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5 Tips To Re-invigorate Your Business

Everything that is alive can stagnate without you being aware of it.  This can happen in your business too.  Here are 5 simple actions you can take to bring new life to your business.

  1. De-clutter Your Office
    Go through the piles of papers and get rid of the junk.  Chances are at least half of it can be thrown out and some may be filed.  Make quick decisions because the first thought will be correct.  If something has been overlooked, make it an action item in your calendar. Dispose of or put away any other clutter gathering dust such as newspapers, books, folders, etc.  A simple question to ask yourself as you go through this process is:  Will this help my business grow?
  2. Put in a New Plant
    Plants give you a better quality air and metaphorically they will add life to your business.  Nurture the plant and your customers giving both what they need to be strong, healthy and happy. When you look at the plant, think of your business.
  3. Do Something Different
    Just like with the clutter, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut.  Look at your business with fresh eyes and find something that you can do that you’ve never done before and see what happens.  Call clients to find out what’s working, not working or missing for them in the area that you serve.  This isn’t so much as selling them something more, but to have a different conversation with them then you may have had in the past.  Look at your marketing materials and websites to see if there’s a new and better way of promoting your company.
  4. Try Someone New
    Take a look to see if any of your employees or vendors are holding your business back from growing.  It could be time to try another resource to see if it makes a difference in the business.  It could be as simple as doing a small test along side what you are normally doing and see if you produce a different outcome. Determine if there any tasks can be eliminated.
  5. Be Grateful
    Looking for things to be grateful about is one of the fastest ways to shift your energy.  When you focus this on your business, you can shift the energy of the business.  If there are certain clients that you are grateful for, use this opportunity to determine how you can attract more clients like them to your business. Include all the people, events and things about your business in expressing your gratitude.  Practice this daily.

Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of these actions and therefore neglect to do them.  Each one individually will have an impact and doing all of them will completely re-invigorate your business.

Tips for Entrepreneurs


Entrepreneurs have to make a big commitment to their business. On the path to success, many will become stuck along the way. This is normal, however, having the right expectations while being open to learning will help curb anxiety during the usual ups and downs of doing business. Things will happen and it’s important not to become discouraged or disappointed. Most businesses fail within the first 3 years of operation for a variety of reasons. Getting the right education and putting the certain measures in place will help you navigate during the early years.


There are definite steps and actions all entrepreneurs can take to reduce the risks and avoid potential pitfalls. Every business owner, particularly new ones, face many obstacles and hardships in the course of doing business. Set realistic targets when it comes to making money. A positive attitude and good guidance is needed to make it through the early years of a new business. Here are some tips for the entrepreneur that wants to thrive in the fast-paced business world.


Tips

  • Learn from your mistakes: Everyone makes mistakes. Take the time to dissect what worked and what went wrong instead of just trying to get through a bad situation. If you pay attention to all mistakes that you’re making, you will actually learn from them. Don’t be taken in by “get rich quick” ideas.

  • Set a regular work schedule: Most new business owners work day and night. This practice is actually draining, ineffective and creates stress. Guard your personal time and ensure that you take breaks. The mind requires peace and quiet to receive new ideas. You’ll find that if you create a daily work schedule, including time for personal activities and “Imagineering”, more will be accomplished in less time.

  • Seek assistance and/or guidance: You can avoid mistakes, save money and reach your goals faster if you surround yourself with people that know more than you do. Network with successful business people. Get a mentor and/or a coach. Join groups locally or online with people that share their insights and experiences. You will be able to ask questions and get help. Avoid the temptation to go it alone thinking that you have to figure everything out on your own. There are many great resources that can save you time, money and frustration.

  • Create a strong, loyal customer base: It’s far easier and less expensive to cultivate an existing customer instead of finding a new one. Understand your customers’ needs and always look for ways that you can help them achieve their desired outcomes. Establish good relationships by putting their needs first and be willing to walk away from business that isn’t part of your core offering. Many new business owners chase every opportunity they come across and soon lose creditability in the marketplace. Know your strengths and stick to them.

