Successfully running any type of business – whether small, medium or big – is hard work and requires the leader to possess a great deal of consistent clarity, focus, self-discipline, perseverance and resilience. These are some of the key skills needed for what I refer to as “Driving Business Growth.”
While the work associated with “Driving Business Growth” is hard, it is very doable. One of the keys to success is to break down the components of success into smaller and more concise – easily understood – elements to make them easier to act upon. To stress their importance, I refer to them as “Laws” in today’s Wake Up Call. The four laws shown here provide you the opportunity to build the footing and foundation for your success journey. Continue reading →
At the risk of dating myself, “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate,” is a classic line from the 1967 hit movie “Cool Hand Luke” starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. This line has been used over and over to summarize, at any given time, relationships between spouses, employees, friends and most frequently between parents and their children.
Communication is a critical skill in every aspect of our personal and professional lives. How you communicate plays a major role in how well you do—in anything. Poor communication causes frustration, anger, misunderstandings, mistakes, friction and broken relationships. Nothing good comes from poor communication. Good communication, on the other hand, keeps everything moving forward as smooth as possible. When good communication exists, the right things just happen on a consistent basis.
Success at anything doesn’t happen because you think you can “will it” to happen. The path to success starts with a first step, then another and another, until you achieve your desired goals.
I have always been amazed at the reluctance of people to commit to do the work that will lead them to be the best they can be in their chosen profession. Why would you hold back on giving it your all?
Nothing can stop you if you have a strong belief in yourself, your abilities and the will to get things done. Never stop making those qualities stronger because nothing can help if you let your self-belief slip.
An important part of successful entrepreneurship is crafting your marketing message—also known as your value proposition message.
It’s a universal truth that it doesn’t matter how much you know about what you do; it only matters how much other people know about what you do. As a result, the point of your marketing message is to educate as many people as possible about the value of what you do and how it addresses their needs and solves their problems. The right message will make your phone ring off the hook. It’ll make your door swing open repeatedly as people reach out to you and seek you out.
You shouldn’t have to sell your services; people should be compelled to buy from you. A good marketing message helps you accomplish that by attracting more potential “buyers” to your business.
The first component of successful entrepreneurship is knowing where you want to go. Some people call this a roadmap—I call it a vision. Your vision should be a simple, succinct document that outlines what you want to build over the next two years.
This isn’t your typical business plan, which can span dozens of pages and tend to get lost in the clutter. Rather, it is a clear, actionable statement that will illuminate the way forward for your business.
Always accomplish the first task of every day. Little things do matter and when handled consistently will lead to big results.
Don’t try to be perfect; just do what you have to do to keep moving forward towards success. Perfection is “overrated” while success is real.
All that really matters is the strength of your will to succeed. Stay focused on nurturing your will to succeed so that it will guide you in pushing past the obstacles and barriers you will encounter.
Sometimes you have to push through and slug it out in the “mud” to achieve success. If you’re right, don’t be afraid to get dirty. The dirt will wash off but the feeling of success and achievement will help you shine inside.
To succeed you have to take a risk now and then. Don’t back down when faced with threats, stay calm, look for a way forward (it’s always there) and do your very best with what you have.
Focus on these 5 points and master them. If you do, and only you will determine that, you’ll be racking up more wins on a consistent basis which will make your journey to success less challenging. What have you got to lose?
Everyone wants to be successful in whatever they do. I don’t know of anyone who starts their day by saying, “How can I fail today?” Unfortunately, far too many start the day without asking, “How can I be successful today?”
More importantly, many of us start the day with the wrong mindset; they start out daily with a mindset that goes contrary to being a success. They go through the motions and in many cases, let the day’s events take control of them. Then, they do it all over again the very next day.
Wanting, wishing or hoping to be successful isn’t enough. To be a success, requires a “certain” mindset that results in your ability to take the “right” actions. Here are 5 ways to help you create your own success mindset: Continue reading →
Problems also involve emotions and frustration. To succeed, you have to get past the emotion to get to the solution. Chris discusses taking the right action to solve problems instead of getting bogged down and distracted by and with negative emotions.
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