You Don't Have to Be "The Best" to Feel Successful (Business Tips from the Olympics)
In honor of the Olympics, which offers a breeding ground of inspirational stories and lessons for life and business, I'll be writing some posts for the next month that will touch upon themes and people that I feel will be relevant and helpful to you in achieving success with your business.
I'll start with an "aha" I had this week working with my business coach that revolved around the idea of "success." I realized that I was using someone else's model of success as my measuring stick, which was making me confused, unhappy, stressed, and setting goals that I wasn't really in alignment with. Are you doing the same?
As we discussed some of my current challenges with my business, I realized that I was trying to be a "superstar" with my business and feeling overwhelmed with the idea of attaining the kind of success that she and other role models in the field of business coaching or personal development had attained.
First, I thought the problem was that I wasn't worthy of being a superstar (like an Olympian, who has to be at the top of their field–at least in their part of the world).
But when I tapped through that, I realized that part of me didn't want to be at the top (at least, not right now). I can feel good at being very good at what I do and striving for a next higher level but not necessarily 10 levels higer.
I don't have to be at the top of the stairs and having the "Gold Medal" put around my neck. That type of extreme dedication and focus (and sacrifice) is not what my heart really wants right now or in the foreseeable future.
Part of me thought that I was somehow "wrong" for not wanting that. After all, shouldn't everybody want to be the best they can be? Is it a cop-out to not have that really big vision or 10-year plan for my business?
But what my "aha" did was assure me that while it is important–and even necessary–for our continued growth to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone, what that is to each of us is an individual thing.
And my comfort zone now is much expanded from what it was last year, 3 years ago, and even more so from 5 1/2 years ago when I first went out on my own in business. Stepping 3 feet outside of it is a stretch for me; and I'm okay with doing just that. I'll still have learned and grown and accomplished something more for me that will also positively impact my clients. That's success.
And once I'm 3 feet outside of my current comfort zone and feeling comfortable there, then I might be prompted to want to step out again–maybe 1 foot, maybe 2, maybe more. And the top of those stairs that once did not seem interesting or compelling to me might feel more so. Or maybe not.
Either way, I'm good with recognizing I'm above average in my field because I have beat the statistics of 85% of small businesses being dead within 5 years, and I have continued to grow each year and break new records. Being above average is good enough for me and those I've already helped, as well as those I can help right now.
I don't have to be an "olympian" in my field to be making an impact in this world, and neither do you. Yet do strive to at least be "above average," because those who are just average have much fewer opportunities to make a difference, and your business is about making a difference.
Whether you are seeking success of Olympic proportions in your business, to set some new records, or just to stay in the game, I'd love to be the coach to help you do that.
Schedule a complimentary MMM Strategy Session with me to identify where in the three keys of creating a successful business (Marketing, Mindset, and Manifesting) you are missing the mark and IMMEDIATE steps to take so you can get more clients and make a difference in more lives!
Your partner in success,
Marketing, Mindset & Manifesting Coach