Are You a Dabbling Entrepreneur?
You can be starting something HERE – and then leave it, half-finished, to go THERE.
At the end of 2012 I read a great article about dabbling and how disastrous it can be to your business, and really to your life.
At the same time I was cleaning out a closet and rearranging my house which brought me face-to-face with just how deep I had gotten into dabbling….:(
There was no more denial the evidence was right there STARING AT ME….
Every book on becoming an entrepreneur, video courses, audio course, thousands of dollars worth of language lessons, speed reading lessons, creative real estate, and Internet marketing.
While none of these are bad things, the sad part is…
I still don’t speak that second language or speed read, and while I did Real Estate investing and made a lot of money at one time, I got reckless just before the housing bubble burst and that was the end of that.
With all of this staring at me I had a decision to make.
It was around the time people traditionally make New Year’s Resolutions…but another resolution just didn’t seem strong enough. I didn’t want to resolve to do something, what I needed was to mack a solid DECISION.
I needed to decide exactly what I wanted most and then create a plan that I could stick to.
I certainly already had plenty of study material.
I decided to break it down into key categories or areas of interest that I wanted to focus on and excel in in 2013. My categories included…
Then I had to break it down and create daily or weekly rituals that I would do and STICK TO to grow and excel in each area.
For Spiritual; I wanted to take things to the next level so I enrolled in an online course and now get up one hour earlier each day to listen to a pre-recorded lecture and study. There are 12 courses so my goal is to complete one per month and get my certificate of completion by December 2013.
For Physical; I knew I needed to get back into exercising but the thought of going to the gym did not appeal to me. Therefore, I knew that was not something that would hold my interest for long. Then I found Krav Maga…Israeli street fighting for self defense. That sounded perfect! I would be learning a useful skill and getting a great work out at the same time! I enrolled and arranged my schedule so I would not have to “think” about it. I “decided” ahead of time this would be my new Saturday morning and Monday evening routine.
I did the same thing for all the categories.
I decided on my focus for the year and the rituals I would do in each area to reach a predetermined goal.
No more vague ambiguity…like I want to make $10,000/mth or lose 10 pounds.
No, I wanted to gain skills and move forward
As an entrepreneur it can be very difficult to let go of dabbling and stay focused, but when we discipline ourselves to do so, that is when success skyrockets.
One way I found to reduce the noise was to put away all the triggers that distracted me and tempted me to try new things. For me, I did, and continue to unsubscribe from email lists that don’t fit my focus.
One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular. Tony Robbins
By defining my focus I have been able to create a schedule that allows me to do the rituals I need to do to move forward each day.
I’ve gone from dabbling to decision AND it’s working.
It feels really great too!
I’m not focusing on RESULTS, rather, I’m focusing on consistent ACTION! The results will take care of themselves.
Today is February 1st – 31 days into 2013, and I am right on target.
I took my first online exam yesterday and passed!
I’m homeschooling my son, I’m loving Krav Maga, my video and Internet marketing business is more exciting than ever, I’m growing my team and I’m serving and working towards a missions trip.
Our interests and goals will change from time to time, but each thing we do should claim 100% of our focus.
If you’re ready to start getting the pay off in your business and life, then focus is the key.
Join me in going from dabbling to DECISION.