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Give Your Best or Give Up

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The depth of your passion to succeed is directly translated in the actions you take to achieve your goals. Whenever you start something new you have high levels of excitement and energy to win. Over time as the highs become lows your enthusiasm decreases along with passion and suddenly you just not putting in the effort you started with.  Anything you approach must be met with your best effort.  Mediocrity is not an option for successful people.

The successful mindset is to always do the best job from beginning to end. There are no brownie points for doing a great job when business is on a high, but your reward comes when you give your best consistently on a daily basis. Successful people are successful because they work hard everyday at what they do. Anything worth achieving comes with a price. To be unwilling to pay the price will always result in failure. When you find yourself half way doing something then you may as well give it up. A half way job produces half way results and leaves you drowning in self-judgment and regret. If you’re not willing to pay the price by doing your best, recognize that you will never conquer that particular goal and move on.

What makes you give your best everyday?

Your perception of yourself  has an enormous impact on how you approach things in life. The more self-confidence you have, the more likely you are to succeed.  Giving your best  effort everyday means being  your own cheerleader.  Self-confidence is the foundation of giving your best. Your internal  will and determination surpasses all negativity around you as you stay focused on your goal. If you believe that anything you attempt is achievable you will have confidence, give your best and see it to the end.

You must accept what comes and the important thing is that you meet it with the best you have. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Do you give your best everyday?

How often do you find yourself  doing just enough to stay “in the game”?  And, is doing just enough  really doing the best you can. The real measure of your effort is seen in the contribution you make on a daily basis.  Do you get up extra early to prepare for your day?  Do you stay late to make sure you crossed every t and dotted every i?.  Take the time to make the extra phone call to a potential client. Send on old client an email to just check in. Giving your best means keeping up with what’s going on in your industry. Attend workshops, conferences and community events to stay shar. Every time you do something extra, you are giving your best effort.

Life does not require us to make good; it asks only that we give our best at each experience.  ~ Harold Ruopp

Remember

Success comes only to those who give their best effort. In order to make your best effort you must constantly fuel passion within yourself. Good things take longer and much more effort. Whether or not you obtain them depends on whether or not  you are prepared to consistently give your best effort.

Written by Beverly S. Davis

July 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm

The Benefits of Open Business Circles

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Networking is cultivating mutually beneficial relationships. The goal should be to develop a large and diverse group of people who will gladly and continually refer a lot of business to you.  –Bob Burg

Networking helps expand the publicity and profitability of your business.  It can also help you to obtain business information and skills from leaders at all levels. Typically when we think of networking we think of business partners within our industry, but there are enormous benefits in opening up your business circles outside of your industry. Open business circles gives you an extra set of eyes & ears. You can double your knowledge in less time just by the company you keep.

Be receptive to how other industries approach marketing or productivity.  Just because someone is in a different industry than you doesn’t mean you can not learn from their approach or business practices. Collaboration is the new power strategy that successful businesses use to grow. Diversity within and outside of your industry is a huge catalyst to expansion. With a better view of many business tactics you increase your leverage to reach a variety of customers and your ability to deal with out of the box business situations.

Self-similarity inhibits your network circles

Network with people who are different from you and also different from one another. Participate in activities and events where diverse people come together. Join groups online or within your community. Start having conversations and invite individuals to connect who are outside your industry. Groups such as Toastmasters is an excellent way for beginners to step out of their comfort zone and interact with various professionals.  Networking is not always about what someone can do for you or what you can do for them. The best benefit of networking is to learn something that you didn’t know.

What you can learn networking  outside your industry:

  • Different ways to market or brand your business
  • Different ways to tackle problems in the office
  • Different ways your services could help others

Your best referrals are outside of your industry

Professionals outside of your industry are valuable to your business circle because they will share your business services with others that you may not have daily contact with.  Take the time to build strong relationships with others who do not do what you do. Word of mouth and referrals brings great profits and you never know when someone outside your industry will meet someone who could use your services.

What business perks can come from networking outside your industry:

  • Word of mouth referrals
  • Business collaborations/partnerships
  • Speaking invitations
  • Blogging invitations

Regardless of what industry you’re in, you must constantly search for different resources to help learn new skills and concepts of doing business. As you approach expanding your business, don’t underestimate the power of networking. Getting out of your comfort zone and can be a refreshing and enlightening experience. Reaching outside your industry you’ll find new, exciting conversations and possibly new profits that you didn’t even know what there.

Written by Beverly S. Davis

July 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

5 Simple Steps To Command Your Day

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Don’t allow the fear of making the wrong decision prevent your decision. No decision is the wrong decision. ~Shaun Mahoney

The longer you live the more life changing decisions you will make along the way. Every decision we make shapes our reality. Our decisions shape our present and our future. Who we are as a person is a direct reflection of the decisions we make. This is especially true when you are running our own business. For many the problem is knowing they have reached the point when a final decision needs to be made.  For others the challenge is actually making a decision. Taking command of your day involves making decisions before your day even starts. Commanding your day establishes what’s important and necessary for you and your business. If you don’t control your day, things can quickly go a rye and your day will control you.

Indecisiveness stalls your progress, keeps you from growth and moving on to bigger things.  Successful entrepreneurs have learned not to make critical decisions based on emotion. Good decisions result from critical thinking. Analyze the situation, make the decision, and take action with confidence in your decision-making.  The ability to focus your thinking to get the results you want is a key entrepreneurial skill.  The ability to command your day creates order, saves time and is a major key to a successful productive day.

Here are five simple steps to start commanding your day:

       1.  Gives answers don’t invite questions

The best way to command your day is to first speak to it.  Imagine situations that may come up throughout the day and have solutions already prepared.  Have confidence in yourself and know that any problems that arise will be addressed and conquered. Spend a few moments before your day starts building your attitude for the day. Remind yourself of why you are doing what you do and what it’s going to take to get you to the next level.

      2.  Make a to-do list with a deadline for each item

Just because you make a to-do list doesn’t mean you are now in control. Adding a start and finish time for each item on your list gives you a goal and guarantees completion. Make a commitment to complete a task before moving on to the next one. Your day shouldn’t be a guessing game. but a well thought out plan that moves your business closer to success.

     3.  Don’t answer email or phone messages until your to do list is complete

Answering email or phone messages first thing in the morning causes you to lose the first half of your day.  It’s always good to check email and messages in the morning and respond to important or urgent request, but don’t get trapped into spending all morning responding to other people’s need that can wait. Mark unimportant emails and messages to respond to later in the day. You are responsible for what gets done for you and your business.

     4.  Use technology to your advantage

Be sure your office is equipped with technology that helps you to be the most efficient and effective you can be.  Streamline your workspace as much as you can. It is difficult to command your day when your space is in chaos.  A tech-savvy workspace helps you communicate with clients/customers more effectively and access important information quickly.

    5.   Prepare for the next day

You have completed another productive day, this is a good thing.  Taking a few moments to prepare for tomorrow is a great thing.  By making a few mental or physical notes you can get a jump-start on what items you will focus on.  Mentally as you wind your day down, simultaneously you can build your next day up. Start professing success and it will be sure to meet you the next morning.

Written by Beverly S. Davis

July 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm

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