From Paralyzing Fear to Compelling Reward
- What do you want? Everything starts with this question. You will stay stuck, flipping back and forth in your resolve, until you get clear about what it is that you want.
- Why do you want it? This is the hinge that what we want hangs upon. I suggest applying the 5 Why's to this statement. This means asking yourself "Why" five times or as many times as you need to in order to get down to why this matters so much to you.
- Will you be okay if you don't pursue it? This is the hinge that your commitment hangs on. It brings to the forefront what you would regret more. Will you regret more going for this or not going for this? When I determined what I'd regret more, it put failure in a whole new light. You see, I could be okay with failing if I at least tried.
Is Social Media Creating a Frenzy or a Frazzle?
Can I be the first to complain about the commercialization of social media marketing? One need only to take a stroll to one's own Facebook news feed and, without the proper security precautions, you won't recognize your page. This happened to me. I was off Facebook for about a month and when I returned, it had been hijacked! People had tagged me on stuff that had absolutely nothing to do with me.
How to Run Your Business Instead of It Running You
Have you heard of Ali Brown? Maybe I'm the only one on the planet who had absolutely no idea of who she was until this weekend. I caught wind of a virtual conference where she was one of the keynote speakers. Inspiring is an understatement. She had so many nuggets, I kept hitting the rewind button. What was suppose to be only an hour took me several as I listened to her millionaire making advice that was as simple as going to the frig and getting some water.
- Autonomy. More time to focus on what's meaningful.
- Peace of mind from knowing that, though a nuisance, the necessary things in life are getting taken care of
- Increased productivity. With more time to focus on marketing, she could strengthen her brand and attract more clients into her pipeline.
- Most of all, you are back to running your business. You're back where you belong - at the helm.
Keeping My Word
You are your word. A notion I hadn't considered in quite that way until I read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. So how do I bring the agreement, be impeccable with your word, to the services I render today? For me, that is a tenet that one must bring to every aspect of business. That old way of doing whatever to get ahead may have made folks a lot of money but it left them with little else.
Help For the Organizationally Challenged
If organizational fix it expert, Peter Walsh, suddenly appeared at your office, what would he find? A desk that he can hardly see because of all the papers strewn across it? A half drank cup of coffee with mold forming on top? Would he turn around and almost trip over a box of files in the middle of your floor?
- 48% of American executives admit to having a messy desk but claim to know where everything is. In contrast, 12% say that although their desk appears organized, they have no idea where to find anything.
- Executives waste six weeks per year searching for lost documents.
- Disorganization costs businesses valuable time and money. According to a recent study, the average U.S. executive wastes six weeks annually searching for important documents lost in clutter According to a recent Esselte study. In fact, for an employee who earns $60,000, that time lost costs the company a staggering $6,290.
- The average U.S. executive wastes six weeks per year searching for missing information in messy desks and files. (That translates into one hour per day.)
- 42% of adults report that too often they feel that 'life is a treadmill and I can't get off
- 59% of all Americans say they are too busy
- 60% of Americans feel they do not have enough time to get everything done
- 65% of people described themselves as "very" or "insanely" busy
Too often, to cut corners, business owners try to do everything themselves. The results? Lost time. Compromised productivity. Money down the toilet.
How I Got A Tax Refund
Tickled is not the word. Relieved is a better one. Yesterday, I talked with my tax preparer and found out that instead of paying like last year, I am getting a refund. We are talking about going from paying over $1600 to getting a refund of $10. To some, this is insignificant. Not to me. It's a balancing act. On the one hand, you don't want to owe taxes, right? But on the other, you don't want to give Uncle Sam an interest-free loan.
- Articles of Organization $125
- Home Occupation Use Permit $80
- Business License $50
- Costs of opening a business bank account
- Ordering business checks
- US Post Office box rental
- Accounting system software upgrade
- Job posting online
- Socialmedia advertising
- Background check
- Cloud technology and apps, i.e. Logmein.com, Google for Business, Stamps.com, etc.
- Adding Payroll software
Bringing Consciousness to Business
Fascinating to me is the new consciousness permeating the business world. CEOs, heading major corporations, are going undercover to have a grassroots experience of their companies and their employees. Multimillionaires are giving aspiring entrepreneurs access to their business acumen and millions in real time. I believe that despite the rise in social media and technology, there is a longing among living and breathing people for connection. Behind every brilliant idea is a mind that conceived it. Nothing will ever replace that.
Should You Focus On One Thing and One Thing Only?
If you had asked me this question a year ago, I would have said, "I am the Jack of all trades and the master of all of them." Sounds pretty cocky doesn't it? I would say "yes," if I didn't understand something. While there is the universality of sound wisdom, those who can do multiple things well cannot be put into the same boat.
Stay In Your Lane
When you are driving down the highway, what is your focus? Is it the car next to you? I'll take a guess and say "no." What's most important to you is where you are going and getting there on time. When a car passes by or moves in front, you aren't the least bit phased by it. You know why? You've already decided what you want and have set your intentions likewise.