What Are You Waiting For?

feetupWhere did we learn that there was reward in waiting? Was it standing in line in school years ago? Or do we learn sitting in traffic jams that we should slow down? Is this scenario familiar?

You have a list of things to do. On this list are important tasks that move your business forward. There may be some things that bring you greater health or develop important relationships. You put this list of priorities in front of you so that you won’t forget them. Yet day after day, items on the list remain undone.

At the same time, you’ve knocked off work early to watch a game. And you’ve spent time surfing the internet. You had an extra cup of coffee and caught up with friends on the phone. You might even have taken a nap. So what is up?

Procrastination means “to delay something that you ought to do, usually because you don’t want to do it.” The sad thing about procrastinating is that you probably still want the reward from your action. You want the contract, or the opportunity. What you want to avoid is some sort of discomfort.

So how do you get beyond this limitation? You need to decide what is most important to you.  If something isn’t important, then take it off your list, because it doesn’t belong there.  Then create a support system to take action. Your support system can be self-motivation, accountability to someone else, or even delegation. (Did you ever think that perhaps someone else can do the thing that you have been procrastinating?)

If you are procrastinating, you are limiting your success and taking a stand for mediocrity. There is help through professional hypnotherapy and coaching. The key is to decide that you will take action and hire an accountability partner who will not listen to your excuses.   If you want to take a simple step right now, go visit my affiliate partner, Downloads for Change.

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Are You Too Smart For Your Business Success?

businessWoman-main_FullIs business success a learnable skill?  Do you know how to grow you small business into a more profitable larger business?  How do you know?  Have you done it before?

The truth is that YOU can follow the lead of others and create a very successful business.  It is also true that YOU are the biggest obstacle to your business success.  How is that possible?

If you want to cease being a roadblock and begin being a bridge on the road to success, you need to be open to possibilities that you have not considered before.  Even if you have read success stories, created your plans and built a business, you will never grow beyond the limits of your own expectations.  Whatever you currently believe defines our limits.

I have several mentors who declare that the most dangerous words in the English language are, “I know that!” The reason these words are so dangerous is simple. Success principles are not new. Success follows repeatable patterns, and you can learn from others. This means that those who act upon proven principles can also be successful.

However, there are many more people who HEARD the principles or READ the principles and yet they are not successful. Why? Success requires action and correction. Hearing or reading principles is not the same as LIVING them. Successful people do what it takes, accept the resulting feedback, correct their course and act again.

You do not KNOW a success principle unless are living it daily. If you do not have the business success you want, then it is obvious that you do not KNOW the principles you need.

The good news is that with an open mind and heart, and a willing mentor, you CAN LEARN to do what it takes to achieve your personal goals.  Start by eliminating the words, “I know that!” from your vocabulary.  My friend, Alex Mandossian says it best, “It’s what you learn AFTER you know it all that counts most!”

Find the Gold in Gab – Business Communications that Count

Friendly ConsultationPeople do business with people they like.  Yet business is more than a popularity contest.  It is an opportunity to create human connection that generates creativity and growth.  Here are some simple basics!

1. Listen to other people. The most successful people let others talk more than they do.

– Use questions to expand the conversation beyond small talk.

– Ask probing questions to elicit a person’s dreams and passions.

– Uncover ways that you can contribute to others and take action immediately.

2. Compliment others often. Everyone likes to know they’re doing a good job. Be sure to be specific when offering words of encouragement.

– People like to be acknowledged in different ways. Pay attention to each person’s personality style and preferences

o Fast-paced and directed individuals like to be complimented for “taking control” and “achieving results”

o Chatty and personable people enjoy compliments about the “fun and enthusiasm” which they contribute.

o Individuals who look for group consensus and include everyone like to be told that they “create stability” and “help keep everyone on track”

o People that often check details and rules will beam when you tell them that they “maintain high quality standards” and that you appreciate their “attention to detail”.

3. Make a personal connection. Try to stray from using e-mail as a primary form of communication. It will give you a chance to stretch your legs and make a personal impact.

– Your talents, enthusiasm and passion are best communicated in person. Words are only 7% of communication. Communicate facts on paper and in email. To influence and persuade others, meet them in person.

– Personal connections provide feedback for your own growth. Notice when others take your leadership and when they resist. Observe your comfort level.

– Ask others for direct feedback when appropriate so that you can improve your communication!

Communication is more art than skill. To be great at it you have to pay attention and practice. The good news is that every conversation is a source of feedback. We are all human. Forgiving mistakes and showing gratitude and appreciation flow smoothly.

When Is That New Business Idea a Good One?

