What’s Your Claim to Fame?

Being a solopreneur can be a lonely place sometimes, and we need to encourage ourselves against the seemingly impossible challenges we face on a daily basis. How do we do that? By reminding ourselves of the small achievements already done through us. All the pictures with those we never would have imagined being around. The locations, events and even the inspiring words from others who expressed how you’ve upleveled their life, should be within sight to invoke remembering just how powerful you are when you set your mind to it. 

As solopreneurs, we focus on the goals that lie ahead. We plan, create vision boards, strategize and stretch ourselves in order to reach them. Vision boards are important in maintaining momentum, yet I challenge you to also include a “Wall of Fame” in your office space. 

Tokens reflecting our right to claim FAME are not just for the jock and scholar from high school, or the stars in Hollywood.  I personally came to realize that I was missing a Wall of Fame when attempting to update my bio. I couldn’t remember a single new achievement and had to ask others outside of myself to help recall.

As women, we struggle remembering our ‘good’ because we’ve been taught to downplay ourselves, be small and allow others to shine so we won’t appear to be arrogant, vain or selfish. 

We’ve mastered playing small so well, that the brain now automatically disregards many of the things we should be rewarded for.  The most successful people in the world have walls showing their achievements, the milestones that speak the Dream they held for so many years while striving, was not just a wild haphazard delusion…It was all stepping stones to SHINING in their fields of expertise.  I can remember in elementary school yearning to be “Student of the Month” where my picture would be displayed as a symbol of top achievement. Walls or memorials have been used for centuries, were used to remind generations in the Bible of great miracles of yesterday, to be considered for hope today. They also help us not to repeat mistakes in the past.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana”

So remember how far you’ve come by creating your own Wall of Fame.  Start with pictures, certificates, degrees and words. Go back to your social media accounts and search for the forgotten things that will stir your soul into orbit.  Stare at your wall and celebrate!  Walls of Fame are great when used properly–not for vanity, but for the sanity of “I AM enough”, and created to achieve miraculous wonders even now. Share with us below pictures of your Wall of Fame!

Think about how even Santa Claus uses the a checklist to ensure his around the world in one night travel plan is perfectly executed; even he knows without a written course of action is planning for inaction.  Take it from the one who has never failed in executing a successful Christmas, that creating a plan for what’s envisioned is critically important.

All kidding aside, studies have shown that people who write down their dreams with the intent to take action on them, are much more successful than those who do not.  There’s power in writing!  There is a Harvard University study of 1979 on the effects of written goals of graduates.  In the study, Harvard graduate students were asked if they have set clear, written goals for their future, as well as if they have made specific plans to transform their dreams into realities. The result of the study was only 3 percent of the students had written goals and plans to accomplish them, 13 percent had goals in their minds but haven’t written them anywhere and 84 percent had no goals at all.  

Ten years later Harvard interviewed the same members of that studied class and found:

1. The 13% who had goals but not in writing were earning on average twice as much as the 84% of those who had no goals at all.

2. The 3% who had clear, written goals were earning on average 10 times as much as the other 97% of graduates all together. The only difference between the groups is the clarity of the goals they had for themselves.

With 2017 right before us, it’s our hope at OWNetwork that all our Queens have written their dreams into a living plan of action with dates of expected completion.  We say ‘living’ due to the fact this goals can be modified as time progresses; yet the ultimate end remains determined.  Give yourself the next 12 months to test the theory of planning for success, and see at this exact time next year, greater accomplishments will be achieved.  You and your dreams are worth the investment of it. 

Because OWN wants you to succeed, here’s a very simple yet SMART Dream Achieving Worksheet to printout and get you started.  Are you feeling held back from your desires?  Feeling constantly defeated by fears, limiting beliefs and mental blocks?   Do you want to identify what’s holding YOU back from creating the business and life that you have always desired?  If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions success mentoring is for you!  Go to our Contact page and sign up for a limited time FREE 1 hour coaching session with Angela Hicks, The Lifestyle Guru, and we guarantee you will never be the same after the experience.

Are you ready to set your goals and create the life you’ve only imagined?  Ready, set, let’s goal!

Building a business all by yourself is not only a daunting proposition, it’s also an extremely lonely venture that could potentially be much more fun and effective if only there were a few more brains in the mix.

We’ve all been there before — searching online for answers to complex questions, naively making the same mistakes that just about every other business owner has made before. But there’s good news: It doesn’t have to be this way.

If you’re running your business alone, it’s imperative and in your best interest to surround yourself regularly with the right people. Fortunately, finding those people is becoming easier and easier — and it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go through the difficult task of finding a co-founder or business partner.

Meet with like-minded masterminds
Across the country, a new wave of communities is sprouting up. It’s practically becoming a movement, and it’s committed to supporting small-business owners and entrepreneurs. You can find this taking place at co-working offices, targeted networking events and incubators that host “mastermind” meetings and facilitated problem-solving forums.

“It’s hard to achieve anything great alone,” says Lewis Howes, an author and lifestyle entrepreneur. Howes regularly runs “mastermind” meetings, where like-minded people come together and share ideas to help each other reach goals. In a mastermind meeting, which can be held on a weekly, monthly or as-needed basis, everyone is accountable to support each other’s venture and provide constructive feedback based on his or her own expertise.

Seek out formal training and support
This kind of support isn’t exclusive to Silicon Valley — you can also find it across the country at business incubators and co-working hubs. “Accelerators and incubators are like good MBA programs,” says Christian Renaud, principal of business incubator StartupCity Des Moines.

StartupCity Des Moines was founded to support the explosion of new technology startups in central Iowa and to expose entrepreneurs to other business owners, mentors and educators. “You benefit as much from your peers as you do from the formal curriculum. You end up learning from each other’s successes and failures, so the teams get better, faster,” says Renaud.

When it comes to networking, it’s common to start finding yourself at events where all the faces are familiar and all of the conversations seem to be the same. Fortunately, unique opportunities are now popping up nationwide to assist business owners who are looking to network and talk through their complex business problems.

Problem-solve with people who aren’t exactly like you
“The most brilliant people in the world can’t get to a compelling solution if they aren’t aligned on how they’re getting there and how to talk through it,” says Jason Wisdom, co-founder of The Design Gym. The New York City-based Design Gym is an educational company that teaches a methodology for solving problems creatively. Its community is made up of teachers, novelists, entrepreneurs and bankers.

“Those diverse lenses coming together and looking at the same problem is what makes for unique and interesting solutions,” Wisdom says. “We’re seeing the beginning of much more loosely defined teams.”

Network with people you wouldn’t normally meet
Another uniquely designed networking event is Wok+Wine. Here, strangers gather to eat prawns, drink wine and talk business. Over 120 events have been held in 10 countries.

“By having to explain your concept to someone with a very different perspective to you,” says Wok+Wine Chief Engagement Officer Peter Mandeno, “you find gaps that need addressing or opportunities that need exploiting.”

The best communities and events aren’t just about meeting new people — they add value and help attendees gain insights for achieving goals. Whether a mastermind meeting, a co-working environment or a networking event, these gatherings have led to attendees finding business partners, vendors and customers. Some have even found more long-term mentors and advisors.

It may sound intimidating, or you may be wondering why you should invest time in something that isn’t directly related to running your business. But remember — building and maintaining a strong and diverse network can provide a significant boost as your business grows, pivots or looks to transition.

“Even the best entrepreneurs can learn from one another,” says Renaud.