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3 Ways Yoga Can Benefit the Entrepreneur

The lot of a modern businessman is a stressful one and there is always so much to do.  It would take a pretty compelling set of reasons to convince a successful businessman (or even an unsuccessful one) to add something else to an already packed schedule, so why would he even think about regular Yoga classes.  In this article we examine the three main benefits of Yoga and how they apply to the busy businessperson.

Benefit Number One:  Physical Health

  All business-man’s goal is to become wealthy isn’t it?  Have you ever heard the saying that your health is your wealth?  Believe me it is true.  No matter how much money you have you cannot benefit from it if you are dead and personal health is often neglected in today’s busy corporate world.  But the question is not whether one can afford the time for exercise to become healthy; it is whether they can afford not to.  Health is a shifting scale – you are not either healthy or dead.  It’s important to think about how much your level of health affects your work.  A healthy body will allow you to concentrate more, work harder and increase the time you spend productively.

  Yoga is the perfect way for a businessman to look after their physical wellbeing.  Because the exercises are so incredibly low impact, they can be performed even by the most out of shape person, and the more regularly they are performed the better that person’s health will become.  Yoga is a very efficient method of releasing tension and stress.  During a workday certain blockage develop around the body and many of our vital organs do not get the full amount of oxygen and nutrients that they need to function at peak efficiency.  Yoga stretches different muscles groups in certain ways that will lead to these blockages being released and the blood flow bringing the bodies organs all the oxygen and nutrients they need.

  Yoga’s health benefits are both immediate and long term.  In the short-term blood flow is increased and the body functions better because it is achieving the nutrients it requires.  Tension is also released from muscles and the bodies lymphatic system can more effectively deal with waste products.  In the longer term these will be ongoing benefits and the digestive system will also function more efficiently, which has innumerable health benefits.  The general balance, co-ordination and flexibility will also be greatly enhanced.

Benefit Number Two:  Mental Health

  Have you ever considered the importance of a breath?  We know that when someone stops breathing, they die, and even this simplistic understanding should tell us how important it is to breath.  But breathing properly is often ignored.  It is vital not only for the numerous health benefits, but also for the strong mental advantages it allows us.

  Yoga sessions will usually begin with a standing, breathing exercise.  The simple process of taking in a deep breath and releasing it slowly is incredibly calming and the basis of the breathing exercises that are a vital backbone to the Yoga discipline.  The key to this breathing is that it draws our attention to the one simple action of breathing.  We become very aware of the life-giving benefit of a deep and controlled breathing cycle and can achieve a level of calmness that we often don’t seek out in our everyday lives.  That calmness itself is a stepping-stone to achieving focus.

  The ability to focus is probably the single most important primary skill in a work environment.  There is always so much going on around us and so much that needs to be done that it is difficult to focus on the single task we are doing because of the multitude of things ‘in the back of our mind’.  Regular Yoga teaches techniques to quickly clear the mind of all these other distractions and then focus our mental efforts on a single task.  It is also a great provider of personal discipline.  The self-discipline that is learned from focusing on the body and becoming master of oneself is a key benefit of Yoga.

Benefit Number Three:  Happiness

  Happiness is a goal that is often sacrificed in the short term in exchange for some mystical point in the future when everything will come together and be okay.  Yoga doesn’t move you any closer to that mystical time, but because you develop such a strong sense of self and connection with yourself, it is common to become more content with your current situation.  You will find that the more you practice Yoga the more you will be comfortable spending time alone as well as amongst other people.  Your sense of self-worth will increase, and you will perform better in social situations.  This is perhaps the most important gift that Yoga will give to you.

Habits of Rich People

These habits define rich people. If you adopt the habits below, you will be on the path to a wealthy life as well.

Junk Food

Unless you feed yourself properly, you will not feel well and, in turn, you cannot think well. Focus on healthy fats, protein, vegetables, and fruit. 

Gambling

The lottery is otherwise known as the Fool’s Tax. You can never become rich if you use a significant amount of your income for gambling. 

Singular Goals

Wealthy people set a single clear goal and set out to achieve it. 

Exercise

Exercising and eating well go hand in hand. Exercising boosts your energy and mood. Find something you enjoy like walking or running.

Audio Books

When you are taking a walk or commuting to work, listen to educational or inspirational audios—feed your brain.

