One of the main things my clients come to me complaining of is either feeling scattered or feeling stuck (or both!). Especially as solo entrepreneurs, it can be hard not to get overwhelmed by all the things, at which point it becomes really really hard to stay consistent.
We all know that slow and steady wins the race – but most entrepreneurs are more like the hare than the tortoise.
After all, running your own business is a risky adrenaline-fuelled affair, better suited in many ways to the hare’s fast-moving temperament than to the steady tortoise. But the reality is that if you’re to STAY in business, consistently taking small steps forwards is more likely to get you to where you want to go. What you’re really looking to do is to create consistent habits that will take you towards success.
But HOW do you stay motivated to be consistent?
Well, it’s a combination of creating a genuinely motivating vision of where you want to go, and then picking one goal that will help you get there, and breaking that down to smaller actions you can take. Then you need to be able to measure your progress and celebrate small wins along the way. You need strategies to keep your final goal at the forefront of your mind AND reminders to keep taking the small steps.
There are a number of ways you can go about doing this – but there’s a whole heap of research that shows that getting peer support is one of the biggest factors in your success (which is why more people manage to lose weight or stop drinking in support groups than will manage it if they go it alone).
Knowing all of this, I set up my Mastermind groups to tap into everything that the research has shown to be effective. We start with a workshop to create a motivating big picture vision for where we want to go, and then break that down into achievable goals and then break these down into baby steps. Then we use the power of the group support to stay accountable for taking actions towards our goals every week. This sounds as if it might feel like Big Brother is watching you, but it doesn’t. We take care to set goals that feel like gifts to ourselves, things that we’re actively excited to start moving towards, and our accountability is offered in a spirit of support rather than criticism.
“The Mastermind has given me the sense of drive and accountability I was craving. As someone who is pretty action-oriented, I don't usually have a problem getting things done, but it tends to come in fits and starts. This mastermind has enabled me not only to take action, but to take action in a consistent way.
I've loved having a group of people I respect and trust as a sounding board for thoughts, ideas or concerns. I've felt supported in both an emotional way, and also a super practical way."
You absolutely can succeed in setting big goals and being more consistent by going it alone. But you can make it an infinitely easier, happier and more successful process by working within a small group of like-minded people, in a group that’s been set up precisely for the purpose of helping you to get unstuck and take consistent action towards making your vision a reality.
As Margaret Mead said,
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has."