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Enlightenment – Have Faith.
In a local Women Entrepreneur’s survey I conducted (93% were moms); the #1 category chosen out of 44 to define success was Faith. It can be assumed that accountability to God, or a higher purpose, helps you work with strong values, ethics and morals; based on charity, kindness, compassion, and the genuine passion to help others. Having faith may also help you learn from your failures quicker, have less fear, and take more educated risks, because every experience (good or
bad) is one step closer to goal attainment for all the right reasons.
Empowerment of Self – The Ability to Chose.
Empowerment is about learning there are choices, in which you have the right to choose your own lifestyle, a dream that’s reachable, and to be the healthiest and happiest mom you can be today. You will reach your personal and business’s greatest potential, once you fully understand this equation:
Self-Discovery + Self-Acceptance = Self-Love.
Exercise Balance with Your Family.
After almost facing death, I learned that I must always:
Work Wisely + Play Plenty = Rest Reassured.
I meditate, exercise, play and pray with my girls on a daily basis.
I also have personal-individualized-time with each of my girls and husband. We can read books for hours or have tickling-tests for a couple minutes. Nonetheless, we remain flexible so everyone feels value by our time together.
The Enterprise Must Include the Power of Power Networks.
As a conductor of your own enterprise, you must look beyond the one-mom-show-syndrome. You must ask for help, and effectively delegate to capitalize on your strengths and that of your power network. I involve my girls in as many work-related duties as possible (fun, age-appropriate ones-of course). By continuously seeking advisors or mentors, and developing your team of specialists, everyone will gain from your power network.
Experience Success through Principles That Work.
Rather than re-invent the success cycle; read, study and try different proven principles in the numerous business-improvement resources available to you. Choose to learn something(S) new every single day. Give mine a try:
The Empowerment Equation to Success: Desire + Action = Success
Action = 5 A’s: Acquisition, Affirmative Attitude, Accountability, Asking, and Accomplish
Exclusive Business Brand.
Brand yourself as the exclusive business in your target market.
The more you invest your time, money, efforts, and human resource in developing your Unique Selling Proposition, once your clients start rolling in.their loyalty will last for their lifetime and that of their offspring. The power of being the first and only means you have no competition. Chose to be a specialist at something; and not a generalist in everything. Dare to be Your Best Self!
Establish Systems to Maximize Time.
You must establish as many systems as possible (i.e., priority planning, to do’s, office hours, meeting days, etc.) to be time-efficient. Streamline all your business protocols for maximum productivity that includes but not limited to your daily, weekly, monthly and annual duties and responsibilities, and utilizing automation programs. Multi-task when you need to, but know that research has proven that multi-tasking makes you stupid. Don’t you hate painful brain-freeze? Try to single-task then.
Expand Your Marketing Reach.
Diversify your online and offline marketing portfolio. Always be open to try something new, different and creative, and remember that repetitive efforts are most rewarded. Areas include: website, blog, article submission, local and internet press release campaign, venture partnerships, link exchanges, charity sponsorships, public speaking, radio interviews, teleseminars, volunteerism, search engine optimization/marketing, building power networks, and hosting local events. Add your motherly-touch too. By hosting Home Business Mom Expos, I conveniently work my girls into the shows, and we proudly went together.
Experiment for a Positive Bottom Line.
For every new formula, system, or marketing campaign you try, you must always test and track your results. Stay accountable to your bottom-line, by being patient enough to see results and persistent enough to gain the most from your efforts. Don’t give up to easily, and don’t let dead-weight pull you down. How can you teach the value of allowance to your kids, if you are not cost-conscious yourself?
Envisioning Goes beyond Goal Setting.
Envisioning your goals means being able to apply all your senses to the moment when your goal is achieved. When your accomplished-goal is so vivid in your mind, you will feel happy and empowered right now. Your positive focus will fill your workdays with fun, and you’ll always be proud of your efforts rather than disappointed with your unfinished tasks. Coming from another over-exhausted Mom Entrepreneur, this is easier said than done. Having just written this down, I’m now accountable to you.
Now, I challenge you to stay empowered and keep our power network alive!
Ponn M. Sabra is a homeschooling work-at-home mom of three with partial paralysis and best-selling author of “Empowering Women to Power Network” who finds time to empower women entrepreneurs to action at EmpowerWomenNow.com. (c) Excerpt from “The Business Mom” by Terilee Harrison