Business Success & Rewards

Mark-Jasa-Pastor

Greetings Friends!

Tony Robbins tells a story about a Pastor of a church who gives a brilliant sermon one Sunday.  The deacons are well pleased and congratulate the Pastor afterward on the effectiveness of his sermon; he smiles and just nods in agreement.  The following Sunday the Pastor gives the exact same sermon causing the Deacons to look at one another in mild alarm, but they decide not to mention it since the congregation doesn’t seem to notice.  The Pastor then proceeds to repeat the very same sermon the following Sunday and the next at which point the deacons take him aside after the service and say to him, “Why are you giving the same sermon every week?!”

The Minister replies, “You noticed!  Well, I’m going to keep giving the sermon until you actually begin applying what I’m preaching!”

Yes, the dirty work of actually getting our work done can be a rather thankless task.  We read articles online, hire a coach, buy books–but how much of what you learn is actually applied?  Why do we procrastinate when it’s time to create programs that will solve the needs of our clients (and our wallets) or even take the time to tighten up our websites when we know that’s the thing that most needs to be done?

I will admit it can be a lot more fun to read the latest book on being a successful entrepreneur than to do the actual nitty, gritty work.  So, if you feel a few pangs of conscious upon reading this, don’t feel bad–do, however, take some steps to insure you aren’t just spinning your entrepreneurial wheels in 2013.

Some tips to help you tighten up your act include:

  • Make quarterly plans for your business.  What projects do you want to promote next quarter?  Now’s the time to start looking at your future business needs.  Pick your launch dates and work backwards so that you’re no longer waiting to the last minute to find clients to fill your practice or your programs.
  • Look at where you habitually fail to take action; do you hate the tech stuff?   Are you confused about what to do next to get a better result?  If you have certain tasks that intimidate you, take steps to either hire them out or get better information for the task so you can do a great job.
  • Get an accountability partner–ideally a coach that can take an unbiased view of your efforts and offer time saving tips to move your business along.
  • Get your inner child onboard; the whiny little voice that says it would rather play video games is letting you know that you need some rewards for all your hard work.  Plan a long weekend once a quarter or plan on buying that special item you’ve been wanting–after you get the website up (or you put the finishing touches on that long overdue white paper).  All work and no play makes your inner child a saboteur of your best efforts over time.

It may seem a fact of life that being an adult, in particular being a busy adult with an entrepreneurial bent, is a lot of work.  It can also be rewarding for you and inspiring for others when you take effective action and achieve your dreams.  If you pick the right business, with the right focus, you will be pulled along by the vision–these were Steve Jobs’ words of wisdom; may they serve you well.

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Rich Blessings!

Dee

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8-Top Business Success Tools

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Greetings Friends!

The beginning of a new year holds so much potential for expansion and success–it just seems like a natural time to focus on bringing our desired hopes and dreams to life!  Usually we hit a wall somewhere along the way, but it doesn’t haven’t to be the end of our enthusiasm or our adventure.  Seeing the year ahead as a journey where we may encounter tire problems, detours or bad weather may encourage each of us to enjoy the ride rather than focus so fiercely on outcomes.  If you’re not enjoying a healthy business and life experience you won’t have the stamina to see your dreams through, so I thought I’d begin the New Year with a look at some tools that you can use as GPS devices.  These tools can assist you not only in achieving your dreams, but encourage you to take a balanced approach to the journey.  P.S.–none of the links below are affiliate links, so I am not compensated in any way for these offerings.

OmniFocus:

Whether you prefer your laptop, desktop, phone or iPad as your main business ally, this tool will assist you in getting your ideas shaped up, planned and synced.  The cost runs $80 for your Mac/laptop and about $20 for your phone, so if you’re on the go, you can still keep your business ship shape and on target for success (don’t forget to plan your vacations)!

2013 Create Your Incredible Year Workbook

A more affordable tool ($9), this calendar/workbook duo comes in two flavors–life and business.  So for the savvy business owner you’ll not only have a ritual to bless and release 2012 you’ll have an opportunity to flesh out those really big dreams in detail.  Grab a latte and sneak off to your favorite quiet nook for some deep thinking with this tool; you should come out of your reverie with a balanced, detailed idea of how 2013 will roll.  Sweet!

PowToon

Would you like to establish an online video presence, but hate seeing yourself on camera?  No problem!  PowToon will enable you to deliver your message or presentation in a classy, yet affordable fashion–and no one need see your face.  Always helpful if you’re camera shy!  Cost rages between $9-$57 per month and you get a 14 day trial.  This is a nice, flexible tool you can add to the social media platforms that you’re already using.  The added caveat is that Google, who owns pride of place in the search engine optimization world, also owns–ta-da, YouTube!  You’ll be top of the heap in no time and you’ll have done it with style!

Live Off Your Passion

Is this your year to leave the employee life behind?  You might want to check out Scott Disnmore’s program Live Off Your Passion.  Most of us have to work–about 99% of us as a matter of fact.  And it’s also a fact that many of us hate our jobs…Scott has created a $197 program to help you identify your passions and skills–and then take that information to the next level–transforming you into CEO of YOUInc, the much coveted level of successfully self-employed entrepreneur.  If your wallet is a bit slim after the holidays, no worries.  Check out Scott’s Live Your Legend site; you’ll find a variety of free tools that can get you off and running on your journey to being happily financially solvent as a self-employed entrepreneur.

The Desire Map

This is a multimedia success tool from Danielle LaPorte intended to focus you on success from the inside out (and not just for business)…what does your success feel like?  Interesting question!  A book–digital and old school paper; three months of email support, activity sheets and more for $170; this is perfect for the right brained success maven on the go and a must for all Danielle LaPorte fans!

Planner Pad

As many of you know, this is my personal favorite planner–personal and business life all in one book; gotta love it!  This planner is divided horizontally in three levels; a brain dump, daily list, timed appointment section, plus sections for expenses and a column to track your shopping list, or any other important info.  The Planner Pad comes in a variety of sizes and prices; click the link above to find the right type of Planner Pad for you.

The Right-Brain Business Plan

I’ve already talked about the importance of having a business plan for tax season 2012; the IRS has new ideas about ways to eliminate your business deductions and it all hinges on the viability of your business plan (see that post here).  While the book is available on Kindle, I recommend the paper version so that you have better access to the worksheets.  This book is for those of us whose heads spin whenever the topic of book keeping, financial statements or anything of a similar nature is mentioned.  Yes, your business planning in 2013 should include a business plan–go figure!

Pagemodo

This tool is for the graphically challenged among us who also happen to a) have a limited budget and b) need Facebook fan page designs.  Not as fancy as your graphic designer or web genius ally, this will still get the job done for anywhere from free (not much with this offer though) to $33.25 per month.  Not bad and a great way to add some social oomph to your Facebook page!

I could go on, but that’s a lot to get you started.  Hopefully this list will reignite your New Year’s enthusiasm if it is waning and support you in knocking the proverbial ball out of the park if you’re ready to fly out of the starting gate.  And as a Twitter friend of mine posted on New Years day, may 2013 exceed your expectations!

Rich Blessings!

Dee