It can be lonely running and growing a business, even if you have a team around you. One big challenge that many entrepreneurs face is personal accountability.
You started out as an entrepreneur because you felt differently about creating value, delivering results, success, and freedom than most others.
By removing yourself from many of your friends or your wider network, you might now feel more alienated and isolated because of the things that inspired and motivated you to go out on your own in the first place.
It can be difficult to talk to, and relate to people, who don’t share your experience, view of the world, or the mindsets you have.
If that sounds like your experience, what you need is a mindset shift from seeing yourself as different, to connecting with, and sharing your ambitions with others who think the way you do and can relate to the way you think.
This may be finding a coach or a network of similar mindset entrepreneurs who can inspire, motivate and hold you accountable.
Feelings of isolation and loneliness are endemic when starting out as an entrepreneur.
You are on a journey and are being surrounded by the complexities of being in charge and being the one to make everything happen.
But that pressure and of doing everything and having total responsibility without a support structure can be lonely.
If you keep operating in isolation, you will always be at a disadvantage.
When you’re lonely, you’ll be using an incredible amount of motivation and energy just to sustain yourself, and move forward.
Feeling isolated can create greater degrees of confusion and feeling of powerlessness. You may not have the clarity and to reach your full potential.
Create a Support Structure
Getting clarity about your ideal future and creating a path and plan to create it requires a support structure.
Working with a coach or being part of a network of people that share a similar mindset and understand the challenges you’re going through will give you the ability to increase your learning, reduce your mistakes and reduce the amount of energy it takes to motivate yourself.
Instead of having to self-motivate yourself every day, you’ll be motivated and held accountable by people you can trust.
When you work with a coach or join a group, you’ll start to see the rewards almost immediately:
Remove Feeling of Being Stuck
If you’re the person making all of the decisions, even if you have a team around you, it’s easy to get stuck.
You may have lots of opportunities and decisions to make so you become stuck. You’re unsure what to do next. You’re unsure what path to take.
There is a sense of not knowing what to say yes to and what to say no to.
The complexity of running and growing a business can create confusion. What you need is to have someone to talk things through with. To have a sounding board.
For someone to actually sit and just listen to you.
To have someone who will simplify things for you and give you the clarity to get unstuck and move forward.
Have a Sounding Board
Building a successful business is often a confidence game. We often don’t make decisions because we’re fearful of losing things that are important to us.
Wouldn’t it be beneficial to have someone in your life you can actually talk things over with?
Two heads, as the saying goes, are often better than one. We are all looking for more clarity, confidence and capability.
Having someone there who will listen to you and understand you can be hugely impactful. If that same person, can hold you accountable going forward, then that can build your momentum even more.
Learn from Others Mistakes
Things don’t need to be perfect and you don’t need to make all the mistakes yourself. Entrepreneurs can benefit from talking with a coach or other entrepreneurs who have experienced failures in the past.
Out of failure comes great learning. This learning and experience can give you insights and different ways of approaching things in the future.
Similarly, there’s a huge amount of value in using their success stories, strategies and tools as lessons on how to improve the way you do things.
Spending time each week talking with your coach, or talking with other successful entrepreneurs can save you weeks of testing.
An hour of focused planning and discussion can save you months of time, energy and money if you’re spending time with people who really want to help.
You’ll Think About Things Differently
When you work with a coach or speak with entrepreneurs who have experience with businesses and industries that are different from your own, they can provide a perspective or new way of thinking, that you might never have thought of.
How they’ve dealt with specific situations and overcome challenges could provide a totally unique solution to you.
You’ll Find the Perfect Accountability Partner
Every time you spend time with your coach or entrepreneur network, it’s an opportunity for you to share your successes, refocus and get clarity on what you want to achieve next.
By laying out your goals and objectives and setting measurements and deadlines against them it is a further opportunity for you to hold yourself accountable.
You will have the added support of people whose role it is to motivate and inspire you.
Remember, real growth can happen when you surround yourself with the right motivational and accountability structures.
If you work with, and spend time with, people that are focused on helping you create your ideal future, you can use their experience, accountability structure and support to propel you to higher levels of success.
About The Author
Mark Pettit helps ambitious entrepreneurs get clarity about their ideal futures and helps them use their unique strengths to create it.
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