“The day you plant the seed is NOT the day you eat the fruit. Don’t worry, don’t get frustrated, be persistent. It’s on its way to you.” That’s a thought that always stays with me in taking my business (or one of my clients’ businesses) to the very next level. Thing is, we’re conditioned through the media that everything is supposed to happen miraculously quickly in our lives:
“Thinner thighs in 30 days”
“Quit smoking in 2 hours”
“Build your list to 30,000 people in 4 months”
“Sell $100,000.00 worth of products in 2 hours”
Whoa. Slow down for a second!
Yes, I guess these can be done… by some who’ve been at it for years. But what I see is that, for most people, this sometimes sets up completely unrealistic expectations of what we’re capable of, and when our initial efforts don’t meet those grandiose self-imposed expectations quickly, we begin to go into a place of doubt, worry, fear and then inevitably, resentment and anger, wanting to throw the baby out with the bath water.
As solo-entrepreneurs begin to implement BIG steps in their marketing, they often see results immediately, which is comforting. But then, as they begin to stretch beyond their comfort zone and tackle even bigger projects that require some effort for implementation, and it takes some time to do so, sometimes the results need some time to take root. The entrepreneur diligently puts things in place, and it seems like it’s taken a lot out of them.
Then, once all the work’s done, some entrepreneurs turn around and say “So, where are all the results? I mean, I’ve been working my butt off over here! Where are the millions of dollars? I expected to see results instantaneously!” I know I’ve felt that sometimes too, on big projects that I’d never tackled before.
Here’s the process that sometimes occurs:
1) Doubt begins to creep in
2) Then Worry
3) Followed by Fear
4) And then irrational Anger (at themselves, at others, at anything)
Here’s the thing you must remember, as you’re charting new territory in your business:
Understand that it sometimes takes some time for the seeds you’ve planted to grow roots, to sprout, grow and then bear fruit that you can eat. That’s why you have to be diligent about planting them quickly and doing whatever it takes to foster them. At the same time, it’s important to plant as many seeds as possible, so that you have different things cropping up and you’re not relying on just one thing in your business to bring you mo-ney.
Instead of being in a place of resentment (which will NEVER attract quickly what you want), remember to keep yourself in a place of Positive Expectation. Here is a mantra I created for myself that hangs above my computer in my office:
“I am positively expecting great results, no matter what I see in front of me. The Universe is rearranging itself for my best interest right now.”
If ever I get caught up in “Why isn’t this happening fast enough?”, getting into a place of self-doubt or blaming the process, I remind myself of this, and things seem to just work themselves out, rather quickly. That’s the Mindset part of the equation. Then, a sign shows up, the project advances and the results start coming in, quicker than I imagined. But if I stay in that place of doubt, worry or worse, blame, it surely gets worse.
You are ultimately responsible for your own successes, your actions, and most importantly how you see your own progress and success. YOU create your future and your results, based on how you choose to see the world and the way you react to life. A person coming from a VICTIM point of view will always see fault in the process. That’s Universal Law. A person coming from a VICTORIOUS point of view will always see opportunity, no matter what’s in front of them.
How do YOU see what’s in front of you? From a victim perspective, or from a victorious position?
Your Client Attraction Assignment:
Understand that sometimes, the seeds you plant take time to grow. Just as you wouldn’t rush Mother Nature and expect a tree to grow in one day, blaming the process of nature for being too slow, is unrealistic. Tend to your marketing seeds. Understand that different plants sprout at different paces, do everything that’s required of you, and then get yourself in a place of POSITIVE EXPECTATION.
Miraculously, that’s when the results happen, quicker than you think. You’ll see…
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Love this site! Do you send the free CDs to Germany as well? or will it cost s-ing? Thank you very much. Keep inspiring people all over the world :-) Eva
My good freind, Liz Lynch sent me this article..just what I needed for Monday morning lift. I do get your emails, but this one just rang so true during this difficult economic time. I am an interior designer who has done sales, marketing and management and now have my own business helping this sector on the business side. I know, first hand, how not only sewing those seed, but follow up is the key to real success.
Thanks so much for your inspiration!
Every now and then I subscribe to the Field of Dreams, build it and they will come. That occurred a lot in the beginning. I wondered why clients weren’t flocking to my door. As my business has grown, I have learned so much, including patience with the process. I continue to enjoy growth, but I have learned to nurture my business consistently along the way.