There is one thing you can do to be a more effective entrepreneur, employee, employer, spouse and friend. And this article from Inc. Magazine describes it to a T.
From Inc. Magazine, this article on mental strength is a good read. A series of small actions can change the world. One step at a time will take you to the top of a mountain.
Even though this amazing woman is an obvious extrovert, what she says can work for introverts also. Watch her video on YouTube here. I like how she explains how to change the conversation.
Nice article in Success magazine by Kacey Bradley.
As an introvert, I sometimes feel guilty with alone time. And an extrovert friend of mine tells me he feels like he is going to go out of his skin. This article shows the benefits of maximizing alone time.
5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn By Having A Job
The entrepreneurial lifestyle is very alluring. Making your own schedule, hand-picking your clients and determining your own rates sounds very enticing. The ability to get up whenever you want, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and not have to worry about the grinding commute is almost too tempting to pass up, not to mention deciding to go on vacation whenever you want.
But being a true entrepreneur means deciding not to do many of those things. In fact, being an entrepreneur, on average, is more grueling than working as an employee, and the employee lifestyle can teach entrepreneurs 5 much needed skills
1. Setting a schedule: The phrase “the early bird catches the worm” may have its origin in the 1600’s, but it is still true today. Most companies have set schedules for their employees. The standard is still an 8-hour work day. And, while part of the dream of being an entrepreneur is being able to rise and shine at the crack of noon, most successful self-employed people have a set schedule that they keep on a daily basis. Even artistic entrepreneurs, like Stephen King, have a schedule. He used to write 10 pages a day, no matter how long it took, every single day, even on holidays.
2. Customer Service: These days, it is very easy to return an item to a store that you do not like, sometimes even if you have already used it. Large company owners know that brand loyalty is non-existent these days, so in the 80’s a new slogan began to catch on. “The customer is always right” has been the bane of many salespersons’ existence for the last 30+ years. However, this saying does not mean that you have to bow down to an unruly client. Being an entrepreneur means you can pick and choose your clients. But, once you have decided to work with a client, it is part of your job to make them happy; and that may mean going above and beyond what you agreed to do. In fact, it is possible that doing more than what was agreed to is part of being a true entrepreneur.
3. Commitment: Think of this word, and associate it with a handyman, painter, web designer, or other service related business and you will probably think the two don’t go together. Unfortunately, that is sometimes true. But that is why commitment is so important. I know a web design company that gives a discount to every client that comes to them with a half-done web site where the designer disappeared. This company does no marketing because they are already too busy just from word-of-mouth. Keeping your commitments will help you stand out from the pack.
4. Getting Paid: How long would you work for a company if they stopped paying you? Getting a steady paycheck is probably the number one reason most people work for someone else. But entrepreneurs seem to relish in not getting paid. It has been reported that neither Bill Gates nor Jeff Bezos took a single paycheck from their respective companies the first few years they were in business. But, in general, that is a recipe for disaster. Pay yourself first. It’s your company, and you need to feel good about working in it. Give yourself a paycheck and, if you have to, loan some of it back to your company.
5. Job Hunting: There are very few people that stay with the same company their entire lives anymore. That is partly because pensions are gone and retirement pay is unheard of anymore. But it is also partly because there are many more companies than there used to be. In mentoring, I tell younger generations to work as hard and as smart as they can because people are watching them. If their boss won’t give them a raise, someone else will offer them a better job. And entrepreneurs need to keep this in mind. Not for your employees, but for you. If your business isn’t paying enough, it might be time to look at an exit strategy. Maybe your product or service isn’t as popular as you thought it would be. Or possibly working for yourself is harder than you thought. Whatever the reason may be, you don’t have to go down with the ship. And the advantage is that now you have the experience of running a small business. Whether or not it was successful, the experience is one that has many advantages.
What’s stopping you from making 2017 the most successful year you have ever had?
What is stopping you from making this year the most successful year you have ever had? I’m not just talking about money, I’m talking about the way you feel, the way that you look at yourself.
So what’s stopping you? Do you need to create a new vision? Perhaps you need to figure out a new mission statement. Maybe you would like solidify your core values, or even define exactly why you are doing what you are doing. Why is the core of everything you do. If you don’t know why, keeping passion and commitment becomes much more difficult during the day-to-day grind.
But what if it’s something else? Have you heard about visions and missions and strategies many times before, but you still have never actually done one? Is there something inside that is stopping you from being more successful than you are? Is there a fear? Possibly a fear of failure, or even a fear of success? Both of those are very real concerns. If that is the case, please contact me. I would be happy to talk to you more about it.
Welcome to the Success Planning series of #Webishops (Webinar / Workshops). This series is five Webishops, and each Webishop has a secret in it. Some are being told during the Webishop, and some you get to figure out. But each Webishop has a secret that you don’t normally get told about each subject. For instance, your strategic vision statement should have an end date. A strategic vision, be it a family vision, business vision, team vision, should have a date it is to be accomplished by.
And, of course, the Webishops start with Why. Why are you doing what you are doing? This Webishop is out now. And, depending on when you are reading this, the next four Webishops in this series will be released approximately one month apart. www.webhshops.com is the only place you will be able to find these videos for up to 90 days after they are published. After 90 days they will be released into the wilds of YouTube, but for the first 90 days, only people that go to www.webishops.com will be able to watch them.
What is planning for success? What does your bright future look like? Why does it look like that? What needs to happen to make it a reality? And When will it happen? That is exactly what these Success Planning Webishops are about; they are about planning for your success, whether your success is determined by having more money, being happier, having more free time; whether your success is business, personal, family, team, organization, that doesn’t matter. This series of Success Planning Webishops can work with any of that.
