Do you believe you deserve to be successful in your cleaning business? Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who deep down, feel they really don't deserve to be successful, that they're meant to struggle to make ends meet all their lives. They've made mistakes along the way and have decided that this is how it's meant to be. Some also use past mistakes as an excuse or as a way to justify their situation. But it really doesn't have to be that way.
Even the most successful entrepreneurs have made huge mistakes. But they're quick to realize that even the most devastating mistake is merely a setback. They know that if they learn from their mistakes, they won't make the same mistake twice.
I can hear some of you saying to yourselves, "yes, but MY situation is different". Not really. You'd be amazed at how many people have been in the same situation as you. The ones who come out successful are the ones who spend their time focusing on the opportunity they can make out of the situation - they DON'T waste time focusing on the mistake or having a "pity party".
So how can you move past your mistakes and realign your focus so that you can become successful?
- Have faith in yourself. You really need to believe that you can work through the misktakes you're sure to make as you grow your cleaning business. Focus your attention on the goal, and don't dwell on the road blocks.
- Don't give up too easily. Too many people hit a speed bump or make a mistake and think all is lost. Those are the ones that give up too easily and will never become successful. What is your vision for your business? If you don't yet have one, be sure to read last week's post: Creating Your Vision of a Successful Cleaning Business. Remember that just because you've made a mistake, it doesn't mean you've failed. It just means that you've learned a valuable lesson for your business and will be stronger as a result.
- Don't be your own worst enemy. What is it you really want? Focus on that thought and don't try to talk yourself out of your dream with negative self-talk.
- Be resilient. If you find yourself thinking there's no way you'll be successful in your cleaning business after making a big mistake, just think about all the entrepreneurs who overcame adversity and bounced back from their mistakes to become even more successful than before.
Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember, that's where you will find success. -- Thomas J. Watson, Sr.
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