The truth can be a scary thing.
But if you want to build a successful business and a life you are proud to live each day, being honest with yourself is required.
Through my journey, I have been asked a handful of really tough questions. All of them have helped me redefine, redirect, and recalibrate my business and overall direction. Here are three of the biggest questions you should ask yourself right now. It’s time to get serious, be honest, and move your goals forward.
1. If you had a business you never wanted to escape from, what would it look like?
People go on vacation to escape their life, but what if you had a life where you never wanted to take a vacation? Consider what that life would look like, and then begin to build it.
This question will force clarity on what is actually important to you. Sure, you want to have a business that makes money, but if the actionable steps that you are entrenched in day in and day out aren’t what you enjoy, that business is likely not right for you. Before you get really deep into building a business, make sure it is the right one now, one you won’t want to leave behind. Because unlike a corporate 9-to-5 job, when Friday afternoon hits, it doesn’t mean you can walk away and forget everything in the office.
2. How does the person who has all of the things you want show up?
Becoming the person you want to be means looking at those who inspire you and emulating their actions. If you drag your feet into the office with a wrinkled shirt and lackadaisical attitude, of course, you aren’t going to become the next CEO. Start playing the part of the role you want to have, not the one you are currently in.
Look at your biggest inspiration and learn as much as you can about them. To what can this person attribute their success? Ask yourself what skills they built, what types of businesses they run, how they walk into a room. I looked at everything from how my mentors and inspirations built their brands to what their diet looked like. I learned about how they spoke publicly and where they invested their money.
Don’t lose sight of you who are, but realize that every little detail matters. When you ask yourself this question, it will be a strong indicator of how close or far off you are from showing up as the person you are becoming.
3. If you didn’t have to be your best, would you?
I was asked this question, and it really took me by surprise. This is the type of question most people don’t want to honestly answer. I began to tread lightly into the answer, unsure of what my truth would reveal. Deep down, I was confidently able to answer: “Yes, I do want to be my best.” Sure it is tempting to let go and ride the bus straight to mediocre town, but that wasn’t what I wanted.
This question sparked inspiration in me and acted as a reminder of what I wanted to run towards–and away from. Use this question as a way to be reminded of what you want and why you want it. Building the life of an entrepreneur isn’t for the faint of heart. You have to really want it. You have to really dream of becoming the best version of yourself and become relentless in that pursuit.
If you are scared to answer these questions, you are hiding behind the truth. Rip off the Band-Aid and take the time to be honest with your answers. Because the truth is, the answers are going to come out eventually. So you should probably face them now instead of delaying your dreams for later.
RAJ JANA, FOUNDER, JAVAPRESSE COFFEE COMPANY