Finding your Passion in Business

24 01 2012

Last week we discussed reviewing where we were in business and setting goals for where we want to be by the end of this year.  While we were discussing goal-setting, I mentioned that it was not only important to set obtainable goals, but to set goals that you were passionate about.

This week we are going to explore a some possible ways that you can find your passion in business.  Let’s first define Passion:  “Passion is a term that is often applied to a very strong feeling about a person or a thing.  It is an intense emotion, compelling feeling, enthusiasm or a desire for something.” – Wikipedia definition.

“What is passion?  It is surely the becoming of a person.” – John Boorman

If you are in a home-based business, or are managing a small business. it is highly likely that you were extremely passionate about the business you got involved in.  The problem is that running a business, especially a home-based business, can be very time consuming and tiring.  After a while, you may start to wonder why you ever thought you wanted to be in business for yourself in the first place.

If you are still working your business, you may need to rediscover the passion in your business.  It could be helpful to sit down and write down all the reasons WHY you got involved in that business originally.  Sometimes, when you go back to the beginning, you can rediscover the passion that inspired you to start your own business.  As you rediscover your passion, write down the points that you feel very strongly about.  You want to remember those aspects of your business when times start getting difficult again.  Do not focus on the negative aspect of your business, everyone has tough times, and focusing on the negative will not allow you to capture the passion (positive passion) that you were hoping to discover.

Once you are able to rekindle the passion you had at the outset, now would be the time to start setting goals for the future.  If you had focused on the negatives of your business, odds are that your goals would not be all that they should be and you could very well start a downward spiral of your business.  As you start defining your goals, always be sure to verify that you are passionate about the goals you are setting.  You should be very passionate about all of your big, long-term goals because if you are not, there is a very high likelihood that you will not achieve those goals.

Make sure your goals are realistic, but that they are also designed to push you and your business to greater heights.  If you can set long-term goals that you feel very strongly about, then it will be so much easier to remain motivated and passionate  as you work towards those goals.  After your “big” goals are set, then you can start designing those smaller, stepping-stone goals, that will help you to attain your “big” goal.  Again, if you are passionate about the end result, you will find a much stronger motivation to continue working towards that goal, despite any road-blocks that will appear.

Sometimes you may discover that you cannot recapture the passion you once had.  If you feel you are in that position, before you do anything rash, talk to some other small business owners.  Ask them how they managed to work through their challenges.  As we discussed last week, talk to successful people.  Do not waste your precious time and energy talking to people who feel your passion is misplaced or misguided.

Continue to strive to be passionate in your business, and strive to provide the best services to your customers.  By providing the best for everyone, in the long run, your business will prosper.    One critical key to success in business is finding your passion in business.

If you are looking for some business opportunity to get involved with, perhaps we can be of assistance.  If you do not see anything that triggers your passion, perhaps you can use some of the ideas from the website to discover what you are truly passionate about.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Until next week…keep the passion

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4 Basic Business Goals

1 02 2011

Now that we have all survived the first month of the new year, it is time to reflect upon what we have already accomplished versus what we SAID we were going to accomplish the beginning of this new year.  Usually the first month of a new year ends up getting spent closing the financial books of your personal life and business (perhaps…) and just reviewing how successful you were or were not in the prior year.

The second month of the new year is now really when we focus on moving forward and building/developing our life and business.  Usually, prior to the new year, we make resolutions and budgets.  We promise that this new year will bring new ideas, new success and new growth.  By month 2 or 3 of the new year we can really take a hard look at where we are and whether or not we are going to come close to our end-of-year expectations.  Throughout all of this looking back and looking forward, if we do not rely on some basic life principles, we can pretty much write any meaningful success off.  If we do not utilize these 4 Basic Business Goals, perhaps we should not be in business.

We have talked in prior blogs about various types of Business Success and Goal setting.  This week we are going to review 4 Basic Business Goals and identify how these very basic goals can help you to develop and grow your business and even your personal life.

