Are you getting too easily distracted in trying to build your business? It happens to the best of us — but it CAN be avoided. Check out these 7 Steps to Maintaining Laser-Focus in Your WAHM Business!
Last week, we talked about how doubt causes us to be double-minded as we build our Work-at-Home Mom businesses. James says that a double-minded man is unstable in all he does (James 1:8), and it’s just as true for our business lives as it is for our faith lives, our marriages, and our parenting!
The LAST thing we want when it comes to our business life is to be unstable. The whole goal is to create a business that will provide career & financial stability!
So, if we want to build successful WAHM businesses that can help us support our families AND give us the freedom to be home and prioritize our roles as moms, we HAVE to learn to be single-minded and laser-focused.
We KNOW double-mindedness and distraction will KILL our WAHM business efforts. We know we HAVE to find and maintain a laser-focus on the business God has called us to.
That’s what we’re diving into today, so let’s get to it!
How God Will Support Your Efforts to Stay Focused
Before we dive into the practical steps involved in the “how” of maintaining laser-focus in our WAHM businesses, let’s first take a moment to thank God that He doesn’t expect us to be single-minded in our own power!
He KNOWS how tempting it is to doubt Him and His goodness.
He KNOWS how easy it is to not believe in ourselves or our abilities to fulfill His calling.
And He the exact help we need when we need it!
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
~ 1 Corinthians 10:13 (emphasis mine) ~
When we are tempted to succumb to distraction in our businesses, when we start to doubt our abilities or God’s faithfulness, God will provide a way out! Look for it!
Leave That Oreo Alone, Mama!
Years ago, my mom was participating in a Bible study/weight loss program at our church called First Place, and this verse was one of the verses they studied. I vividly remember my mom pulling out the Oreo container one afternoon, then accidentally dropping the cookie on the floor. She looked at the cookie, then back at the still-full container, contemplating grabbing a fresh cookie, when her head snapped up, and she said, “Well, I guess that’s God’s way of saying I don’t need that Oreo. He gave me an exit, so I’d better take it!” And she put the Oreos away, effectively resisting the temptation to indulge and ruin her healthy-eating streak.
We WANT those “Oreos” in life, don’t we? Something tantalizingly sweet that promises satisfaction, and yet, it often leaves us unfulfilled with empty calories and cavities instead.
All those other “good” yet distracting ideas for your business? Leave those Oreos alone, mama! They’re not your ONE thing to pursue right now.
Someday, God may say it’s time for an “Oreo” in your business, a little something sweet to keep things interesting and fun. But, we have to put in the work toward His calling first! Those “meat & potato” tasks are what will nourish your business and help it grow healthy & strong!
Yes, I realize it’s a bit of a ridiculous illustration, but I bet you won’t forget it. I know I won’t!
How to Stay Focused When Building a WAHM Business
Everyone ready to drop whatever “Oreos” that are NOT God’s best for you? Great! Now we can move on to the practical steps we can take to maintain that laser-focus on God’s purpose for us through our WAHM businesses!
1) Write down your purpose & remind yourself of that purpose DAILY.
Writing down your purpose doesn’t have to be pretty, perfect, or fancy. Write it on a whiteboard near your desk. Frame it on the wall in front of you. Hang it from a bulletin board. Wherever you need to do to keep that mission front & center, just do it!
Then, before you do anything else in your business for the day, take a moment to remind yourself of your purpose and that you WANT God to bless your efforts, therefore you will stay laser-focused on the tasks that will move you forward today!
2) Decide on your ONE goal/project to work on.
What ONE goal will move you forward? If you’re not sure, write down everything you can think of that you might need to work on next:
Do you need to solidify your business idea and plan?
Get your website up and running?
Set up your email management system?
Create your first freebie to help build an email list?
Build an opt-in page for your freebie?
Put together your main paid offer?
Set up your sales funnel?
Pick ONE project to focus on right now and write it down. (You can save the rest of those ideas for future projects — I do!)Remind yourself of your purpose DAILY -- and focus on ONE task that will move you toward it! Click To Tweet
3) Break down the baby steps needed to achieve that goal.
Now that you have chosen your ONE project, brainstorm every little piece that goes into making it happen. Even something as “simple” as creating your first freebie can have multiple baby steps:
Write the content.
✅ Create a visually-appealing PDF in Canva to contain the content.
✅ Download the polished PDF.
✅ Write the ad and landing page copy.
✅ Create an ad image for the freebie.
✅ Set up a new email list/group/segment.
✅ Create the landing page.
✅ Write delivery and follow-up emails.
✅ Set up email delivery automation.
Keep this baby steps list somewhere you can reference each day, but don’t get bogged down in the number of steps in your project. As you’ll see in the next step, you’re only tackling ONE baby step at a time!
4) Tackle ONE of those baby steps each day.
It can be overwhelming to think about all those tiny baby steps, so once you get them written down and prioritized, just take ONE baby step at a time.
I write down one or two baby steps in my planner per work session. More than that, and I inevitably feel like a failure because I just can’t get it all done.
But, if I miraculously manage to finish my tasks early one day, I can always look at the next baby step on my list and start on it sooner than planned!
5) Move on to the next baby step.
Each completed baby step is a win! Once it’s done, you’re ready to victoriously and joyously move on to the next baby step on your list! 😁
6) Continue until the project is complete.
Keep plugging away at those baby steps until the project is complete, then celebrate like you’ve never celebrated before! You have been single-minded in your WAHM business, mama! Congratulations!! 🎉
7) Repeat for the next project or goal.
As the saying goes, just “rinse and repeat!” It’s all about staying focused on ONE project, ONE baby step at a time, and maintaining that laser-focus on the business to which God has called you!It’s all about staying focused on ONE project, ONE baby step at a time, and maintaining that laser-focus on the business to which God has called you! Click To Tweet
Need Some Guidance on Your Best Next Step?
We’ve been talking about WAHM businesses a lot lately, but what if you’re not quite convinced a WAHM business is the best career choice for you?
Many moms aren’t sure if they have what it takes to DO this WAHM business thing. It may be an intriguing option, but how do you actually DO it?
And is it actually right for YOU? Honestly, for some, going back to work in a corporate, out-of-the-house setting is a much better fit. It’s important for you to know what your priorities, giftings, and limitations are as you decide which route to go!
So, if you’re not sure if starting a WAHM business is what YOU are called to do, I’ve created a FREE quiz to help you think through some of the biggest deciding factors. Ready to see which career choice is right for YOU?
Here’s to maintaining laser-focus on WHATEVER God is calling you to do in this season!
As a former University Resident Director, Career Counselor, Certified Personality Trainer, and high school Spanish teacher, Laura has quite the “scattered” background — with one underlying theme: education! She writes to teach and inspire women on topics related to faith, family, and lifework. She is also a resume writer, specializing in resumes for moms, career changers, and new graduates.