To-Do List

Before you go to sleep, create a to-do list for the following day, even for small things. When you cross them off you will feel motivated!

Non-Fiction

To enjoy non-fiction books, look for subjects that you find interesting.

Volunteer

Volunteering increases happiness. Another thing, you can make valuable connections while volunteering which may prove helpful in future. 

Happy Birthday!

People with close social relationships tend to be happier. The happier you are, the more successful you are likely to be. When you remember your loved ones’ birthdays, you foster the relationships. 

Write Goals Down

Writing your goals down increases your chances of achieving them. When something is written down, it remains at the forefront of your mind.

Read

Reading should be a part of you. Find books that teach you something.

Bite Your Tongue

Learn to pick your battles. You do not have to speak your mind every time. Sometimes you must be quiet even when someone is being difficult.

Network

Who you know matters! Your next big job can come from anywhere. Attend Meet Ups and industry events.

TV

There is almost nothing good about watching TV.  Instead of wasting time, do something beneficial such as visiting a friend, reading a book, or making a healthy meal.

Reality TV

Watching TV can be justified but watching reality TV is just dumb. This cannot be said nicely. If you watch reality TV, you need to be better.

Wake Early

Early hours are quiet and peaceful. Use this time to be productive because you have no one to interrupt you. Waking up early also allows you to start your day calmly.

Teach Habits

This is more about adopting good habits so your children can copy them and less about teaching them.

Opportunities

Many wealthy people believe that if you have good habits, you will have better opportunities.

Bad Luck

When you foster bad habits, be prepared for bad outcomes. For instance, failure to floss may lead to gum disease and, in turn, expensive dental work.

Be Learning, Always

Never stop learning. Take a dancing class, learn new skills—just learn something.

Love to Read

The importance of reading cannot be emphasized enough.

Many successful people will tell you that reading has partially contributed to their success. Before Elon Musk became Tesla CEO, he read for 10 hours every day. Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO, completes one book every week. 

Warren Buffet

Buffet spends 5 to 6 hours daily reading newspapers. He makes sure to read five different ones. He also goes through 500 pages of investment documents and recommends this to all investors. According to him, knowledge works like that. Like compound interest, it builds up. Everyone can do it, he says, but not many won’t do it. 

Bill Gates

Formerly the CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates says that he reads 50 books a year. This roughly translates to one each week. 

Most of the books he reads are non-fiction and deal with science, business, engineering, disease, and public health. Occasionally, he reads a novel. However, he is more interested in books that make him more knowledgeable about the world. 

Mark Zuckerberg 

In 2015, Mike Zuckerberg revealed in a Facebook post that he intends to read a new book each week. He said that he was interested in learning more about technologies, histories, beliefs, and cultures. He said that books cause you to explore something fully and get deeper into it. 

Oprah Winfrey

The talk show host has been encouraging her viewers to read since 1996. She says that reading is her path to freedom. For her, books allowed her to see a world beyond her grandmother’s house. They opened her eyes to possibilities that went beyond what was acceptable at the time.

Mark Cuban

Mark is the owner of Dallas Mavericks. He is always saying that you should treat your business like a sport. That means looking for the competitive edge in every possible way. For him, it means three hours of reading each day so he can learn about various industries. Mark asserts that this was very fruitful when he was starting his career. All the things he read were public. The books and magazines are accessible to anyone. The information he acquired can be accessed by whoever wants it. However, he says, many are not interested.

David Rubenstein

Rubenstein is the cofounder of The Carlyle Group. He reads about six books every week and almost eight newspapers every day. He attributes this extraordinary ability to his laser-like sense of focus. David says that he has always been driven from an early age. 

Phil Knight

This Nike founder had a library at the back of his executive office. He kept it sacred and asked anyone who entered take off their shoes and even bow. 

He stepped down as the CEO, but he says that the library still exists.

Elon Musk

Musk co-founded PayPal and is now the CEO of Tesla. However, before all that, he dedicated 10 hours each day to reading science-fiction novels. That is how he became knowledgeable about rockets. You have come across people who look like they have it all together.

They happily and successfully manage their responsibilities, careers, and families. How do these people manage to juggle so many things with ease while you can barely do one thing without getting frustrated? These are the same people that win the race, get promoted, never appear stressed, and everyone admires them. This is their secret. They get enough sleep. People who sleep properly are happy, focused, and successful.

