Planting The Seeds Of Success

When it comes to marketing yourself and your business, think of it as planting seeds that will one day grow.

All too often I hear people saying ‘I’ve put up my website but haven’t had any inquiries’, or ‘I’ve sent out some emails but I haven’t got any clients so far’.

The actions of creating a website, sending mailouts, going to networking meetings, writing a blog, posting on Twitter… whatever they are, these are all seeds that you’re planting.

Do seeds grow into plants or flowers the same day or even the same week?

I’m no gardener, but I’d hasten to say ‘no’. They need time… time to be nurtured, watered, to benefit from the sunshine, before they start to sprout and produce the results you’re looking for.

You wouldn’t get resentful about the plants in your garden if they didn’t suddenly become flowers overnight, would you? That’s because you know that they take time to grow.

The same principle applies to your Virtual Assistant business.

Rather than getting frustrated, angry, worried, doubtful and resentful that you’re not seeing immediate results, how about looking at it in a positive light and finding some things to be grateful for? Here are some things I wrote down when I started my business:

- I’m grateful for the internet, which is giving me the opportunity to work as a Virtual Assistant
- I’m grateful that I’ve decided to become a Virtual Assistant (many people don’t know what they want to do)
- I’m grateful that I’ve at least taken some action, some steps towards my future, even if they seem insignificant and haven’t produced any results yet
- I’m grateful for the many opportunities that are out there waiting for me

Try this for yourself. It will help you feel more optimistic, positive and grateful about the opportunities that are coming to you. Re-read your notes on days when you’re feeling down.

In today’s ‘I want it now’ culture, it’s easy to get into the habit of immediate gratification and expecting things to happen right away.

This is a recipe for frustration and can even lead to you giving up too early, thinking it’s never going to work for you. Don’t fall into this trap!

If we all gave up too early there would be no successful businesses.

I guarantee you, 99% of people successfully working for themselves have experienced setbacks, frustrations, slower results than they hoped for… but they managed to stay persistent and focused on the desired outcome.

Only then were they able to create the life they wanted.

Expect good things and they will come to you!

If you want to follow a step-by-step system which will show you what seeds to plant and in what order, I have created The 5 Key Steps To Your Virtual Assistant Business which takes you through the entire process from start to finish. It has helped lots of people around the world to create their own successful businesses. The System also includes templates for your business plan, marketing plan and start-up checklist. Find out more here

17 Comments

  • Alessandra says:

    Lisa, what an ainspiring post!
    Thanks a ton for this!
    It’s true, sometimes we forget that drop by drop you get an ocean.
    When for instance we see wonderful results achieved by other people we sometimes don’t realize they took time to get there…
    Also the most beautiful Oak was once a tiny seed.

  • Ishaka says:

    Hi Lisa

    Thank you so much for continuing to be so insightful, encouraging and inspiring. I really do love reading your posts and this one in particular could not have been more timely.

    I am currently setting up as a VA (no website yet) and even at this stage have lately been having doubts, feeling frustrated that I am not making fast enough progress toward being in a position to launch and so on.

    I am going to copy your list of things to be grateful for and look at it daily as a constant reminder.

    Thank you again for being such a warm, caring, inspiring and sharing person Lisa.

    Many current and VAs to be have much to be grateful to you for and I am definitely one of them!

    All the best
    Ishaka

  • rhonda says:

    I am a bookkeeper/accounting and have a website and try to network, but I am not doing a very good job. How can I can get my name out there for more business

  • Diane Hodge says:

    Good article, it really helped me Thanks

  • Debra Marion CPS/CAP says:

    Thank you for the encouragement! I’m about to launch my VA website and your words are inspirational.

