I recently spent two and a half super intense and amazing days with my Business Mastermind group. In early May, I decided that enough was enough, and that it was time for me to really give my everything to my business. No more excuses, no more procrastination, no more playing victim to my circumstances. As scary as it felt at the time – and as scary as it still sometimes feels – I knew that in order for me to get to the next level of my business, and to really begin living the life I want for myself – I needed to make a big change. And with any decision to make a change comes the usual suspects – fear, self-doubt, confusion and general overwhelm.
That change also involved a big financial investment – which brought on another slew of uncomfortable emotions – kinda like an itchy sweater that I couldn’t wait to take off. But I kept it on this time – because the alternative didn’t look so pretty. I wanted to move to the next level in my business so badly that it really began to consume my thoughts. I knew I had to make the investment, take the leap of faith, and find comfort in knowing that I would be working with a kick ass business coach who worked with entrepreneurs like me.
So I did it – with sweaty palms and all. And let me tell you, the past few months have been more transformational for me – both professionally and personally – than I could have ever expected. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned so far that I wanted to share with you.
1. Making a big financial investment pushes you to step up to the plate big time. The more money you invest in something, the more that is at stake. So you take the commitment you’re making more seriously, you take more decisive action, and the more awesome results you end up seeing.
2. The easiest and fastest way to succeed is by learning from someone who has already done what you want to do. There is absolutely no reason to reinvent the wheel and leave your success to chance. When you are in high school and college, you and your classmates aren’t left to your own devices – rather, for every lesson to learn, there is a teacher to teach it.
3. You are who you surround yourself with. When we surround ourselves with people who are equally committed to their own success, we are pushed to take more risks and succeed at a more rapid pace. You don’t want to be the one who is lagging behind. Surrounding yourself with high achieving people exponentially increases the likelihood that you’ll succeed, too.
When I speak to budding business owners, they always ask me to tell them about the things I wish I knew when I was first starting my business. And what I tell them is this: if they make one initial investment in their business, it shouldn’t be in a fancy website or a high-end graphic designer or a virtual assistant. Instead, I share that the absolute first thing for them to do is to hire a business coach. Find someone who you connect with and who you admire and who you want to learn from. If there’s anything I know for sure, it’s that every budding business owner is much better off if they recognized that they are essentially a student, and if they want to succeed as easily and quickly as possible, that they need to find a kick ass teacher to teach them.
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Jordana Jaffe is the founder of Embarkability, and teaches women in their 20′s and 30′s how to start their first business. She is offering a free teleseminar on Tuesday, August 28, called, “The 7 Secrets to Creating a Business that Makes an Impact, Makes $$$, and Makes You Happy.” Sign up here! You can find out more on facebook, twitter, or on her website.