“We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”Marie Curie.
It’s March! Did you have a goal coming into the New Year? Did you have projects or ideas for your speaking business that you wanted to implement?
We are two months into 2018 and what I want to know is, have you given up? Did you have a brilliant strategy that you wanted to implement and have you cast it aside?
Change is hard, and long-term change to the point where you have created a new habit is even harder. Change is rarely a one-time try. Change happens consistently over time and is the one-step-forward, two-steps-back sort of dance. How do you achieve your objective of incorporating new strategies, ideas, or projects? What should you do?
Incorporate the mindset of perseverance.
Perseverance is defined as steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person—man or woman—to win it twice despite much tragedy in her life. That took perseverance.
I want you to take this quote in the context of your speaking business, however. What is it that you know you must do to grow you or your business to the next level? What is it that you have “dipped your toe into the water” but haven’t really committed to undertaking? That is where you need to persevere.
Growth in your speaking business doesn’t happen overnight (or, if it did, go play the lottery because you’re on a hot streak!). It happens with consistent effort, and it happens when you keep going when you want to quit. One of the biggest ways that you sabotage yourself is that you quit strategies before they have had a chance to make an impact.
What are your strategies for building you or your business this year? A mentor? Social media? A certification? Prospecting? Coffee meetings? Client follow up?
Whatever it is, how will you persevere in this task this year? Commit to yourself that you will be diligent to this strategy for a specific period of time, perhaps six months. Commit that you will consistently utilize this strategy and make an evaluation only after this period to determine if it is or isn’t working for you.
Don’t quit before you’ve begun. Give you and your strategies the time flourish. Here’s wishing you the clarity you deserve.