    Debra

  • Lynne J says:

    Hi Lisa, I agree 100%! I have been steadily working with TWO clients since I started my V.A. business three years ago and while the hours change from month-to-month, I am grateful for the opportunity given to me to work as a virtual assistant. My husband has been unemployed since December 2008 and I started to go on interviews for IN OFFICE jobs. I would gear myself up to think it would only be temporary until my husband went back to work and it would be good for me to mingle again in the business setting. But, each time, I would come home after interviewing and realize all that would have to change in order for me to get back into the 9-5 routine: After school care, summer camp, commuting (sitting in traffic), dog walker, etc. Having realized this gives me more incentive to motivate myself and continue to build my V.A. buisness. I think now more than ever Virtual Assistants are more appealing to offices that are cutting back on staff because of the failing economy.

  • APRIL says:

    I’ve decided to start my home business, what you said above is so true. If it is something that you really want, you have to give it time. Persistance and faith will get you through. right now, I’m working on a name for my business, want it is I have to offer, and when I ready to start this challenge. I’m very excited and this is something I always wanted to do. Start a business, I just did’nt know what kind of business. I work in a office technology business, so I have alot of experience. So, I figured why not put it to some use. Where I can continue with my skills. Good Luck to all

  • Hello ,

    You are right that every project needs time and patience so as to grow and prosper . We put the first lime-stone for a partcular project and set it to work . Good management and regular follow-up on our part will bring the results we hope for . Recession-proof project s are becoming a must in order to challenge the sudden fluctuations of the market !

  • Lisa, this was just what I needed. I feel like I’ve done tons of marketing but few results. You make a good point about businesses not being there if it weren’t for business owners who didn’t give up.

  • Ingrid says:

    I have bookmarked this page so I can reread it on the days I am having doubts about going into the VA business for myself. I’ve yet to start up but this post has further encouraged me. Thank you so much Lisa :)

  • Shanna says:

    Lisa,

    You are absolutely right! Thank you for reminding me of this! I have been a VA for almost 5 years now. I’ve decided to expand my reach and have experienced some of the same frustrations that I did when first starting out. Thanks for reminding me that it takes time to grow, including growing bigger. :O)

  • Marina says:

    Hello Lisa,
    Thank you so much for the uplifting message. It really helps me to persevere and stay in focus. So many times I feel like giving up the VA business, but I keep reminding myself to carry on to achieve my goal and dreams. Marina

  • Fiona says:

    Hi Lisa,
    This is a great pick me up, I’ve had my website up for a week and I’ve delivered brochures and business cards.. I’m also trying to learn more about online networking.. all with a 6month old baby! My goal each day is to do one thing that will help market my business.. I hope/know that this will pick up.. Thanks again

    Fiona

  • Regina says:

    Hi Lisa,
    The article was excellent and inspiring. Thanks again
    Regina

  • Lorraine says:

    Hello Lisa

    As always, you have such a positive attitude about being a VA. You really are a great inspiriation to all of us. Thank you for reminding us that it takes time to grow a business, but, if we REALLY want to be a VA, then not to give up at the first set-back. As long as we have real determination and a positive attitude then we will succeed.
    Kind regards
    Lorraine

  • Lisa Taliga says:

    Hi everyone – sorry for the delay in responding to your comments. I took an extended break for Easter and didn’t blog for a while.

    Thanks for all your feedback about the article. Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves that Rome wasn’t built in a day! Plus, as Alessandra rightly points out, when we see wonderful results by other people or ‘Overnight Successes’, we must realise that it took time for them to get there.

    Re: staying grateful, it’s easy to forget this. We’re not wired to be automatically grateful. We’re wired to strive for what we haven’t got and focus on what we don’t have. But it’s amazing when you take the time to remind yourself of all that you’re grateful for. It’s a complete mind switch and makes you feel completely different and motivated to forge ahead.

    Good luck to all!

  • Lisa, what an inspiring post – thanks! Yours was the first website I found when I wanted to be a VA and somehow you had all the answers I was looking for. I highly recommend your “5 Keys Steps” book to anyone wanting to start out in the industry. Thanks for your blogs. Kind regards, Lynne

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