ActionCOACH: Thinking Bigger For Your Business

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One of the first exercises I do with my ActionCOACH clients is called the Dream Builder. As a business owner myself, I like to pose a few questions to make you think beyond today and this year. What do you want to have? What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? I encourage you to think big. Then, we can work together to put goals in place that will help you reach those dreams.

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What Happens When The Big Dream Falls Off The Priority List?

But, what happens when day-to-day business takes priority over the big dream? The emails and voicemails and mail start piling up. Employees need support and training. Customers require attention and service. There’s barely time to eat a meal, let alone think and focus on the big dreams that were there when you started the business.

I’ve noticed that this scenario is all too familiar for business owners, including ActionCOACH clients! One of the things that helps me keep my big dreams on the top of my priority list is to get inspiration from podcasts. I can listen to them while I’m out walking in the morning, or in the car between appointments. Here are a few of my favorite’s to get you out of a slump, and back on track to reach your dreams! 

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Matthew McConaughey made an appearance recently, with a great 7-minute show. His quote of the day: “The approach is the destination, and we are never finished.” My takeaway? Stop limiting yourself. Stay in the present and focus on your journey instead of jumping ahead into all of the what-if’s and maybe-then’s. 

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Another short and sweet burst of inspiration. I loved episode 118, “Want The Courage To Do Anything? Ask This One Question.” I won’t give it away (and you only need 5 minutes to listen to this one), but let’s just say, it comes back to why we’re so afraid to think and act big. Failure (our our fear of it) is just a step on this journey toward our big dreams. 

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Are you sensing a theme yet? The episode that I’d like to share with you from This Is Your Life Podcast is titled, “What If The Barriers Were Only In Your Head?” When you’re stuck in the muck of being a business owner, it’s important to remember to address your limiting beliefs. 

My advice to ActionCOACH clients and business owners across the world is to stop limiting yourself, and allow yourself to think big. And in today’s world, you’ve got inspiration like this at your fingertips when you need a reminder. 

Interested in learning more about how an ActionCOACH can help you grow your business? Contact me for a complimentary consultation. And, if you’re looking for more resources, download my FREE eBook, 80 Ways To Leverage Your Business today.

High Performance Habits – How ActionCOACH Clients Can Benefit

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High-Performance-Habits-Brendon-BurchardOne of the ways that I stay on top of the latest business trends for my ActionCOACH clients in Milwaukee is by reading. My first book of the year was High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. One of the toughest things for a lot of my clients to achieve is building good habits! But, good habits are essential for business owners to be successful. 

Ask Yourself These 3 Questions:

In his book, Brendon asks:

“Why do some individuals and teams succeed more quickly than others and sustain that success?”

“Why are some miserable, and others happy on that journey?”

“What motivates those to reach for higher levels of success, and what practices help them improve?”

Here are my key take-aways from the six high-performance habits that Brendon recommends in his book:

1. Seek Clarity

When you focus every day on what you really want in life, what brings you the greatest meaning, who you want to be in this world, and how you want to interact with others, you’ll act differently. As an ActionCOACH, I often see business owners who are so wrapped up in the day-to-day operations of their businesses that they forget to be clear on where they’re going. My advice? Cultivate the feelings that you want to experience! This is why I advocate for clarity breaks. Whether you set aside a couple hours per week, or a full week every quarter, you need this time to reaffirm what you want most. It’s a great habit, that most people don’t make time for.

2. Generate Energy

ActionCOACH business owners know how much energy it takes to create a successful business. Yet, sometimes they forget how to replenish that energy. We all burn the candle at both ends from time to time; the important thing here is to establish energy-giving habits. Some of my personal energizing habits include:

  • Bringing JOY into every day through a positive mindset – I use my “I am…” statements to get me started each day
  • Optimizing my physical health by prioritizing exercise, healthy nutrition, and sleep
  • Master transitions

3. Raise The Necessity

It’s important to make a habit of reaffirming your “Why” on a regular basis. If you’re clear on your purpose and goals, everything you need to do to achieve them will become more important. Think about who needs you on your A-game. 

4. Increase Productivity

All ActionCOACH owners want themselves and their team to be more productive. Great advice for this habit? Stop the “busyness” and pay close attention to increasing the outputs that really matter. Burchard shares the concept of “prolific quality output” in the book. The people who strive to produce more high-quality output over time are also those who make it a habit NOT to chase shiny objects, and who choose to get insanely good at their key skills. 

5. Develop Influence

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Your job as a business owner is to teach people how to think, and challenge them to grow. By developing yourself as a role model for how others can be successful, you’ll develop influence. The habit you must develop is to continuously challenge yourself to think bigger, and lift others up. The example you set is true leadership. 

6. Demonstrate Courage

Business owners are some of the most courageous people I know. What takes practice for most is to honor the struggle. When things get hard, and you question whether you should even be doing this, figure out someone or something to fight for. It might be a person (like your family or employees), a cause (growing your local economy), or even yourself, and your wildest dreams. When you share your truth, and your ambitions with the people around you, you’re being vulnerable, but you’re also more likely to get what you need to keep on going. 

 

There you have key takeaways that I felt were important to share with my ActionCOACH clients first thing this January. I do recommend picking up a copy of High Performance Habits for yourself, and getting serious about implementing these best-practices this year. 

Ready to hold yourself accountable to developing high performance habits in your business and your life? Let’s talk. Contact me to see if you qualify for a free 1-hour consultation. 

S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Power Ahead to Q4!

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Why Do Goals Need To Be S.M.A.R.T., Anyway?

S.M.A.R.T. goals are the most effective way to set yourself up to actually achieve your goals. Before you even start your quarter, you’ll have an action plan for potential obstacles and most importantly – a deadline to work towards, which will keep you accountable.

