I speak to virtual assistants all the time, both new and veterans. One of the things I hear most often is how they want to make a change. They want to transform themselves or their businesses to better fit their needs, their lifestyles, their abilities, or their preferences.
I’ve been lucky enough to experience several positive transformations in my life. Professionally, I turned my virtual bookkeeping firm, OffAssist, into a mid six-figure company after a rocky start as a small, one woman, $2,000/year business. Personally, after a lifelong battle with a personal and family history of obesity, I decided to transform my body and have lost over 220 pounds (no, that is not a typo).
Saying I’ve done it makes getting to where I am now sound easier than it was. It was hard work. It’s been scary, and, at times, daunting. What I see most in people wanting to make a change is fear. They aren’t really sure where to start or they’re paralyzed by their fear of “doing it wrong.” Eleven years ago, when I started down this road, I was afraid, too.
I knew I couldn’t achieve my goals all at once. I also knew I’d never achieve them at all if I didn’t get started. That’s why I put together real, solid, actionable steps to take me from where I was to where I wanted to be.
- Realize a change needs to be made – pick ONE thing to focus on at a time
- Prepare to change – do your homework, commit the time, make a plan
- Take action steps – put the plan in motion, don’t be afraid to ask for help
- Maintain your change – tweak the plan as your needs change
- Move forward – go back to step 1 with a new goal in mind
Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that. Join me during my presentation this at 5pm CDT Friday at vavirtuosos.com to learn more about how I used these steps to transform myself, my business, and ultimately, my life.