Sleep helps recharge your body and brain. When you are feeling tired, you will jump from one task to another without clarity. You, like everyone else, want to be the best version of yourself in parenting, your career, or whatever you do. The modern life is so busy, and sleep is a luxury for many people.

You always hear the saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” often. This is a mistake. Sleep is an important factor if you really want to achieve your goals. Poor sleep habits will wear you out. You will begin to break down. You become moody and irritable.

If you continue depriving yourself of sleep, you may experience anxiety and hallucinations. You will be emotionally flattened, and your relationships will take a blow. Your ability to remember will lessen, causing cognitive delays. You may get into substance abuse. You may start getting micro-sleep. 

Sleep Don’ts

Avoid eating right before bed. Eat three hours before you go to sleep. Stay away from alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol may make you drowsy at first, but it can cause you to wake up many times during the night. Use your bed for sleep only, not TV, not work; just sleep. Turn off the lights. Bright lights repress melatonin, the sleep hormone. Avoid sleeping too much. Oversleeping does more harm than good. Eight hours of sleep is enough for an adult. 

What to Do

Meditate: stress is the leading cause of sleeplessness. Learn to turn off your mind.

Positive thinking and organization: before bed, write down all the positive things that happened during your day. Also, make a to-do list for the following day.

Exercise: do this late afternoon or early morning. It makes you feel better and aids sleep.

Hydrate: stay hydrated all through the day.

Relaxation tea: the aroma itself will relax you and get your body ready for bed.

Wake up early: this is a key factor if you want to be successful. It makes you start the day in calmness without rushing.

Maintain a sleep schedule: have a routine. Sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time every day.

Keep your room cool: 650F is perfect according to research.

Life goes on: solve what you can and don’t worry about what you cannot solve.

Laugh: humor and laughter make you stress less and become more likeable.  Have your goals somewhere at your bedside table: When you wake up, it will be the first thing you see every morning. 

How Successful People Think and Operate

Successful people do not see the world like everyone else. It is not because they are perfect or because their version of life is easier than yours. However, in one way or another, they always appear to bounce ahead. It does not matter the obstacles they face, the problems that come their way, or how loud their critics sneer—they always come up with a way to emerge victorious.

How do they do this? They have a few beliefs that they hold on to. These beliefs make a difference in the way they fight for success. They do not view the beliefs as some random motivational quotes from a book. What they believe in impacts every aspect of their daily life. 

These Are 18 Things That Successful People Believe

  1. Everything is possible if you are prepared to put in enough effort and time.
  2. If you make up excuses to get out of doing something, that ‘something’ is exactly what you are supposed to be doing.
  3. The people who do not like you much are the ones that will give you the most truthful advice.
  4. Whoever wants something the most is the one who will eventually win it. 
  5. Whatever it takes is exactly what it takes to achieve your life desires.
  6. If you want to keep losing, surround yourself with negative people.
  7. Gratitude, action, fear, and worry are choices that you make. 
  8. If you are not prepared to master all the details, you have very slim chances of winning.
  9. Apathy is a hindrance to achieving something fantastic.
  10. Just because you failed last time does not mean that you should stop trying. 
  11. It does not matter how bad you have it; if you want to make, you will.
  12. No one is responsible for making your decisions. You get to make all your decisions.
  13. If you have been yearning for a second chance, today is your second chance; make use of it.
  14. Your effort’s intensity determines how fast you progress
  15. Be prepared to listen and acquire knowledge; otherwise, you will never get better.
  16. Your actions in private determine your course of development. 
  17. Just because your critics are loud is not reason to believe that they are on the right.
  18. If a solution is easy, guaranteed and fast, it will probably not be useful in the long run. 

In Their Heart of Hearts, Winners Believe That Nothing Is Impossible

In most cases, they have no idea how they are going to win. But even then, they truly believe that they are going to find a way. According to them, the great equalizer is effort. When they have no idea what they should do, they take time to learn and even perfect it.

The things you believe will bring change in your life. This is a good time to pause and seriously think about what motivates you. What are your beliefs? Do you think that life is not fair?  Do you constantly believe that you have it harder than everyone else? Do you blame everyone but yourself?

“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.” 

