When I was interviewing people for my radio show I asked the same question: -What makes a business successful? There seemed to be a consensus: it wasn't having the perfect business plan, it was having a plan which they kept revisiting and improving over time. To not assume once you've created a plan, that's it. They said that persistence was important, of course, but something that stuck me was several people said you have to have faith. Faith in your dream, faith in yourself, faith in your ability to do what you have to do. You can have a great idea and a demand for your product but if you don't believe in yourself and your "mission" then when things get rough you won't have anything to sustain you.
Early in her television career a reporter had an interview with a very important and well-known person. It was an interview she had been trying to get for a while. On that day something happened to her car and she was very late. She arrived just as the purposed interviewee was getting into his limo. She shouted out to him - "It's okay. I wasn't hurt. I'm here!" He was so taken aback that he agreed to come back on another day for an interview. The reporter had faith in what she was doing and she knew she was meant to do it. Her faith allowed her to not only not feel guilty she was late but to assume that her guest would be glad she wasn't hurt. By the way, that young reporter was a young Oprah Winfrey!
Do you have faith in yourself? Do you have faith in what you are doing? Do you feel it's your "mission"? What are you willing to do to fulfill your mission? The answers will determine how your business fares. They also will determine how your life unfolds.
When you can see yourself and what you are committed to as important enough to be your mission then you will have what you need to sustain you when the things get rocky.
Most people dismiss who they are and what they do as just ordinary. But, what if it weren’t? What if what you commit to makes you and it extraordinary? If you felt that, nothing would stop you. You would be so committed, you would always find a way to do what you had to.
Start looking at yourself and what you do from that perspective and watch what happens.
This is your journey. Take it. This is your adventure.
My best to you,