I read recently that by looking at company’s checkbook and at their daily schedule you can determine whether company will be successful. Why? Because when you know where a company is spending its earnings and kinds of daily activities (nature of meetings, etc) that consumes its time, you can determine a company’s priorities. And priorities are best predictable measures of success. I think same can be said for an individual, and for purpose of this article what we are really looking at is one and same, because an at home business entrepreneur essentially is an individual, a sole proprietor.
So my question to you is this? What does your check book register look like? Are you investing in your business by budgeting some of your income to advertising, to learning about your business, and to getting other people involved in your business? Or does most of your money go toward other personal interests? Most importantly, is working your home based business a part of your daily schedule or is it a hit and miss proposition, where you spend a few hours one day, then don’t do anything for several days, then catch up on your business emails and spend a little more time on your business, then return to other personal interests before spending more quality time on your business. Since you started your home based business have your priorities significantly changed or are you still doing everything you used to do and trying to find time somewhere to devote to you business?
It cannot be overstated. Your priorities will determine your success. It’s like old axiom, “if we keep doing what we’ve always been doing we’ll keep getting what we’ve always gotten.”
About three years ago my doctor informed that I was pre-diabetic. He explained to me that this is a hereditary condition and that I would most likely have to start taking insulin in a year or two to maintain an acceptable glucose level. But there was one caveat. He said if you exercise regularly, eat three meals a day but eat less than you do now, stay away from starchy food, eat only green vegetables, quit drinking soda, start eating more fruit, and quit snacking before you go to bed effect of your diabetic condition can be prolonged almost indefinitely. He also said I needed to lose at least 30 pounds. I purchased a glucose monitor and began checking my blood sugar regularly.
After six months, and 30 pounds lighter I returned to my doctor for a checkup. He said I had made remarkable progress, but as a precaution he kept me on some diabetic medication. After six more months I once again returned to my doctor for another checkup. To my surprise, he called all nurses into a room with and said, “here’s guy I was telling you about. He’s only diabetic patient I’ve ever had who did what I told him to do.” Two days later he called and said, “your labs look so good I’m taking you off medication. I’m convinced you have made a permanent change in your lifestyle. I’ll see you in a year.”