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The Emperor's New Groove: Getting Your Business On Track

Building your Brand is not always easy. Many entrepreneurs have periods of time when they feel overwhelmed and ready to throw in the towel. But getting back on track doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. With a little time and effort, you’ll get your business back on track in no time.

Developing a strong business can be a series of ups, downs, twists and turns, with little to no direction. If you build your business the right way, you will ultimately be very confused at some point. You will start out with a clear vision and purpose, and eventually expand your horizons so much that soon you’ll be exploding with new ideas.

It sounds like a great problem to have. New ideas equal new money right? Well, it’s not that simple. New ideas come with a host of unforeseen details that you may not have thought of initially. And for creative minds, it can sometimes be hard to get those ideas in order. Here are a couple of ways to get back on track when you feel like you’ve hit the wall:

 

1-      Take a Break

Sounds counterproductive when you’re trying to produce. But sometimes our brains just need a break. Your brain is like everything else in life; it needs to be cared for and revamped every now and then. Doing too much without the proper mental refreshment can be like driving a car with no oil-It will run, but it won’t run well. We’ve got to flush out the dirt and replace it with smooth, clean oil. Instead of trying to push through and taking long periods of time to finish the simplest of tasks, give yourself a break, reset, and start fresh. You may find that you actually get more done by taking more breaks.

 

2-      Go Back to The Basics

Sometimes we need a reminder of why we started in the first place. As things start to move along,  it’s easy to lose sight of your goals. Adding new services or products will come with a hefty price (pun intended) that may cause you to lose focus. The addition of new staff, new equipment, etc can pull you away from your original focus. In times like these, taking a look at that old business plan may be just the reminder you need as to what your journey is all about. It will remind you of your beginning goals, and where to shift your focus.

 

3- Study The Game

Ever look at those stories about people who made a huge splash in business after falling flat on their faces? You know, similar to the main character in The Pursuit of Happyness? Well, there's more to those stories than what's on the surface. Sure, we know and love the main characters and root for their triumph, but there's more to be learned from these stories. The common denominator in all of those stories is that they never gave up. They may have tried and failed at several things before they reached their goal, but their true passion remained in their hearts. The difference between doing something good and doing something great is PASSION.

 

We all get stuck in a rut from time to time, but that doesn't mean you fall down and stay there! Take the time to examine the changes, distractions, or unanswered questions in front of you. Once you acknowledge those issues, tackling them effectively will come much easier.

 

Are you stuck in a rut? What are some of the pitfalls you've experienced as an entrepreneur?

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Take Risks as a Parent

I recently came across a brilliant article on a website called Live in The Grey. It's a great site that challenges people to step outside the box and embrace their dreams. An article posted by author Courtney Velek truly resonated with me as she discussed a struggle that many of us face;  Does being a parent prevent you from being able to live freely and take chances in your career? How do you balance the two without sacrificing or jeopardizing either one? Check out what Velek had to say in this post: How to Take Risks as a Parent

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As a parent, the idea of disrupting corporate America, pursuing passion and living in the grey is so exciting. I feel such pride that our generation is fundamentally changing the way our kids will work.

At the same time, I’ve reflected a lot on whether being a parent impacts your ability to take big risks. Naturally, the stakes for parents are higher. It’s not just a personal money issue. The well-being of your family might be on the line.

All of this was running through my mind last year when [Read More...]

Courtney Velek is a purpose-driven entrepreneur and co-founder of TC3 Marketing. She believes in doing what you love, finding your balance, forever learning, and living in the grey. You can follow Courtney on her blog at www.thesmallwins.com.

Don't Quit

inspiration jars As entrepreneurs it is easy to lose focus, get frustrated, and want to throw in the towel. Although it is our talent, background, and skills that bring us to new heights in our careers, sometimes we need a simple word of encouragement to get us through. Don't Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile but you have to sigh.

When care is pressing you down a bit, Rest if you must, but don't you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won if he'd stuck it out.

Don't give up, though the pace seems slow - You may succeed with another blow. Often the goal is nearer than It seems to a faint and faltering man; Often the struggler has given up When he might have captured the victor's cup.

And he learned too late, when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown. Success is failure turned inside out - The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.

And you never can tell how close you are - It may be near when it seems afar; So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit - It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit. - Author Unknown

Friday Inspiration

image I've been very fortunate to have met some pretty awesome people online.  Oftentimes, even when I feel as though I've gained enough knowledge in a particular area, I still hit that 'opt in' button for newsletters and announcements from others who offer coaching or business tips. Even if you are in the coaching business yourself,  you can always benefit from listening to another expert. That person may have a style that you haven't encountered or offer tips that you didn't think about. Sometimes they simply offer an extra dose of motivation when you least expect it. I'm so grateful for the email I received in my Inbox from Ms. Kelly Claypool.  She reminded me of the importance of setting goals, and rewarding yourself for even the smallest victories.  Take a look at the email from Kelly below, and check her out on Facebook on Business and Learning.

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CONGRATULATIONS you made it to Friday! Today is Day 5 in my BE INTENTIONAL series and the day to finalize your week. Take a look at your Top 5 list and evaluate yourself.

Did you complete your Top 5? If not, why not? If so, then congratulate yourself. Reward yourself for a job well done.

Here are what a few folks wanted to complete this week:

Robert - create a 5-day ecourse Lisa - create a checklist as an optin gift Andrea - prepare for a class she's hosting tomorrow Tina - work on her Mission Statement Suzanne - make 10 prospect calls each day Scott - record his first podcast Kim - send out invoices Samantha - obtain $1000 in sponsorships for her non-profit event coming up.

Looking over this list and knowing these folks, there's no doubt in my mind that they've completed what they've set out to do! They are achievers. They are go-getters. They are action takers.

Did you know that just two little letters can make a HUGE difference? Yep, they can.

Take the word INTENTION. The meaning is 'to aim for or plan'. However, if you add 'AL' to the end, making it INTENTIONAL, the meaning changes to 'done on purpose, deliberate'. And that's exactly what I've asked you to do this week. BE INTENTIONAL!

To be deliberate in your work. To be on purpose in doing your tasks. To be up front and center in your business. You are the only one that can make things happens and when you're INTENTIONAL, you bring success.

Finish up today by completing your Top 5 and go into the weekend being victorious!

Thank you for spending your week with me. I've enjoyed the wonderful feedback. I've enjoyed answering questions. And, I've enjoyed being in your space. YOU are amazing and I appreciate you so very much!

Until next week, enjoy your weekend!

Kelli