By Warren Wandling
on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 | No Comments
Entrepreneurs and business owners: Are you working hard to grow your business and things aren’t happening as fast as you want? Stop struggling and create a major business breakthrough. Three simple steps can eliminate your struggle and double your Productivity, Performance and Profits. Do you feel overwhelmed, with all the information that you are exposed to on a daily basis: email, voice mail, the Internet, cable and social media? Have you found yourself deleting emails without reading them? Another reason we feel overwhelmed is due to the intense negative news that we all hear everyday. When dealing with that overwhelmed feeling regularly, you can either give up or figure out how to persevere.
Failure Is Not an Option Remember Apollo 13? Failure is not an option. Failure is not an option for you either. It is a little known fact that more millionaires were made during the Great Depression of the 1930s than any other period in history. And here we are again in a similar time. Is this your time? One of the names you may recognize from this period is Harland Sanders, also known as Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. He learned how to persevere. At the age of 65, he started traveling by car to different restaurants and cooked his fried chicken on the spot for restaurant owners. If the owner liked the chicken, they would enter into an agreement to sell the Colonel’s chicken. Colonel Sanders would receive a nickel for each piece of chicken the restaurant sold. By 1964, Colonel Sanders had 600 franchisees selling his chicken. At this time, he sold his company for $2 million. According to a well-known legend, Colonel Sanders heard 1,009 “nos” before he heard his first “yes.” How many nos have you heard today, this week, or this month? Are you ready to quit? Remember he was turned down 1,009 times before he heard his first YES! Three Simple Steps So how do you develop the perseverance you need in today’s economy? Three simple steps will help you develop your perseverance and eliminate your struggle.
Step One: Be intentional about what you expose to your mind to. I decided to go on news fast recently, so I turned off my cable. To get my necessary news, on Sunday or Monday, I log on to my favorite news website and look at the headlines and read the articles that are of interest to me. I chose not to listen to the same negative stories over and over again. I found myself being drawn into the 24/7 news world we live in. I find the important news stories I have heard about. So I stay informed. Trust me, people will tell you about the big news story of the day. Be intentional about exposing yourself to positive material. Make sure you are listening to mp3s or CDs that will encourage you. Some of my favorites are John C. Maxwell, Brian Tracy and Jim Rohn. Listen while you are doing something else, like working out, getting ready of your day or while you are driving. A technique that will increase your learning is called spaced repetition. Listen to the same mp3 or CD for 7 days in a row. This will reinforce the learning process. Read a book on leadership or self-development for 15 minutes a day. This will help keep your mind focused on material that will move you towards your goal. Plan when you are going to read — in the morning, during lunch or in the evening. Be intentional. Create affirmations. An affirmation is a positive statement written in the present tense. If you are not using this technique, write down a few affirmations to help you be intentional about your thinking. The National Science Foundation says we have 50,000 thoughts a day. Those thoughts are either move towards your goal or away from your goal. A key to your success is taking action. So, here are a few affirmations to get you started. I put my plan into action. I have the “do it now” habit. When you are saying your affirmations the more emotion you have when you say them it will help reinforce the process.
Step Two: Master your time. Determine the top five tasks to focus on daily that will give you the greatest result in your day. That is what I call your HPAs (high payoff activities). Then I want you to spend 80% of your day on the top 20%. Be aware of your low payoff activities, or LPAs. An or example is reading your email. Have you ever found yourself reading the same email twice in one day or maybe three times? Here a few points that will assist you in determining your HPAs.
- You are completely responsible for the task, if you don’t do it the HPA it will not be completed.
- The HPA is under your control.
- What are the results you are expected to achieve in your position?
I believe when you focus on your HPAs, you will become a high performance achiever!
Step Three: Create accountability. Develop a mastermind group with no more than four people. It keeps it simple. You want to make sure you have like-minded people on your mastermind. Are they all willing to work towards their goals and take action? The fastest way to stop struggling and start growing your business is to hire a coach. You will be amazed how quickly you are able to achieve your goals and stop struggling. Creating Your Breakthrough If you’ve been working to grow your business for a while now and things aren’t happening as fast as you want, then I’d like to help you create a major business breakthrough. Here’s the scoop… I’ve heard from a lot of small businesses that are having an especially difficult time getting their business to grow fast these days. After hearing about so many people’s struggles, I decided to do something about it… Sign up here for the Breakthrough You’ve Been Looking for I’d like to invite you to take advantage of a special, “Business Breakthrough” coaching session. I’ll personally help you to… Discover and move toward:
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To Your Success,