Discovering how to stay focused in your new business is an essential part of your success. There will always be many distractions. In the early days in particular, you may find the distractions overwhelming and reasons to give up, often before you have really started.
Dealing With Other People Distracting You
One of the most common distractions you will have early on, is other people’s comments. They may try to pull you down, for many reasons. And often with the best of intentions.
Family and friends are particularly good at this. They may point to past failures of yours – which may only have happened BECAUSE of their negative comments.
They may feel that if you succeed, they will look bad – that wouldn’t be a conscious feeling, rather an unconscious feeling of not being good enough themselves. It’s an inherent ‘tall poppy’ syndrome, where those that stand out with different ideas are attacked.
You need to appreciate that how others feel about you and your business is all about them, and nothing to do with you. So let it go. Let their comments wash over you.
Telling as few people as you need to in the early days, is a protection strategy, not a secret!
Dealing With Unavoidable Distractions
Another distraction could be family demands. This is one area that can be hard to manage, as the unexpected happens. A child falls sick. You have to take time out for that. But that won’t last forever.
Give your child the attention they need and they will bounce back more quickly. Contact your clients you are letting down, and they will appreciate and understand and think no less of you.
For the expanded family and friends, don’t always jump in to the rescue if there are others who can help out. Do your share by all means, but don’t over volunteer. If you can’t, just say you can’t. There is no need to explain.
You get stuck for hours in a traffic jam or are snowed in for days. Again, these are temporary distractions. And you can use the time constructively. How? By meditating.
Meditation is a process of quieting the mind for short, regular periods. When the mind is quiet, new inspiration can easily pop up, that couldn’t gain a traction when you were too busy thinking.
The easiest method of meditation is to take yourself to a quiet spot for 15 – 20 minutes every day. Sit comfortablly. Set your timer. Close your eyes. Focus on your breathing.
Your mind will keep wandering. Just keep bringing it back to your breath.
In time, you will notice a calmness. You’ll know what is important to focus on. You’ll cope well in crises. You’ll be rewarded with a constant flow of ideas that suit you and that you can use to your advantage.
That is what will make you different. That is what will make you stand out.
Ever noticed how good cats are at meditating?
If you are unavoidably delayed, say at an airpot, you could also use the time to chat to people and ask about them and their lives, their difficulties. Or eavesdrop on a group. You may pick up ideas.
Be Part Of A Great Training Program
If you are part of a great training program, not only will you have weekly, or regular training episodes, you will also have a group to call on for support. Don’t stress if you get behind in the training. Most training is flexible as everyone experiences life and its distractions. But it will help to keep you focused and moving forward.
Learning how to stay focused in your new business means:
- use distractions to your advantage
- don’t do it alone
- always have a good training program on the go