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Many business owners set goals on a quarterly and yearly basis, yet many don’t actually hit those goals. The problem is that they are missing prudent information in order for them to be successful. Visualizing your success is only one piece of the puzzle – the most important piece is the action that must follow.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals Are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Focused, And Timely

Below, I’ll break down exactly what to consider when designing your S.M.A.R.T. goals:

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Making a goal specific means you are able to pinpoint:

  • Who needs to be involved
  • What it is that you want to accomplish
  • Identify requirements or restraints ahead of time and prepare for them

Avoid setting yourself and your team up for disappointment due to a simple oversight. Do the work ahead of time and you won’t end up with surprises.

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Additionally, without having a solid method for measuring your progress, or defining what “success” looks like, you’ll never know when you’ve crossed the finish line.

Ensuring your S.M.A.R.T. goals are measurable means asking the following questions:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?

Answering these questions will help you stay on track and regroup if necessary in order to reach your targets.  Utilizing a method for measuring progress allows you to support your team in their goals, too. Also, you’ll feel the excitement as you get closer and closer to your goal.

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A business goal should stretch your abilities, but still be possible. As you design your goals, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are the necessary resources available to you?
  • Can you afford to do it?
  • Is the amount of time you’ve committed to realistic? 

Reflecting on these questions can assist you in identifying opportunities you previously overlooked or additional resources. 

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What is the result you are looking for? Step back from the specific activities that need to be accomplished and visualize what exactly “success” will look like.  Being clear about the results you’re working towards will keep you focused until you’ve achieved success, and keep distractions at bay. 

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Every goal needs a target date so that you can hold yourself and your team accountable. Having a specific and challenging deadline also keeps everyday tasks from taking priority over your long-term goals. Answer the following questions for yourself:

  • What can wait to get done six months from now?
  • What is the most important thing for me to do today to reach my goal?

Your answers will help lay out your action plan all while being realistic. 

If You Aren’t In The Habit Of Being S.M.A.R.T. Just Yet…

This could not be a better time to start. With Q4 fast approaching, why not ensure that you end your fiscal year with a bang!  S.M.A.R.T. goals encourage the preparation and focus needed to take success into your own hands. 

If you feel ready to move your business to the next level, contact me today! We can connect with a complimentary consultation – with no obligation to sign up for coaching afterward.  We will work together to redefine your dreams and vision and then put into place the necessary strategies and tactics to turn your business venture into a thriving one. 

 

ActionCOACH: The Dreambuilder

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As a successful business coach, it’s critical that my clients believe they can achieve greatness. I stand by the philosophy that what we do – what we think about – what ideas and dreams we place in the center of our lives – it all has the power to take us to the next level and to steer us in the direction of success.  

Over the course of my career, I have seen incredible personal and professional transformations for business owners who trust that dreams do, indeed, drive results. This starts by asking yourself: what is it that I dream about – and, am I dreaming big enough?

You Must See It to Achieve It.

By using the ActionCOACH Dream Builder as a guide, you will be able to visualize your future of greatness. Prepare to think in terms of what you have, what you do, and who you are. These basic realizations will drive you to the results you want and deserve. In essence, you’ve got to see it to achieve it.

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What You Have

Look into your future. Think about the physical items, the stuff, the things you own. What do you want to have? A boat? Jewelry? Your very own personal library? Get detailed.

Where is your lake house located? Or what is the view from your cabin in Aspen?

How many cars do you own and what kind?

How many millions are in your bank account?

Where do you entertain your guests? What do you serve them?  

Brad Sugars, founder of ActionCOACH, visualized his dream down to the red stitching on the leather seats of his helicopter. And – you know what? It came true.

Knowing what it is you want will help you get it.

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What You Do

Now, let’s shift to the type of experiences, the adventures you want to have. For me, I dreamed of going on an African Safari. I saw myself exploring a new world, a new culture, and this dream became a reality only a few short years after thinking it was even possible. What do you envision for yourself?

Maybe you’re not a traveler. Maybe your dream is to receive a major award for your great work.

Maybe you want to have a large family, with spontaneous vacations and traditional evening dinners.

Maybe you want to meet your favorite musician – which, by the way, I know two business owners who decided that it was their dream to meet Katy Perry, they visualized it, and met her, almost by mistake!

Imagining what you do with your time, with your “things,” with the ones you love, is one step toward making that happen.

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Who You Are

A great way to think about who you will be in your future: imagine how you want people to remember you. Start by thinking about what’s truly important to you.

Are you a spiritual person? Are you connected to your source?

Do you have close friendships – people who value you? Who support you? Who are fun, healthy outlets?

“I am…” Statements

After you’ve given some thought to your dreams, it’s time to write them down in the form of “I am…” statements. I’ve always got about 20 of these on an index card in my bag. I review them every morning, and again in the evening; I believe that I’m moving toward them on a daily basis. Phrasing them as if they already exist in your life makes you more likely to believe you deserve and can achieve these magnificent dreams.

Here are a few examples of what I envision for myself…

I define healthy and fit.

I am a traveler of all continents.

I am a mentor for my clients, I do not run their business.

I am an amazing coach, working with amazing people, who are doing amazing thing, and we are a getting amazing results.

I am uncomfortable and it feels great because it proves I’m growing!

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Amplify Your Success.

Your Dream Builder is a tool to help you amplify your success. It all starts with a dream. If you were guaranteed that you’d achieve your dreams, wouldn’t you dream bigger? You deserve to build a business that will allow you the opportunity to get that cabin in Aspen. I’ll coach you to build your business so effectively, so successfully in fact, that you won’t even have to worry about running it when you’re enjoying that view.

 

Connect with me to learn more about creating a healthy, happy, successful business and life. I’d love to help you dream bigger.