No matter who you are, if you have any goals worth having, you are going to have to spend some time achieving them. Any goal that is actually going to bring you success will almost certainly take a long time to realise. There are no shortcuts in life.
But in order to get that long-term success, you almost always have to make short-term sacrifices. If you want to build a successful business you are going to have to invest the time and money. This may mean less time socialising with your friends. Getting up earlier or staying up late to build strong business foundations.
Short-term sacrifices are a vital part of achieving your goals and most people have trouble with them. But if you follow these tips, you may be able to make these short-term sacrifices without as much effort as you normally would have to make.
- Create a list of short-term sacrifices you might expect to make as you are striving for your goals. Include everything that you think you might have to give up.
- Decide whether or not you will have to give these things up temporarily or permanently.
- Look at each one individually. Determine whether or not you are willing to give those things up in order to achieve your goal.
- Do this first with the permanent ones. For example, are you going to have to stop hanging out with negative people who do not support you and your goals? Do you have to stop comparing your own life to the lives of other business owners that are portrayed on social media? (And reduce the time that you spend on social media at the same time).
- Look at the things that you may have to give up temporarily. For example, if your plan is to open a business at the end of the year, you may have to give up going to the movies or eating out for that year.
- Make sure that you use the things that you are giving up temporarily as rewards. So, if you use the business goal as an example, if you were able to achieve your goals like choosing inventory, finishing your business plan or some other goal that moved your forward, use things like eating out and movies as a reward for your hard work.
About the Author
Sandra Hinshelwood is a small-business coach and mentor working with new business owners. Through her coaching and online programmes she has helped her clients to increase their confidence, manage the transition from employee to business owner and live a more authentic life.