  • Be direct: When starting new business relationships, openly discuss each other’s expectations and thoroughly understand how system works on both sides. Many misunderstandings and disappointments can be avoided by investing time in the beginning to go through order, delivery and payment processes. Review any terms and conditions before accepting them. This can be particularly important when doing business with large companies. Establishing guidelines is essential to creating a strong working relationship.

  • Always cover your expenses: Get a down-payment from the customer if payments must be made to suppliers for products or services that you need in order to complete the work. Establish milestones and a payment schedule based on attaining those milestones so that you have regular cash flow. Many small businesses go out of business simply because they didn’t have the cash to keep the business running. Ensure that out-of-pocket expenses are covered by the customer upfront.

  • Ask for testimonials and referrals: Immediately upon completion of a project, ask customers for a testimonial and a referral. If possible, have them made a quick video (less than 90 seconds) explaining what their problem was, why they chose you as a vendor, what the outcome was and then their recommendation. A video is even more effective than a written letter and it’s easier for the customer. Be prepared by bringing along a video camera. After they record the testimonial, ask them if they know of anyone that would benefit from your services and then ask them to call that person right then on your behalf. A referral is the second easiest sale to make.

  • Remember special occasions: Make a note of personal accomplishments or events with each of your customers. It could be a birth of a child, an anniversary, a promotion, or any other event that would stand out for your customer. By giving a card, a gift or something extra demonstrates your appreciation for their business. This helps to build a strong relationship and a loyal customer.

Starting and running a business

 

Frequently budding business owners fall in love with their own ideas. Just understand, if you do, it could prove fatal. It’s recommended that you remain open and flexible while exploring all of the possibilities. Success of any business depends on proper planning and on a well thought out business plan. There’s more to starting a business than many people realize. It’s not just about registering a name and hanging out a sign. The challenge comes in making it profitable. If you want to learn the basic of how to be a successful entrepreneur, then you’re in the right place. Visit our website http://www.bizsuccesstraining.com/ for more details.

 

Starting a new business requires knowledge in the following areas:

  • Finding and developing your business idea
  • Setting up the business with the right foundation
  • Conducting market research and writing market reports
  • Getting expert advice
  • Competitive analysis of the market
  • Creating demand for a product
  • Preparing a business plan
  • Estimating financials, including costs, profit and pricing
  • Different approaches to starting a business
  • Getting funding
  • Hiring employees and/or outsource partners
  • Managing the business

All businesses have their strengths and weaknesses. Before starting, it’s imperative to go thoroughly research all the pertinent information so you can narrow down your preferences, business ideas, and vision for the business. It’s important to assess your strengths and skills to figure out which business will be the best fit for you.

 

There are a variety of reasons why people start a small home business, such as:

  • Control
  • Necessity
  • Independence
  • Experience
  • Glamour
  • Financial success

To ensure a smooth and profitably running business, you must create a business plan. A proper business development plan contains an executive summary, market analysis, industry profile, a marketing plan, operational plan, financial plan and competitive analysis. When completed, it acts as a roadmap for your business as well as a success measurement tool.

 

Further, the business development document serves as a planning tool for business executives and helps the investors and other funding sources to determine when and whether they will want to make an investment in the company. Currently many of the top 500 companies didn’t even exist 10 years ago.

 

Many may credit those companies with smart, courageous business development planning. With proper planning, many small or obscure companies are now able to overtake massive global enterprises and prestigious brand names. Even as a small business, it’s important to continually work on the business development plan and look for ways to meet the market needs and grow the company.

 

Developing and implementing new ideas requires patience.  Look for ways to gain momentum and to partner with complementary businesses. Be open to change and be prepared to take calculated risk.  Look for ways to start or improve your services. More importantly, look for ways that you can give more or transform your chosen industry.  Focus on what your company can bring to the market rather than chasing profits.

 

Increased competition in all sectors makes it challenging to start and grow a healthy, profitable business. However, you don’t have to go it alone. Get good instruction and advice from experts that are focused on your success.  Contact Susan Bagyura for more details on business training and development.

