Most of us have some sort of experience with setting diet and exercise goals. Eating healthy and remaining fit is an increasingly important focus throughout the world. As an entrepreneur have you ever considered the similarities between starting a business and embarking on a fitness regimen? The two activities are actually pretty similar.
Create a complete and comprehensive plan
The first thing you need to do with any venture is to create a comprehensive plan. One would not be very successful walking into a local fitness center with no understanding of the machines or which ones to utilize. The same rule rings true for a business plan. It is one thing to have a great business idea, but that is just the beginning. Just as your fitness plan would need to include all muscle groups, your business plan also needs to cover all the bases. From marketing and branding to building an inventory and hiring support staff, many things go into starting a business. Ensuring your plan is comprehensive enough to set yourself on the right track can make all the difference in your success. You wouldn’t hit the gym every day and only work on your arms, would you? We all know what that guy looks like.
Include attainable goals in your plan
A realistic diet or fitness plan includes attainable daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals. It isn’t possible to lose thirty pounds in a week, and attempting to do so would be both unhealthy and self-defeating. Starting a business involves the same principle. We have to pace ourselves. For example, it may not be possible to secure 1000 new customers in the first week of business, but gradually building a customer base in realistic intervals will help you stay motivated and accurately track your success.
Be prepared to work
Results don’t happen overnight. You must be prepared to put in the time and effort necessary to sustain your goals for the long haul. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all snap our fingers and miraculously achieve our highest objectives? Anyone who has ever had a long-term goal knows that just isn’t possible. Staying true to a fitness plan takes strength and perseverance. Likewise, successfully launching a new business will take emotional fortitude and a relentless spirit. There will be difficulties and inevitably moments where quitting seems easier than forging ahead. The ones that achieve success in any endeavor are the ones that fight through those moments.
Step away from your comfort zone
True success in both fitness and business takes a mental toughness that will keep you pushing yourself and not settling for “good enough.” It often isn’t the twentieth sit-up that helps you break though a fitness plateau but the twenty-first. As the saying goes, “No pain – no gain.” Similarly, starting a business will also include moments of ache and discomfort. Pushing through the pain and away from your comfort zone can make all the difference.
Embrace the lifestyle and enjoy it
The people that are truly successful with their health and fitness goals are those that implement lifestyle changes across the board. Working out for an hour and then coming home to a chocolate cake will not work. Integrating fitness goals in all areas of one’s life, however, will likely lead to goal attainment. Once again, business requires the same comprehensive implementation. Starting a new company will require a great deal of time and energy. There will likely have to be sacrifices made. By making your business a living, breathing part of your life, you will put yourself in a position with a greater possibility of success.
The final similarity between starting a business and embarking on a fitness plan is simply the enjoyment factor. Doing something you hate will get tedious very quickly. Not many people have the ability to force themselves to do something they dislike each day. People who embrace a healthy and fit lifestyle typically enjoy the change that infuses itself into all aspects of their lives. If they didn’t, excuses to avoid the gym would begin to replace the initial motivation and eventually, the plan will be disposed of altogether. Likewise, if you don’t enjoy your business, you will not be able to put your heart and soul into it. Without that involvement, it will be difficult to get your business off the ground.
Starting a fitness plan and launching a business involve many of the same steps and considerations. Whether you want to lose fifty pounds or get your startup off the ground, the possibilities for success are endless if you keep your eyes on the prize and put your heart and mind into the endeavor. After that, the sky’s the limit.