3 Simple Tips to Help You Finish What You Start

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We all set goals and, in one way or another, make attempts to reach them. But how often do you finish what you set out to do? While nobody likes to admit that they’re quitters, not following through on goals is an all too common occurrence. Even for the most motivated people in the world, completing what they start is never easy.

Ok, so you quit a couple projects here and there. What’s the big deal? While quitting isn’t necessarily a bad thing, making it a habit may lead to bigger, underlying issues. At the end of the day, quitting something that you already started means that you are 1) unsuccessful at your attempt and 2) wasting your time and money. Whether you see it or not, there is always a positive to finishing what you start. Even if you don’t get the results that you want, seeing your goal to completion is a learning experience. This applies to both your personal and professional lives.

If you are ready to be serious about your goals, here are three simple tips to help you finish what you start:

1) Figure out what you want to do before you get started.

Many people ending up quitting because they started a goal or project they really shouldn’t have in the first place. If you want stop quitting, figure out what you want to do before you even get started. What are you short term and long term goals? How will this help you reach them? Play to your strengths and challenge yourself in the process. Set goals that will help advance you to next level, personally or professionally.

2) Set a plan and track your progress.

How long will it take you to reach your goal? How much money do you need to finance need? Whose help will you require? If you don’t already have the answers to these questions, then you are already setting yourself up for failure. Once you figure out what you want to do, you need to start thinking about how you are are going to do it. Set a tough but realistic game plan for yourself. At every check point, track your progress and hold yourself accountable to it.

3) Picture the end result and work towards it.

Is motivation your main problem? Every time you think about quitting and how much more relieved you would feel, think about the finish line instead and how much more proud you would be of yourself. No, you’re not going to finish everything you start and that’s OK. But try your hardest too. Remember that the things that are worth it in life never come easy.

FRIDAY FIVE: Small biz growth myths, pitching your start-up and more!

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5 Traits of Effective Leaders

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If you want to be an entrepreneur, then you need to want to be a leader too. It doesn’t matter if you’re leading an entire team or just one person — you need to have the traits of someone who can lead a business to success. However, being a good leader isn’t something that happens overnight. While some are born with natural leadership skills, many aren’t. But, on the bright side, leadership skills can be taught, honed, and developed. If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ll need to practice those skills. Here are 5 traits of an effective leader:

They are good communicators.

Effective leaders are also effective communicators. They know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. When leading a team, it’s important that your team is communicating well and it’s your job to facilitate that. If not, your team fails and you do too. Especially in it’s early stages, a successful business relies heavily on how well it’s people can communicate. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

They are respected.

Regardless of whether or not people agree with them, the successful leaders are respected. Their opinions are valued and therefore, they get heard. People look for integrity in their leaders. At the end of the day, working for a startup or small business is more than just a job. It’s a lifestyle. If someone is devoting the majority of their life to your make your entrepreneurial dreams come true, then they need know that you a person worth doing that for.

They value their team.

An effective leader understands that they can’t do it all themselves. That’s why they build a network around them to support their efforts. A leader knows what his or her core competency is and what it is not. For what it is not, they delegate that responsibility to others and trust them with it. A good leader knows that a company is only as strong as the people behind it, which is why team building is an integral part of every small business.

They inspire passion.

A good leader is passionate about what he or she does and in turn, inspires passion in others. A leader isn’t just doing a job or looking to make some money. He or she is an innovator. They’re changing the way things are done in their industry. This type of passion motivates the people around them to do the same. Leaders lead by example.

They admit when they’re wrong.

The most telling sign of an effective leader is their ability to admit they’re wrong. A leader doesn’t always have the answer and they make mistakes. But they own up to them. The key is not whether or not the mistake was made but how to go about fixing it. A good leader doesn’t dwell on the past but looks to the future.