-Napoleon Hill

The Secret to Living a Fulfilling Life

Everyone wants a full, satisfied life. Many people do not necessarily want a long life; just a fulfilling one characterized by happiness, achievements, and zero regrets. However, this seems like a fantasy to many. People around you may throw some discouraging comments your way, saying how a ‘fulfilling life’ is for the rich.

While that may be partially true, you will be relieved to know that financial freedom is not necessary for a full life. Living a life of fullness begins with a willingness to learn. Every working professional remembers the time when they were in school.

The morning lecturers and the exams were not so fun, were they? You wished to be done with it and begin working. Now that you are working, there are days when you miss being in school. College life may not be very stressful compared to your current life. There is a lot that you need to experience and learn. With your social life, business, family commitments and everything else, time is a limited resource. You must find new ways, every time, to absorb new stuff efficiently.

When you gain new knowledge and learn new skills, you get solutions and answers to your life problems and in turn, a higher sense of fulfillment. Formal education and qualifications are important if you want to secure a good job. However, going to school is not the only type of learning there is. You learn in many ways and the experiences help you grow. You can acquire knowledge and develop skill sets anywhere.

Nonetheless, lifelong learning involves having a positive attitude towards learning, both for professional and personal development.  A lifelong learner develops and learns because they have made a choice to do just that; it is a voluntary and deliberate act. When you become a lifelong learner, your understanding of the world is enhanced, your quality of life improved and you can access better opportunities. People are now retiring later in life, thanks to increased life expectancy. As a lifelong learner, you have better chances of having productive working days.

You will experience profound progress and a sense of wellbeing. A knowledgeable and highly skilled employee is considered an asset in a company. This means faster promotion and, of course, a salary increase. With more expertise, a worker adds value to customers as well as employers.

Expertise is also considered a major quality of effective leaders. When you keep on amassing knowledge, you will have an advantage over those that do not think lifelong learning is important. People change career paths all the time. You can always start afresh in life, no matter how old you are. When you educate yourself and learn new things, your opportunities widen. You will have a way out if what you are currently doing is not fulfilling. 

Richard Feynman was a physicist who won a Nobel Prize for quantum electrodynamics. However, there is something about him that many people have no clue about: he was a safecracker, a good one. One time while he was in the New Mexico Desert in 1940, Feynman got bored. He was focusing on the Manhattan project which birthed the atomic bomb. He decided to have some fun by pranking his colleagues. He knew that many of them were not careful when dealing with top secret document safes. Feynman started leaving them notes such as: “I borrowed document no. LA4312 – Feynman the safecracker.”

He became very good at these pranks and the Colonel in charge advised the people to change their lock combination if Feynman came anywhere near the safe. Feynman tells this and many more of his stories in his autobiography: Surely, You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!  One of the most admirable things about Feynman is his deep curiosity on things, such that he only committed himself to that which he found interesting. Obviously, he was a focused person; however, he was guided by an orienting impulse that was beyond simple ambitions and goals.

He was interested in going past the known. Goals are common in just about every pursuit. People look ahead, try to predict what may give them a happy future and then narrow down to a specific thing. What if that is the wrong way? Is the Answer Living Goal to Goal? An orientation is necessary when you are dealing with the future. If you do not have one, you will be shaped completely by randomness and luck. Goal setting is taught very early on in life so people can keep up. Later, when you join corporations, you find even more goals, encouraging the tendency.

Whether you are setting personal or SMART goals, without a framework or with a framework, they are all common in that they are concrete. Goals are important and having one may be better than having none. Some people are genetically predisposed to be more satisfied in in an accomplishment than others. However, living goal to goal can be problematic. First, it tries to predict the future which is unpredictable. Life changes, you change. Second, it builds an anchor. Your expectations of contentment and happiness are bound on a singular thing and you may forget other joyful experiences.

The solution? The pursuit of interestingness solves the problem of goal setting. It is nebulous and vague enough to honestly consider the unpredictability of the future but keeps you from getting lost in randomness and pure luck. Interestingness is taking on a random project because it might teach you something new about yourself. It is viewing someone you just met as an individual who might lead you to new dimensions and not as a potential partner or ladder to something. If interestingness becomes your goal, your actual goals become fluid. The best things in life come randomly, not when you are striving for virtual perfection.

