Entrepreneurial, Goal Setting, Productivity

Feeling like your business life is full of distractions?  Just our digital devices alone make us hard to focus.  Now think about all you have to juggle during your working hours and how staying focused and productive is often extremely hard to do.

As an Entrepreneur, you have to worry about employees, customers/clients, phone calls, follow-ups, emails, meetings, inventory, and the list goes on and on… Here are some tips that may help your brain multitask without becoming overloaded or overwhelmed!

Your brain gets excited when you are doing a lot of tasks at once, but the downside is that we often make mistakes while multitasking.  So here are some ways in which we can coach our brain to focus:

  1.  At the beginning of your day, work on your toughest tasks first.  As the day goes on, our brain gets tired.  So leave the more mindless work for later in the day.
  2. Find your ultimate “focus” time each day, and work on your toughest tasks at that time.  Do you work better in the morning?  Are you more focused in the evening? Choose your time and allow yourself to coach your brain back to focus mode.
  3. Practice concentration by giving yourself time to focus on only ONE task at a time.  This helps us to retrain our brain from distraction mode to focus mode. If you put aside 30 minutes each day to “focus” your brain, then that short distraction time will allow yourself to stay more focused throughout the day.

Our brains are mainly trained to be unfocused because we spend so much time multitasking.  It’s time to coach your brain into a new pattern so focusing isn’t so hard and multitasking becomes easier.  Your owe it to yourself…and your business!

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  What time of the day is your brain at it’s best?  Put 30 minutes aside each day to coach your brain!!

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

For your complimentary business coaching session visit, www.actioncoach.com/pjweiland.

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Goal Setting, Planning, Success

As a human, you have the privilege to choose.  You can choose where your business with lead you.  Your can land at the destination you want.  You have the capacity to plan the path that will lead you to your destination.  You have the ability to produce.  Produce the results that get you to your desired destination.

Follow these steps:

  1. Choose your business destination
  2. Plan your business journey
  3. Produce business results

You are the link that holds your business together.  Once you envision your success, getting there is the task you must embrace, the passion you must create, the emotion you need to believe.

Take it one step at a time and you will succeed.  Keep your focus and succumb to the barriers that may cause you to refuse the next step.  Don’t stop…keep going!  You will get there! You will succeed!

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Do you have a destination for your business?  Write it down and plan your journey.  What results do you produce?

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Entrepreneurial, Goal Setting, Success

Does YOUR success mean you enjoy what you do?  Does YOUR success mean having more money?  What does success mean to YOU?

Here are some helpful steps to achieve success:

  1. Measure your results
  2. Recognize success with goals
  3. Know your intended results
  4. Stay motivated and focused
  5. Create value

Setting goals allows us to measure results.  We can recognize our success by the goals we achieve.  And knowing ahead of time what our intended results are gives us the chance to program ourselves to feel what success will be like when we meet our goals.  Having goals to meet gives us a way to stay motivated and focused.  And If you know where you’re headed, you’ll get excited with anticipation and stay focused.

You should measure success by your accomplishments.  Creating value for yourself and others is the ultimate measure of success.  Your business won’t thrive unless you set goals, follow-through with them, achieve them, and measure them.  If you continue to repeat these steps weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly, you will enhance your business and see increased value in yourself as a person.

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Keep a list of weekly goals.  How many can you achieve over the next month?  Challenge yourself to do better each month.

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

For your complimentary business coaching session visit, www.actioncoach.com/pjweiland.

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Appreciation, Leadership, Teamwork

Sometimes hearing the truth can be painful.  As a business coach, it’s important to speak the truth to help business owners improve. They don’t always want to hear it, but it’s what they need.  I can’t be selfish…worrying how they feel about me just so I can avoid confrontation.  I care about the other person, so I need to tell them like it is.

Working with business owner I often see how NICE they are to their team members.  If a team member is irresponsible, and the owner cares for that team member, and for the rest of the team, then clear rules should be set. The owner should confront those who fall short, and openly communicate with them to correct the behavior and create responsible team members.

