Mastermind Questions: A New Series About Building Your Business
Sometimes the hardest thing is not following a difficult path. Sometimes the hardest thing is making a choice; staring out at an open field full of possibilities and taking the first step.
Every day new entrepreneurs stall. They get stuck. They look at the blank canvas of the life they want to create, and they freeze.
There's a better way.
I've been there. I've woken up, looked at an empty agenda, and instead of getting to work, I watch TV. Or play video games. Or rolled over and went back to sleep.
Being an entrepreneur is tough
because often there's no one telling us what to do.
Until we've got our first product, defined our avatar, or built up a list of clients, there's both everything to do and nothing to do, all at the same time. It's a paradox that entrepreneurs often face – that we can do ANYTHING with our time, but we end up doing nothing.
The New Series: Mastermind Questions
Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about how “big picture” thinkers can focus and get things done. That post was a direct result of a conversation I had with one of the mastermind groups I lead.
Two members, we'll call them Mark and Susan, have a tendency to focus on the big picture and get carried away. The possibilities of what could come occupy their mind to the point of a stalemate. In that moment I came up with the “gopher” analogy.
But these questions, these mental blocks, are things that we all face. They're not isolated to my clients. And, if I had to guess, you've faced many of them too.
So, over the past several months, I've been keeping a log of the major questions that come up between my mastermind groups and coaching clients.
- How do we develop a long-term plan for our business?
- How do I position myself to attract my next client?
- How do I grow my business beyond myself and what I can physically do?
- How do I get more referrals and get better testimonials?
- How can I use social media as a marketing tool?
- What can I do to set myself apart from other people in my industry?
- How do I keep my email list warm? What should I send them?
And so much more. These are real questions from real entrepreneurs trying to start their businesses, grow their businesses or expand their team.
I'd like to start a new blog series to answer these questions. I know that if I've faced these challenges, and dozens of other entrepreneurs are asking them as well, the odds are good that you're looking for a solution (or at least some guidance) as well.
How to Get Involved
If you're excited, or this type of blog post interests you, please leave a comment and let me know.
If you'd like to some one-on-one coaching, I've got some slots available for my coaching program, or you can schedule a one-time call. If a group dynamic is more your style, I start a new mastermind starting every quarter, and you can apply here.
Over to You: If you're building your business, what's the #1 question on your mind right now?