I recently had the privilege of co-hosting a leadership conference for Christian Women Leaders. Connecting and getting to hear some of the delegates’ stories was very inspiring and uplifting. It was also good to hear how people had overcome and were still overcoming challenges as they sought to build their teams, businesses and families. I know you all want to build something that lasts. Very few people are in business for the short haul. We want to make a difference through the services and products we provide to our clients and customers.  So here are some really fundamental keys to building that business or organisation that you have dreamed about. I believe it is possible and that you can succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

  1. Start with passion

You are more likely to excel at something that you are passionate about. Many people spend too much time doing what they hate because they think they have a choice. The truth is, you always have a choice. The real question to ask is whether you are prepared to risk change in order to get what you really want.

People who are passionate about what they do are infectious. They act like magnets that draw people to themselves. They exude an enthusiasm and an authenticity that makes you want to know them and be a part of what they are doing. You may not always feel passionate about your business or job. This is especially true when you are facing hard times. But it will serve you well to do your best to rediscover your passion because your best self shines through when your actions are driven by that passion.

  1. Relationships

No man or woman ever succeeded at anything worth mentioning by going it alone. You really are the sum of your networks and partnerships. This means that you have to be intentional about building relationships with the right people. These are people who are positive, generous with their time, honest and genuine. The wrong relationships will drain you. The right ones will build you up.

And yes, you do have to put in the time and effort required to build these relationships. Make that phone call, send the email, send a thank you note to show your appreciation, and be willing to forgive when you are offended. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. Chances are, if you cut people some slack, they are more likely to do the same for you when you make a mistake.

  1. Grit

You can call this persistence, staying power or tenacity. They all mean the same thing. Building a business or organisation is not easy. It is not for the faint hearted. Challenges and knocks you never envisaged will happen. Sometimes you will feel like you are putting in more than you are getting out. Working long hours are the norm especially in the early stages. In this article by Cheryl Snapp Conner http://www.businesswomenexperts.com/entrepreneurial-success/ new research seems to suggest that the secret to entrepreneurial accomplishment is grit. There is good grit and bad grit. You have to determine when to keep going and when to quit so that you can try something else.

 

If there is anyway that I can help you to build that dream, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear from you.

 

To your success

Oge

Founder Reach Coaching