Strategic Thinking

Accountability and Keeping Your Word

In 1997, don Miguel Ruiz wrote the best-selling book, The Four Agreements. In this book Ruiz notes that we create agreements in all aspects of our lives, and that the agreements we make with ourselves are among the most important. Ruiz examines four agreements that have the potential to transform our businesses and our lives:…

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Questions: 3 Magic Questions

 3 Magic Questions for your Business As a business coach and as an Entrepreneur I love the thought of asking questions to shift your thinking.   I firmly believe that our thoughts become things, and realize that humans tend to have more negative thoughts than positive ones. So how to shift that?  Affirmations, Gratitude Journals –…

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Questions: 5 strategic thinking questions

No- the first question is not – do you have a strategy – but it could be!  Strategic thinking what is it you may ask?  In the words of the Dr. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose!”  Dr. Seuss – Oh, the…

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Systems: 6 Essential Systems for Your Business

As I mentioned in last weeks FAB Friday post – Systems allow your business to run like a well-oiled machine while making it more streamlined, more productive, and ultimately, more profitable. And my favorite acronym for SYSTEM is this:  Save Yourself Stress Time Energy Money Here are 6 essential systems for any business: Marketing/Networking – Getting known.  How do people know your business…

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Attachment – How is it affecting you?

Clear up some of your attachments – particularly around bringing in revenue.   Let’s look at what it means to be “attached.” Macmillan Dictionary defines attachment as being joined or fixed to something. In the context of generating new business and the sales process, with each interaction we are joined or fixed to a particular outcome such as closing the sale and earning money. Being attached can refer to the specific outcomes for a particular sales meeting and may also be tied to our overall goals and outcomes.  Generally, there is a lot riding on this one prospect and potential sales meeting – talk about attachment to the outcome! Being overly attached to the outcomes day after day can impact us in three important ways.  This ongoing self-imposed pressure and stress to try to control each uncontrollable outcome reduces our effectiveness which shows up directly in our conversations, client relationships, and ultimately limits our sales, results, income, and referrals. Being overly tied to the outcomes makes it exponentially more difficult to grow our businesses naturally and for the benefit of those we serve, therefore reducing the joy and passion we have for our business.   Due to the difficulty, we have created around attachment, and getting what we want, we may begin to dread the sales aspect role and consciously or unconsciously begin to limit our sales and prospecting activity. This reduced activity limits all areas for growth and possibilities.   Studies show that we can become more successful when we let go of trying to control the uncontrollable. Becoming non-attached does not mean that we take a hands-off approach to sales or life. Quite the opposite. As we think through our business, and particularly our sales process from beginning to end, we know (or learn with experience) that when we take certain actions, we inevitably achieve certain results.  For most of us, it takes time, effort, and energy to notice our patterns of attachment, interrupt the habit and engage in a new awareness of non-attachment by focusing on the client needs and desires. We proactively reach our goals and objectives by first helping our clients reach their goals and objectives.   BUSINESS:  FOCUS Sessions.  Do you need to release and reprioritize – clients/tasks/systems in your business?  Hiring a coach like me can help…

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Planning: Stop, Keep, Start

Feeling the pressure of a year ending and a new one beginning? If you are like me and many other entrepreneurs I work with, you are feeling the pressure of all of those unfinished projects.  You may be looking at your list of goals from January and thinking – what happened to this year?  Well – we all know…

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Planning: A Look Back

We made it to December!  The FAB FRIDAY theme this month is Planning!  I know after the year we’ve just been through – you may laugh and say why plan at all? I hear you! There were several things on my 2020 plan that did not happen (a new book, a 3 day live retreat),…

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Generosity and Happiness

communities that seem out of our control.  The good news is, you do have control over your own happiness.  It just takes a bit of focused attention and mindfulness. We all know that doing something nice for someone makes us feel good, right?  Researchers have discovered that even THINKING about doing something generous has real…

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Decisions: Data or Guts?

Knowing how you make decisions can lead to you making better and more effective decisions that affect both your business and personal life.  One model is to know if you are more of a Maximizer or a Satisficer? What did you call me? “Maximizers are people who want the very best. Satisficers are people who…

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Action: 3 steps to making a decision.

“Nothing is more difficult and therefore more precious than to be able to decide.” Napoleon Bonaparte Decision making is one of the keys to taking action in your business and life. More is lost by not making a decision than by making the wrong decision. Entrepreneurs get stuck by not making decisions to take an…

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