I am hoping that these Webishops will help you be more successful than you ever have in the past.
Here are the five Success Planning Webishops:
- What is your Sizzle? Why do you do what you do? What are you passionate about? What gets your brain going? What gets you up in the morning? If you don’t know exactly what that is, it’s very important to figure it out.
- What do you believe? What are your core values? Are they written down? Do you use them when making tough decisions?
- What does your amazing tomorrow look like? What is your vision for the future? Is it strategic and compelling?
- What do you do? What is your mission? Is the old style of mission statement right for you, or do you want to try a Twenty-First century variation?
- How are you going to get there? What is your strategy? Is it mapped out? Are you looking for obstacles before you hit them?
Each Webishop will not be available on YouTube for up to 90 days after they are available on Webishops.com. Be among the first to implement the new ideas you will get from them.
But if what I said in the beginning caught your attention, if you really are wondering if there is something internal stopping you, and you are not sure what it is, and you need to break through it, you need to get unstuck, contact me. I am doing these Webishops because I am a professional, certified business and life coach. I am giving you the tools you need to accomplish each subject, but I am here if you need more help. Together, we will schedule a free, no cost and no obligation, strategy session so we can see if we are a good fit.
I will see you at the next Webishop!
3 Secrets to Lowering Stress throughout the Holidays
The holidays are upon us once again, and it seems every year there is more and more stress. Stress can get to you even if you don’t have a blended family, colorful in-laws, a spouse, work parties to go to… the list just keeps going on, doesn’t it?
But there are three secrets to lowering stress that are not difficult to do. And each of these secrets can be found by watching animals, specifically: Tigers, birds, and rabbits.
Tigers are known as ferocious beasts, but did you know that they spend more time resting and napping than they do awake? Taking time out of your busy schedule to rest for a bit can help lower stress a great deal, but I’m not talking about resting for 16 hours like a tiger does.
The Secret: 5 minutes is all it takes to rest your body and your mind. Here are some simple techniques:
Take a slow, deep breath. Yes, please do it now, I will wait. Fantastic! Now, when you took that deep breath, did you fill your lungs or stomach with air? Some studies have shown that filling your stomach with air helps with relieving stress. While other studies show that taking slow deep breaths while filling your lungs helps to relieve stress. So who is right? Instead of stressing over that, fill both. Take another deep breath and fill both your lungs and stomach with air. Take a slow, deep breath in, then let it out as slowly. Don’t hold your breath. There are a lot of people that don’t breathe but, since the zombie apocalypse hasn’t happened, they are not walking around either. Dead people don’t breathe; living people do, so it makes sense not to hold your breath.
During those times that you are not holding your breath, you can also de-stress your mind by clearing it of the clutter that’s bouncing around in there. Yes, this is more difficult than breathing deeply, so here is something that may help. Think of a filing cabinet (or, for those born after 1990, a folder on your computer screen). As you breathe deeply and clear your mind, images and thoughts of what you need to do will pop up. Imagine each thought as a piece of paper. As it comes to mind, take that piece of paper and put it into the filing cabinet so you can pull it out later. It will take time, but eventually your mind will stop sending you random thoughts while you are meditating because it knows you are just going to file them away.
And remember, this is only a 5-minute process. If you don’t get it right the first time, try again the next time you start feeling stress.
Birds eat a sensible meal in the morning and evening. But they also snack throughout the day. And if you’ve tried dieting (sorry for saying that word) lately, you have probably heard about eating healthy and portion control.
The secret: Exercise portion control no matter what you eat.
What is your favorite part of the holiday meals; desert, potatoes, stuffing? Go ahead, fill your plate up, but here is a trick that may help. Once your plate is full, put half onto another plate, and wait an hour or two before you eat the second half. That way you are still eating as much food, just not all at once.
The truth is, you can eat an extremely unhealthy meal and it won’t affect you much, as long as it’s the only unhealthy meal you eat. So let’s talk about leftovers. I’m reminded of a television show where a character brought Thanksgiving leftovers to work to eat for lunch. Someone else at the leftovers and the character had a meltdown characteristic of a mental patient. Rather than keeping the unhealthy leftovers, make meals of them and give them away to homeless people on the street. Unfortunately, our bodies and minds only work as well as the fuel we put into them. And after many years of experimenting, I can tell you that dieting on potato chips, pizza, and ice cream did not create the body shape I want.
But making changes in eating habits is difficult, so don’t try to do it all at once. Start with the way you snack; maybe two or three times a week pick a healthy snack instead. Small changes made over time can make a big difference, and eating healthier really does lower stress.
Rabbits are full of energy, and always seem to be on the move (especially the cartoon rabbits). So yes, the last step is exercise. That dreaded word that means we actually need to get up and move more. I’m sure you have heard of the latest extreme workout routines, or maybe even watched ads for them on late night television. You see these very fit people doing things you wouldn’t have dreamt of doing when you were a teenager.
The secret: Don’t do them. Chances are, if you have not worked out much lately, starting an extreme routine will only cause an injury; and then you will be worse off than you are now. Start small. Take a walk around the block, ride your bicycle at the shore, or even just stand up and pace your office for a few minutes. 15 minutes of exercise a day can change your attitude, lower stress, and help you feel better physically.
And the fourth secret: Don’t beat yourself up! If you forget to eat right or to exercise, don’t worry. Worry causes stress. If you eat that huge meal and don’t split it, that’s okay. Try again next time. Remember, trying and failing is better than not trying at all.
But most of all, enjoy the holiday season. It is a time of family and of renewal, and I hope you have a fantastic, enjoyable holiday season!