what you learn when you think you know everything that
counts the most in life."
Basketball Coach John Wooden
the "secret" behind successful business owners?
It's simple - they have a coach. We all have blind spots,
particularly when it comes to our business. Have you
noticed how easy it is to give advice, but when it comes
to your life you can't see the whole picture? Emotions
can get in the way of making clear decisions.
do you turn to when you need answers?
you operate your business from the highest level
of thinking and action?
you feel you are doing all you can, and yet, it
just isn't enough?
model of learning from your mistakes is not effective.
It's too expensive and time consuming. A single mistake
can ruin you in today's fast paced business environment.
A coach is an inexpensive insurance policy. Coaching is a
profession that has synthesized the best from psychology,
business, communication, mentoring, consulting, sports,
philosophy, spirituality, sports and finance. A coach
challenges you, and provides the tools, structure and
support you need. A coach draws the answers out of you
and bridges the gap between where you are and where you
want to go.
Why do entrepreneurs turn to coaches?
get an objective viewpoint from someone who has
no hidden agenda.
have consistent structure, support and
maximize and leverage every action, investment
and opportunity in your life, while minimizing
your effort and risks.
business owner hires a coach it demonstrates strength and
a willingness to take responsibility to grow themselves
and their business. Just talking about your thoughts,
emotions, and ideas can generate solutions. Many business
owners who continually churn their businesses in their
mind, drain themselves of the very energy required to run
their business with clarity. Bouncing your concerns and
ideas with a coach who sees things outside the box that
you operate from, can provide obvious solutions.
What is a coach?
Coaching is a profession that has synthesized the best
from psychology, business, communication, mentoring,
consulting, sports, philosophy, spirituality, sports and
finance. A coach challenges you, and provides the tools,
structure and support you need. A coach draws the answers
out of you and bridges the gap between where you are and
where you want to go. A coach is like having a personal
trainer for your life and business.
Seven Secrets To Effortless Success!
1. Identity Your Recipe For Success.
What's the real difference between success and failure?
Some people may argue that it's having a great attitude,
money, luck or perseverance. The real difference is only
one thing - It's the ability to be consistent. You can
have a great attitude or perseverance, but if you only
have it one or two days a week your life will look like a
roller coaster. True success is something you create
consistently. What's your recipe for success? Identify
the specifics of your successful days: What are you
thinking? How do you walk? How are you breathing? What
kind of people are around you? Are you taking care of
your body? Did you work out today? What types of food are
you putting into your body to fuel you? All of these
components begin the process of
identifying your special recipe for success. Once you
have identified it, duplicate it consistently to maintain
an upward movement of quantifiable results.
2. Eliminate The Hassles Of Life.
Suffering is optional! Stop suffering, tolerating and
hoping. There's a huge addiction in our culture among
entrepreneurs that's rarely recognized. It's the
addiction to adrenaline. Adrenaline is a source of
energy. It's not the healthiest source of energy, and yet
people will do anything to get it. Adrenaline is a habit
that creates an unhealthy lifestyle. Here are some
symptoms of adrenaline:
around and juggling as many projects as possible
all at once.
in your car.
looking at the clock.
up your gas tank on empty.
desk with piles everywhere.
saying "no" to projects.
promising your results.
addiction runs rampant among entrepreneurs because the
common belief holds that adrenaline equals success.
Gordon Bahary, president of Electric Kingdom Records used
to run his life on adrenaline. "I used to create
situations that developed adrenaline. I would drink
coffee, eat sugar, get hyped, angry and excited more than
was necessary. I planned my execution of tasks in an
erratic fashion just to get the adrenaline rush. I was
dependent upon something external pushing me and used
adrenaline to get through my day. Now I'm clear about my
real talents and draw genuine energy from within. I have
time to stop and think and gained a love for my
discipline of not running on adrenaline."
The paradox of attraction is - if you want to achieve
more, do less. It's called irresistible attraction. By
eliminating adrenaline you naturally attract success,
reduce stress, integrate all aspects of your life,
simplify, and reorient around what makes you the
happiest. What good is increased productivity and
profitability if you're not happy?
3. Get Your Needs Met And Communicate More
It's important to be clear about what you need and to
communicate it elegantly. Needs are not optional. It's
what you don't know about you that really runs you. Unmet
needs can run your life, until you identify them and take
complete responsibility for fulfilling them in healthy
ways. Have the language you need to handle
confrontations. When people avoid confrontations their
lives get messy. When you have the skills to communicate
effectively, you have quality relationships and restore
your integrity. Learn how to come across better, listen,
influence, coach, motivate, inspire and support others.
4. Create Reserves.
Business owners tend to run their business on the edge.
