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Learn the 5 productivity tips top entrepreneurs live by

Everyone wants to be a successful entrepreneur. And in this post I'm going to show you the top 5 productivity tips entrepreneurs live by. After all, why reinvent the wheel, when you can learn from those who've already walked the path? It’s not enough to dream of success. It’s not even enough to set goals. Even though goals are a great tool to pave the path.  The only way to truly achieve your dreams and build the business you’re meant to build is to sit down and just do it. The all-manifesting-thing about thoughts become things, are only valid if you put in some action to get there. Usually you don't sit still and everything falls into places by themselves. And that’s where many of us…well, fail is a strong word. But it’s the doing that trips us up more times than not.  We overbook our calendars until today’s to-dos become next week’s past dues. We procrastinate on the things that are important while attending to things that are merely “nice to do.” And sometimes we simply

Discover How To Make Your Dreams As A New Entrepreneur A Reality By Implementing These 3 Steps

There's a saying in Norway: "Many ways lead to Rome". Meaning that there’s not just one path to success. In this blogpost you’ll discover how to make your dreams as a new entrepreneur a reality. Just by implementing a few steps right from the beginning.

Step 1: Always remember that Entrepreneurship is more than just specific goal training 

If you've ever taken a course about organization or business planning you've heard of goals. But I'd bet you've heard that they can't be regular goals, they have to be SMART, right? 


Yes, SMART looks great on paper, and it's easy to remember those 5, but they're no where grand enough for those wanting to achieve big things.

 Let's play an online "would-you-rather":

Would you rather be stuck with "attainable” and “realistic” goals when what you really dream about is a 3-day workweek, frequent travel possibilities, and enough money to fund a mission trip (or three)?

Well, safe & smart goals aren’t going to get you there. In fact, they might even do worse than simply “not get you there.” They may actively hold you back. 

Let's say you set an “attainable” goal of earning 10% more this year, than you did last year.
You might work 10% more.
You might spend 10% more on ads or product creation.
You might even reach out to 10% more potential clients. 
And you’ll likely earn about 10% more. 

“Not bad!” you say. After all, that was your goal. But did that 10% goal inspire you to work harder? Did it inspire you to find ways to grow as a person? And as a result of achieving that goal - did you get more time to spend with family or friends? Or did it create this subconscious ceiling on your earning potential that you’re unable to break through? 

Instead of focusing on goals that are attainable and realistic, savvy and eager entrepreneurs know that the key to incredible success lies in creating lofty goals that feel out of reach - maybe even unattainable and unrealistic. 

Such entrepreneurs don’t strive to earn 10% more than last year. They want 50% or even 100% more. They stretch themselves. They find new - better and innovative - ways to do things. That way they don’t have to work twice as hard to earn double of last year, but they remain open to the possibility of doing so - at least for a short while - if and when it’s necessary. 

I'm a big fan of Law of Attraction, but there's just not a way where you simply declare crazy goals and expect the Universe to hand them to you. Any goal needs action from you to become a reality. Thoughts become things. But not by magic.

And that’s exactly why putting aside those smart goals is…smart. When you shun the attainable in favor of the “holy cow, how will I ever do THAT?” goal, you push yourself beyond those self-imposed limits and reach for the moon.

Of course, you might not double your income with your first try, but you’re almost guaranteed to do better than a mere 10% increase. So push your boundaries. Push that comfort zone. Set big, audacious goals. Even if you fail, you’ll be much further ahead than those smart goals would leave you. If you reach for the moon, and "fail", you'll land amongst the stars anyway.

Step 2: Understanding the #1 reason why you really do what you do

Now let's move on with our plan on making your dreams a reality, let's look at Step 2.

Let's have a look at what super-successful coaches and small business owners all have in common? What do you think?

It’s not experience. 
It’s not extraordinary skills. 
It’s not even a powerful drive. 

While all of these things can definitely help your business grow, they’re not a prerequisite for success. After all, no one is born with experience or skills, and plenty of successful people lack drive. 

The one and only thing that does make a difference for you to succeed or not, is your “why.” 

Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur? 
Why do you spend too many hours in front of your computer every week? 
Why do you stay up too late and get up too early, just so you can work on growing your business? 

The “why” is what ultimately drives us to success, but here’s the thing: it’s different for everyone. There's no one size fits all. Your why is not my why, and my why is not her why. It’s a deeply personal choice that can have great meaning…or not. 

For example:
  • A survivor of domestic abuse might happily spend 60 or 70 hours each and every week mentoring other victims of abuse, or counseling couples on how to break the cycle. Her big why is a strong desire to prevent other women from suffering in the same way she did. 
  • A mother of small children may be saddened at the thought of sending her kids to daycare just so she can go to work to (barely) pay for it. Her big why is a drive to spend as much time with her kids as she can, while still supporting her family. 
  • A young, fresh out of school entrepreneur might resist taking the same path her parents took, working for a corporation for 40 years, only to retire and find themselves with barely enough to live on. Instead, she dreams of having the income (and the time) to see the world while she’s still young enough to enjoy it. 
So now it's time: What’s your big “why”?

It might be the freedom to travel, the option to spend time with your family, the ability to take weeks off at a time to care for a sick family member, or even to earn enough money to support a charity that’s close to your heart. 

Whatever it is, your “why” is the driving force behind every action you take. When you’re deciding whether or not to take on a new project, ask yourself if it’s aligned with your “why.” When you’re setting goals for the year, ask yourself if those goals are moving you closer or further from your big why. Thinking of branching out into a new business venture? Make sure it’s in alignment with your big why, and success is suddenly much more attainable. 

Step 3: Stop being your own worst client

Imagine you had a client who consistently failed to complete her tasks for the week. Not one time, but over and over again. 

  • She couldn’t find the time to get her email opt-in page completed. 
  • She was too busy to write the next chapter of her book. 
  • She was working too hard and completely forgot to put together her webinar presentation. 

It wouldn’t take long before you sat her down for a serious talk about the future of your business relationship - and her business for that matter. A client such as that is a frustrating waste of time. 

So why then, do you continue to accept these and other excuses from yourself? Why is your lack of business development allowed to continue, even when you know how important those tasks are to your future growth? Why should building and running a business be different for you, than for your clients? Are you THAT special?

Now, before you go thinking I’m being way too hard on you, know this: we all struggle with this very issue. We all put our clients, our family, our friends, and even the neighbor we barely know, before ourselves. 

But I’m giving you permission right now to stop doing that, and start treating yourself as the VIP you really are. It’s time to put your business growth ahead of that of your clients. Only by doing that will you be able to reach a larger audience, help more people, and achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. 

The simplest way to do this is to just make appointments with yourself. That hour or two you have free on Thursday afternoon? Don’t book a client call in that spot. Book yourself. Mark it on your calendar, and treat it as an unbreakable appointment, just as you would an appointment with a client or your doctor or your accountant. 

Spend the time working on the things that are important to the continued growth of your business. 

  • Develop a new program

  • Write a chapter of your upcoming book

  • Write emails for your autoresponder

  • Reach out to JV partners

In short, do those things you tell your clients to do - the things your own coach is likely advising. Don’t push them aside for “later” or “after your client work is done". Elevate yourself to VIP client status and start putting yourself first. Your business will thank you for it. 

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