SMART goal setting is an efficient method trusted by high achievers. Perhaps, there is something you have always wanted to achieve but you just cannot seem to be successful. If you do not approach your goals with seriousness and a great attitude, you will barely achieve them. SMART goal setting is your key to get to where you have always wanted to go. This is a method of setting goals that takes into consideration certain factors about the goal relative to whoever is setting it. The factors are the five letters in the acronym. The goal setting is relative to the specific goal setter because people are different. This is what the acronym stands for:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R – Realistic

T – Time bound

What is so special about this goal setting metric? 

The Long-Lasting Impact of SMART Goals

SMART goal setting is partially responsible for the success of people such as Steve Jobs and Stephen Cooley. Here are the impacts of SMART goal setting: Clear your goals: this goal setting method allows you to understand all the phases of the goal. You will always be asking the relevant questions as far as your goal is concerned. Motivates you: SMART goal setting breaks down your goal into smaller ones or milestones.

This makes the bigger goal appear less intimidating. Saves time: when you have a strategy, you are likely to achieve more. Being strategic means that your goal is SMART. If you look at your goals and you cannot see any of these features (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound), know that you may not go far. You become more motivated when you write down your goals.

Enhances self-discipline: everyone should try self-improvement regularly. Setting SMART goals will help you realize that effort is required on your side to achieve them. Specific: vague goals are not advisable. You may not even realize when you have achieved them. For instance, a goal like “start planning for retirement” is not specific. Go ahead and outline how exactly you plan on preparing. A specific goal has clear components and it will be easier to work towards.

Measurable: a goal such as “save millions of dollars for retirement” is not measurable. It would be better to set a goal for saving a specific amount every month towards retirement. Achievable: is your goal actionable? You must resonate with your goal. Make sure you have the resources (not necessarily all of them) to achieve the goal. The time frame is also an important factor to consider. Realistic: are you willing to sacrifice all that is required to achieve your goal?

Time bound, you must write the start and end date of your goal. Once you have done that, break down the goal into milestones, chunks, or phases. Deadlines will motivate you to act. Over to you now.  Go for your dreams. What is a meaningful and fulfilling life? There are tons of answers to this question on the internet. They may all seem to be great ideas, but they are directionless and vague. A better answer would be a list of goals to lead you to a fulfilling life. 

These goals are divided into four categories:

1 – 8: concentrate on long-term happiness

9 -15: nurture deep relationships

16 – 23: tap into your potential

24 – 29: live a life driven by purpose

  1. A gratitude journal: this basically means writing down four things that you are grateful for every morning.
  2. Make a life plan: a detailed life plan will give you an idea of where you want to be and what you want to achieve.
  3. A healthy exercise routine: exercise boosts energy levels, your mood, health, happiness, and much more. 
  4. Give back: not only does volunteering improve happiness, but it is also fulfilling.
  5. A creative hobby: everyone has an innate creative ability. Look for a way to express yours.
  6. Become mindful: teach yourself to live in the moment.
  7. Be kind: share kindness with strangers even when you do not feel like it.
  8. Pursue personal growth: you cannot live a fulfilling life unless you grow as a person.
  9. Get away from bad relationships: only focus on the relationships that matter; not those that drain you.
  10. Be with people you admire, you will become like the people you surround yourself with.
  11. Routine phone calls: set a regular reminder to call your loved ones.
  12. Something new once a month: if you are trying to be closer to someone (spouse or friend), find a new activity to do together every month.
  13. Volunteer together: volunteer with your loved ones regularly.
  14. Deep, vulnerable conversations: being vulnerable builds trust and deepens relationships.
  15. Do not talk about yourself for one evening: this will help you learn more about someone else.
  16. Do something scary: try doing something that you fear.
  17. Take a risk: this could mean starting a business.
  18. Personal development books: these books teach you so much about yourself and the world.
  19. Get more responsibility: ask your boss for greater responsibilities.
  20. Find a mentor: mentorship is powerful, and you will get to higher levels.
  21. Mentor someone: you will learn so much as you teach.
  22. Embrace failure: take failures as an opportunity to learn.
  23. Know yourself: what are your weaknesses, strengths and personality type?
  24. Discover your dreams: set time to imagine your future and do not hold back.
  25. Define your values: know what matters and focus on that.
  26. Be authentic: be true to yourself every day.
  27. Try new things: explore and seek excitement.
  28. Pursue your dream career: apply tirelessly for your dream job.
  29. Defend your dream: do not take your eyes off your goals. Say “no” if you must.

