Monthly Archives: June 2017

What Are You Waiting For?

 

I’m coming up on a big birthday and as most people do when they are approaching yet another decade they look at what they’ve accomplished and what they have yet to accomplish. As I’ve aged I’ve realized that family is most important, experiences are more fun than having a bunch of material items and life’s too short not to follow your dreams.

 

So when it comes to doing what makes you happy what are you waiting for? I’m assuming you can’t pull the trigger on your dreams because the timing isn’t right or you’re afraid of what people will think? Or better yet, I bet you are afraid of failing.

 

Here’s the hard truth – timing isn’t always everything. I started my company in the financial industry smack dab in the middle of the Great Recession that lasted during the late 2000s and early 2010s. I thrived – why? Because of hard work, dedication, persistence, consistence and drive. Certain people in the industry told me I was crazy for starting my business at a time when the investment firms were slashing budgets. Recession or not, there was still a need for my services and they were valuable in a time of great need. People can do amazing things when they put their mind to it. When you look at the scheme of things – there is never a good time to start anything. Looking back I’m so glad I went ahead and just did it!

 

When it comes to what your peers think – your peers are going to think what they’re going to think regardless of what you’re doing. Are you worried about what everyone else around you is doing? Is your day consumed with thoughts of your friend’s new needlepoint business? Are you agonizing over your neighbor’s latest venture selling Mary Kay? I bet you are losing sleep over your cousin quitting his lucrative job as a financial consultant to go back to school to become an architect.  Chances are you don’t care that much. You probably think – good for them – they are doing what they love. That is how people will feel about your latest venture. Good for you!

 

Fear loves to rear it’s ugly head at the most un-opportune times. How do you banish fear? Welcome it – fear is good, it keeps you on your toes. Use the fear to keep moving forward. How does this work? You have a dream and you are really passionate about that dream so what causes you more fear? The fear of failure or the fear of never realizing the dream? Most people are more afraid of the latter so use that fear to push you towards your next step. Once you take the steps to realize a dream it will get easier and easier to proceed. Your sheer will will continue to push you closer and closer to realizing that dream – you’ll reach that point of no return and the fear will no longer keep you from something – it will push you closer to it.

 

So what excuses do you have left? Write them down. Are they valid or are they purely just excuses? If they are just stupid excuses keeping you from realizing a dream them throw them away and start pursuing your dreams. If they seem valid ask yourself are they worth holding you back from happiness? Most like the answer is no. Throw them away and starting making things happen.

 

What are you waiting for?

 

Grow Your Business This Summer!

Summer is here and it’s a crazy, busy time of year. The kids are out of school, summer vacations are in full swing and everyone has ball games, golf outings, beach days, family reunions and more! It’s a time to enjoy the beautiful weather, take a vacation so you can come back to the office renewed and ready to move mountains, and grow your business!

With everything else going on don’t just put your business on auto-pilot to get through the summer. Take advantage of the tips and tricks below to make the summer of 2017 your best summer yet!

*Get organized! Take a few hours and get organized for the entire summer, yes it’s possible! Get your schedule on your calendar for the next three months! Carve out some time in your schedule and get it done.

*Prioritize! Now that your calendar is booked solid with everything BUT work, prioritize. Do you really need to do EVERYTHING you have on your calendar? What are the most important things? Leave those and either put the rest as optional or better yet, forget the rest.

*Outsource! Summer is a great time to start outsourcing some of your time consuming tasks. Most people don’t realize that there are several things they do that can be outsourced. The beauty of working with a highly skilled virtual assistant is they will help you manage your days and weeks. They will help take a lot off your plate. They are NOT another thing to manage, they will tell you what they need to be successful and they will keep you on task. Get more done this summer by hiring a virtual assistant that can do the dirty work while you take more time for yourself doing what you love whether that’s growing your business or a day at the beach or on the golf course!

*Take a day off! I read in Inc. magazine that 42% of American workers do NOT take their vacation days! Everyone needs to take days off to relax the mind, body and soul, these days are extremely important if you want to continue to succeed. Your mind and body need rest. I am so relaxed when I go on vacation that it is typically when I come up with some of my best ideas. Take a journal with you on your vaca days and write what comes to mind, then continue relaxing. You won’t stress about forgetting your great ideas and you can truly relax. You don’t have to take a week-long trip somewhere, you just need to get away from work for a few days. Working vacations don’t count – many employers are starting to frown upon those anymore.

*Just do it! You know that thing you’ve been planning and researching and finding every reason in the book why not to pull the trigger? Just do it! Many people waste time just hem-hawing around and never really do anything about it. There comes a time when you just need to pull the trigger. Why not now?

*Have fun with marketing. People are in better moods in the summer – they might get your humor so try that fun marketing campaign you’ve been wanting to try. Summer opens people up to wanting to try new things so why not your product or service, get out there and make it happen!

*Throw an event! If you need something fun for a client appreciation event and a way to advertise your business, have a fun open house, beach day, golf outing, clam bake or outdoor BBQ. You can always have live music, family games and drawings for cool stuff. Everyone loves free entertainment in the summer!

Enjoy your summer and grow your business. You CAN do both!