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We love to celebrate big wins. The milestones, achievements, promotions. We never fail to recognize when we’ve accomplished something big. It might not happen very often, which is why it’s such a big deal to us when it does.
But we also shouldn’t forget to celebrate the small wins.
It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you’ve achieved something huge. But on that same note, you can apply that thinking the other way around. When we only celebrate the big wins, we also overexaggerate the issues we face. It gives us a tendency to put even more emphasis on what has gone wrong and mistakes we’ve made. When we do that, our motivation to persevere dwindles.
In business, there will be wins – big and small. There will also be failures. To be successful, you have to learn to celebrate the smalls wins and not let the big setbacks discourage you.
Take a moment to acknowledge the small steps.
There are small wins every day in our lives, both personally and professionally. Most of what we do leads up to a bigger goals. It’s easy to stare straight at the end point. But take a moment to acknowledge the small steps we take to get there. Accomplishments are made up of stepping stones and while they seem small, they all play a significant role. So don’t downplay them. Every small step gets you closer to your goal.
Small wins add up to big ones.
When you’re celebrating your small wins, remember that small wins add up to big ones. Some things seem insurmountable when we look at it as a whole. But when we break it down, it’s not so bad. Dissecting our goals into smaller, easier-to-manage ones gives us the ability to focus on one thing at a time. And when you do finally complete one checkpoint, don’t let it go unnoticed.
You have win the battle in order to win the war.
This may sound cliche but at the end of the day, have you to win the battle in order to win the war. In other words, you can’t get to where you want to be without putting in the hard work day-to-day. Without the small wins, there would be no big celebration.
However, there is one caveat – you don’t have to win EVERY battle. Failure is going to happen and you should celebrate that as well. Celebrate what you’ve learned from it and use that to move on to your next step.
You’re always told to think outside of the box. Easier said than done. Being able to think creatively and problem solve isn’t something that’s taught in school. While those skills come naturally to some, for most people, they are skills that are honed and perfected through constant trial and error. Being a creative thinker can help you in many ways, particularly as an entrepreneur. It allows you to think of ways to give yourself a competitive edge, while operating the most efficiently and productively.
If you believe that you’re not a creative thinker, you’re wrong. Everyone is. With a little practice, thinking outside of the box will become second nature.
Here are 4 ways you can become a better creative thinker:
Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone.
A lot of people don’t think creatively because they don’t give themselves the opportunity to. Instead of sticking to what you already know, step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. When you challenge yourself, you also challenge your mind. Putting yourself in new situations will force you to think differently.
Create The Right Environment.
Sometimes, we don’t think to our full potential because of the environment we’re in. If you have a lot of distractions all around you, you’re not going to be able to come up with big ideas. Create an environment that is conducive to creativity. Remove clutter and anything else that might distract you. Surround yourself with things that make you happy and help you think.
Meet New People.
You’ve probably met at least one person in your life that has made you change the way you think. You need more of those people. While you might not necessarily agree with every single person, meeting and understanding new people will help you look at situations from other perspectives. Sometimes, you’re so focused on your own way of thinking that you might not realize that another method is better.
Forget About The Money.
Often times, what holds us back from trying to make a crazy idea come true is money. So to get started, forget about the money. Think big. Come up with the best and craziest idea possible. You might not be able to fund it but from there, you can tailor and tweak it. Don’t limit your creativity just because you don’t think it’s realistic.
As an entrepreneur or a small business owner, there comes a time when you need help. Finding and attracting the right talent can be difficult for any business — especially for a small business. How do you compete with the ‘big guys’? While it may seem impossible to build a team when you don’t have a lot of offer yet, it’s not. That’s because talent, especially the great kind, values more than just compensation or benefits.
Great talent puts an emphasis on passion for the job, which I’m sure most entrepreneurs can relate to. After all, that’s the reason why you took the leap.
If you’re a small business owner trying to expand your team, here are a few tips on how to attract great talent to your business:
Create an attractive culture.
One of the great things about small businesses or start-ups is the culture. Unlike big companies that are political in nature, small businesses can actually be fun to work for. There’s no giant employee handbook to memorize or red tape to get through. Rather, small businesses can create a culture that is inviting and fosters creativity. Show potential employees that they’re not just another head sitting in a cubicle. They’ll have the opportunity to work closely with and learn from people who are just as talented as they are. In other words, create a culture that great talent wants to be a part of.
Give what them a 9-to-5 can’t.
Sure, there may be some long hours when working for a small business. But at least you can provide employees with the flexibility of creating their own schedule. As an employee, there’s nothing worse than sitting at a desk, counting down the minutes until 5 o’clock. Allowing employees to dictate their own hours shows them that you value them for their work, not their time.
Share your passion.
For larger companies, it’s hard to really inspire the workforce. However, as an entrepreneur and a small business owner, you have the ability to do that. Since you will be working much more closely with your team, share your passion with them. Obviously, your business is your passion and the realization of your business is a dream come true. So make them believe in what you believe in. Show potential employees that they’ll be part of something big. They’re not just another name on a payroll. Rather, they will given the opportunity to challenge themselves and make an impact.
Why should you network? That’s a question many entrepreneurs ask. The better question is: why shouldn’t you network? While hard work is important to career advancement, networking is just as important. That especially holds true for entrepreneurs.
For anyone trying to advance in their career or start their own business, getting to know the right people can be the difference between success and failure. Sometimes, it’s not about what you know, but who the know. The larger your network is, the more opportunities you can come across. No matter what you’ve already achieved, networking never stops. Here’s why:
Your business is constantly evolving and so should your network.
No matter what your job or career is, the industry that you work in is always evolving, growing, and changing. That means the people you knew yesterday are not necessarily the people you need to know today. You want to make sure you are mingling with the top influencers and ‘movers and shakers’ in your field, which means you have to continuously network to keep yourself up to speed and in the mix.
You never know who you might meet.
You should always put yourself out there and network because you never know who you might meet. Surprisingly, you might meet the person who can take your career to the next level and inspire you to do greater things when you least expect it. Or you might meet the person who shapes your career path down the road. It’s difficult to predict where you will be 5 or 10 years down the road so it’s important to start building relationships today. Network with anyone that you can, even with people whose work doesn’t directly correlate to your field. Opportunities can be found in many different places, it’s up to you to find them.
You might just learn something new.
Yes, part of the reason why we network is to get to know the right people so that we can get our foot in the door. But another, more important, reason why we should network is to learn something new. Especially for people who are just starting out, you don’t know everything. The best way to learn how to do something is to learn from first hand experience. Networking allows you to meet all kind of professionals and learn about business from their perspective. Whether or not you choose to go down the same path is up to you but you’ll be a lot more wiser just by having a conversation with someone new.