7 Proven Principles of Business Success

The 7 Proven Principles to Business Success will overcome whatever limitation you have. Think of it as a recipe for success in business. All you must do is first learn what the 7 principles are, and then apply them, in order. When you follow this recipe all your challenges will fade away.

Why do you own a business? Isn’t it because you want a LIFESTYLE? You did not intend to work long hours, be stressed, have little time off and be hassled with staff and customers, did you?

Isn’t it time you made some changes for the better? After all, if you want to change some things in your life, you must change some things in your life. If you are ready for a change here is the magic recipe you need to follow…

Principle 1: Work on yourself to understand people.

Business is all about people isn’t it? You have them as customers, you employ them, but few people have realized the absolute key to success is understanding people at a much, much higher level. Your sales and marketing skills are determined by what you know about people. Your leadership skills with your staff to get them to perform as well as you do is determined by your knowledge on people.

So, what is the best way to learn about other people? Easy, learn about yourself! You are a people and the more you learn about yourself the more you automatically learn about other people.

Principle 2: Learn business success principles.

There are so many principles to business success, but I will emphasize just a few. One is, you are in business to make a profit, not just turnover. Turnover is a job, whereas profit gives you a LIFESTYLE. Your aim should be to increase your net profit percentage of turnover, as this allows you to grow and pay yourself whatever you desire.

Net Profit percentage comes from improving everything you do, not just doing more of what you already do. How you answer the phone, how you greet people face to face, how you write your ads, improving your communication and leadership with your staff. All of these are areas to improve.

Another principle of business success is cash flow. Cash flow means having the cash in your bank account that should be in your bank account. If customers cost you money before you get any back, that’s negative cash flow, if you get cash before you incur a cost that’s positive cash flow. The better you get at getting money up front with deposits and getting people to pay on time the better your cash flow.

Principle 3: Set goals and have a plan to achieve them. Until you set a goal you do not have a reason WHY you will improve your business, therefore the HOW does not matter. People must know why, before how. You will want to know how to grow your business once you have set a written goal.

When you have a goal, it is time to look at the relevant strategies for your business. I know of over 300 strategies, but most people can only think of about a dozen. Strategies are like tools. If you go to build a house with just a hammer, a saw and nails you will be building it for a long time. Business is the same. When people do not know what strategies are available or suitable to them how can they effectively grow their business?

A Business Growth Plan is simply the order of implementation of those strategies beginning with the highest priority strategy. When you have documented goals for 3, 6, 9, 12 and 24 months with a list of strategies in order you have a Business Growth Plan that makes growing your business EASY!

Principle 4: Turn your staff into a TEAM.

Unfortunately, business owners are trying to do it all on their own. They often do not train their team regularly with team meetings or one on one allocated time every week. I believe you have one role as a business owner, to be a great teacher! Your aim should be to teach everyone in your business how to do everything you currently do, better than you do! And what does that then make you? Obsolete! When business owners think no one can do my job as good as me, they are digging a big hole for themselves they will never get out of. Then they wonder why they are stressed, tired, work long hours and this happens more and more as the business grows. TEAM stands for Training Everyone Achieves More!

Principle 5: Build foundations for growth.

If you want to build your business to provide a great lifestyle you need to put foundations in, just like building any building. If you do not intend to really increase your profits, then you do not need foundations. If you want to seriously increase your net profit percentage (even without increasing turnover) you must have strong foundations. When they build a skyscraper, they do not build up, they dig a big hole down.

The foundations in business are 2 things. First, having documented systems. A system is just a best way of doing something that everyone knows and uses that has been identified and written down. It helps consistency and efficiency and as you grow people are accountable to the systems, not to you the owner. That means you save time checking on everyone. Systems only work when you have worked with your staff to turn them into a TEAM.

Secondly, measuring everything is part of building foundations. If you have not measured your Key Performance Indicators how will you improve on them? Increasing Net Profit percentage of turnover comes from improving everything you currently do, remember?

I could write a book on measuring, it is so important, I cannot emphasize it enough. When you have measured all your KPI’s you are ready for…

Principle 6: Implement EFFECTIVE Sales and Marketing.

