Would You Hire You?

Thursday, 25th July 2013

Would You Hire You?

When examining your business an important piece to look at that is often over looked is how is the owner showing up? This is most often over looked when you are the owner.

So look at how you are showing up at work. First thing to do is to put on your objective hat. What is the job description for your job? What is most needed? Don’t look at what you are doing. Look at what your company most needs you to do. Then look objectively like you were one of your employees. How are you doing? What are you doing that is working and really helping your company? What would you be doing if you were running a 10 million company? How can you implement some of those things into your business?


Are You an Action Master?

Monday, 22nd July 2013

Are You an Action Master?

I once considered become a therapist. In fact I had three job offers if I would go and get my degree, but there was one thing that held me back from that —I am not a patient person to slackers. I imagined having client-after-client come crawling in complaining about this problem or that problem, and be unwilling to do anything about it.

Ahhh, I don’t like whiners. I don’t mind problems and I love helping people with them, but I just can’t stand people who don’t do anything about their problems. They just want to sit around getting pity for their plight. Uck!

Instead, I want action masters. People who have the courage to feel the fear and do it any way. I am so inspired by people who got a bum deal in their life and they completely transform it into some huge and wonderful gift and bless others’ lives.

So are you an action master and look for ways to fight your way out of any mess, or are you a wuss that wants to have your hand held?


Money Peak Performance

Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Money Peak Performance

I am a creative at heart. There are many good things that come with that, but something that is not so good is being bad with numbers or with money. I like making and spending money, but math and accounting bores me.

You might guess that having that attitude with money did not support me so much when I launched a business and tried to grow it. My business and the money I was making reflected that deficiency until I got a mentor that demanded I know my numbers at all times.

He also demanded that I pay attention to money matters every day. I was assigned to do one thing with money every working day. It could be to put something on automatic payment, or to stop payment on something, balance the books, etc. It didn’t matter. Every day, one thing.

In three months time my whole financial situation had been changed. Systems were put in place that transformed how I did business. I caught problems, and I shifted from not making income to making income.

One action a day completely changed my money’s peak performance. I wonder what it can do for you.

If you need some ideas on how to make this work for you contact me.


Are You Moving Forward in Business or Wasting Your Time?

Thursday, 23rd May 2013

Are You Moving Forward in Business or Wasting Your Time?

I have talked to so many entrepreneurs and small business owners that say that they seem to keep working and working, but they aren’t sure if the steps that they are taking are getting them anywhere?

So, how do you know if you are wasting your time in all the things you are doing? How do you know which are the good, better, and best steps to take and which ones to take that will really pay off?

One thing that is critical to do is to know your numbers when it comes to actions. If I take time and write my blog what are the results I get versus taking time and working on the newsletter?

Start comparing the different options that you can take. If you aren’t getting results with one thing that you are doing, its time to make a decision.

One, quit doing it and do something else that gets you better results.
Two, make some changes and tweak it and test out the results.
Third, give it more time to give it feet.

Knowing your numbers as far as what results your actions get is CRITICAL to decide what the right things to do are.

Peak Performance: Oh, These Negative Thoughts!

Monday, 13th May 2013

Peak Performance: Oh, These Negative Thoughts!

Part of staying in your zone is to deal with your negative thinking. When you find yourself feeling like things won’t work, look for the possible.

Have a Business Action Plan

Monday, 6th May 2013

Have a Business Action Plan

Do you have a strategic plan outlined for the year yet? Having such makes it easier to chunk your big ambitious goal down to 90 day periods of time. After you have a big picture outlined with measurable chunks along the way, implement a system where you are held accountable weekly and daily.

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Is Your Environment Helping Your Business?

Saturday, 13th April 2013

Is Your Environment Helping Your Business?

Okay, I get asked all the time, and I mean all the time, how am I able to grow my business, write all the books that I write, do my TV show, and raise eight wonderful productive children.

Good Question.

Part of the answer is I am very careful how I set up my environment and what I surround myself with. If I want to incorporate a new habit into my life, I will put structure and accountability in place.

For example, I am a very driven person and in order to physically keep up with my drive I need to have things put in place to honor my body and give it time to restore so I can keep on soaring. In pursuit of keeping this balance and after much persuasion, I decided to meditate daily.

When I got really serious about doing that, I knew that I would only keep that habit up for about a week before I found a real good reason to not keep it up. (Okay, I have history that convinced me of that fact.)

So how did I make a habit that was going to be hard for me to stick to? What did I do in my environment to support me in moving forward in doing something that I wasn’t naturally inclined to do? … I got a meditation accountability partner.

It’s been perfect. A simple text a day. “Done.” And I am showing up for over 52 days steady. I care about what this partner thinks. I am reminded I need to do it when their text beeps in and I get a little nudge when it is getting late and I do the same for him.

The best part of setting my environment up on this one little task this way is I am getting huge results. So what would be good for you to implement that would really help you get the results you want?

To have continued success in your business and life your environment needs to be set up to keep you moving forward and not drag you back to old habits.

