10 Essential Tips for Business Success

For a quick dose of inspiration and focus, read these 10 Business Success Tips to get you back on track and in the groove. I just sent these off to my Profitable Essence Mastermind group who are embarking on a 12 month revenue building adventure with me as their mentor. All of my Mastermind clients are experts in their fields, highly creative, and ready to make this an incredible year. Please share this post- your network will thank you for the reminders of what’s behind a successful business.

10 Essential Tips for Business Success

1. Stay Focused on Revenue Building Activities

I have nothing against chasing after bright shiny objects… just as long as they can monetize, open up new opportunities, and enhance your credibility. Whatever you’re doing, you must understand how it’s related to the bottom line. Whether it’s buying an information product, signing up with a mentor, or attending a live event, make sure you understand where the opportunities are.

2. Pick an area you’ll become expert in this year and use that to build revenue in your business.

Aside from your bread and butter expertise, it’s important to sharpen your revenue building skills in areas that can benefit you, your business, and your clients. Learn how to write killer web copy, get comfortable with selling, master follow up, become a networking wiz… find something to develop to a mastery level and, of course, keep it connected to revenue building.

3. Understand the ebb and flow of your energy, creativity, and connection to your talents.

Some months you’re hot, other months you’re not. That’s OK. You won’t stay stuck forever if you find yourself there. I’m on fire with creativity in Spring and Summer, then I hibernate in the winter. I know that about myself and can plan my business accordingly. Understand your seasonal high points and tap into your peak times for big launches.

4. Celebrate others’ successes.

Ever get an email from someone announcing their big success and you just seethe with envy? Well quit it. It’s not serving you in any way. There’s a win for you in other people’s successes if you look closely enough!

5. Celebrate your own successes!

I hear from a lot of people that they’re uncomfortable celebrating their own successes because they were taught not to brag. Here’s a great workaround: celebrate your success by sharing client success stories. Make sure you include how your mentoring, coaching, consulting, etc helped in this client’s success.

6. Take leadership!

As the owner of your business, you are the leader. Even if you’re working with a mentor or just starting out, you’re the leader and don’t need anyone’s permission to take action. Get feedback from colleagues or friends, but ultimately the decisions are yours.

7. Stretch yourself- try new things.

As soon as you feel you’ve achieved mastery in something, it’s time to stretch and learn something new. It keeps your brain sharp and your creativity on fire.

8. Maintain a positive attitude.

I don’t need to elaborate on this one, but what helps me the most is to focus on gratitude.

9. Ask for help when you need it.

When someone called me “Little Miss I Can Do It All”, I knew it was time to examine my ability to ask for help. During a personal crisis, asking for help was the only option I had. By reaching out, my clients got rock star treatment from some of the top names in our industry as they came to bat for me and filled in. Guest blog posts poured in and I was able to focus on the challenges at home.

10. Tend to your personal needs: physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological.

You’re better equipped to focus on revenue building activities when your human needs are taken care of. As a leader and a decision maker, you can’t afford to neglect your emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological needs.

Let these tips serve as a beacon for your business success. You’ll make more money, have staying power, and make the impact on the world you’re destined to make.

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How To Get Started in the Home Based Business of Internet Marketing

How does a person go about starting their own Home Business? What are the successful entrepreneurs doing to make the big money. As you have seen, I am sure, there is an abundance of programs out there that promise Riches. But after you weed through them and find one that you think is legitimate and sign up, then what. What do I have to do to succeed in this program?

Well from my years of experience and reading stories from the successful people the big thing is work everyday. Yes it kind of is that easy. The harder you work,the longer you work and the smarter you work the sooner you get rich. If you think about it, it makes it easier to have that thing called momentum. And I will tell you nothing is as important as momentum. Something in motion tends to stay in motion and something stagnant tends to stay stagnant. To change your life you will have to start moving and keep moving in the right direction.

No matter what your choice of Home Business and what kind of internet marketing is involved, you need some momentum and to get into a groove. There just is no way to keep up with the changes happening on the internet if you work two days a week. You have to constantly do advertising and promotion of both yourself and your business. Not to mention the hours you have to spend on research to keep up on how to market your business and products with the most efficient method.

Spending more money does not equate to more success, your marketing is about strategy and continued pushing of your business forward toward your goals. You have to build your own personal brand over time so your name is found on the Internet. You need to have your name pop up when prospective customers are googling home businesses, or making money, or categories like that. You can not buy name branding, you have to work for it, and work hard.

I still work everyday doing something for my business or my name recognition and I am sure there are others out there that have outworked me. But, I work hard and smart and I am constantly reading and researching to get better and more efficient. But I do not work 8 hours a day ever anymore, and although I have a home business does not mean I always work from home. I can work where ever I have Internet access, and today that is almost anywhere. Internet marketing can be a very good job.

