A couple of weeks ago, I gave a talk to a group of highly enthusiastic and energized business owners in Concord, MA. The time for creating goals for 2012 was upon us. About half of the group raised their hand when asked if they’d already created their goals for 2012. Congratulations was in order! Next, I asked if they believed they would accomplish these goals. Not all of those hands remained raised. This week’s Tip includes the 6 steps I used to help the business owners in Concord, as well as my clients, answer YES I Can!
During the hustle of December, I can lose sight of my priorities as my to do list grows and grows. Taking a few extra minutes to reset priorities makes a huge difference. This week’s Tip shares 5 ideas on how to keep your priorities front of mind and get them done.
I burst out laughing when I read this article from Simon Tyler as the power had just come back to my home office after being out for 24 hours thanks to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene. I woke up on Monday morning thinking and planning about how I was going to get my work done with no electricity. On the way home after an hour at the library, I noticed the traffic lights were working again. I crossed my fingers – hoping, hoping, hoping that the power would be on when I got home and IT WAS! There was nothing I could do to bring the electricity back any faster. I had to allow things to work out in that department. And they did! Thank you NStar and anyone else who had a hand in bringing back my electricity!
Periodically, the most important action you can take to improve your results is to stop. Then assess, looking both forward and backward. This week’s Tip by Dr. Alan Zimmerman provides a simple exercise you can do whether you are sitting down with your first cup of coffee for the day or taking your first sip of wine watching the sunset. Grab your journal and pen and answer the questions below.
“What, you want me to schedule one more meeting?” This might be the response you have when you start reading this week’s Tip, however, please pay attention. If you are not scheduling regular time for and with yourself for planning, thinking, and strategizing, you are missing out on the most important meeting on your schedule.
“What one thing would you have done differently when you started your business?” This question is often asked of me by new coaches interviewing me to be their mentor. I always respond – getting an automated contact management system. When I first started my business, I had my contacts on an Excel spreadsheet and it was very cumbersome. Then someone told me about ACT! It makes remembering to stay in touch effortless. In this week’s Tip, Tracey Lawton shares additional ideas on why you need to get organized to get clients.
My clients often ask, “How do I get from where I am to where I want to be? How do I accomplish what I want to accomplish in this life? Where do I start?” This week’s Tip by Chris Widener outlines 7 steps for achieving your dreams. First, you dream!
This week’s Tip does not only apply to Small Business Owners. No matter what your level is in the working world, you could benefit by awareness to how these 7 flaws could be impacting you and the solutions to overcome them. I know I’ve suffered from each of these traits from time to time.
Are you working efficiently and smart, or are you out of control? Stop, take a breath, and read this article: Make sure you’re working effectively.
Going into a project, how do you know when you’ll be finished? Taking the time to define success & failure at the beginning can make a big difference in the long run.