 

Women Entrepreneurs

 

Even today, there is a general notion that’s prevalent in many parts of the world. Women are still thought to be the homemakers rather than doing anything with commerce or in any industry. Fortunately this picture is gradually fading away. As trends are changing and more women are in key positions in small, medium and large enterprises.

 

Another significant trend is that many women are staying in the home, but not as homemakers.  They are entrepreneurs.  The number of small businesses owned by women is growing 50% faster than the total number of small businesses, according to a small business monitoring report from American Express. And by 2018, one-third or roughly 9.72 millionof new U.S. jobs will be generated by female-owned companies.  This is a significant increase from the 16 percent of the total US jobs created in 2010.

 

Even with the recession and economic downturn, many women-owned business adapted to the change.  The women business owners have been quick to transition from traditional marketing methods in favor of using social media to boost their client base.  Women are natural at multi-tasking, balancing their family life with business and are running highly successful small businesses. Other small businesses are popping up to cater to these home-based women-owned businesses.

 

This trend is improving. Women all over the globe are proving to be economically minded, financially resourceful and they are embracing the option of owning businesses. At present, there are major corporations, banks, and foundations that are focused on helping women around the globe start sustainable businesses.  Many of the barriers are being removed, but it still has its difficulties.

 
So of the challenges that many women face when they think about starting a business are:

  • Little or no family support
  • Lack of capital
  • No access finance
  • No education or understanding of how to start a business
  • Lack of self-confidence and self-belief

In a study by Babson College in 2010, conducting in 59 economies, they found that more than 104 million women between the ages of 18 and 64 were actively engaged in starting and running new business ventures.  Further, another 83 million women were running businesses they had started within the prior 3 years. Altogether, that’s 187 million women creating and operating businesses.

In the under-developed countries, most women are motivated by necessity, although that’s changing too.  In the most developed countries, women are starting businesses because they spot opportunities.

 

Here are some tips of things to do before starting a business:

  • Find a mentor or a support system
  • Find or start a women’s networking group
  • Invest time learning what you need to know before you start.
  • Speak to other women business owners to learn about their experiences
  • Find out about grants or funding for women starting a business.

 

Running A Business

 

Running a business is the art of managing people in a way to collectively achieve productivity and accomplish certain goals. One of the most important of those goals is making a profit. A company that isn’t making profits will not survive for long. There are many challenges every business owner must face on a daily basis. Further small business owners face some unique challenges. The smaller the business, the more tasks you have to take on by yourself.

 

If, as a business owner, you find yourself with entirely too much on your plate, you should hire and develop or outsource a self-sufficient team. The more tasks your team can tackle on its own, the more you can focus on growing the business. As your business grows in complexity, unanticipated problems will arise. A self-sufficient team will help you deal with these problems by being a part of the solution.

 

With your team in place, it’s time to go after more customers. Here are some steps to help you build your client or customer base;

 

  1. Understand your target market – Invest in research, or do it yourself, and find out who your business can help the most. All businesses offer solutions to a problem. As a business owner, you need to target the people who have that problem and offer your business as the solutions. You need to be able to clearly articulate why your business will meet their needs.
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  3. Give them an offer they can’t refuse – Research your competition to learn the prices they charge and the quality they deliver. Your goal needs to be to deliver a quality higher than your competition at the lowest price possible while still generating the profit you need to survive. This is known as delivering value. Resist the temptation to sell on price and instead focus on what you can creatively meet the needs of the customer in ways that are unique to your business.
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  5. Don’t forget to follow up – Don’t let the relationship with your customer end after only one transaction. Find ways to stay in touch. Encourage them to follow your business on social media networks and offer loyalty promotions to get them to return. Stay in communication and be prepared to make changes as your customers’ needs change. In face-to-face communications with clients, it will take at least 5 attempts on average to gain their business. When doing business online, you can anticipate that you’ll need to ‘touch’ your potential client at least 8 times before they will purchase. The easy you make it to do business with your company, the more likely people will do it.
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As you grow your business, this will all be too much for you to handle on your own. Remember that those with the best people always win.

