How to Get Your Groove on in Your Small Biz in 2012

Have you had the chance to reflect back on 2011? If not, take the time to look back. What did you accomplish and how did you do it? For all of your successes, honor yourself.

Now, where did you stop yourself in your business because you were afraid or you can plug in any other excuses here? This list is going to separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls in 2012.

That is my personal prediction. In 2012, the big winners in small business will be the entrepreneurs who are UNSTOPPABLE. We will win BIG if we begin each day with gratitude and then take a deep breath and face our fears by going out and doing the things in business that terrify us. We will help more people, spread our message, and make more money because we will remove each barrier that stands in the way of our success.

And the truth is, WE are what stands in the way of our success: our fears, our playing small, our lack of confidence, our not wanting to be seen and judged, etc. In 2012, we MUST be willing to step forward and do whatever it takes to reach our goals.

If you want to get your 2012 groove on in your business, here is your Action Plan:

1.Make the Decision – You must decide first that you are willing to do whatever it takes (within ethical boundaries) to make your business succeed.

2.Make the Avoidance List – Write down all of the things you have been avoiding in your business. Have you been avoiding getting out there and speaking live? Have you been avoiding sales? Have you been avoiding reaching out to your network to generate more leads? Have you been avoiding networking because you don’t want to start conversations with strangers? Have you been avoiding hiring a mentor because you fear being held accountable? Be honest with yourself.

3. Transform that Avoidance List into an Opportunity List – Where are the opportunities on that list that you have been neglecting? In your mind and heart, shift your perspective on all of those items from negative to positive. They are the keys to moving your business forward.

4. Charge Towards All Those Fears with Fortitude and Faith and You Will Surprise Yourself! – Take each of those items and go out and do them.

I guarantee you if you do this, your business will grow and you will experience a powerful shift in who you are in this world. The Universe will shift to support you and you will find doors opening up for you in ways you never imagined.

1st Step In Starting A Business

As an Entrepreneur whose business enterprise turned 19 years last month, it may be good to share with readers some of the lessons encountered. The recent months I have been receiving queries on the secret for maintaining this business. Well it is no secret at all and I take pride in passing on important matters to those who sincerely want to commence or even those in business to restart the button as they say.

Primary Lesson: Mindset

Oftentimes, there are entrepreneurs who begin a business because of an opportunity. A deal may even begin with a mere restaurant napkin or even over some brown bottles. However getting into the groove of business must begin with having the proper frame of mind. There is a need to cultivate for the seed to germinate.

1st: Define the Purpose

It may be good to ask yourself the purpose of getting into business. I am not referring to identifying the business yet. Rather it will be more into probing the different layers related. One may say, “I want to be My Own Boss”, being your own boss entails several factors such as the ability to make a decision. To help further, it is recommended to be a relax mood and let your heartbeat be in a normal mode. Excitement or depression may not lead to better result

2nd: Start Writing

Letting our thoughts remain in our mind may be affected with other things. In my years till now, I have learned to always have a small pocket notebook. The first thing to do is write in BOLD Letters on top of each page the topic you are focusing. I call this Chapter of My Mind. There jot down things that may flash in your mind. You will be amazed to realize at the end of a week on ideas and perhaps reasons related to the focused topic.

3rd: Visualize The Business

Man has the most advanced computer chip in the universe. The Mind given the proper nurturing can create scenes. If there is a business opportunity, a person may begin to use his power of the mind to visualize how the business will go. This was one powerful tool I used to see for myself the present business I am in. I wanted to see in my mind how it will all work. Without being biased I was able to see both pros and cons.

4th: Instill Faith and Positivism

To be an entrepreneur entails risk. In fact this is what I call the point where it separates a Man from a Boy or a Woman from a Girl. There are no assurances of where and what the business will be. Try getting a copy of the popular song “Que Sera Sera” written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. This was made popular in 1956 as sung by Doris Day. One thing though is developing the ability to think Positive. Yes we keep hearing that word so much so it is deafening. Every waking up hour and even retiring, the entrepreneur brings with him or her business. Correlate the business to being like a Captain of Airbus 380. The responsibility is tremendous to be entrusted not just on the capital investment. It is more of the hundreds of lives. The Captain has operating manuals and a chosen and qualified team. What matter most is for the Captain to have the greater self-confidence of safely reaching the point of destination. Nobody is spared from having fears or sleepless nights thinking of certain situation of the business. What helped me through was the fact my faith became much deeper and stronger. To strengthen my positivism, I began always to think of good things and avoid being a pessimist or talking ill of people. Use your energy and resources wisely. Think that everyday you are getting better and better. Drive all your thoughts in contributing and making this world a happy place for everyone. Blessings come in many fold to those who do good.

Top 5 Business Lessons From Strictly Come Dancing

No doubt you’ve all seen the teaser ads for the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing. Whether you love or loathe the sequins, the tight trousers and disco lights, there are great business lessons to be gleaned from a twirl on the dance floor!

Here are the top 5 business steps to learn:

1. Be Open to Learning

To be successful in business it is vital to keep learning. When you learn and take action on what you’ve learnt, you will grow. Watch as the Strictly contestants develop over the coming weeks and you will see the ones who really listen to the professional instructors. Because they listen and learn to the dance instructor or mentor, they will become better performers, like you do in business when you work with a mentor.

2. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Even though all the Strictly contestants are celebrities, learning to dance and to perform in front of an audience of millions will take many of them far beyond their comfort zone. In business when you stay safe what happens? Nothing. Business throws up a whole host of new learning experiences. Like the contestants who will have to learn new steps and styles, you will have high and low times.

Challenge yourself to break out of your safety zone and make your business become one of the best experiences of your life.

3. Flaunt It

Play to your strengths and play high. Go an extra mile to showcase your talents and skills. Each one of the Strictly contestants wants to dance the best performance of their lives every time they step onto the big stage. So too in business you must know how to sell the performance to achieve success.

4. See Yourself Holding the Prize

Have self belief that you will achieve the goals you have set yourself. From the start of the contest you will quickly see two or three stars who dance like winners. Displayed in each step they take, every turn made, and by the expression on their face, they will stand out because they believe they can win the prize. Do you see yourself holding the prize for your business?

5. Face Your Fear

Celebrities don’t get stage fright do they? They most certainly do. Because they aim to achieve the best performance each time, whilst remembering to make all right moves, they are probably terrified before they arrive on the stage. But what do they do? They step up, face the fear and dance to their heart’s content!

Channel your fears into something exciting to dance your business toward success.

Have fun and enjoy the show. Turn on the lights, turn up the music, get into the groove and keep your focus on your business prize.