Master These Six Secrets for Entrepreneurial Success

The six questions you need to ask yourself to power your business forward

Ask yourself the following six questions. For each question, rate how well you do on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. Then rank each area by score to determine your three lowest-performing areas, especially questions that you ranked 5 or lower.

These low-scoring areas are the ones you will want to spend some extra TLC and energy over the next couple of months to get rid of what’s holding you back. Nothing lower than a 5? Give yourself a “high-five,” and focus on the areas/action steps that will give you the biggest bang for your buck!

SECRET No. 1

SET YOUR PRIORITIES

I have identified my business priorities and am clear on my goals for the next 3 to 6 months. I know what I need to focus on to achieve them. 

Circle my score:   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10

Three action steps I can take to help me set priorities and goals:

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Action steps that generate measurable financial results

What are the three things that you can do to make the cash register ring in the next 6 months?

Action steps that

build my customer base

What are the three things that you can do that will build your customer or client base and grow future revenue?

Action steps that create more efficiency and save money in my business

What are the three things that you can do to make your business more efficient and productive? Save money?

SECRET No. 2

CLEAN YOUR PLATE

What's on your plate? Do you have too much piled on your plate, so that you can't finish tasks, or your priorities get neglected or derailed? No time to take care of yourself?

I feel really good about how I use my time and resources to grow my business, and the amount/quality of time I have for myself, friends, family and community. 

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Three action steps I can take to help me clean up my plate:

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SECRET NO. 3

HAVE "MY PEOPLE"

Who's on your team? Pay attention to the people you surround yourself. You are the average of all the people that surround you. Your friends, family, business colleagues and community members really are your future. Your success and happiness hinges on who you hang out with.


I have the people and resources in place to free me to do the things that only I can do — and that I love to do.

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Three action steps I can take to help me get the right team and resources in place to grow my business:

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SECRET NO. 4

PRODUCTS & SERVICES THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY WANT

Don't fall victim to the "build it and they will come" myth. Stay connected and talk to your customers consistently so that you know what they want and need before they do. 

My products and services are what my customers want and need, and I generate solid quality sales leads that constantly fill my sales funnel and pipeline. I follow through with my prospects and customers. 

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Three action steps I can take to help me get the right team and resources in place to grow my business:

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SECRET NO. 5

PROCESSES THAT WORK

Taking your business to the next level requires solid tools, systems and processes that are scalable and replicable.


I have efficient, scalable and repeatable processes and systems in place to help me run my business well. I delegate tasks to dependable resources so I am free to concentrate on my business priorities.

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Three action steps I can take to help me get the right team and resources in place to grow my business:

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SECRET No. 6

TRACK YOUR PERFORMANCE

Use SMART business and marketing strategies. SMART = Specific, Measurable, Achievable/Actionable, Realistic and Timely.

Pick key metrics and be consistent in measuring and tracking them. Start with quarterly, and then go for monthly! When you track what you are doing, you can avoid future mistakes and replicate your successes!

I talk to my customers on a regular basis to monitor how well my business is performing, and I am proactive in solving problems. I am committed to doing whatever it takes to make my business successful.

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Three SMART ways I can track how well my business is doing on a regular basis:

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