 

Every now and then, every business experiences a downturn. How a business responds to a slow down can be the difference between success and failure. When business falls off, consider this a time to get busy on building, not on cutting back. While you might need to scale back due to financial considerations, consider this time to be an investment opportunity for the future of your business. Now is the time to fix what is broken and concentrate on marketing. This might also be a time to reflect on the solutions your business provides. Perhaps your customer needs have changed. If that is the case, you need to change as well.

 

Finding a mentor during times of trouble can help as well. Every successful business owner has experienced troublesome times and has learned from it. Rather than suffering through those times on your own, get some help. Allow yourself to learn from the experiences of others. This is the quickest way to recover from a downturn and vault yourself towards further success.

 

Steps for Transforming Your Business

 

Transformation – In the context of running a business, it’s a process of profound and radical change that helps in taking a business in a new direction and consequently takes it to an entirely different level of effectiveness. Transformation implies a basic change of character indicating little or no resemblance with the past configuration or structure.

 

Anyone can use this process to make dramatic changes; in other words, transformations in their lives and running a business. Typically when someone is poised for this change, they will have a clear idea about what they want to achieve, learn or transform by showing up and investing their time.

 

The first step for Transformation is “Identify Intention”. By identifying your intention, you actually focus your concentration and subconscious so that you could quickly identify the information you need in order to make the change. Without setting an intention, the mind can easily overlook or miss something because it hasn’t been given an instruction.

 

Intention is purposeful. Setting an intention for transformation is preparing the way for a quantum leap. Small changes just won’t do. It’s quite the contrary. Quantum leaps demand that we must be willing to be bold and daring when making a big shift in a business.

 

The next step is “Be Open” to receive not only the essential information but also for the intended transformation. This is part of everyone’s paradigm. We are taught things that we believe, holding as absolute truth, and will defend to the end by creating everything we see in our world so that it fits to those beliefs that we are holding. The stronger the desire for a transformation from the point that one stands right now to a quantum leap demands breaking away from limiting beliefs. You can’t keep doing what you’ve always done and expect a different result.

 

This leads to the next step which is “Declaration”. Once you see what was holding you back or stuck where you are; you will no longer willing to play it small. Now, armed with your new understanding; declare your desired outcome. It’s this decision that will start drawing whatever you will need to move towards you in the process of achieving your desired outcome.

 

Declaration is particularly important when you need to get others involved to transform the way you are running a business. People need to know where you as the business owner are taking them.

It’s quite possible that you will not know what step you should take at that point, but by declaring the new intention to make a quantum leap and looking for new and better ways of running a business is enough to start moving on.

 

“Listen, everybody! There’s no limit to how high we can fly! We can dive for fish and never have to live on garbage again!” ~Jonathan Livingstone Seagull

 

Your enthusiasm for making the shift and going after the intended outcome must come across powerfully and strongly. Whenever you go to make changes, fears will come up and you’ll quite naturally want to stay in your comfort zones. Therefore, your desired outcome and commitment to it have to be huge so that you’ll be driven to move past your fears and do it anyway.


Susan Bagyura, creator of Biz Success Training Essentials to Starting a Business, guides entrepreneurs/small business owners through the worries, fears and don’t-know-how-to’s of starting a business to successfully owning their first business. http://www.bizsuccesstraining.com

 

Who’s Your Target Client?

 

It’s Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. as the Business Network International (BNI) meeting is called to order. As I looked around the room, I could see that some of the people were still yawning and appeared to be half awake. Others look like they had been up for hours and were excited to take part in the meeting.

 

After spending several minutes on the usual agenda, the time had come for the members to take 60 seconds and introduce themselves, their business and who their ideal client is. The concept is that each businessperson that’s sitting around the table will be more aware of the others’ businesses and will make referral to them based on their stated requirements.

