What To Write In Your Business Diary

Write in your Business Diary JournalDid you start a business diary yet? Or have you bought one at least? Keeping a business diary gives you a tremendous opportunity to accelerate your journey to success! Imagine having access to Sir Richard Branson’s secret business success weapon! Why not take advantage of it! Now make the most of it and write in your business diary!

Last week, I promised to provide more tips on what to write in your new diary, and here they are… Get ready to make the most of your secret weapon!

1. Start Small as you Write in your Business Diary

The most important thing is to actually write every day! As you know, starting a new habit is easier if we start small. Give yourself a doable task and then commit to really doing it.

Instead of vowing to write an essay each day, why not start with something easy that will take you less than 5 minutes – and actually do it! Here are some examples:

2. Make a List of What To Write In Your Business Diary

A list is simple. We all write grocery lists. So why not start by making lists? You could, for example, list…

  • 5 things you’re grateful for
  • 5 things you have accomplished today
  • 5 things you want to do tomorrow
  • 1 problem that needs a solution
  • 1 solution to a problem

Can’t think of five things? Write down three, and work up from there. Don’t feel like you have to make the same kind of list every day either. Switch around from gratitude lists to to-do lists to lists of your accomplishments. If you feel particularly inspired, you can choose two or three items from the list above.

3. Gather ideas for your Business Journal

Gathering ideas requires that you either have your journal with you at all times, or that you carry around a small “temp” journal where you can jot down ideas anytime you have them. Some people get their best ideas in the shower, and believe it or not, there are actually waterproof notepads to keep in the shower so those precious ideas won’t get lost! If that’s you, consider using one of those… and yes, we can get them for you!

4. Tracking your goals

Tracking your goals – and your progress towards them, is important too, and your diary can help you with that. Keep a list of your important goals somewhere in your journal where you can find it, maybe at the beginning, or on the last few pages. Then write down each day what you did to get closer to one or more of them.

5. Give yourself a boost

Write down something you’re pleased with, and/or something that went really well. Your business diary can be your own private cheering section, so let it cheer you on.

Share the wealth

And here’s something else… don’t keep your new secret to yourself. You know how much it helps to write in your business diary. So share the wealth! As you probably already know, diaries can make wonderful gifts for business associates, team members, clients, and even key prospects. With Christmas and 2017 approaching rapidly, branded diaries and journals are an excellent and very timely option.

Wondering which diary to choose? If you have questions or are looking for something special, just call us on 0800 007 5566 (or use our Live Chat) and we’ll be happy to help you find the best diary for your purposes. And remember… if you want the best selection, it pays to start shopping early.

Richard Branson’s Secret Weapon

richard branson's secret weaponWhat would you do if you could have access to Richard Branson’s secret weapon? There’s great news: You CAN!

It’s not billions of dollars in cash. It’s not a whole team of world-class advisors. Not that those wouldn’t come in handy at times.

But his most valuable secret weapon is something YOU can start using today! All it takes is a decision to do it… and then following through!

So what is it?

Richard Branson’s Secret Weapon: Keeping a Business Diary.

First, a quick confession:

I wish I could have started this email by writing “My secret weapon…” but in all honesty, I can’t do that because I do not (yet) keep a business diary. However… after reading an article about Branson and all the benefits he derives from his business diary, I’m seriously considering starting a new habit!

Here’s the life-changing article:

http://cranelink.info/branson

And here’s how you can get started making Richard Branson’s secret weapon your own:

 Step 1: Choose a business diary you like

The first step is to choose a diary, journal, or notebook that you will carry with you wherever you go. Make sure it fits comfortably inside whatever bag you use, and that you enjoy looking at and using it.

Also choose a pen you enjoy writing with. After all, the best diary or notebook only works if you actually write in it, and you’ll need a pen for that.

Step 2: Put it on your to do list

Before any activity becomes a habit, you have to do it for quite a while. So in order to get started, decide on a time and place where you’ll write in your diary every day and put it on your to do list.

Step 3: Write

The third step is to write, write, write! Start small! Commit yourself to writing for just 5 minutes a day, at least initially. It’s more important to actually write every day than to write a lot. Also, start by simply writing about what you did each day.

We often beat ourselves up about the things we didn’t accomplish, while completely overlooking what we actually did do. When you gather your achievements, they will come in handy as you need encouragement, and also as you prepare for your next day – and even for a performance review.

