With a “traditional” career, there’s an order of operations to accomplishing your goals. There are specific stops along the way to success. Things like college degrees or trade school certificates. You know what’s expected of you because the road to get there has been mapped out for you.
With a Virtual career, the path is less defined. That’s partly because there are so many possibilities. It’s also partly because you get to create your career doing what you love in the time frame you want — not what a boss dictates.
Being in charge of your career and destiny is exciting! It can also cause apprehension because the path feels uncertain and unpredictable.
Starting a career as a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® requires a relatively small start-up cost. You don’t need a ton of space. You need zero inventory. What you do need are a few essentials including a computer, internet, and a phone. Many of those essentials you likely have or pay for already.
The #1 most essential asset you must have to create a successful Virtual career is YOU.
Embracing the following traits help you take consistent action and create a life you love:
Willingness to Take Action
A Forbes article, “Take A Risk: The Odds Are Better Than You Think ,” states that when faced with the decision to start something new “we discount or deny the cost of inaction and sticking with the status quo.” The article continues to explain that when faced with taking a risk “we delude ourselves with the hope that our circumstances will somehow just get better over time and things will just ‘sort themselves out.”
With inaction, your life won’t change. Are you OK with that? Will you always wonder ‘what if’?
A willingness to take action makes all the difference. It’s the spark that allows you to accomplish your dreams. It’s acknowledging that you no longer want to live with the status quo and that you want to step out of your comfort zone and go after the career you want. Taking action gets you on the path to building a career and life you love.
Your mindset has a profound impact on your success. You have the ability and potential to set the bar high and reach those goals. You just have to believe that you are capable of doing so, which, at times, can be challenging.
A quote I like illustrates this:
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
A growth mindset “creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments.” You don’t have to have all the knowledge, skills, or talents right now. As a Virtual Expert®, you’re able to grow, develop, and learn throughout the process of creating your career.
When you let go of the fear and self-doubt … and fully believe in yourself, you empower yourself to achieve greatness.
Desire to Achieve Your Goals
Let your mind wander for a minute. Where do you see yourself in a year? What do you want your career and life to look like? As you set out to start your virtual career, keep your focus on those goals. Work towards them every day. Don’t let the little stuff stop you from accomplishing your dreams.
Instead, focus. Dive in. Try new things. Learn from mistakes. Celebrate successes. Have fun. And, keep moving forward. Your desire will drive your success.
Craving to Do What You Love
As a Virtual Expert®, you build a career helping other business owners achieve their goals. You decide what you specialize in and the services you provide based on what you enjoy doing. You are in complete control of your career. The possibilities are endless. And, you never have to feel stuck doing what you hate. Your talents and passions will be appreciated by people who need them to grow their businesses.
Isn’t life so much more fun with people around you who understand your goals, your struggles, and your successes?
Having those people who are there to celebrate with you when you succeed or help shoulder the burden when things aren’t going as planned is beneficial both in business and in life.
They’re there to lift you up when you need it most. They keep you on track if you lose focus. And, they’re there to do a happy dance with you when you accomplish your goals.
The key to a successful career as a Virtual Expert® lies within you. With determination and drive, your success is inevitable.
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