 

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Actually that’s where is all starts to fall apart. Curiously, most people in the room are very uncomfortable speaking about their companies. Many rush through like their pants are on fire and don’t use the entire minute, while others ramble so much that the minute is up before they say what they want.

 

A common mistake these businesspeople make is in their failure to clearly explain who is their ideal client or target market. Instead they use words like ‘anyone’ or ‘everyone’. The trouble with that is no one can identify with that description.

 

But today something memorable happened. A woman stood up and with a big smile, she introduced herself and her company by name. She said that she helps women get a good night’s sleep and went on to describe her target client. She said this woman can fall asleep pretty quickly but an hour or two later, she wakes up and can’t go back to sleep. She loses 3 to 4 hours sleep most nights and is tired, cranky and stressed during the day. Her health and relationships are suffering and she just wants a good night’s sleep every night.

 

Can you picture this? Can you imagine how easy it would be to find a referral for this female entrepreneur? The next time you see a sleepy, stressed-out woman, a simple question to ask is: “Are you sleeping well every night?”

 

In actuality this female entrepreneur has a business that sells mattresses and if she had followed the way others described their businesses, she would have stood up and said that she sells mattresses and she’s looking for anyone that wants to buy a new mattress. I’m sure if she said that, it would have fallen on deaf ears.

 

As a small business owner, it’s critical to understand who your target market is. Your target market is the people that will be most likely to buy your products or services. Once you’ve identified your target market, then aim your marketing strategy at the target.

 

Even considering the above example with the young female business owner, there’s no doubt that she would be able to help a man with the same symptoms. But she painted a clear picture of the person that she wants to draw to her business; a picture so clear that anyone listening to her would know exactly who she is targeting.

 

Your target market could be:

  • females or males
  • age groups
  • regional areas
  • education or interests
  • occupations
  • average incomes

Further you could consider how different groups of potential customer might use your product or service. Potentially menmight have different uses as compared to women; and older customers might have different wants and needs to those of younger customers. By clearly understanding how your products or services meet the customers’ needs, you could have several target markets to focus on.

 

Invest time to fully understand your target market and how to appeal to them. The benefits are unlimited.

 

Susan Bagyura, a leadership coach, business consultant and Amazon best-selling author of The Visionary Leader: How to Inspire Success From the Top Down, works with small business owners and entrepreneurs to create financially sustainable businesses.

 

The New Entrepreneur

 

The image of an entrepreneur is rapidly changing. They are younger and more than 35% of them are women; with more joining the ranks on a regular basis.

 

Today there are 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the US alone; which represents nearly 40% of all American businesses. These women-owned businesses employ 27.5 million people; a staggering 35% more than all the Fortune 500 companies combined.

 

In an online survey about entrepreneurship commissioned by the Kauffman Foundation of 2,438 young people aged between 8 and 21, it was discovered that 4 in 10 of these youngsters would like to start their own business in the future. Further another 37% of those participating in the survey saw owning a business as a possibility.
Their top reasons for wanting their own business are probably similar to yours.

 

  • 92% said they want to use their skills and abilities
  • 89% see building something for their future as important
  • 87% just want to be their own boss
  • while 81% would like to see their ideas come into fruition
  • and 85% want to earn lots of money

 

These results were from the 2007 and were further substantiated by the follow up survey completed in 2010 with double the number of participants.

 

Gone are the old ways of thinking that one must pay their dues by starting at the bottom and working their way up. These young people see business ownership as a natural starting point.

 

This trend is already starting as evidenced by these young female entrepreneurs. Both ladies were identified as one of the top 15 young female entrepreneurs by Under30CEO.com and are running multi-million dollar companies.

 

Juliette Brindak, Age 22, founder of MissOandFriends.com

 

Juliette penned her first Miss O character at the age of 10. As a 13 year old, she started the company along with the support of her family. In 2006, at age 16, Juliette launched her first bookand it has sold over 200,000 copies. Her business is focused on developing the self-esteem and sense of self for the tween market – girls between the ages of 8 and 12. Her business is now worth $15 Million.

