Are you a small business owner? Have you put your blood, sweat, and tears into building a successful business, and are wondering what it will take to be successful long-term? Here are 7 keys to long-term viability:
Someone once told me that the difference between successful people and people that aren't successful is the difference between having good habits and bad ones. If you truly want to achieve your goals and reach your full potential, it is imperative that you align your actions with your intentions. One way to ensure that this happens is to discipline yourself to have daily habits that empower and energize you.
Have you ever noticed that when you focus on what you don't want, you seem to attract more of it? I call this "the downward spiral". It's usually set off by someone or something that puts us into a bad place, and then when we focus on getting out of that bad place, it just seems to get worse and worse. This usually creates a domino effect that sends us spiraling out of control towards impending doom and disaster! Ok, it's probably not THAT bad!
Here are a couple of reasons why this happens, as well as what to do about it:
Have you ever taken the time to sit down with yourself and write down what your ideal life would look like? If not, this can be a powerful exercise. My challenge to you this month is to take some time away from the day- to-day grind, find a quiet place, and write down what your ideal life looks like. Where do you live? What do you do? Who are your friends? How do you spend your time? What is your family like? Thinking about your ideal life can put things in perspective for you. By creating an ideal vision, we create a gap from where we are now to where we would like to ideally be. Once we build this gap, we now have something to strive for. By focusing on our vision, we can grow and improve ourselves.
A life worth living is a life worth recording! My tip for this month is to start journaling. I journal daily, and I find it's a great way to let out your thoughts, record your feelings and experiences, as well as a place to keep all the great ideas you come up with.
I always tell my clients, "wherever you go, there you are". What I mean by this is that if you want to improve any area of your life, you have to start with yourself. One area that can have a huge impact with respect to who you are is who you associate with. Here are a couple of tips to upgrade this area of your life:
Have you ever noticed when you come up with a great idea that most people like to play "devil's advocate" with you and tell you all the reasons why your idea won't be successful? Do you do this to your co- workers, teammates, or employees When I was working in corporate America, I found that this was usually the rule, not the exception. After awhile, I, like most of my coworkers, just gave up. Since management was constantly reinforcing all the reasons that we could not be successful, I finally realized that I was fighting a losing battle.
As a Professional Business Coach, I have literally worked with hundreds of business owners, sales people, and entrepreneurs. What I have learned from working with all these people, as well as my own personal experience and that of other coaches that I know, is that 85% of all business issues are just personal issues in disguise! Yes, that's right! 85% of all business issues are personal issues in disguise. I spend a majority of my time as a business coach working with my clients on their personal issues - the ones getting in the way of their business success. For example, if you are having problems getting things done at work, you will most likely find that these things are issues outside of work as well. I always say, "wherever you go, there you are!", meaning that you bring your issues with you wherever you go.
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