The New Year is upon us. How are you feeling?
Some of you may be ready to rock it, but have you cleared the head space yet?
It’s the “out with the old and in with the new” adage, and as the year closes, many of us are eager to dive into with a fresh start – new goals, new ideas and new motivation.
But I want to caution you because without truly seeing where you have been and have a clear understanding of it, moving forward is like jumping back on the same ferris wheel that made you throw up the three previous times you rode it. You know the saying, doing something exactly the same way but expecting different results is the definition of “stupidity”.
Today’s business tip comes from the simple reminder that if we all just work smarter, we won’t necessarily have to work harder. But this is easier said than done. So how does one go about working smarter when they are constantly caught up in the day-to-day minutia of their business? Well, when I ask any of my clients the following questions, it usually helps set their mindset in the right direction. So read the following tips to help determine if you can work a little smarter too.
1. Hire experienced help. – You get what you pay for. Be willing to pay for good help and in return you can rest assure they are doing a better job than you would if you were doing it yourself. Which leads us to number 2.
2. Don’t do it all yourself. – You are an expert at your business, but that doesn’t mean you are good at every aspect of owning your business (not busyness). If social media isn’t your thing… don’t do it. Employ or empower one of your team members to go hog wild. Of course, supervise the content, but don’t beat yourself up if you just don’t like to get on Facebook. Realize it is necessary, but not necessarily for you.
3. Leave once in awhile. – Can your business run without you? If not, assess what you have done to create this co-dependency and begin to take strides in freeing yourself on a (can be small) regular basis.
4. Who is your IDEAL client? – Can you answer this? Or do you just take any warm-blooded person who calls or walks through the door. Could you specify who it is you work best with and target that particular audience?
5. Charge what you are worth. – People like to pay good money for good service and products. Focus on your delivery, being more personal, followup and then… charge more.
When I was 20 I was single mom, in college, working part-time, and on food stamps. I had to learn real quick what “taking control” of my life meant.
Most of us spend an entire lifetime trying to not let what other people think slow us down in pursuing our dreams. When in reality, the fear of caring too much about what other people think often prevents us from moving from the “talking about it” phase into the “taking action” phase and pushes us back to just “thinking about” it phase.
Analysis Paralysis at it’s finest!
Do you have an idea you are trying to put out to the world? Are you trying to level up in life, work or in your career?
OR… are your ideas of success, health, and happiness just a pipe dream in your head?
Watch this post on how to take your ideas from just an idea into real action.
People who take action on a DAILY BASIS are generally happier and more successful in their lives and careers – both emotionally happier and financially more successful.
So get out of your head and start with prioritizing just 1 ACTION PER DAY towards a dream goal of yours. Start talking, and then start taking 1 step daily.
I promise… just a few days into this new way of thinking/talking/acting will feel like you have made a year’s worth of progress!
PLEASE comment in the comments below on how this is working for you. It only takes just 1 person to share and then we all can learn from each others’ experiences toward being a bolder version of yourself.
P.S. Commenting is TAKING ACTION!
Ok – we all do it. Shit happens and we look around for all those unsuspecting folks to point blame.
Often times, as you well know, we need to look to ourselves to find the answers in these times of total uncertainty.
BEEN THERE? I was just this past week!
Use these 8 simple questions to help you evaluate where you are, perhaps how you got there and then, where you are going next will soon be revealed by your truths!
Sorry for the hair/sweaty clothes, but that is MY TRUTH! 😉
These questions come from Brendon Burchard’s Transformation Truths, which I just love and wanted to share with you all today. Just like he gives me clarity at times, I hope too the relationship we are all creating is that I am a clarity worker just for you!!
Watch the video.
Ask yourself the eight questions in the video. View the questions in the link above.
Don’t judge or beat yourself up about the answers.
Sit on it for a while.
Soon the answers to the change you need will start to surface… I promise.
Let me know what you think, and what these 8 questions stir up for you in the comments below. I would love to chat with you!
WHAT DO YOU MEAN UNPLUG? I know what you are thinking. You may be thinking there is no way to unplug and still get it all done. Your work, your social life, keeping up with friends, pure entertainment factor… how can disconnecting keep you connected?
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One of my own personal traditions is to recap the year in gratitude for all that was lived, loved, shared, accomplished, and created. Join me in doing the same as we approach another trip around the sun together.
One of the highlights this year was to see my father retire after 48 years in the same industry and 38+ years as a successful entrepreneur. So proud and wish I to be half the business person he is.
Another highlight was to enjoy a trip to Bali in May with my mother who had never left the US before. It was her first stamp of many more to come on her passport.