Consistent action is the key, building momentum, but a common marketing mistake is that the inexperienced new person places a few ads all over the place and throw everything at the wall hoping something will stick. Then they think the world will fall in their lap, that is not going to happen. If you have an entitlement mentality and think traffic and success will happen on its own you will get killed in this business.

Hard work and working every day will go a long way to you being successful in any business. That is any business, brick and mortar business or Internet business they all respond to hard work. Now go to work, and tomorrow, go to work, then keep repeating every day. Build your business by building your own branding on the internet so everyone can see exactly who you are and see that you are indeed a legitimate business person.

Doctor, Are You In Your Career Groove? Three Indicators to Look At

I recently spent a long weekend visiting my parents in Albuquerque and while I was getting ready for my daily morning walk, I heard a familiar voice blaring from their 3 television sets that reminded me how sweet it is to be in your “career groove.”

The clarion call I heard was this: “Come on down!”

The voice was Rod Roddy, side-kick to 83-year old master of MCs, Bob Barker, the 30-year veteran host of “The Price is Right.”

Every time I visit my parents I get my regular dose of Bob Barker (my parents are close to his age and are huge “Bob” fans). Plus I get to marvel at Bob Barker’s authentic energy.

Barker is a vivid and marvelous poster-gentleman for a unique human situation that few people achieve. What is that situation? No, it’s not the money. It’s something more significant:

Bob is a guy who is completely in his “career groove.”

What is a Career Groove and Why Should You Care?

So what exactly does it mean to be in your career groove?

  • For one it means you love your work so much, you can keep on doing it and loving it all the way into retirement and beyond.
  • And it means one more thing: what you’re doing is perfectly aligned with your natural gifts and talents. You bring your WHOLE self to work.

So, what does it matter to you or anyone if you’re NOT in your career groove? It matters foremost to you, and secondarily to your community.

Where are you on the “Joy-Meter?”

From my perspective, a lot of physicians and professionals live their life somewhere between “outwardly successful but not completely content” and “professionally constrained and wanting more.”

Life goes on, years pass, children grow up, you take vacations, you get a new car, you sit on a hospital committee, you go to a continue-ed conference.

I knew a physician once many years ago who at the end of each day would count down: “Only 11 years, 5 months and 3 days to go before I retire.” He took vacations and went skiing, had a nice family remarried . . . and yet he was sadlyresigned to the countdown.

Not being in your career groove doesn’t mean that you are experiencing a career crisis or even burnout—but something important is missing.

That missing element is this:

The opportunity to be MORE COMPLETELY engaged (body, mind, spirit) and more completely OF SERVICE to the world.

It is from that level of engagement that we experience pure joy.

“Career Groove Indicators” – See Where You Are

Here are three indicators to gauge how muchyou are in own Career Groove — and in a future article, I’ll share some thoughts on how to “get your groove back.”

Career Groove Indicator

Scoring: For each Indicator Statement score yourself as follows

  • 3 points: I am completely aligned
  • 2 points: I want to be aligned, and am in the process of taking steps now to be completely aligned
  • 1 point: I want to be aligned, but not sure of the next steps

Career Groove Indicator #1:

I look forward to every day and look ahead to the near horizon with a sense of optimism.

Career Groove Indicator #2:

I am developing mastery in some aspect of my work—mastery based on recognition of my passion, natural talents and gifts.

Note: your mastery can be in a clinical area, a leadership domain, a communication skill , a creative path, or something unrelated to your current work . Career Groove Indicator #3:

I have no regrets about the course my life is taking right at this moment and feel grateful for everything and everyone around me.

Note: One way to answer this is, What if you or a loved one were struck down; are you focusing your energy on what you care about most? What barriers do you want to remove, or conversations do you need to have, or actions would you take in order to feel “no regrets”?

What does your score indicate?

If you scored between 8 and 9: Congratulations! You’re in your career groove or heading fast in that direction. Find someone to mentor!

If you scored between 6 and 7: Your career groove is not far away. You know what to do next, so what is holding you back?

If you scored between 3 and 5: Your desire is strong, but if the “next steps” elude you, it’s time to seek outside help.

You might be asking yourself: But as a doctor, am I not already “being of service” to the world, and isn’t that “groove” enough?

The answer is No, Yes, and Maybe:

  • No, if you’re not spiritually engaged in what you’re doing,
  • Yes, if you are completely engaged, and
  • Maybe, if can bring your total repertoire of natural talents, strengths and gifts to work every day

So why not go for gold and “pure joy”?

In a future issue I will delve deeper into how to find your career groove and ways to get aligned. In the meantime think about what natural strengths, talents or gifts you were meant to share with world. Once you put these to serve, PURE JOY is the natural by-product!