They get so caught up with their ideas that they invest
everything into their ventures and want to make it happen
all now! Business owners tend to exhaust their reserves
quicker and faster than any other group of people,
because they are creative and come up with so many ideas
that require attention. The solution is to create
reserves in every area. You want to have more than enough
so that you are always operating from reserves. When you
operate on close to empty you react to every situation in
life. With reserves you respond to life. When you respond
you're always at choice.
How do you build reserves? Begin by creating new
standards of doubling everything, i.e time, money,
opportunities, clients, friends, energy, etc. Fill your
gas tank when it's on half a tank instead of waiting
until it's on empty. Buy two boxes of fax paper versus
one. Hold money in separate reserve accounts for new
projects. Say "no" more. Stop over promising
and begin to under promise. Operating with reserves make
you more attractive. People will gravitate to you and
seek you out to do business. With reserves comes fewer
errors, space to create the future, time to do complete
work and the ability to maintain integrity.
5. Work "On" Your Business Instead Of
Insightful business owner's are wise not to work
"IN" their business, but know that real money
and success come from working "ON" their
business. When you work "IN" your business you
think like an employee, do tasks that you can do that
others should be doing, and work really hard. When you
work "ON" your business, you orchestrate the
work of others, you step back daily to get a helicopter
view of where you're heading and plan your business for
long term growth.
It's very easy for new business owners to get engrossed
and consumed with their business. While it's important to
understand how to run and operate your business it is
equally important to stop and set up structures and
systems so that anyone can do the job the same way.
You're probably worth more than your making. Why charge
what you think you are worth. Charge what others are
charging. What other products and services can you market
to your existing client's? Stop chasing, selling and
promoting your business and begin to effortlessly attract
. The key here is to have an extremely profitable
business. Question all your expenses. Leverage your
ability to improve the financial bottom line, make money,
add more value to your customers, and increase
productivity. The key is to have money instead of money
having you. Remember the mission and forget the
6. Get Rid Of All The Stuff In The Way
Eliminate the distractions of problems, incompletions and
tolerations and increase productivity. Everything you
tolerate claims a piece of your creative and physical
energy. Tolerations drain you of the resources required
for a successful business. " Getting rid of my
tolerations was the most freeing thing I've ever done. I
never realized how much energy was being drained from
tolerations. Everyday I walked in and got annoyed at my
messy desk. Now my desk is organized, I have more energy
to use on more important things, like growing my
business." Says Mike Schneider, president of Ki
What are incompletes and tolerations? The piles you have
in your office, projects you plan to start, unfilled tax
receipts or forms, unread magazines, legal matters, the
dent on your car, conversations you need to have, etc.
Set up a plan to resolve tolerations and structure a way
to eliminate them permanently. How? Identify and
eliminate the cause of your tolerations, so they don't
come up again. "I constantly look for ways to make
my life easier. When issues comes up I don't just look to
resolve them, I look for solutions so the problems never
resurface." Says Pete Fioretti, president of
7. Discover Your Strengths and Orient Your
Business Around Them.
What are your strengths? Unfortunately we learn as
children to get good at the things we are not good at.
For instance, if you had a natural talent in art and
failed in math, your parents would hire you a math tutor
instead of an art teacher to embellish your innate
strengths. When you spend your life trying to get good at
things that don't come naturally to you, mediocrity is at
best what you can expect. The secret key to effortless
success is to identify your strengths and talents and do
only those things.
Guarino, president of Guarino Graphics was struggling
with her growing business. She spent her time wearing
every hat in her company. By the end of the month profits
were not growing. She finally stopped doing what she
didn't enjoy. She delegated the administration, and took
control of graphic design and sales, and her company
profits more than doubled.
If you are not certain what your gifts are, it may be
difficult to discover it yourself. How do you discover
your strengths? Ask five people that know you well what
they believe your gifts are. In that dialogue with them
you'll discover it.
Nancy M. Powers is a professional
success coach, writer, and captivating keynote speaker
who leads seminars on personal development and
communications. She specializes in coaching CEO's,
Entrepreneurs and small business owners to get results.
Having a coach is like having someone take a helicopter
view of your entire life. It's easy to give advice and
suggestions to others, but when it comes to your life you
may have difficulty seeing things clearly. A coach can
help you identify where you want to go, what's in the way
and strategize an action plan to move you forward. Nancy
provides the tools, structure, accountability and support
you'll need every step of the way towards your success.
Drawing on her experience and dedication to research, she
responds with training that produces solid, quantifiable,
bottom-line results. Some of her firm's clients include,
Allstate, New York Life, IDS American Express, Prudential
Real Estate, Prudential Securities, Paine Webber, etc.
She has been featured in Newsday and published in several
national magazines. She is the author of "Coach
Yourself to Success!" She is certified in Neuro
Linguistic Programming, and Hypnotherapy. You may contact
her by phone at (305) 653-8833 for an introductory
coaching session or write to Nancy for a free trial subscription of her
can E-mail her at: ICoachU@netrox.net