So with the dawn of another year it’s a great time to reflect upon where we are and where we are going. How happy are we? What should we do to change? The typical new year’s resolution are all very well and good but are usually forgotten by February.
Now if we really want to make something happen in our lives then we really need to work out exactly what we need to change. Because if we keep on doing what we’ve always done then, well you know what happens then. So let’s say you want to start your own business for the new year. How is that gonna happen? Just magically? You need to workout where you want to be and how you’re going to get there. What’s you’re idea? Don’t have one? Okay so you need to think of one. How is that going to happen? You need to expose yourself to problems that consumers face and workout a way to solve them. Spend time developing ideas and not just waiting for one to pop into your head.
Already have an idea? Great. Now where do you want your business to be this time next year? Already established and selling online? Okay sounds good so let’s work backwards from that as to how you’re going to make it happen. At this point are you going to be just working for yourself? Or will you still be working another job to pay for your income? The answer will probably depend on what your lifestyle responsibilities are. If you’ve got a family and bills to take care of then you need a stable income, that’s okay but you’re going to have to work harder. Maybe change to a job that is more inline with what business you want to run so your time isn’t completely wasted. You can learn the industry as you go along. another alternative is to get a job that requires as little devotion as problem and allows you to spend time working on your own business.
So you’re going to need a website to sell online. Are you going to get someone to do it for you? Or are you going to do it yourself? If you do it yourself that’s great you save money but you need to research design and learn how to code. So you get started onto that.
How are you going to find the time to do this? Now this is a tough one. You might think you’re already too busy now. But you’ve gotta find time. We’ve got 24 hours in the day. You sleep for maybe 7. You work for what? 7 hours per day? Maybe more but maybe you get weekends off who knows. Let’s go with 7. That’s 10 hours that you can dedicate to something else. So workout what you’re doing with that 10 hours. Facebook? YouTube? Did you just watch two episodes of The Walking Dead? You’ve got to prioritise. Whenever you’re doing something that isn’t helping you towards your longterm goals, think “Why am I doing this?”, “Is it because I’m bored?”, “What else could I be doing?”
Now okay so I can break down the ways and means of doing all of this but there’s still something else that’s holding you back. I know. Even if it’s just a little bit. Social pressure. You’re parents, partner, friends. They don’t believe in your dream like you do. But that’s okay, it’s not their dream. Maybe their dream died a long time ago. Don’t let them kill yours. You’ve got to do it for yourself. Maybe you’ve got to go back wards before you go forwards. Maybe you’re afraid if you do that you will be stuck one step behind your friends. But you don’t want the same thing that your friends want. So why do you care what they have?
Sometimes you’ve got to make sacrifices to make your dreams come true. Financially and socially. Maybe you want to buy a new car right now or a new watch. But you know what? Investing that money into yourself is gonna buy you ten watches later down the line. You’ve just got to be patient. Work hard and be patient.
Here’s to a new year!