The higher you aim the higher you finish.
You are not going to change things by worrying
We have all experienced many things that didn’t work out as planned. Not everything works out as we hope. There are many reasons for this and usually, what seems like an awful turn of events, often make perfect sense sometime in the future.
I have missed out on contracts, passed up on opportunities with regret and made questionable choices in life. However, I wouldn’t be where I am today had things been different.
So, what do we do when we are confronted with a crossroad? How do we figure out which way to go? I take a deep breath, find a nice place to relax and then think, reflect and initiate some careful analysis and planning. When we reach certain crossroads, we all make choices and choose our paths, even when it feels like we don’t.
“No matter how many problems and frustrations you might be experiencing with things not working out, take the positive road, analyse them and start taking action”. Peter Sergeant
Decide on and develop some new success factors
Good opportunities only fall out of the sky when you are ready to catch them. Why not try and introduce three or four success factors at a time, change your activities, swap your bad habits for some good ones and you will change your outcomes:
- Work with people who have congruent values.
- Spend more time crystallising your plans and focus on what you planned.
- Become action oriented and analyse your real passion and strengths.
- Identify and work to your strengths and be passionate about what you do.
- Stick to it, luck only comes to those who work at it and are always prepared.
- Focus on building good relationships, particularly your family who share the load.
- Become financially savvy and ensure your business is properly capitalised.
- Manage the cash flow and practice sound financial management.
- Success only comes after most of the work has been done. Don’t stop.
- Use Best Practices.
- Start anywhere to look for opportunities, be forever on the lookout.
- Be comfortable talking about every aspect of your business and your life.
- Spend quality time and money looking for the answers and new ways and means.
- Use your imagination. Examples of c creativity and innovation are all around you.
- Always be optimistic and show enthusiasm.
- Allocate real time to planning and maintaining an ‘Investor Ready’ status.
- Be prepared by being proactive on the things important to you.
- Know your community; you support it and it will support you.
- Share the load, build your team, board or committee.
- Never be afraid to ask for help; two heads are always better than one.
- Set priorities, do the important things first.
- Play the odds; take a risk now and again, nothing is guaranteed, life itself is a risk.
- Give people confidence in you and the business.
- Don’t be risk adverse, taking risks is a necessary part of success.
- Get excited about your business and its plans. If you don’t, who will?
- Pay more attention to major advances than minor setbacks.
- Focus on things that are important, not insignificant details.
- Welcome change it keeps you young; if you manage it.
- Take a reality check on yourself and your business.
- Have someone do a Business Health Check.
- Be willing to do what it takes, accept personal responsibility.
- Above all, have fun; you should be enjoying your business.
To get started, you’ll have to do some soul searching and be honest with yourself. Ask yourself, “What does success look like to me”? “What type of lifestyle do I want to lead and how can I refocus it”?
It is very easy to give conditioned responses based on your own understanding of why things don’t go as you have planned. Always remember that two heads are better than one and a problem shared is a problem halved.
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People come to me for all sorts of reasons. Mostly they come because they are finally fed up with all the struggles. Their enthusiasm and motivation for their business or project seem to have deserted them.
Their issues always have something to with making changes. They have no idea what to do or where to start, they are simply overwhelmed because they let the little issues build up until they became serious and fear of failure set in.
They either want to stop the pain, whether it be a financial pain, relationship problems, health problems or they are just tired of turning in a poor performance and are desperate to find answers.
Of course, there are others who are wanting to start a new business, live a better lifestyle or explore an opportunity they have. These are the people to model yourself on as they recognise their limitations and immediately seek the kelp they want and need.
Look on the bright side and avoid negativity while you become action orientated, so your plans can become a reality.