Thursday, July 31, 2008

Plans without Action Is Like . . .

The other day I was traveling with my boys and we were stuck in traffic. One of my son's asked me why there was so much traffic. I replied it was because it was Rush Hour. To my reply he said, "Mom, if it's Rush Hour, why isn't anyone rushing?" Oh, the wisdom of a 6 year old.

Yesterday, I was listening to Bob Proctor on Goal setting. He discussed why people don't succeed in goal setting. He commented that there are people who are waiting for everything to be perfect before they implement the plan. So they are so busy planning they never get doing. He then told a story that pulled it all together for me. Quite frankly, I never heard it or thought of it before. He noted that when Henry Ford sold his first car there were no paved roads like we have today. In fact, the roads were dirt and gravel. Yet, he had a vision and kept true to the vision. So he sold the cars, knowing that if he built them the roads would come. And in deed a few million cars later, we have plenty of paved roads. If he waited till someone else caught his vision and paved roads in case there would be cars, we might not be where we are today.

Are you waiting for everything to be perfect? I say plan and implement. Launch and adjust the sails as you go. Without action, you will not reach all the great goals you have.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Recession Proof Your Business

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Yes it is true these are difficult economic times. Yet, I find during tough times businesses are born. In fact, many an entrepreneur have been born out of a layoff or downsize. When there are gray clouds, there is always a silver lining. So the key to riding out these tough times is to hold fast to your dreams and get back to your goals. Adjust if you need and do something each day, no matter how small, to move toward the goal.

Action Step - Take Time To Answer These Questions:

What can I do today to improve my business?
What can I cut to reduce my expenses and improve my bottom line?
Is there a new target audience that needs my product or service?
Am I networking enough and effectively?