The play on words, “to be committed”, describes the life of an entrepreneur. We face so many requirements of commitment in order to find success, that frequently we find the same commitments produce a sense of overwhelm too.
Time, monetary investment, education, introspective thought, associations, partnerships and clientele all bring a type of required commitment to the entrepreneurial endeavor. After all, commitment is the key to business success.
Are you finding time for introspection on a weekly basis if not daily? Willingness to explore where you are today versus tomorrow and the journey you have been on will provide much insight for picking up the slack to move forward more quickly. And should the realization hit that the current track is not yielding the right results, are you willing to reinvent the way you do business? Are you committed to making it right?
When it comes to your clientele, are you committed to doing everything in your power to ensure satisfaction? Do you check in frequently to further build the relationship and to answer questions? The act of remaining in touch will do much to encourage repeat business, referrals and testimonials. This is business development at its peak.
As far as your ‘intended’ projects, are you committed to making these happen or are other things cropping up that interfere with progress in this regard? Should you be truly committed to developing a new venue, for example, carve out time just for you. Let the interruptions wait a bit until you spend the time allotted on your envisioned work of art. Set an overall time slot guaranteed for just you to be spent for the week and adhere to it on a daily basis. For those days where interruptions are too great, make the time up on other days, and work into the evenings as needed to see each weekly time commitment satisfied.
Are you wishing you had the knowledge on a particular subject as it would advance your business more quickly or make you a more versatile service provider? Create a monetary investment plan with a date set for getting the help you need to make your new venture happen. With continued education, you enhance your offerings as well as your clientele.
Do others ask you to collaborate on projects, and are you able to carve out the time to dedicate yourself to its success? This is a commitment that should not be taken lightly. Poor follow through will only serve to put you on a “do not call” list in the future as well as possibly add a dose of bad word of mouth. Only take on those projects where you know you may commit 100% and the fruit of your labor will be beneficial to and appreciated by all.
Making all of these commitments in the name of business sometimes has many feeling as if they should be “committed”. But in the end, when all is executed well, your achievements soar creating a better business presence than ever. Others know they can count on you to get things done, and your personal brand becomes known as “the super achiever”.
The biggest reward is, when others know they can count on you, it becomes a Smooth Sale!
Elinor Stutz, CEO of Smooth Sale, LLC, (800) 704-1499, was honored by Open View Labs with inclusion in their international list of “Top 25 Sales Influencers for 2012.” Elinor authored the International Best-Selling book, “Nice Girls DO Get the Sale: Relationship Building That Gets Results”, Sourcebooks and the best selling career book, “HIRED! How to Use Sales Techniques to Sell Yourself On Interviews”, Career Press. She provides team sales training, private coaching and highly acclaimed inspirational keynotes for conferences. Elinor is available for consultation.