The first Basic Business goal is to do what is right, despite the consequences.  For business and even for your personal success, doing the right thing is not always easy or painless  (usually it is NEVER painless).   Doing the “right” thing for a customer may be in refunding their money when you really don’t want to.  You may feel that the customer’s reason for the return was off-base, but if you want to retain that customer for future business, if you have a return policy, you must adhere to the policy.  If you turned the tables, and you were in the customer’s place, how would you feel if the merchant did not wish to refund your money?  By doing what is right, not necessarily what you would prefer your customer should be satisfied and tell others that you did take the high-road.

Doing the “right” thing is many times like taking the road less traveled.  How frustrated have you been with customer service provided to you?  More businesses have lost the whole concept of customer service, actually many new businesses have lost the concept of treating the customer like a human being.  If you get back to basics (the Golden Rule) and treat your customers the way you would like to be treated, you will find your business growing.

As a business person you may find that you become jaded to new ideas, new concepts and new ways of doing business.  Do not lose your desire to learn or your sense of wonder at trying new things.   Keep your eyes open to new ideas and processes.  There may be a million ways to conduct business, and you do NOT know all the ways to be successful.  Always remain open to new concepts, one of them may be just the idea you didn’t know you were looking for.

As usual, be sure to Over Deliver and Under Promise to your customers.  No matter how much your customer WANTS you to perform a certian task within a certain time frame, if you KNOW you can’t produce (refer to our ) do not promise what you cannot deliver on.  Ultimately your customer will appreciate your honesty and you will have done the ‘right’ thing for your customers.  Customers are always happy when you achieve the promise of completing a task within the defined amount of time.  What customers really appreciate is when you not only do what you said you would do, but you go a little beyond what they expected and you give them more than what they asked for (but you are still providing for them what they really wanted).

The 4th Basic Business Goal is to love what you do.

“The more you love what you are doing, the more successful it will be for you.” – Jerry Gillies

If you do not love what you are doing, then you should not be doing it.  Life is too short to do something you don’t like to do.  If you love what you do, then you will never work a day in your life.

These 4 Basic Business Goals will not only help you to grow your business, but when applied to personal life, can help you to grow and improve your personal relationships also.

If you are looking for an additional income opportunity, you may want to review what we have to offer on our website.

Until next week…





Building Your Business Success – Part 2

11 01 2011

Last week we began a brief discussion of how to build your business success

Key to Business Success

for 2011.  We reviewed the concept of what Commitment means to your small business success and that you personally are responsible for your small business success.  This week we are going to finish the discussion on Building your Business Success for 2011.

Actually anybody who starts a small business can be successful.  The differentiating factor is, how LONG will your business be successful.  Again, it does partially go back to that commitment thing.  You may be successful when you first start your business, but you must remain committed to your business success.  True business success is also founded on solid business basics.  If you do not have a good grasp of business basics, it would be wise, even before starting your own business, to take a class or two, or take a seminar to learn and master the basics of business.  Without business basics, you may be successful for a little while, but your lack of basic business knowledge will most likely get you in more trouble and could ultimately contribute to your lack of long-term business success.

We must all continue practicing and reviewing and mastering the basics of business.  Without a well established / thought-out business foundation, everything you build, will most likely not stand the tests of time.  Keep up on your basics.  If you don’t know, be sure to ask a trusted source that will help you master your business foundation.  With a strong business foundation, all the work you do for your business will be successful.

Focus on Continuous Growth

Another key to building your business success (and not just making a New Year’s Resolution) is to focus on growing throughout the year, and ultimately growing for the next several years.  Do not just focus on growing your business for this month or the next.  You need to have a long-term view of where you want your business to go if you want your business to grow.  Focusing only on the month-to-month growth will not provide you with enough time to really refine and define what direction you want your business to grow in the years to come.  If you focus 2-, 3-, 5- and even 10-years in the future, then the short-term setbacks will not be so difficult to resolve.  By looking at the long-term, you can look past the immediate obstacles and focus on how to obtain that long-term goal.  By having long goals, you will find it is much easier to get past the little stuff.  If you only look from month-to-month, the problems that may crop up will most likely appear much larger than they actually are.

