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When you start out building a business it can be so overwhelming.  There are so many things you could do to grow a successful business.  The problem is an overwhelmed mind doesn’t lead a successful business. In this video today I am going to show you what you need to do to set yourself up for success and give you a tool to come back to every time you start to feel lost of overwhelmed to move you forward!

Check out the pinterest board full of affirmations to get you started with building a positive and successful mindset here https://www.pinterest.co.uk/balloonbizacademy/affirmations/


Prefer to Read? Check out the video transcript below!

Hi I am Sonia Brown Founder of the Balloon Biz Academy and today I want to show you the three things you need to do now to take the first steps to building a successful business.  These are the 3 things I started doing way back at the beginning of my journey with my business. I had got to a point where I was running around like a headless chicken doing way too much for very little profit.  I lacked clarity and I was not in control of my business.

So the first thing I want you to do is grab a brand new notebook.  This is going to become your business journal. I really believe in the power of the pen!  I have done this so many times throughout my life. Writing something down sets it as an intention in your mind and it helps you realise your dreams.  When I was in medical sales I wanted to be sales person of the year. Every new notebook I wrote on the front page… February 2010 I will be on the stage receiving the coverted sales person of the year… and sure enough I did!  With my balloons business. I wrote in my notebooks… by the time I am 40 I want to be running my own creative business… at the time of writing it I actually thought it would be photography but at 38 I started running my balloons business.  The balloon biz academy I wrote in my goals journal a year ago. The intention was I would be running it by the time I was 50 but here I am 3 years earlier doing it. There honestly is power in journalling and setting intentions in your mind.  

So lets get your very own success journal started!  This is where you are going to condition your mindset to achieve what you want from your life.  Successful people work hard on maintaining a successful mindset. They have vision and purpose that they get up everyday ready to work towards this and you need to define what your vision and purpose is too.  You need to know where you are heading. Because if you don’t know what success looks like or means to you how on earth are you going to find it? When you have no direction your business journey looks like this *…. You waste so much time doing stuff that doesn’t move you closer to the life you want… because you don’t really know where you are going… its like trying to find your way in the dark

So on the first page of your journal I want you to write… Destination: Success.  This is going to be your journal to document your journey there. On the next page I want you to write where you are right now.  How is business going? What frustrations and challenges are you experiencing. How are you feeling right now? What’s good and you are grateful for and what do you want to be different.  What are the obstacles you need to overcome and when do you need to do this by…. Don’t overthink this just go with whatever flows…

Now on the next page I want you to write what destination SUCCESS looks like… You don’t have to figure it all out right now but just write what sort of life will you be leading when you get there?  What does your business look like? What sort of jobs will you be doing? How will you feel running your business? What will your personal life look like? What sort of person will you be? Write it as though you are standing in the future.  Use words like I am doing rather than I will be as this is far more powerful to your subconscious mind. You can do this with pictures and I advocate this too but by thinking and transferring the thoughts through your body into your bed it really helps set your intention in your subconscious mind.   At the end I want to write this is my future for the making… I am committed to this… I will make this happen!

Moving forward use this journal to write in regularly.  Post updates of how business is going. Journal around finding solutions to obstacles.  Store fabulous ideas you want to come back to. Look at how you are moving along your path hitting goals and moving towards success.  Just write whatever is in your head. Getting it out on paper prevents overwhelm and brings greater clarity.

Revisit and add to what success looks like as you grow and develop.  I like to go back to my success definition at least monthly. I allow myself to dream and add loads of detail.the more you visualise it through journaling the more likely it is to happen.  Spending a few minutes daydreaming in the future increases motivation and inspires me to get stuff done and stick to the plan!

Second

Set yourself some Goals for the next 90 days.  There has been so much research to say that 90 days are perfect for goal setting.  It’s long enough to get stuck into a decent project but short enough that you don’t lose interest or focus. You don’t want to set too many targets either they just become overwhelming.  Limit it 2 or 3 things you want to achieve. Goals and targets are your signposts along your journey. They are milestones to get to destination success. They don’t need to be complicated or over thought they just need to be measurable and  achievable with a stretch. It might be that you want to get 10 corporate orders for christmas balloons for example… so keep it simple with steps that are actionable… like I will approach 10 businesses this month to propose christmas balloons too… now you are far more likely to come up with a list of businesses and get out there because you have set a target that will help you grow… and 3 or 4 businesses a week is very actionable.  The key here is not to overwhelm yourself with a long list of things to do. If you have a long list you simply wont buy into it or action it so keep it simple. Then every day I want you to ask yourself what action you will take today to move towards the goal. 90 days and 90 actions could provide a huge movement by the end of 90 days. They dont have to be big steps either it could be day 1 write a list of businesses. Day 2 Decide what offer I am going to take to them.  Day 3 write down what I am going to say when I go in. Day 4 Physically pop in to 2 businesses today and position my offer to them. Day 5 Ring the 2 businesses I saw last week to follow up and see if they are ready to order Day 6 send all the managers I have seen this month an email with a testimonial as to the difference balloons can make to the number of customers entering the store.. etc etc.. None of these things are going to take all day.. They are easy to fit in to even the busiest of days and will help you achieve your goals.  Remember businesses only grow when you take consistent actions that move you towards your goals and dreams.

Third I want you to find and print some affirmations and motivational quotes that speak to you and plaster them everywhere.  All over your home, your business, your phone screen, your computer screen… everywhere! I want you to be able to see them when you get up in the morning… when you are having lunch… when you are making balloons… even in the car.  Get immersed in those words… words that are going to inspire you… give you energy and excitement in your belly at what you can achieve… words to keep you going when you are tired and want to give up… words that will continue to condition your mind for success.  The best words are ones that make you feel positive and ready to take action without fear. When this happens you create amazing! MY absolute favourite affirmation is I can, I will, watch me!… I learnt this from Carrie Green at the Female Entrepreneur Association and it lifts my confidence and motivates me instantly to go and do something that will move my business forward.  Another one I love is by Mindfully Glam and its simply will it be easy?… Nope.. Will it be worth it? Absolutely… It reminds me that challenges are part of the process but as I move past them I am moving towards the life and business I want! Need inspiration for words and quotes that speak to you check out my pinterest board full of motivational quotes and affirmations! Read them and say them often to move your mindset to a place where you are ready to make your future happen.

So there you go 3 simple things that you can do today which are incredibly powerful to start you on a positive path towards reaching destination success.  Remember success doesnt just happen its something you have to consciously decide, condition yourself for and then take actions that move you towards it.  

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  If you are enjoying these videos dont forget to follow me on facebook to see every weeks 10 minute masterclass to help you run and grow your business.

Until next time… stay amazing

Sonia x


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