How to plan for success and the importance of doing so
The fear of success is a real emotional state. And it’s one that will keep you from doing what you desire for your business.
Thus, it is important for you to get really intentional about what you define as success for yourself. This will remove a lot of the overwhelm, stress, and frustration on that path.
Be hard on the goal, soft on the path
This isn’t another post talking about the overused word of pivot that was going around in 2020. This is about you knowing what you want to achieve. And finding the path that aligns with you most to get there. Your journey is different from mine, which will be different from the next entrepreneur. See, when the world changed in 2020 every guru and expert was telling you to pivot in your business.
When in reality, if you build a solid framework designed to serve people, you won’t have to pivot. The goal you create in your business is for you. Yet, the path to achieving that goal is through servitude to people.
Your success is directly tied to how well you serve people. So make a plan to serve first, and success will come.
Get a journal
For the longest time, I thought this idea of writing down your goals, or journaling period was insane. Seriously, I thought, “How the hell can writing stuff down help me?”
After a year in the online business space as a Productivity Coach, I finally started focusing my attention on journaling. What it does is bring clarity around your thoughts, and gives you that focus on your goal. The focus on what you define as success.
On average we have 6,200 thoughts a day. And what that means is that everything from our families, personal ideas, and business get shuffled around consistently. Putting pen to paper, or thumbs to phone to keep track of your ideas, plans, and definition of success brings a clear road to travel. Success doesn’t seem so scary at this point, and the impossible becomes possible through conscious thinking.
Success won’t happen without action
Once you have written it down — the fun can start.
This is where you break everything down into bite-sized actionable steps. For example, let’s say you want to make $5K a month. And the business that you have decided to start is a personal training business. Your services cost $600 a month for 1:1 sessions. I just picked a price here. That’s not important but stick with me on the example.
In your journal, you put that it will take about 8 clients at $600 a month each to reach the $5K per month goal. Now, you can break that down further. You will write out a plan of how you will get these clients. This will include any content marketing that you decide to do. Any cold emails or cold DM strategies that you want to implement as well.
The point is, is that at this stage you have crafted several actions that you will take to attract or secure the 8 clients. This is key because, instead of you focusing on the 8 clients, you are focused on the smaller actions of getting the 8 clients. This is what you can call cause(content creation) and effect(getting clients from content creation).
Breaking your content creation into bite-sized chunks is going to keep you motivated and consistent. Plus, this is how you can productively and efficiently build a business that you love.
If you weren’t convinced already, here are 7 benefits for planning your success:
- You’re constantly asking yourself about what you want and what is important to you. Keeps Clarity
- You’re constantly realizing what you don’t want and what is not important to you. Keeps aligned focus
- You’re more likely to figure out how to get there because you know where you want to go.
- You’re able to visually see yourself achieving your goals.
- You’re able to feel when you’re not on the right path.
- You’re able to turn opportunities down when they don’t serve you.
- You’re able to seek guidance from those who have already done what you aim to do.
To close this out, the final thing I want to say is, review your plans consistently. Life and your business will throw curveballs at you. Sometimes, what you wrote 3 months ago will no longer apply to what you actually desire or you just aren’t happy doing it any longer.
That’s being soft on the path. It’s Oct 2021 at the time of me writing this. So, it is timely to say that when the New Year comes, analyze your business and get rid of 2 to 3 things that you don’t like. I have personally done this every year where I changed something drastically that frustrated my lawn business. Which I have had for the last 6 years. It has actually made things more enjoyable, profitable, and way less stressful by removing the frustrating task.
Just something to think about.
If you are struggling with coming up with a clear plan for your business — don’t worry that’s normal — then join the Self Educated Entrepreneur Membership, its a community of like-minded business owners who are looking to quit their 9–5 and turn their side hustle into a full-time business.
To your success
— Fabe Mitchell
P.S. I appreciate you reading this as always.