Lastly, it is never too late to make your business successful.  You may have had a really bad year in 2010, but that doesn’t mean you will have a bad year going forward.  Review your business plan, identify what went wrong and more importantly, look for WHY you did not follow your business plan or why you were not successful last year.  If you can identify WHY things didn’t occur (this is different from placing blame) then you can identify what you need to do to avoid that obstacle going forward.  Even if you had a decent year last year, it is not too late to revisit your business plan and adjust for any new plans or ideas you may have.  Again, be sure to keep the long-term view when reworking your plans.  When in doubt, enlist the assistance of other experts in  your field of business, to help review what you have and where you want to go.

Here is to your continued business success in the new year.

If you are looking for a second income opportunity, or are looking for some type of small, home based business to get involved with, we may have something that would interest you.  We offer a wide variety of business opportunities, from Pre-Paid Legal Services, to Stem Cell Nutritional Products, to Waterless Cleaning Products.  If we don’t have exactly what you are looking for, we may know where you can find it.  Good luck and let’s all see our businesses grow in 2011.

Until next week…





Building your Business Success in 2011

4 01 2011

 

Analyzying Business SuccessHow many times have you heard or seen information on Building your Business Success for the new year? Have you become tired of reading these articles to realize that they are nothing more than a business version of a personal New Year's Resolution? The bigger question is, if your business was not as successful as you would have liked in the past year, building on that lack of success is not an exciting proposition.

This week we are going to again review business success and why it is not a “New Year’s Resolution”.  You cannot decide one day that you will make your business successful…well, actually you can decide to do that, but effectively implementing your desires is an entirely different problem.   One main reason many people with small, home based businesses don’t succeed is that they do not have the commitment necessary to create and grow a business.

Many people who start a small home based business are usually told that “the business will grow itself” or that “you won’t have to work very hard at this, the product practically sells itself”.  If you got into business under either of these premises, or something similar, odds are that you are ready to throw in the towel.  The key to business success, or success in general is commitment.  Very few people will stick with anything once it starts getting difficult, or once the business doesn’t seem to pay off in the time-frame they expected.   Like anything, if you plan on making your business successful, you need to have a plan and COMMIT to staying with that plan for the long haul.  Granted there will be occasions where you are going to have to modify the plans, but you can not modify the commitment to the business overall.  If you start, and then, once the going gets a tad tough, quit, how will any of your customers want to stay with you in any future endeavors?   Customers will run from you if you show even the slightest sign of lack of commitment to your business, or worse yet, if you show lack of commitment to them.

Once you are committed to the task of becoming (if you are not already)

Commitment to the Plan

successful, you should realize that success is your PERSONAL responsibility.  You cannot rely on others to make your small business successful, others may help, but the success or lack thereof rest entirely on your shoulders.  If you do not push others to work harder, odds are that they won’t.  You should not place the blame of your lackluster success on anyone who is helping you to grow your business.  This holds true for any business partners you may have also.  Just because you are in a partnership, if you want the business to become successful, it is YOUR responsibility to make it so. Having your partner on the same page helps a lot, but do not expect them to have the same level of commitment.

 

Many problems people have when trying to grow their home based business is the lack of validation that they are doing a good job.  We have become used to getting that congratulatory pat on the back for a job well done and will drive harder just to get the next pat.  The problem with being your own business owner is that the only times you will get a pat on the back is if you pat your own back.  You need to learn to not look for external validation of a job well done.  You know, based on your existing plans and set goals, when you have succeeded, you do not need anyone else telling you that you did a good job.  Keeping your business successful is a major milestone these days since there are so many businesses that fold when the times get tough.

