As I was clearing a pile of clutter from my office today, I found this note I had written myself. It was ideas that were coming to me one afternoon about a year ago. I was pondering a conversation with a friend about our individual holistic or spiritual businesses and how things weren’t really lining up for either of us. She’d asked me, “If you could go back as a mentor to yourself in your business as you started out, what would you tell yourself?” I really had to think about it.
And these were a few tips I would have told myself (even though social media didn’t exist back then, other than a crude form of blogging and MySpace!), written exactly as I wrote them.
* Do it NOW
Don’t wait on a building a “perfect” website (NO such thing), a Facebook Page, or Twitter account, etc, because you don’t know how to use them. Even if you think it either doesn’t fit for you or it’s overwhelming, just dig in and go for it. Figure it out as you go along. People are LOOKING FOR YOU and social media is a NECESSITY in a business.
* Work as a BUSINESS, not a Hobby.
Unless it IS a hobby and you don’t need the income. But if you want your business to actually GROW, bring you a steady income, and be a valid future endeavor, learning about business from other business entrepreneurs is a MUST. You must devote a large portion of your time to this and it is SO worth the investment.
* Think BIG
Think about how big you want your biz to be now and in the future. Plan for future growth and financials and retirements. Learn about money.
* Expand Your Possibilities
Think beyond what you currently know. Consider where your current clients are at and if they are actually are not only the types of people you want to work with, but who will support you in all ways. Expand your mind to other markets that may be better suited for you and offer more possibilities.
* Don’t Stay Spiritual
Many holistic and spiritual practitioners and businesses want to stay in the spiritual field and work with only spiritual people. Fine. Do that. But you won’t grow beyond what the mindset of that community is (which I will be writing about specifically soon). Look to mainstream business people for assistance in growing your business, look to the mainstream community as clients, and look at yourself as to why you would want to stay in a highly limited community.
* Be Flexible.
If you stay stuck in what you’ve always known, you will keep getting what you’ve always known. Let GO OF CONTROL, open your mind and heart to being flexible about your vision and how to get there. It might all fall into place in ways you couldn’t imagine.
This list was SO eye opening to me. A year ago I was in such a different place than I am now, and I have taken all of these to heart and MORE.
What would YOU tell yourself? Share with us below in the comments!