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Being an entrepreneur means having a dream, a grand vision about what must be changed in the world to make it better. When those dreams and goals are huge, the entrepreneur can be called ambitious (in the best sense of the word).
But the difference between a dreamer and a successful ambitious entrepreneur is that they work hard to achieve those goals
How to find the strength to actually do all of this, when the euphoria has gone and work in the office turns into a cold routine?
Write it down.
The first thing you need to do is make a written contract with yourself. It doesn’t have to be a public blog post telling everyone what you plan to do. It can be a simple piece of paper that states your resolution and why you’re committed to it.
Set measurable goals.
One of the main reasons people fail their long-term objectives is not adding measurable short-term goals.The usual dream has two things in common: it’s hard to do and the deadline is far away.
A good example here is Mark Zuckerberg’s challenge to run 365 miles in 2016.
Instead of saying: “I’ll run 365 miles sometimes in 2016” he said “I’ll run one mile a day.” This resolution doesn’t allow you to think “I’ll start next week.”
Monitor your progress.
There are a lot of good apps for to-do lists or personal time management. Use some of them.
Apps that track time (like Toggl) make sure you spend your time productively and keep the focus on fulfilling your resolutions.
Don’t be afraid to fail.
A recent study showed that people who previously took part in a “dry January” challenge generally decreased their overall use of alcohol even if they didn’t manage to last the month.
So even if the goals set seem to high to achieve, you shouldn’t just give up.
From friends who jokingly say “you’ll never manage to eat healthier” and “come on, you don’t have to quit drinking entirely” to co-workers and bosses who think you shouldn’t start your own start up.
If that happens you need to look back at the paper you wrote your plans on. Let it remind you why you’re doing what you’re doing and believe in yourself.
No one but you.
In the end, the only way to achieve great big dreams is to focus on it each day.
The best thing to do is to use every technique possible to hold your focus and keep your eyes on the prize.
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