The Tricky Art of Finding the Right Business Model for Effective Leadership

Thursday, 14th February 2013

Photo: Shazz Mack on Flickr

One of the biggest problems in building your business comes with deciding which business model to incorporate. Choosing the right business model to grow your business to the next stage is tricky and can be challenging if you don’t look at the right questions to answer.

Some of the more obvious questions to ask yourself when pondering which business model you want to incorporate are:

  • Where do you want to go with your business?
  • How do you want the business to look?
  • What results do you want your business efforts to achieve?
  • What’s the fastest way to utilize the resources that you already have?

Those questions are good starting points. There are other questions that aren’t often looked at, questions centered around how the model you pick affects you personally. Questions like:

  • What do you want to spend most of your time doing?
  • What is the most important part to you of your business, in your opinion? e.g. The growth? The lifestyle? The work?
  • What is the most fulfilling part of running your business, and what would it look like if you did more of that?
  • How much do you want to work?
  • How much money do you want to make, versus how much time off do you want?

These personal questions aren’t always easy to answer truthfully, but they’re probably more important than the strategic questions.

For example, one of my clients was really struggling with working in general. After a closer look, she determined it was the marketing she was resisting. The more we snooped around, it became very clear that she thought she should become a renowned guru. She felt a lot of outside and inside pressure to do so. Clearly she had the skills, talent, and her company was positioned in a place where she could really take off, but she didn’t. She kept stopping herself.

Photo: Photographyxgrl on Flickr

Once we took a closer look, it became apparent that to become famous did not meet the needs of her top values. In fact it didn’t even come close. When we explored further, her need to have more white space—time that wasn’t scheduled, was more important. Time for her to do her art meant a lot to her, and the idea of getting consumed by her business halted her efforts to build the business.

After she determined that what she wanted was a handful of clients and some group meetings that she could facilitate, it was a snap to come up with a different business model that required much less time building the business. This realization got her the results that she wanted with a smaller amount of effort plus created a lot of time for her to do other things that brought her happiness.

When you ask yourself personal questions before growing your business to the next level, you will have more of the information that you need to pick the business model that works better for you and your lifestyle.

How can an Entrepreneur Gain a Competitive Advantage and Effective Leadership in the Market

Wednesday, 26th December 2012
    Entrepreneurship: How do I go from being an idea/vision guy to an idea and execution guy?

The best way to go from an idea guy to execution is to implement some system where you are holding yourself accountable in getting things done. Make it so that you will do things because you don’t like the consequence if you don’t.

    Entrepreneurship: Is being a ”people person” a prerequisite for entrepreneurship?

The important thing to be successful in any field is to be determined. Steve Job was extremely successful in the tech field and he certainly wasn’t a people person at all but he was a driven person. The simple truth is we all have strengths and weakness and those aren’t excuses to not get what you want. If you can’t do something one way look for a solution or a way around it. There are always answers if you are determined enough.

    Entrepreneurship: Why do people NOT take action to start a business, even though they consciously want to?

Most often the reason don’t take the steps they want is they are too focus on the fear of the steps they are about to take. Many people are slow to start a business because they think about all the things that they will need to do, all the things they want to figure out before jumping in action then they get overwhelmed and freeze. What needs to be done is to take the first smallest step– do it. Then figure out what the next step is and take that one. The truth is you will never come up with what will actually happen and you will never find the answers either without taking the first smallest step first then the next.

Peak Performance Training for Introverted Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, 18th December 2012

Many people believe that an introvert is shy and would not fare well in the extroverted world of entrepreneurs. The truth is, introverts may keep to themselves more when they are in a situation where they are not comfortable, but that does not mean that they are shy or that they don’t talk. Introverts and extroverts are determined mainly from where they get their energy. Introverts need time with themselves and extroverts need people.

I am an introvert myself, and when I used to be asked to speak, I would get extremely sick to my stomach. Now that I have given hundreds of speeches, it is not as hard to get up in front of people, although I still feel nervous. The more you do something the easier it becomes. I used to hate networking meetings. Now people don’t believe that I am introverted. There is this thing called, “situational extroverted.” The more I do things, the more I become comfortable and the more at ease I am when I show up. The same principle will work for any introvert.
I have worked with an introvert who threw-up before giving a speech in front of five people. After diving into what she wanted to create, and why, that person exercised an incredible amount of courage, and built a whole business where she’d create events and speak with confidence and ease in front of rooms full of hundreds of people. No one would have imagined what she was like before, unless they had seen her earlier.

There are many successful entrepreneurs who are introverts. An extremely well –known, successful introvert entrepreneur that I know personally is Jack Canfield. I have talked to him about how he still is very much an introvert and how he sets up his life to honor that. He also has given hundreds of speeches to help him overcome his personal limitations because it was also part of his journey to become a great orator.

An important concept to remember if you are an introvert and you want to play in a more extroverted world of entrepreneurs, is to honor your introverted nature. If you do something extroverted, like networking or speaking, be sure to schedule downtime afterwards. Introverts need time to process and to get grounded. The key to being introverted and be in business, is to honor yourself for the way you are, and to find the courage to take the next step toward your dream.