One thing I realized early on was being alone in business, sucks.
It’s hard to balance ideas and thoughts when you are the sole person who makes that decision. At least with a team, you can hear the pros and cons and concerns of each team member. When you fly solo, you are it!
You get to drive yourself nuts wondering if the decision you just made is a good one.
Welcome to my world!
The great thing is I have some advice that I can share that will hopefully help you out on your journey.
One thing I am planning on doing is being a part of a mastermind in 2017.
A group of like-minded individuals with specific goals that each person can help achieve. I’ve never actually been a part of one, so I don’t know what to expect, but I’m so looking forward to it.
I’m not so quick to jump into one, though. I’m actually friends with a few exceptional individuals that I’m trying to gather up to start helping each other grow in business. I think these masterminds need to form themselves.
You can spend a ton of money to join one, but that doesn’t make much sense to me. Only because you want to build some comradery with the people that are helping you out right? If you pay someone, they’re just helping you because you paid them, the moment you stop paying them, they’re not gonna care what happens. That’s just my opinion.
A mentor would also be a great move to make, but you have to really be careful and do your research.
A lot of people would just take your money. Make sure to find someone that has much more experience than you do. Find someone who’s in a position where you want to be. Then just ask.
Seriously, it’s that simple. They’ll either say yes or no. Keep in mind; mentors are very busy people. Maybe they don’t have enough time in their schedule to mentor someone. Maybe you can work something out. In either case, I think it’s super important to find one.
Check out this video by Andy Mineo talking about his mentor.
I don’t have a mentor yet, but that’s because I’m stupid lol. Kidding! I’m not stupid; I’m just stubborn. But in 2017, one of my goals is to find someone that I respect, and that I know can bring me to a new level, and reach out to them. I have to be clear on what I want first.
The last thing I want to do is ask someone to mentor me, but have no clear direction on where I want to be.
Ask a friend.
Aside from being involved in groups, and finding a true mentor, the easiest thing to do, IMO, is just ask a friend. I’m sure a lot of you are friends with other people in the field. Just reach out and ask them what they think. I’m awesome friends with Kim Doyal. We’re pretty much like accountability partners, and it’s something I freakin’ cherish.
When I have questions about something, I just ask her and she breaks it down and gets me to think. We help each other out.
Ask a like-minded about your decisions. They can be an accountability partner to make sure you’re doing what you need to do, or they can just pop in here and there and help out. But it’s super important to have that relationship with someone.
Get A Coach!
Kind of like a mentor, but usually paid, a coach can help you in a lot of ways. This is also one of those things that you have to be super careful with. Make sure you do your research. A coach can surely help you get organized and figure a LOT of things out for your business, but make sure that you know who you’re dealing with.
You can get some recommendations or if you follow someone, see what they’re about and make sure they’re someone that can actually help you out before investing in them. What’s their experience? How successful are they? Ask questions.
What you shouldn’t do!
I see this a lot, and I tend to cringe every time I see it. A lot of folks like to ask decision-making questions on Facebook Groups, or very public forums. This is a BIG NO NO.
Some may disagree with me, but I don’t care, I think it’s a mistake and here’s why.
Everybody has an opinion. If you ask a group of people what they think, about ANYTHING, you’re going to get every answer under the sun. You’ll get the stuff you want to hear; then you’ll get the stuff you don’t want to hear, and then you’ll be back to square one not knowing what you should or shouldn’t do.
So please, if you need to make a decision on something, don’t ask a group.
The only exception I have to this is if it’s a small group. That’s it.
So how do you make your decisions? Let me know in the comments.
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