Also jot down any ideas that pop into your mind. Make it your mission to never again lose a great idea just because you didn’t write it down.

If needed, use a second, smaller, notebook that fits inside your pocket and use that instead for any ideas that pop into your head as you’re on the go. Just be sure to add the notes to your main journal later.

It’s not often that we can gain access to something like Richard Branson’s secret weapon! When we do, we should take advantage of it and use it for our benefit.

Next week, I’ll share more tips on what to write in your new diary or journal. In the meantime, consider who else could benefit from having their own diary (and who might already be keeping one).

How To Share Richard Branson’s Secret Weapon

Diaries and journals make wonderful gifts for business associates, team members, clients, and even key prospects. With Christmas and 2017 approaching rapidly, branded diaries are a terrific and very timely option.

That special diary could become a frequent reminder of you, especially if it’s used regularly and brings the kinds of benefits that are unique to this particular gift.

Here’s another idea: Why not start a diary-keeping habit inside your own company or organisation? Just give all your team members a journal and challenge them to write in them every day. You could offer them prizes for best ideas generated in their journal etc. And for extra inspiration, you could mention the benefits that become especially obvious during performance review time…

What about you? Are you using a diary or journal, and are you writing in it regularly? Or are you thinking about using one, now that you know what it does for Sir Richard Branson?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Just leave a comment below!

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Three Mistakes That Sabotage Success

mistakes that sabotage successAre you making one or more of the three mistakes that sabotage success? They could spell big trouble, especially if you don’t fix them…

The interesting thing is that when you first look at them, they actually seem like a good idea – until you take a closer look. In fact, you find some of these in motivational materials where you’re encouraged to do these things. I’m sure you recognize them when you see them.

Yet as it turns out, they can easily backfire, as we will see in a minute. Too much of a good thing is often not such a good idea.

The Three Mistakes That Sabotage Success

Here are the three mistakes to be very wary about:

1) Thinking (too) big

The first mistake is thinking too big. Yes, it’s generally seen as an asset to have big dreams and a grand vision, but it can stop you before you even get started.

Instead, focus on getting things done. Focus on handling small things, and taking first steps. Focus on creating one product, getting it done and getting it out there. Then move to the next item.

So should you stop yourself completely from dreaming big? Not really. Your big dreams will keep you motivated and looking in the right direction, but in the meantime, be sure to keep your action steps manageable.

2) Being Too Negative

Being negative can stop you before you even get started. It can come in many different guises. One of them is impostor syndrome, which means worrying that you’re not as good as everyone may think you are, and that you will be found out. That’s sure to sabotage your success. So if this is a challenge for you, get some help and get it fixed.

You should also maintain a healthy dose of optimism – while being practical as well. Sure, it’s always a good idea to be prepared just in case, but don’t dwell on it.

Instead, visualize success, and take the steps that will move you in the right direction. Be sure to stay clear of the naysayers surround yourself with a supportive team. Remember that famous quote by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”

3) Thinking too much… about the wrong things

You may think that thinking is good. And it is.  Still…

There’s such a thing as “overthinking.” You can think yourself right out of taking productive action because you’re worried about failure. You also want to avoid thinking about the wrong things, such as what others may be thinking. Instead, focus on your own thoughts – and be proud of your actions.

Also, don’t dwell too much on the past – or the future. Focus on the here and now, and do what you can to make the most of it. Finally, don’t focus on perfection. Yes, striving for perfection may sound like a good idea, but it’s one of the key mistakes that sabotage your success.

It can cause you to procrastinate endlessly as you strive for something that’s ultimately elusive. Yes, whatever you create needs to work, but even Apple keeps creating updated versions every year. Imagine they had waited until everything was perfect before they launched their first Mac or iPhone.

If you catch yourself making any of the above mistakes that sabotage success, remember that they are all fixable. Focus on manageable steps, on staying positive, and on getting things done, now.

In the meantime, we’ll be here all summer to support you in making your business thrive. If you need anything, just call us on 0800 007 5566 or connect with us through our Live Chat.