Everyone in business is already doing sales and marketing but how effective is it? You know when you have effective sales and marketing, here is how: you will not get so many price shoppers as your marketing already has “sold” them on buying from you. Your marketing is so effective you only must run it a third as much because you cannot handle the increase in customers it brings you. And you will know your sales and marketing is effective because you put your prices up 20% and increase your conversion with the price rise!

People in business do not take responsibility for their sales and marketing and as a result they do not get the results they desire. If you learn sales and marketing by paying a professional for a few months, it will be the best investment you ever make. Once you learn the principles of success you can then add to them yourself, but often you need an expert to get you started.

Principles 7: Manage the business.

Unfortunately, businesses are not managed at all well. You can tell by these examples… decisions are not based on numbers, there are not documented systems, regular weekly team meetings are not happening nor is weekly one on one team training.

Management is all the above; it is making decisions on numbers. e.g. you measure how many customers you serve in a week for each team member and measure the number of new customers each week and then work out your team can service 5 customers each per week. That means if your marketing can produce 5 new customers and if you are at maximum service capacity you need to be thinking about getting a new team member very soon.

This is what management is, training your team weekly, documenting systems, measuring numbers, making decisions on numbers, setting goals, and helping your team to achieve their own.

When you dedicate time to learn and then follow all 7 Principles, in the order above anything is possible. I have had clients increase their monthly turnover by 1,000% in just 5 months when the business was not growing at all and the owners did it with ease and grace, no stress at all!

What is your growth potential? Are you realizing it yet? If you are not growing at 50%-100% a year you’re possibly not growing as fast as you could!

Think and Become Successful

Success means a different thing to different people. Some may think that to succeed you must be a good parent. Others will think that to succeed means that your bank balance is a million dollars or more. While others have a much simpler approach, they think that if they wake up still breathing, then they have succeeded.

Regardless of what your definition is for Success, they all have one thing in common they first began as a thought.

Every human striving for the elusive Success Experience all imagined what success needs to be for them. They chose at a subconscious level what it will take for them to feel that they have succeeded in their life.

At this point most of us stop using our minds to picture Success and start using it to figure out a way to get there. The tragedy is that to get there, you must continually use your mind to see the result.

Here is an example. You are a professional sports player, and all your life you have wanted to be the person holding the trophy at the end of the season, having worked with your team to beat the other players in the competition. The idea came to you when you were 9 years old. And since then, you have gone to bed each night imagining yourself holding that trophy and seeing yourself having completed the task that will make you a Success.

Well, at least one (and most likely thousands more) famous athlete did just that. Michael Jordan thought constantly about winning the NBA championship, and this set him on a path that saw him become one of the most dominating players in the basketball game ever seen.

Turning on the power in your brain to see what the result is that you want to achieve is the fuel that will drive your actions.

Not only does visualizing your ultimate result in your mind give you the energy to chase after the goal, it prepares yourself for the eventual outcome of success. Because you have thought and worked and strived toward your ultimate goal for so long, when it eventually comes your way, you know in the very depth of your being that you deserve it. You have every right to enjoy the money, accolades, compliments, and praise that your successful result will bring.

Instead of reacting to your success with shock the What Do I Do Now Syndrome you will accept your success as totally normal. After all, you have seen yourself achieving this result for years, so it is about time, right?

So, how do you work on visualizing your success? The good news is you already do what is needed for this to work. You daydream. Sounds a bit weird, I know, but spend time imagining yourself doing the thing or having the thing that you have determined to equal success. If it is having a wonderful family, you imagine that – the peaceful home environment, the well-adjusted children, and the confident and assured parent that you are. If Success for you is running a large organization, see yourself in your office (or favorite beach), your staff members working hard and happily on their tasks, with happy customers and clients calling you about how they enjoy your service immensely.

By spending time each week seeing in your mind yourself reaching the Success you want, you are mentally preparing yourself for that event. And in doing so, your body reacts to it in the only way it can it starts to act out what the mind wants. It will start to find ways that it can achieve this vision in your mind, because the body and mind are two parts of the same coin. What one wants, the other must as well.

So, even if you don’t believe in any of that mind-body stuff, it is fun seeing yourself doing what you so desperately want to do (or be, or have), and will help to motivate you to achieve your goals.