Next week we will complete this discussion on building your business success in 2011.  In the meantime, if you are looking for a business opportunity and still have no idea what to do or where to begin, please take a look at our website.  We offer several different business opportunities and if we don’t have what you are looking for, we may be able to point you in the right direction.  We are also available for consulting, if you would like someone to review your current business plans.

Until next week…





5 Obstacles to Success – Part 3

28 12 2010

For the prior two weeks we have been discussing various obstacles to your personal business success.  Two weeks ago we opened the discussion by introducing the first two obstacles to success; Fear and Cynicism.  Last week we continue the discussion to include Laziness and Arrogance.  This week we conclude the series with the last of 5 Obstacles to Success.

The last personal obstacle to your business success is Bad Habits.  It is your habits that could get you in trouble and it is habits that could cause your business to stagnate and ultimately fail.  Just because you have always done something one way in the past doesn’t mean it is the best way to do things.  We all naturally fall into habits of doing things, saying things and thinking things.  You can learn to break habits as you continue to educate yourself.  It is possible to relearn new habits; it just takes dedication and motivation.  Again, look at where you want to be and discover what new habits will help to bring you closer to your goals.  If you want to purchase a particular item, you do not want to get into the habit of spending every penny you earn now or worse yet, getting into debt just to acquire the item you are lusting after.  The key is to get into the habit of learning to make your money work for you instead of you working for your money.  Once you learn how to make money work for you, then you can start focusing on putting some of that money away so that you can ultimately purchase the item you were lusting after (without going into debt for it).  The key to a good habit is to be sure that the habit will help you move closer to your goals.  Take a good look at your current habits and ask yourself if those habits are helping you get closer to your goal of business success or are those habits causing you to move away from your goals?

In summary 5 obstacles to success are Fear, Cynicism, Laziness, Arrogance and Bad Habits.  Take an honest inventory of yourself, identify your Fears, any Cynicism, Laziness, or Arrogance you may have and then turn those bad habits into good habits.  As you do this you will discover that you are moving closer to your personal business success.

If you are looking for a second income to supplement what you are currently doing, please feel free to explore our website.  We offer several home based business opportunities and are more than willing to discuss in detail any opportunity you are considering.  We offer Pre-Paid Legal Services, Stem Cell Nutrition and can assist you in starting up your own waterless detailing business.  You only have to ask.

Until next week…





5 Obstacles to Success – Part 2

21 12 2010

Last week we introduced the concept of 5 Obstacles to Success.  We discussed the first two self-imposed obstacles to your business success – Fear and Cynicism.  This week we are continuing the discussion to help eliminate 2 more Obstacles to your business success.

The third obstacle to your business success is Laziness.  How many people do you know talk about all the things they want to do, but ultimately do nothing?  We are all busy, we are all doing many things in the day and we are all trying to balance work and family.  The key here is to find out if you are busy for busy’s sake.  There are times where you may find that in order to avoid a particularly onerous task; you will find a different task to do first.  You may find all kinds of tasks that suddenly need doing just so that you can continue to put off the initial task at hand.  This is a form of laziness.  You are avoiding doing what you know has to be done by finding something else to do.  You are trying to convince yourself that since you are so “busy” you cannot have time to tackle that one very important task.  One way to overcome this version of laziness is to focus on what you really want to achieve.  Identify the things you expect to achieve once you complete the task you really don’t want to do.  If you can focus on the things you really want to achieve, and to believe in your heart and soul that these are the things you truly want, you will find a way to complete the tasks that need to be done.  Granted you may not like the tasks, but the fact of the matter is that it is most likely that the task at hand appears more difficult than it actually is.  You will most likely discover that after you have completed the task you were putting off, it wasn’t nearly as bad as you thought it would be.  Identify why you might be afraid to start on the task.  Is it a fear of failing that is causing you to avoid the particular task at hand?  Or is it just a task that you THINK you are not going to like doing because you may not fully understand why you are doing what you are doing?  Once you identify some of these issues, you may find that tackling the looming task may not be nearly as difficult or uncomfortable as first imagined.