 

Kyle Smitley, Age 25, founder of Barley & Birch

 

While doing a scientific research for a high-end clothing boutique, she discovered that many businesses claiming to be making eco-friendly clothing for children were actually lying. Determined to change the industry and make safe, environmentally friendly clothing for children; Kyle started her organic clothing line for kids in 2009 during her first year of law school.

 

If you’re wondering if you’ve got what it takes to start a business or how to overcome challenges; then join me for a free webinar on January 17th and 24th at 8:00 p.m. EST respectively while I interview these 2 young female entrepreneurs.

 

7 Surefire Tips For Improving Your Next Negotiation

There was a recent article regarding the serious lack of negotiation skills which has cost many women as much as $750,000 over the course of their careers. Even though there are a rising number of women graduating with higher degrees and being selected for high level positions in companies; women are still historically paid less than men in the same or similar positions. Whether the positions are part-time or full-time, men are generally earning 20 percent or more than women are paid.

 

How is this happening? Studies have shown that men are 4 times more likely to ask for higher wages than women with the same qualifications.Men expect more and they are getting it.

 

Generally speaking, women don’t ask for raises or promotions; preferring to wait until someone else recognizes their achievements. This ‘lone ranger’ attitude follows the women home because many times even in their own home, they don’t ask for help with the household chores or with the children.

 

Poor negotiations skills are costly for female small business owners too. Women typically come out on the short end of the stick when it comes to negotiating on business premises, hiring employees, contracting agreements with vendors, partners and customers, dealing with banks and in many other areas.

 

As life presents negotiations of one form or another on a daily basis, it’s worthwhile to learn some basic skills. Here are 7 top tips that you can immediately use to create amazing results in your next negotiations:

 
  1. First and foremost, decide what you want. Many women approach negotiations thinking about what others might be willing to pay or give instead of thinking about what they want. It’s crucial to be clear on what you want and focus on your desired outcomes.
  2. Think about what you are willing to compromise on, but only if it’s necessary to make a concession. Don’t start out with a concession, but think about where you can be flexible before you begin the negotiations. For example, if you are negotiating for a lower monthly rate on office space; you may be willing to consider a longer lease period or making improvements that will increase the value of the property.
  3. Set your high limits and your low limits so depending on what side of the negotiation you’re sitting on; you know exactly what your highest offer/demand is and what your lowest offer/demand is. Be open to hearing concessions that others are willing to make to you and be prepared to walk away from the deal if it isn’t a good deal for you.
  4. Gather as much information as possible about the person or people with whom you will be negotiating. It’s best to understand other deals that they’ve made, what’s important to them and how they approach people. Prepare yourself according to what you learn about the other person’s style. If you can’t find anything out about them, then quickly size up their body language and mirror it back to them because it instinctively lowers their guard.
  5. Be absolute clear on your strengths and what you bring to the negotiation. Prior to the meeting, write down your top 3 strengths and why they are important. Don’t assume that everyone knows it. As an example, if you are asking for a raise, have a little story about the 3 ways that you contributed to the company in the past year. When possible, include the monetary value of your contribution either in terms of revenues or savings to the company. It’s important to negotiate from a place of strength. Restate your strengths whenever you make a demand/offer.
  6. Approach any negotiation with confidence and optimism. Expect that everything will be worked out in your favour. Be friendly and engaging; listen to the other person and ask questions to gain a deeper understanding of what is important to them. Look for how you can match your strengths to their wants.
  7. Keep your cool no matter what happens or what is said. Understand things may be said during negotiations to try to rattle or force you to make concessions. Keep your focus on what you want and what you are willing to do/to give in exchange.

None of us are born negotiators; however, it’s a skill that everyone can learn. You can master this skill by implementing these tips. Re-reading and following these tips before you enter into future negotiations can make the difference between your success and failure.

