Quote of the Week
“Stubbornness is also determination. It’s simply a matter of shifting from “won’t power” to “will power.”
by Tony Alessandra
What is it?
Determination is the deep and burning passion to see a project through the end. Determination is the epitome of entrepreneurial desire and ambition. The ability to work on, in, or at business obstacles until a satisfactory solution is derived or the problem ceases to be a hindrance to the business.
Why is it important?
Determination is fundamental to the entrepreneur’s repertoire of skills to master. In the beginning stages of business, a fledging enterprise must face a diverse array of market dilemmas. Many faint-hearted entrepreneurs lose faith and clarity, soon to see their business vision blurred by the adversity of setback.
Determination is the metaphorical compass during the dark, unclear stages of business. It is the ‘reserve’ tank that fuels many struggling entrepreneurial ventures during times of difficulty–lack of funding, lack of strategy, and lack of differentiation.
How to get it if you don’t have it?
Determination can be instilled in an entrepreneur. One of the first things you need to do is be passionate about something in your life. Thus, one of the primary steps you must take on your journey to finding determination is establishing a business vision to which you can direct and focus your passion.
Start small. You can be determined with many things outside of your entrepreneurial venture. Start a self-betterment program, challenge yourself, and set goals–financial, social, physical, intellectual, and spiritual. Keep track of your advancement and improvement.
Find and set intermediate and long-term goals for both your personal and professional life. It can be both motivational and inspirational to become a student of individuals who have exhibited determination. Study and learn from others’ examples of determination.
How to develop it if you have it?
Setting, tracking, and measuring goals can contribute to the development of determination. One of the most gratifying things for new entrepreneurs is the accomplishment of short-term goals and victories. Through small successes an entrepreneur can obtain newfound motivation and a bolstered level of determination.
Determination is also developed through clarity of your business vision. The more clear and tangible your idea is to becoming a reality, the more determined you may be to see it come into fruition. To develop determination, clarify your vision, set short-term goals, and celebrate all business victories.
Copyright © 1996-2009 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. Dr. Tony Alessandra can be reached at http://www.PlatinumRule.com or at 1-858-456-0028.
Coaching Call to Action
Determination + Action + Visual Reminder = Success
I have found that determination, in conjunction with action, and a visual reminder of what I want to accomplish leads me to success. Visual reminders include: my To Do List, Vision Board, and Annual, Monthly and Weekly Goals. What’s your formula for success?
October 29, 2009
Pounce on a Project VII – 2009
Last month we worked on website reviews, book sorting and office clean up. What project would you like to get on top of and accomplish this month? Come to Pounce on a Project VII – 2009. Join Coach Andrea on Thursday, October 29th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Eastern. We will join as a group by phone and declare what you want to accomplish: preparing your marketing plan for Q4, writing your newsletter for the month, written performance reviews, or making cold calls.
During the morning, the group will gather by phone a few times to check progress and get any support needed to finish with a bang. At noon, the group will celebrate their accomplishments. Who says projects have to be boring and tedious? Bring your lightness and fun and join us for the energization.
To sign up or learn more, call or e-mail Andrea by noon on Wednesday, October 28th. Feel free to share this with friends and co- workers, the more the merrier. (Cost of the program is only the cost of long distance phone calls.)
November 4, 2009
Being Resourceful at Holliston High School
If you are like most people, you already have more than enough resources (people, places, things) in your life that can be used for support or help when needed. But, are you using them effectively to increase your productivity and profitability?
Your ability to systematically identify these assets and use them is an important key to your success. Coach Andrea’s interactive session will provide the tools to show you how to capitalize on your resources to achieve the results taht are most important to you. Through exercises, pairings, group sharing and handouts, you’ll learn how to identify your resources, use them to the fullest and handle resource roadblocks.
Coach Andrea’s interactive session will provide tools to show you how to capitalize on your resources to achieve the results that are most important to you. This seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4th from 7 – 9 PM at Holliston High School in Holliston, MA. To learn more.
Ideas and Information
Headshot Special – November 4, 2009, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
So many of you have commented on my new picture, I’d like to share this special offer from the team who did it.
You’ve always meant to have a professional headshot done or updated, and now’s your chance! For a one-date only special pricing package, you will enjoy a relaxing photography session in the comfort of Gretje Ferguson’s home studio in Dedham. Professional stylist Lori Johnson will be there to dramatically enhance your photo with her makeup application. The fee is $300 and includes makeup application, photo shoot, online web gallery, and one high-resolution retouched file for unlimited use. To schedule your appointment time, call Gretje at 781.461.9202 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited, so call early.
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