this series there are 7 steps. I've shared with you the first 3 already. Here they are.
Step 1: Exposure. Know what your options are. Be exposed to different businesses in terms of products, company structure and commissions, etc. Read about explosure here.
Step 2: Decision. Now that you know your options, make a decision to take action and get started. Read about decision here.
Step 3: Transformation. You MUST develop yourself from the inside out. Your mind needs to be strong to withstand the frustrations and learning curve any business requires. Read about transformation here.
Step 4: Resources: This is today's topic. So let's talk about the resources that's required for your business success. .
Imagine if you wanted to open a coffee shop but didn't want to be open except for 1 hour a day and you didn't want to invest in any inventory. How can you possibly run a business?
Just because you have a home based business, doesn't mean you don't need to invest in areas we'll talk about below.
Let's take a look at the resources required to start your home business.
1) TOOLS: You wouldn't think to build a house without tools. Nor would you think to begin a diet and weight loss program without tools.. so one extreme to the other. In your home based business, you need tools also.
But unlike a brick and mortar, your tools are relatively small. For example, the tools you need are a product, autoresponder and blog. Pretty simple, yes?
2) INVESTMENT: It is not reasonable to assume that you can be successful in a business without any investment. Who does that make sense to?
For your home business, your investment will include:
Your time and creativity...
Your energy and focus...
You will need to learn the various ways to present and market your product, how to techically apply those strategies, how to brand yourself, how to offer outstanding customer service, how to handle objections and how to prepare mentally to stay the course for the long haul until you have achieved the success you desire.
3) MATERIALS: You need materials to sustain your business. Materials are anything you can use to grow your business. Materials can be mentors, coaches, education, energy, tools,communities, connections, your plan, your backup plan, your personal development routine and even all your life's experiences up to this point.
4) ENERGY: This requires you to assess your life and daily schedule and start saying NO to things that are wearing you out, sucking your energy and not propelling you forward.
It takes energy to build and sustain a home based business and if you are making decisions that interfere with that, you will be burned out and have nothing left of yourself at the end of the week. You must prioritize your day and commitments and all the things which I call 'noise' that comes at you every day wanting your time and energy and be prepared to turn it away and turn it off so you can pursue your dreams.
5) TIME: Guess what? This all takes time. How much time depends on your commitment, your focus, your willingness to learn and implement and tweak as you go.
It depends on your personal development growth because your business will only grow in relation to you growing from the inside out with your thinking and attitude toward your dreams, what's possible and who you are allowing to influence you.
Once you get real and honest about your resources required, then you have a solid foundation upon which to build.
Is it worth it? I think so! Even if it took you a couple of years, wouldn't it be worth living your dreams for the rest of your life? The good news is the decision is yours.
See what I'm doing which funds my dreams, my travel, my "up and go anytime, anywhere" and I'm a baby boomer who didn't step into this online business world until I was 48ish. So no excuses!