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If you are a creative entrepreneur, you probably uncover new ideas on a regular basis.  i keep a notebook of good ideas which pop into my head.  My challenge is to sort the inspiration from the clutter.  My greatest marketing and product ideas often come in a flash.  My ezine is receiving raves and is becoming a book.  On the other hand, some pesky thoughts launch me into a mindless web-surfing episode.   Can you relate?  (I hope I’m not the only one bothered by distraction!)

So how do you decide what is valuable?  Ask yourself a few simple questions.

Does this idea move my business forward now? Does your newest brainstorm simplify what you are already doing?  Does it fit into the current model?  Will it leverage your current efforts?  Or will it slow you down?  Sometimes you have a great idea but it is not the right time for it.  I recommend getting an “Idea Book”  and jotting down every brainstorm.  Once you write it down, you know that it will be available for you later, so you can easily return to what is important now.   The side benefit is that you have a list of great ideas to tap on those days when you are feeling dull an uncreative.

What bucket does this fall in? I ask myself this question often.  A bucket is a category.  I have a leads bucket, a niche bucket, an online marketing bucket and a product bucket.  I also have a bucket for productivity ideas, although my productivity ideas are usually the first to be put into action.   By grouping ideas, it is easier to sort them by relevance.

What does my team think? Once I categorize my ideas, I take time to review them with my team. Every business needs a team.  If you are a solo-preneur then find a coach or mastermind to keep you from drowning yourself in your own creativity or failing to see the forest for the trees.  It is a good practice to gather ideas, group them, allow them to age and review them with others.

Want to be consistently brilliant?  Here is the simple formula.

  1. Brand your company and products! Branding is a process of creating clarity for your business.  It sends a clear message about your value. You exist to serve.  When you provide more service that falls within your core brand, you make it easy for people to accept.
  2. Know your target market and USP.
  3. Plan your work and work your plan.
  4. Delegate everything except your special brilliance.

Finally, enjoy life and keep it simple!

The Truth About Your To-Do List

overwhelmedDo you feel guilty as you drown in the daily details? Too much to do. Too many people wanting your time and energy. Being pulled in multiple directions. And wondering if there will ever be time to do what you want. Time management? It seems an impossible goal.

You try to set priorities, but they never seem to stick. Your to-do list grows by the day, but so few things ever get crossed off. Books go unread. Movies remain unwatched. Your computer’s in box overflows with unread email. And those friends you keep wanting to reconnect with? Forget about it.

You feel overwhelmed. You want to change. But where do you start?

I have news for you. No matter what you do, you will always have more choices about where to put your time and focus than you have time available. You will NEVER complete your to-do list.

Think about that. You will never be DONE! Now ask yourself one simple question – and realize that the answer to this question will make all the difference in your life.

How does it make you feel to know you will never finish all the things on your list?

You could feel a variety of ways: Confused, depressed, and hopeless… or free, elated and renewed. If you don’t like how you feel, are you willing to explore further?

When I realized that I would NEVER complete my to-do list, I felt confused. I have been on this earth for quite a few years. I have definitely been here long enough to work out the issue of TIME – how to manage it, prioritize it, make it work for me. How is it possible that I can’t manage to complete my tasks and make my life simple?

Then I had a blinding flash of the obvious. Who put the items on the list? I did. Who made them important? I did. Are there other things NOT on my list? Of course. So why do I put more things on the list than I can do?

As I sat with that question, an image came to my mind: a beautiful “All You Can Eat” banquet filled with sumptuous treats. Crisp and creative salads, roast beef, salmon, sushi, lamb kabobs, asparagus, French green beans, sweet potatoes, chocolate mousse, berry tarts, lemon meringue pie, butterscotch pudding. And of course, champagne and fine wines. Most anything I can think of is on the buffet, just waiting for me to choose.

Clearly, I cannot eat it all. Even an attempt to taste everything would leave me feeling bloated and not enjoying the experience. Just finding a place to start would overwhelm me. I have a choice. Do I walk outside and look for a hot dog stand instead? Do I insist that someone remove all but a few choices in the banquet?

My deepest desire is to taste and enjoy it all, yet I will be miserable if I try this route. Then the answer became clear. I could feel it in my very soul and celebrate.

Your life is about enjoying the banquet. The abundance of spirit brings you more variety than you can ever taste so you can experience free will. Even bitter choices bring you new experiences. And you may then long for the one thing not on the table: simplicity.

It’s all up to you, babe! You get to find the simplicity within yourself. The world is abundant and full of choice. Will you stop for one moment to enjoy the vast abundance that creates your busy-ness? If you can stop now, you may find yourself smiling and giggling as I did. You are getting it! Be grateful. Simplicity isn’t out there, isn’t it?