Coaching Success: Keeping Your Business Going No Matter What Happens in Your Personal Life

Wednesday, 28th March 2012

Do you ever feel like the more you try to get things going in the right direction the more life fights back, taking you further away? This past week has been like that for me. It seems like all the foundational work that I have laid down has unraveled with one incident in one moment of time.

When things get challenging and everything seems to wind the most complicated web and makes it impossible to climb out of it, what does one do? How does one keep going as a business owner when life outside wants to scream for all the attention?

How Do You Keep Your Business Afloat When Your Personal Life is Going Crazy?

I know by instinct, as I am sure many of you do, to make certain you stabilize, as much as possible anyway, the situation that is causing the turmoil. Assess the needs and make a detailed outline of when and how the needs will be met. After you have calmed the situation, the next step is to make sure that you take care of damage control. Address the needs of everyone involved, and make sure they at least feel listened to and taken care of. Then you make sure that you take some downtime, and that you are addressing your own needs, which of course includes the most important needs of your business.

It becomes critical at times like these that you rely on the good business habits that you have already developed like: knowing how to prioritize the most important tasks, delegating everything possible, and establishing clear boundaries for yourself and others about when you are going to get your work done.

Expedite the Climb Out of Personal Crisis so That You Won’t Feel the Drag at Work

Unfortunately or fortunately, we as humans are emotional creatures and things that happen to us in one part of our life will have an impact in other parts of our life. So when you have a personal crisis that has a dramatic effect on you, like a death in the family, or illness, or domestic discord, I have found some really helpful tools to deal with the impact the crisis has on you.

A great thing to do is get curious and see if you can find anything positive out of the situation. Trust me, I have had some really bad situations happen and had to think a long time before I could find anything positive about them. If you look long enough, you are bound to find something that is positive, even if it is “what not to do next time.”

When we see that our pain, suffering, and hardship does have a positive side to it and can be used for our benefit, the result is that we feel somewhat better. When we feel better, the negativity that was brought into the workplace will be much less.
We can’t always stop crises from happening, but just because they do happen doesn’t mean that we, along with our business, need to be taken down for the count.

Making Better Choices in Every Aspect of Life

Wednesday, 28th March 2012

How do you know you are making better choices? What option should you choose? Where should you go? Take some time and consider the following steps in getting that long term benefits.

Tip # 1 Make the hard decision
Tip # 2 Figure out What is motivating your decision
Tip # 3 Immediate satisfaction
Tip # 4 Stay on your path and stop detouring

Either you will be cautious or go with the flow! Analyze your choices. But even after analyzing, is there a perfect choice when there is none. Go right ahead! Life is generous, you will always have the opportunities!

Till next time! Step it up!

Success Coaching: Setting Up Your Business Environment for Success

Wednesday, 21st March 2012

A couple of years ago I was getting completely slammed with work, and no matter how much I worked I couldn’t seem to get caught up with the load. To make matters even more frustrating, I was doing a lot of busywork that I hated; but it had to be done. The bigger problem was that the more I worked on the little things, the less time I had to pay attention to the more important things, like making sales calls and concentrating on product creation.

I knew that I needed to hire a personal assistant, but felt like I didn’t have time to go looking for one. I also didn’t have time to figure out where to put him or her in my office. I knew that I couldn’t afford to rent another space and wasn’t to the point I could afford to bring someone on fulltime.

Create the Space for Your Goal to Breathe

I continued to suffer with the amount of work and its increasing size, as well as the busywork, which felt like it was draining my life force out of me. I brought this issue up to one of my mentors and she taught me a valuable lesson. She explained that I hadn’t created room for a new person to come into my company.

To create the space for my future personal assistant, I spent fifteen minutes a day clearing out my office, filing things, and really implementing more structure and order to the way my business ran.

A little later, I was mentioning how I wanted a personal assistant to a friend. She looked around my office and pointed out a perfect spot for a personal assistant to work. I considered the spot and was blown away. I never realized that spot was there because it had been buried with files. You see, through organizing, I had actually created a space that would be perfect for the assistant.
After I created the space, I sat down and wrote a list of what I wanted the personal assistant to do, what qualities were “must haves,”which ones would be nice, and then the qualities that I would dream they had. I was going to post the request for an assistant on Craigslist but had an appointment with the doctor.

When I was at the doctor’s, I got into a conversation about how I was looking for an assistant, and ended up talking to the person that was perfect for the job and hired her by the end of the day.

Moral of the Story
In order to get more success in your business, you need to create the space so that the success can move in. Not only did I experience that with the story above, but I have seen other associations struggle to grow, over and over again, but as soon as they move into a meeting place that is larger–creating the space to grow—their group magically gets bigger.

What success would you like to attract to your business? Make sure that you take the first step of creating the space for it to be able to happen.

Effective Leadership in Generation Y

Wednesday, 14th March 2012

One of the biggest complaints of business owners about the Y Generation is that it doesn’t know how to show up and sacrifice. It is all about them and what they want and expect with little work. Whether that is true about most of the Y generation or not, it’s not as important as if YOU are guilty of that kind of behavior.

I know a lady who is very talented in her field of work. She has a fun personality and she is very liked by future clients and peers, but she has one problem that causes her grief in the workplace over and over. When it comes down to doing projects with others, she enthusiastically agrees to the plans. The partners start to work, implementing what they’ve agreed to do, but when the event or the project is about to launch, she bails out. Over and over and over again she has done this. She now has a reputation that this is just how she rolls. I have heard her peers whispering, “Don’t work with her because when it counts she will bail.”

The lady, if ever questioned, will plead passionately that it was always for self-care, and that it was important that she didn’t proceed. She didn’t feel good about proceeding, and that shouldn’t she listen to her instincts?

How does one balance self-care needs with being dependable and reliable? First off it’s important to realize that the Y Generation looks at work and what is appropriate differently than other generations. The Y Generation likes change and rolls with it. Baby Boomers typically put relationships first and will rarely cancel last minute on something that would damage a relationship. X generation will show up also but for different reasons. They work to live, not live to work, and have learned to be flexible with changing circumstances.

So if you are a partner or boss who is trying to partner with Y Generation-types, it is important to give them a broad picture of: why partnering is good, the long term benefits, the project, and an accurate view of the consequences if they bail out. Let them understand that it will not only hurt them, but others in the long-term.

If you are Y Generation and recognize that you have this pattern, or if you’re from a different generation and have this struggle too, before you commit to something, really check in with yourself and your life. Do you really have the time and energy for this project? As a general rule, triple the amount of time and effort you think the project will require. Projects have a tendency to grow in what was required and lessen in the fun factor the more effort they require.

One of the best ways for you and everyone else to win when agreeing to do something is to strike a balance between meeting your own needs and meeting the needs of others. Think seriously before you commit to something, and only say yes to things that you are committed to accomplishing.

How to implement your business steps for best results

Tuesday, 6th March 2012

You’ve been asking questions on how to drill down
on the right steps to take on growing your business.
We are listening and answered them in THIS episode.

In this episode we drive in deep on how to keep yourself
on track when you are a busy person. We give you options
on figuring out what’s best for you.


PS I just have to say my favorite part of this epsiode is the monkey.
Do you love your monkey?