Times are a little crazy right now and seem to be spinning out of control, right? Or, so it seems.
I've been on zoom calls all week, while I "nurse" my daughter, recovering from a Tonsillectomy, and keep my business going.
I've spoken with clients; potential clients; Networking colleagues and friends and a lot of common themes came up -
What will happen to my business
Should I quit my business
"No one" is buying
STOP. These are just thoughts, really and truly. Some are just made up stories...
Here is the cold, hard truth -
Things have changed, at least for now.
Surviving and thriving in business is going to take some "out of the box" thinking and ACTING, for sure.
Right now, is a critical time to find, connect with and nurture a tribe online.
Have you found yours? Do you know how?
No worries, even if you don't. You aren't too late!
First, join me in my...
It kinda feels like the world is upside down about now, doesn’t it?
Like we went to bed one night and woke up in a parallel universe…
Or, is it a dream?
And, then you find out your friends and neighbors are in the dream with you.
You run to check your toilet paper stash.
There is enough….
Interesting things happen during times of uncertainty.
They become engulfed in fear.
Some people worry.
Others view this as an opportunity.
I am writing this in March, 2020, as we are experiencing the CoronaVirus Pandemic across the globe. Not sure when you may be reading this, but being prepared is relevant regardless of the date or circumstances.
We all have some extra time because we sure aren’t going to -
Sporting events, concerts, movies, on cruises, St. Patrick’s day parades….
Emotional and Business resilience is important to your overall success and peace of mind.
Life gives us lemons 50% of the time. Let’s make lemonade from them.
We count on that superstar in Network Marketing, and then they don’t join or quit. Someone laughs at our decision.
Real Estate can be the same - EVERYONE seems to have their Real Estate license.
We must learn to stand out, get noticed, get the sale.
First, we must learn to navigate life’s challenges.
This week has been a whirlwind.
My son and his wife welcomed their first child and our first grandchild into the world. So excite to meet this new little bundle.
Less than 24 hours later, a devastating tornado blew through Nashville, Tennessee, literally right next door to my daughter’s apartment.
She is fine, but the aftermath and going through something like that alone, in the darkness is rattling. And, the power is out all...
How a Daily Thought Download Creates Success in your life and your business.
Starting your day with an exercise in intentional thinking can truly change your life; your business and your happiness.
We have a choice each day - we can run the day, or the day can run us.
When we start the day by digesting the negative news; scrolling social media; scanning our inbox or anything else that gets us thinking in repetitive, often negative mode, chances are the day is not going to start on a high note.
Here is how to take control over your day, your thoughts and run more efficiently, effectively and happily.
First, know this - there are no rules.
No right or wrong.
You can do it different each day.
Okay, there is one small rule, that can be broken, but I encourage you not to.
That rule is this - you MUST write it out. On paper. With a pen.
There is a connection between your brain and writing that does not have the same effect as typing...
"Everything is figure-outable." Marie Forleo
We can spend way too much time getting stuck in thinking we need more knowledge; more answers; more time….
Let’s start with what you know NOW…
What do you know already about your business?
We’ve covered clarity on:
What you truly sell
Next, we move to commitment.
We get stuck thinking we “need” to know more in order to even get started, much less to be successful.
But really, we don’t.
We are stuck in fear, procrastination and other emotions and thoughts that are coming up for us.
Right now; what are the fears that hold you back in your business?
Are you afraid someone will ask a question you don’t have the answer to?
How is this holding you back now? Are you in the ditch of your business?
Is it true that you must have the answer to everything?
Do you know...
What does commitment mean?
What is your #1 Goal this year?
Is your goal possible?
Do you believe it is probable for you?
If yes or no, your thought must be -
I will figure this out.
THIS is commitment.
I’m willing…I am committed to do whatever it takes to achieve my goal.
How does that thought feel?
What action has to happen for you to get those results? To get that goal?
Look around you. This is what you are currently committed to in your life; business; income; fitness; health; relationships.
Social Proof surrounds you.
We think of Roger Bannister and the 4 minute mile, and what is possible and probable. Once he proved it was possible, others set the goal and did it, too.
Decide what you want.
Decide to commit.
Decide your values.
My 5 F words are my values and I strive to live them every day.
How are you doing with being consistent?
And, what do you do to stay accountable?
Systems are what create a breakthrough around a lot of ways for you in your business.
A system gives you a roadmap to follow, so you know every step of the way where you are; and where each person is; and what the next step is.
McDonald’s is a great example of a company that strives on systems.
In the video and the audio, I share my story of using what I learned about systems to create my own success as a high school student working at McDonald’s in the 80s, and how I won the Saturday lunch sales contest almost every week.
What are your business systems?
Get clarity on this so you have a more simple system.
What are you selling?
Then, define those systems and for me, 3 primary things are part of my...
Often, we don’t understand what it is we truly sell.
On the last episode, we talked about clarity behind your values and priorities. That’s at show 353.StreetSmartWealth.me
What you sell is NOT your company, or your product name; or even type of product.
We sell solutions, experiences a result.
It’s ultimately the “Transformation” that you client is going to experience through your product, service or offer.
So, we start with what the challenge is that they have. What do they need a solution for?
You’ve probably heard, no one goes to the hardware store to buy a drill; They go to buy a hole in wall.
Who is your ideal client? Have you written out the avatar for up to 3 unique profiles? Some of the traits may be the same, but hav ing 3 allows you to speak to a broader audience.
What are their main challenges, obstacles, problems?
Make a list.
Then, what is the solution of...
I run my life and my decisions around a few key concepts. One of those is the 3 Cs for Success, which are Clarity, Commitment and Consistency. Today, let’s cover Clarity on Your Values and Priorities.
My focus word for 2020 is accomplished, and I’ll cover how these all fit together.
The definition of clarity is the quality of the “state” of being clear. Having a clear understanding of what and why.
And, ideally, so others are clear as well.
Do you have clarity around your life goals and priorities?
When these are clear for you, it creates more joy and simplicity in your life.
I base my values and proprieties around my 5 Favorite F Words. My value and marketing “buckets” come from this.
I started with my WHY in each area, and also incorporated my focus word into each one.
My key phrase ion journaling and doing my Thought Download on this is -
Focus on what matters most.
Welcome to one of the most powerful shows of the year, where we close out the year, and in this case, the decade as well, and prepare to really rock the new year and decade coming.
First, as I have been coaching on, start with your Thought Downloads (TDL) and your journal and begin to go through your calendar and what has happened through the year.
It’s a lot of fun to do this, and reflect on what’s happened that you may gave already forgotten about.
As I have shared many times
50% positive and flowing; and 50% frustration and unhappiness.
Steve Jobs shares a quote, and I am paraphrasing here, but he says - You can’t connect the dots looking forward, only looking backwards.
And, while this can be true, what if we made the decision to be very intentional about our lives, and worked to connect the dots moving forward be being aware, and having clarity....