WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO REACH YOUR GOALS? January 16, 2019 | Business Tips | motivation , time management , money management , networking By Kimberly Stevens If you’re researching franchise opportunities, there’s likely some aspect of your life that you’re looking to improve. Whether it’s work-life balance, dissatisfaction with your current employer or a desire to learn a new skill, you’re ready to pursue a different path. But what does going for your goals actually look like? Here are our best tips for facing the challenges that come with stepping out of your comfort zone and moving toward a life you can live with passion. Embrace the intimidating moments. As humans, anytime we step outside our comfort zone, we instantly want to leap right back into it. For better or worse, it’s just the way we’re wired. This doesn’t mean that our instincts are insurmountable, it just means that doing anything new, like pursuing a new career, is going to take mindfulness and an extra shot of courage. We won’t beat around the bush: you’ll probably experience several intimidating moments as you prepare to start your new business. Pushing through means understanding that it’s all part of the process and trusting that the rewards are far more satisfying than the challenges are scary. Love your family and friends. We often use the word, “venturing,” when we describe going into business for oneself. Venturing has a lot of connotations, including endeavoring, investing, adventuring and exploring. Often, it’s implied that we’re venturing alone, but that’s simply not the case. There’s no better time to lean on your family and friends than when you’re starting a new business. In fact, we recommend making the most important people in your life your inspiration for success. They’ll be there to keep you accountable and cheer you on through the wins and the challenges. Work hard and smart. What are you a total natural at and how can you apply these skills to your business? Identify your strengths, make a plan that plays to them in as many ways as possible and attack it! We all have our areas of weakness, too, of course, but working smarter means focusing on the positives and working harder than you’ve ever worked. We promise, it won’t even feel like work. The satisfaction of doing it for yourself makes the experience more personally rewarding than any work you might be completing at the behest of someone else. Ask for help from a mentor. Finding a mentor is one of those organic processes that’s difficult to make happen based on want or need alone. But chances are, you have someone in your life that’s already mentoring you subtly; it might just be up to you to make it more official. For example, maybe your friend owns a small business, and you’ve had some really great conversations about marketing lately. Why not see if they’re willing to have a standing lunch or coffee meeting with you just to catch up and talk business? Or, you can of course always reach out to our Omaha staff for guidance with any aspect of your home inspection business. Set measurable, motivating goals. Last, but not least, take an honest look at your goals. Sometimes success isn’t necessarily contingent upon the work we put in, but goals themselves. If your goals aren’t a) attainable b) measurable in some way and c) personally exciting for you, it’s easy to see why we might never reach them. Pay attention to what motivates you, since the things that motivate us are also those things we tend to be able to commit to. Does your goal get your pulse racing or fill you with a sense of urgency and determination? If so, you’ve probably found the perfect achievement to pursue. Start a home inspection business with National Property Inspections. Are you interesting in starting a home and commercial property inspection business? Visit npifranchise.com for more information, or call 1-800-333-9807. About the Author Kimberly Stevens, Marketing Coach The baby of eight children, Kimberly learned quickly to master the art of communication in order to be heard. She has been with NPI for more than 15 years and is passionate about getting to know our franchisees. Kimberly is a certified marketing and business coach, trainer and speaker, leading training seminars, one-to-one coaching and more. She's a high-energy, fiery red head and an eternal optimist. Her greatest joy is celebrating our franchisees’ victories!