You say you want to become successful but if you don’t believe in yourself, why do you expect anyone else to? In the past few months, I have really learned why it is important to show up for myself. Not just one day when you’re feeling really inspired, but every single day. Success is a habit and not a “once in a while” kind of thing. You can’t become successful from one single action. I would find myself sometimes disappointed in myself when I know I wasn’t getting the results that I wanted, but it always comes down to the fact that I wasn’t showing up for myself like I knew I should.
I honestly believe that if you give your all to something, like actually put in the time, effort and energy you KNOW you should—There is no reason why you can’t win. But that is the hard part—Showing up consistently. Consistently publishing a blog post, posting to Instagram, scheduling pins, networking, pitching to brands or whatever it is that you do. I have a few tips for how you can really start to show up for yourself and see the results you want!
Get an accountability partner (or two)
- I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I mentioned this in my post on how to have a productive month, but you need people who are going to cheer for your wins, but who will also call you out when you just aren’t hitting the mark. An accountability partner will want you to become successful. You need people to ask about the things you’re supposed to be doing and have people keep you on track. There have been times where I thought to myself “oh it won’t matter if I don’t send my weekly email” and sure enough I get a text saying “so are we getting our weekly email tomorrow *insert wandering eye emoji*” lol I don’t want to be a person that goes back on their word, so I have to say yes—and just get to work!
- This is wayyyy easier said than done. Trust me, I have full on conversations with myself in the mornings when I’m struggling to wake up early. I will give myself every reason as to why it is ok to sleep in a little bit longer lol. Your excuses might not be related to getting out of the bed. But maybe you keep saying you aren’t going to start that thing because you don’t have enough knowledge? or resources? Well, I’m here to tell you that my friend, is an excuse. Like Nike always says “Just do it!” You won’t ever be ready. And half of what you need to be ready you learn from doing.
Stick to your plan.
- If you spent the time to develop a content calendar, then stick to it. Otherwise, you wasted your time even doing that activity. One of my favorite excuses was “oh it won’t matter if this goes up on Tuesday or Wednesday.” Yes, it does actually. Small tweaks like that add up! and then by the middle of the month, you’re totally off course and rushing to get things done.
See where your time is going
- Most of us need to use social media for our businesses but we can’t use that as an excuse to spend hours on end on Instagram. A little tip I learned from Erin May Henry was to go to your battery use section on your iPhone and click the tiny little clock to see where you’re spending your time on your phone in actual minutes and hours. After you see how much time you’re actually wasting, figure out a more strategic way of using social media. Maybe schedule 15 minutes 3 times a day to scroll and engage with your community.
Get into a routine
- Once you figure out how you are wasting time, make a schedule that you can realistically stick to. Even if you need to share it with your accountability partner so they can give you an early morning wake up call, make sure you do what you can to stick to your routine. Start to develop habits that lead to success. You might not be a morning person, but you need to figure out when you can be most productive.
Get rid of your limiting beliefs to become successful
- I can really go into a whole entire separate post on getting rid of your limiting beliefs lol but I’ll leave it at this—Instead of thinking of all the ways things can go wrong, think about how all the ways things can go right. Why can’t you be the CEO of your own company? Why can’t you blog full time or why can’t you go back and get an advanced degree? You absolutely can. Anything you can dream of, you can achieve! I know that can sound kind of like B.S. but it is seriously true!
Understand—Sucess likely won’t just happen overnight. It is a series of small wins!
- When you feel like you want to quit, just know that you might be on the brink of your breakthrough. If you are truly giving your new venture your all it will surely pay off! You never know who is taking notes on what you are doing, or who you are inspiring. Success is definitely not a sprint but a marathon!