Fear And Successful Entrepreneurs

As you know, life as an entrepreneur involves risk in a variety of ways. This means that the ability to handle risks and associated fears lies at the heart of being successful as an entrepreneur…

1) They Get Fear Handled

deal with fearIt’s always tempting to say you must be fearless to be successful. However, that’s not exactly correct. Most sane people will feel fear in a lot of risky situations, as well they should. After all, fear can be a valuable tool, alerting us to danger and helping us as we navigate tricky situations.

On the other hand, it’s important to be able to function effectively despite the fear. Susan Jeffers wrote an excellent book, called “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.” I highly recommend that book to any aspiring entrepreneur. It captures the essence of how to handle fear perfectly.

2) They Make Plans And Take Action

 Entrepreneurs are not afraid of planning, setting goals, and taking action. In fact, they need to plan to be successful – and those plans have to be acted upon to get things done.

3) They Understand Income vs. Cash Flow

Talk about handling fear. When it comes to dealing with money, a lot of people are tempted to chicken out. Successful entrepreneurs must be up to the task – and they also understand the difference between income and cash flow.

They are also prepared to deal with maintaining adequate cash flow to help their business thrive. Getting help and/or working with a proven winner will go a long way towards making that happen.

 4) They’re Willing And Able To Self-Promote

Shyness has no place in the life of a successful entrepreneur. If you want to be successful, you have to be able to stand out, let people know about what you have to offer, and promote yourself and your products and services. Here’s what can make it easier: Create something valuable you’re really proud of, something you’ll want to let the world know about.

And since self-promotion also involves speaking in public (another common fear!), I would highly recommend joining Toastmasters to get that handled – and to improve speaking and persuasion skills. It will also help with leadership skills, something else that’s needed as entrepreneurs run their companies.

5) They’re Not Afraid Of Change

Just read about Apple and Virgin and you’ll know that change is inevitable, and can be used to create ever greater success. So when things get tough, it’s important to keep in mind that change also means opportunity, and keep your focus on making the most of each and every opportunity that presents itself.

In the meantime, we’ll be here all summer to support you in making your business thrive. If you need anything, just call us on 0800 007 5566 or connect with us through our Live Chat.

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The Importance Of Values In Business

Importance of values in businessLast week, I shared some features that are part of a successful entrepreneurial mindset. Click HERE to find the original post, or simply scroll down the page…

Today, I’d like to continue with that train of thought and focus on value in its several manifestations, including core values! Value lies at the heart of success, and in particular of entrepreneurial success. I’m sure you are probably aware of that.

I’m also using that word in several of its meanings – the value you provide, what you value, and your core values.

The Importance of Values in Business

In order to be successful in business, you must provide value – particularly to your potential customers but also to your prospects.  Why else would they connect with you otherwise?

The interesting thing about “value” is that it can be looked at from many different angles. One of my favourite quotes expresses the importance of value perfectly:

“Do what you say you value.”

The quote is by the late Roger Mellott, and he mentioned this principle in the context of reducing stress and living a happier life. It’s easy to see that this principle is also a powerful part of a success mindset, as we’ll see in the three principles below:

Determine your core values

First, you need to be clear about your core values. Just what do you value most? Are you aware of your core values?

I’d like to encourage you to spend an hour or two to make a list of the things you value, and then sort them by importance. Some exercises on core value require you to figure out the most important one, but personally, I believe it’s helpful to be aware of a range of values, including health, family, success, and yes, your customer’s happiness.

However, when you find that you hold contradictory values, it’s important to do some soul searching to figure out which ones are MORE important.

Associate with people who share your values

Part of the reason why it’s important to know your values is that it helps you with taking appropriate action. One of the keys to success is to associate with people who share your values (provided that your and their values are in alignment with entrepreneurial success).

But how would you know who they are if you aren’t so clear about your own values? There’s no way around it. You have to first determine your own values, and then start spending more time with people who share those values – and less with those who don’t. I realize that this is not always possible, but at least aim in that direction.

In addition, you may want to apply this principle to other aspects of your life, such as what you’re reading and watching on TV or on your iPhone. The more you are in alignment with your core values, the farther you’ll go on your path to entrepreneurial. success.

Always aim to provide value

The key to make this work is to provide value – to your customers, clients, prospects, and everyone you’re in contact with. That’s what ultimately helps you attract and keep your best customers and clients and makes your business thrive.

More success tips next time…

In the meantime, we’ll be here all summer to support you in making your business thrive. If you need anything, just call us on 0800 007 5566 or connect with us through our Live Chat.

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