Monday, April 26, 2010

3 on 3

What were you doing right before you watched this clip?  Were you creating a newsletter? Organizing your business contacts?  Were you reading up on the latest strategies in management?  You weren't? Then what were you doing?

One thing that is important about building a business is action! What actions are you taking to move forward? Are you planning on organizing an event or is it planned? Are you thinking about meeting someone or is it scheduled? What actions have you taken today to move forward?

James Ray talks about action and being driven! Drive yourself towards success! Push yourself even when you're tired. It's one thing to think about doing something and it's another to do it.

Sometimes it seems like, I'm not moving forward, but it's simple things that keep me in perspective. For example, yesterday I played Cashflow and I was able to meet some interesting people. They have a knowledge base that I don't. They understand the system behind bringing new businesses in Japan. I learned a lot yesterday.  I didn't create a newsletter or write a proposal, but my mind was moving forward.This new knowledge has guided me into thinking about my business plan in a different way. I can tweak some things to add longevity. Their input framed some key ideas that  I was thinking about. Now, I can do them!

Let's move!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Quitters win more often!

Go ahead! Do something! Quit! You can do it! Just imagine a group of people chanting your name and telling you to quit! Quit! Quit! Quit! Quit! It's like a never ending chant. It's just this time, when you quit, you aren't jumping to your imminent demise, you are jumping toward freedom!

Are you surprised by that? Don't be! I was thinking about quitters the other day. I'll tell you a story. My sister is not a quitter. She learned how to play the flute well enough to play all the way through college.  She probably could have played longer if she had listened to more Bobbie Humphrey! However, her older sister, that's me, quit everything. I played piano for a few years, then I quit. Then I went towards the clarinet and I quit. Then I learned to play the trumpet and I quit. I also picked up the viola, which I stuck with for a while, but when it became difficult, I quit. college life pretty much mirrored this same pattern. I had about 5 or 6 different majors before I was cleverly guided into a program that I had enough credits for. So, I'm a quitter, but not a good one.
I quit things just because I couldn't withstand the dip. The dip is what Seth Godin refers to as "the common sinkhole that trips up so many people" (The Dip, 4). If I get to the point where it's a little like work, then I'll quit.

Starting my own business has really tested the quitter in me. Can I withstand this constant battle with web developers, sales, event marketing, etc.?  Godin has a pretty good answer for this, "The dip is where success happens"(23). If I can withstand the dip, then I'm on my way to success. Growth doesn't happen overnight, but when the going gets rough lean into the patch. If the outcome of your success is worth more than this feeling of quitting, then keep working at it. So me, the big sister, is going to listen to my younger sister and keep at it.