I had the opportunity recently to meet Guy Doud, the 1986 National Teacher of the Year, and hear him speak. Guy's speech was very inspirational. His talk centered around his life, and what he has learned from being a teacher. Guy's speech centered around two powerful questions that are applicable to everyone, which were, "Who am I?", and, "What difference does that make?"
As a coach, one of the main ways that I add value for my clients is assisting them in navigating around, and sometimes through, the barriers that prevent them from getting what it is they truly want. The biggest obstacle that we all face is our own internal fear. Here is a four step process that can help you turn your fear into power!
The big news this month was the Super Bowl halftime show. Featuring the antics of MTV music stars, the world watched in dismay as Janet Jackson bared her breast for a little PR - much to the horror of families across the world. This was a calculated stunt to boost the future record sales of a falling star. Unfortunately for Janet, it backfired miserably.
As small business owners, we are in charge of building our business, growing our customer base, and holding our employees accountable. But who holds us accountable? Who do we turn to for expert advice? How do we make sure that we are on track and where we want to be? One of the most effective ways to accomplish these goals is by building a Board of Advisors. A good Board of Advisors will help you grow your revenues, increase customer retention, accelerate your progress, and out-pace the competition, among other things. Here are a few tips for building and running a successful Board of Advisors:
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 the more you seem to need something, the less likely you are to get it? This applies to anything and everything from making a sale, to getting a date. The more needy we are, the more likely it is that we won't get what it is we are after. Ever hear the familiar saying, "you will meet your wife/husband when you are not looking for it?" Profound wisdom!
You see, nobody buys needs. Needs create pressure, stress, strain, and nervousness. Not only for the other person, but for you as well. Just think about the last time you bought a used car. As you walked into the showroom, the doors locked behind you, the salesman came out, and you got that sinking feeling in your gut that you aren't leaving until you buy something! Fun, huh?
Every small business should have a marketing plan. This is a critical tool that will help keep you focused on marketing your business, and is very easy to put together. Simply follow the 6 steps below to build a simple and effective marketing plan for your business!
Have you ever let fear get in the way of achieving your goals? I am sure that you have, and if you haven't, you are lying to yourself! In general, most of us do things to avoid pain, or to gain pleasure. When we let fear enter into the equation, the pain we associate with our fear often becomes the catalyst that prevents us from taking action. And, since most of the time our fears are not real but self created, they can become a huge obstacle that prevents us from achieving the results we want.
Here are a couple of tips to remove the roadblock called fear:
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