The next obstacle to success is Arrogance.  Many people think they know everything about what they are doing and choose not to bother to learn anything else.  Why should they continue learning when they know everything already?  There is always room for improvement, and as we have all seen, technology continues to grow and develop.  Just because you may have been an expert in your field yesterday does not mean you will be an expert in your field tomorrow.  New ideas arise daily, technology improves, new combinations of old ideas can also come together and improve your business also.  You should never be so arrogant to believe that there is no need to continue learning.  The more you learn, the more you are able to look at situations from different perspectives.  The phrase “there is more than one way to skin a cat” is appropriate.  What may have worked well for you in the past may no longer work well for you now.  By continuing your mental education (it does not need to be a “formal” education, attending seminars on various subjects is a great learning platform) you will continue to train your mind to always be on the lookout for new ideas.  You will be able to embrace and utilize any changes that are reasonable for your business.

Next week we will cover the fifth obstacle to success.

If you are looking for a second income to supplement what you are currently doing, please feel free to explore our website.  We offer several home based business opportunities and are more than willing to discuss in detail any opportunity you are considering.  We offer Pre-Paid Legal Services, Stem Cell Nutrition and can assist you in starting up your own waterless detailing business.  You only have to ask.

Until next week…





5 Obstacles to Success

15 12 2010

This week is the first in a three-part series where we review 5 Obstacles to Success in growing your business.  As you are most likely aware, there are many obstacles to be overcome while growing your own home based or small business.  Many are not of your doing, but there are some that you may personally be responsible for.  We are going to review 5 obstacles that you may have personally introduced to your business.

The first obstacle that we all have to overcome is that of Fear.  When you are considering starting your own business, the biggest fear you may have is that of losing the money that you invested.  Nobody likes losing money, and it is a very legitimate fear.  The key to being successful in business is learning to manage that fear.  You do not really want to lose your fear, just learn to control your fear and to mitigate your losses.  Being afraid to lose your money is a reasonable fear, but you can’t be afraid to take chances.  If we were afraid to take chances, we would probably all still be living in caves.

The next obstacle to your personal business success is Cynicism.  If you start believing all the “nay sayers” about how they knew someone who knew someone who failed in a startup home business, you will never succeed.  The people that are always telling you that your ideas won’t work for a myriad of excuses are the truly frightened people.  They don’t want to see you try because you just might succeed. These so called friends will provide you every reason under the sun for why your idea won’t work.  When in doubt about what to do, the only people you should take advice from would be experts in the particular field that you are in.  You do not buy a house from a car salesman, nor would you got to the local auto mechanic when you need to have a medical procedure done.  All other people who do not have specific expertise or experience may not help you and they may even cause you more problems in the long run.

It is important to do your research, and to ask a lot of questions.  It is also OK to talk to people who tell you your idea may not work.  The difference is how you handle the information you receive.  If you are able to learn from the mistakes of others, or even learn from your past mistakes in order to improve your business success, then that is a good thing.  You need to learn to identify what you really want and then be able to stick to that list of things you absolutely want.  How many people do you know that will give you every excuse in the book for why things didn’t work for their business?  How many of those people took that failure as a reason to build a new business with a modified business plan?  Did they learn from the mistakes they first made?  Were they willing to try again, using a different angle of attack?  There are many experts in many fields.  Learn from them, they too most likely made many mistakes before becoming successful.  Find out how they kept on and do what you can to be successful too.

Next week we will continue this series with two more obstacles of the 5 Obstacles to Success.

If you are looking for a second income to supplement what you are currently doing, please feel free to explore our website.  We offer several home based business opportunities and are more than willing to discuss in detail any opportunity you are considering.  We offer Pre-Paid Legal Services, Stem Cell Nutrition and can assist you in starting up your own waterless detailing business.  You only have to ask.

Until next week…