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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Winning Entrepreneurial Mindset

winning entrepreneurial mindsetIt’s summer, and as you probably enjoy a bit of breathing space, why not focus on building up your winning entrepreneurial mindset.

Maybe you’ve scheduled a vacation (and yes, you should definitely take one).

Or perhaps your business has slowed down because so many of your partners and customers are away for a break. Either way, summer is generally slower than the rest of the year, with the exception of Christmas season.

So why not use some of that extra time to think about what helps you make your business successful: The right mindset!

So today, I’m going to share three key features of a winning entrepreneurial mindset that can help you grow your business if you apply them.

What are the features of a Winning Entrepreneurial Mindset?

There are a range of features, but I picked out three that are probably the most important features of an entrepreneurial mindset. First, realize that you’re dealing with YOUR business. Next, focus on the positive, especially in terms of what you want to accomplish. And third, look at time like an entrepreneur! You’ll be surprised at the difference it will make.

1) It’s YOUR business

When you own a business, you’re the one who is ultimately responsible for its success. Sure, there are outside factors that can have an impact on your business’s bottom line, but you’re the one who must decide what to do about it. It’s YOUR business how your business is doing.

Don’t go about it in a guilt-tripping way, though. Approach it from a sense of empowerment. You’re in charge, and you make the decisions. And you get to take credit for a successful outcome.

2) Focus on the positive (i.e., your goals)

I need to qualify what I mean by focusing on the positive… Focusing on the positive doesn’t mean to ignore what’s not going so well. Instead, as you notice things you’d like to change, keep your focus on the desired outcome, not on your fears and worries. Focus on changing things for the better.

You know that saying about the glass being half full only too well. And that’s a good start. But don’t stop there. After all, there’s such a thing as a refill. Remember, if things aren’t going the way you want them to go, you can get a refill.

3) Entrepreneurial time

Time is different for entrepreneurs. When employees have clocked their time, they get to leave for the day. As an entrepreneur, you don’t have that option. You may even still be thinking about your business or pondering ideas when you should be fast asleep.

Now I don’t recommend that you let your business keep you up at night. It’s crucial to get enough sleep to keep your brain in top working order – and you’ll NEED it to be functioning at top capacity. Yet it’s important to realize that there’s often no clear division between time spent in (as well as on) your business, and time spent on other aspects of your life. The key is to work smarter, not harder… In short, be sure to nurture a winning entrepreneurial mindset.

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Grow Your Business In Summer

grow your business in summerIt’s summer, at least officially. And while the weather may not always make it feel that way, it’s the season where we think of taking time off to go to the beach, the park, and all kinds of fun events. But not so fast! It’s also a great opportunity to grow your business in summer.

You may not associate summer time with marketing, but the truth is that any business needs to keep marketing year round, and summer offers some special opportunities that most people miss. So what are they? Let me share just a few:

1) It’s easier to grow your business in summer

It’s easier because… it’s less busy! This means that there’s less competition. While your competitors are enjoying the beach, you have a better chance to make contact with those busy VIPs you’d like to get to know better. Invite someone to lunch!

And while some networking meetings may take some time off or aren’t well attended, you now have a better chance to connect with those who do attend the meetings that still occur. So make sure to seek out the meetings you may not always have time for during the year, and be prepared to make some new connections.

2) Open air events

Summer is the season for Open Air events. Many of these are community events, and that’s perfect for increasing your visibility. Contact the organisers and ask how you might be able to help. They’ll ALWAYS need more sponsors! So be a sponsor. For a contribution in cash and possibly some goods and services, you could get a spot in their event publications, plus a table, depending on the type of event. That’s yet another great way to grow your business in summer.

3) Talk to people

Chances are you’re out and about a lot more than usual throughout the summer, and you never know who might be standing next to you. Talk to people. Be social and find out who they are and what they do. And always have cards and maybe a few small promotional gifts with you so you can share them with the appropriate people.

As you can see, you can easily grow your network while you’re out having fun. As long as you come prepared, and keep any business talk light, it can work very well. Just stay away from trying to sell. Instead, build the connection, ask questions, and find out as much as you can about the person you’re talking to. Then follow up and, yes, have lunch. And before you know it, you’ll have found another opportunity to grow your business in summer.

4) Make the most of slow-downs in your office

If things get kind of slow in the office during summer, there are lots of ways to make the most of it. When your crew isn’t as busy as usually, now’s the time to get caught up on things they don’t usually have time for.

If they’re in sales, they can start calling all their contacts to get caught up and maybe even invite them to lunch if they’re nearby.  And if they’re in other roles, they could declutter their email inboxes and the paperwork. Now’s the time to get rid of things that are no longer needed and shred them if they’re confidential or simply recycle them if they’re not.

I hope you’re enjoying your summer, and that my tips will help you make some valuable additional connections while you’re out having a good time. That’s one of the perks of summer – you get to enjoy the weather, the people you meet, fun events, and you could also expand your network.

If there’s anything we can do to help you, just call us on 0800 007 5566 or connect with us through our Live Chat. We’ll be here throughout the summer, and if you ever need something, such as extra business cards, promo products, or anything else, we’ll deliver them as quickly as always.