 

Susan Bagyura guides women entrepreneurs through their worries, fears and don’t-know-to’s of starting a business to successfully and confidently owning a business.
http://www.bizsuccesstraining.com/blog

 

Women transitioning from working to starting up a business

 ”Space… the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before”. ~Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

 

As I was thinking about and feeling into the outcomes of some new goals that I am moving towards, I was reminded of what Leonard Nimoy read at the end of Star Trek II and saw the parallels.

 

I’ve found that when it comes to dreaming of a new future, budding entrepreneurial women wanting to start a business usually fall into one of these camps:

 

1)  “That’s for other people.  They can have it, but I can’t because of …” Immediately, the person goes right to judgment and believes somehow that they are not worthy of what they want so they don’t dare to allow themselves to want it.  They actually give up on what they want before they even give that idea a little chance of survival.  They have an inner judge that says they can only have just so much and that’s it.  Self-love, self-worth and the self-image are fundamental to the quality of a person’s life and most of what one believes about themselves is so deeply ingrained in the sub-conscious that they aren’t even aware of it.  Start paying attention to your self-talk and see if you find patterns of thinking other can have things that you can’t.

 

2) “I’ve never done that before so I couldn’t possibly do it; but maybe do this …” At that point, they select something small, but it’s not really what they want and it doesn’t really inspire them to take actions.  This sets up a cycle of thinking they can’t achieve things because, in the past, when they weren’t thinking big enough to excite themselves into action; they didn’t achieve the desired outcome.  They don’t see the connection between their thinking, their feelings and their actions.  If we really don’t want something, then of course we will not be willing to do the extra stretch beyond our comfort zone or act boldly spontaneously doing something we haven’t done before.  Instead of looking back and seeing that they didn’t make the efforts; they just see failures and think it means that they are a failure.  This is untrue and it keeps them stuck where they are.

 

3) “I’m going to be/do/have … in …” In this case, I’ve seen people set such huge goals in a very short time frame for achievement; and because they don’t really believe they can do it, women entrepreneurs starting a business actually give up on it before they get started. Now this one is kind of hard to explain because I certainly believe in and support people in having big goals; however, I also know that we gain a lot of belief in our abilities to achieve when we take a big goal and break it down into success bites that inspire us to reach higher and higher.  Every success encourages us to take the next step; and the next step.  So if someone has a goal of making $1,000,000 in 3 weeks and has never made more than $20,000 in a year; will they really believe they can do the million in 3 weeks?

 

4) “I don’t know how I could do that.” In my opinion, this is the biggest reason people don’t go after what they want.  They have been conditioned to believe that if they don’t know how they are going to to/do/have something; then they shouldn’t even try. This is where I like the second line of our quote above.  Because if we just use the thinking part of our mind in going after a goal; it can only take us to where we been before.  That’s all it knows.  But if we tap into our mental faculties, such as imagination (creativity), intuition (being guided) and our will (focus/concentrate on the outcomes); then we will be inspired to explore new worlds, seek out new life forms (people) and civilizations (groups) and to boldly go beyond (taking bold new actions that are scary) what we’ve been and done before.

 

Where did we ever get the idea that we have to know exactly how we are going to achieve something that we’ve never done before and if we don’t know how we are going to do it; then we should never believe in ourselves or get into action going after it?

 

Why didn’t we decide to challenge that idea instead of accepting it as truth and acting on that ‘truth’ over and over again—without question?  One of my mentors said this to me:  “We are conditioned to rationalize our outcomes.  We ration lies to ourselves and believe these lies to be true.”

 

How many ‘truths’ are we living that are actually holding us back from having the life of our dreams?

 

What step can you take today?  Start dreaming!  Dare to imagine yourself being/doing/having something much bigger than now.  How do you feel?  Does it energise you?  What’s happening around you?  What sights and sounds do you see?  What happens if you make it bigger?  How does that change your picture? Based on the images that you see, what is one step that you could take today to move towards that image?  Feel your way forward versus trying to think your way forward.

 

Susan Bagyura guides women entrepreneurs through their worries, fears and don’t-know-to’s of confidently starting and growing successful businesses and how to own a business. http://www.bizsuccesstraining.com/blog

 

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