If the owner avoids the problem, then he/she is sending a message to all team members that rules don’t matter and that performance and responsibility doesn’t factor into the business.  If this happens, then the owner is being selfish.  Better performing team members will leave, non-responsible team members will continue to fall short, and the business will fail.

Therefore, being NICE isn’t always BETTER.  Don’t be selfish when it comes to your business! Speak the truth!  Address problems as they arise!  Don’t be mean and rude, but don’t avoid confrontation just to be NICE.  Care enough about your business and your team members to tell them like it is!  They will thank you in the long run, and so will your business!

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Try one unselfish act in your business!  What is the outcome?  Are you playing too nice?  Or do you care about your team members?

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Appreciation, Entrepreneurial, Lead Generation

There are several ways to generate leads for your business.  Many entrepreneurs think it’s necessary to bring in suspects like everyone else does.  The truth is, there are many re-purposed ways to generate new leads.  Here are a few:

1.  Re-market:  Do you have a product or service you’ve marketed in the past?  If it’s been awhile since you’ve promoted or launched something, then create a new message and get it out there…again.  Think about updating a few things here and there and then get promoting!  You can promote on social media, on your website, in an email blast, or within your store.

2.  Re-blog:  Do you blog on a very consistent basis?  If you have an archive of hundreds of blog posts, then re-write them.  There’s no need to re-invent the wheel.  You have great content just waiting to be read…again.  You may want to make sure all information is still relevant and maybe change the titles, but that’s all you really need to do.

3.  Re-engage:  Don’t forget that you already have a HUGE database of clients and fans of your business.  Re-engage them!  Ask them to refer you to somebody who doesn’t know anything about your business.  Give them a special discount for sharing your business with others!  Use what’s already at your fingertips!

Reaching out to your audience doesn’t have to seem like rocket science.  You have so many options within your reach, so why not use them to your advantage!  Re-purposing can save time and money.  And it’s all within your reach.

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Try one of these approaches during the last quarter of the year! How many new leads do you think you’ll generate?

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

For your complimentary business coaching session visit, www.actioncoach.com/pjweiland.

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Appreciation, Goal Setting, Success

It’s admittedly difficult to have a happy disposition 100% of the time.  But it is achievable to think positive when faced with difficulty.  You can learn to adjust your bad attitude and convey a happy temperament.  Here are some tips:

1.  Successful people are often more positive because they have conditioned themselves to recognize their emotions.  Your emotions drive and motive you.  They are not barriers, but often seem like they are.  By staying positive, you won’t get overwhelmed when something goes wrong.

2.  Positive-minded people can accept failure.  You need to approach challenges believing that you will succeed or that you will take something positive from your failure and do better the next time around.

3.  Happy, positive people often set many goals for themselves.  Goals help you stay motivated.  Stay on task.  Keep setting goals…meet one and start another one.  Desire to do better.

4.  Have some gratitude along the way.  Positive individuals are thankful for the people in their lives and for the things they have.  Remember, when you have to strive for something (like all those goals you are setting), you are usually more grateful for them because you earned them.  They weren’t just handed to you.  You created them and reached them!  That sure is something to be happy about!

5.  Positive people are easier and more pleasant to be around.  And happiness is contagious.  If you’re positive, you generally will attract other positive people.  Happiness comes back around because of the impact it has on others.

Continue to stay positive and you will sustain success.  Whether it’s in your personal life or your business life, continue to learn, attend lectures, read, hone in on your skills and learn something new.  Your passions will continue to keep you happy!  And happiness is the key to being successful!

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Set a monthly goal for yourself.  Does motivation and passion help you reach those goals?  Stay positive!

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Customer Service, Goal Setting, Success

Most entrepreneurs agree that getting referrals is a key component to keeping their business successful.  But many of them don’t think they get enough, or ask for them as often as they would like to.  Why don’t you pursue them as much as you should?  Perhaps it’s because you are not developing the habit of doing so.

1.  Determine ways to actively pursue your clients.  Make it a habit to provide valuable information to them, so they will want to pass it onto someone else who might benefit from it.

2.  Give out special deals to those who refer others to you.  Impress them with your dedication and drive.

3.  If you get complimented on your work, thank them and automatically ask them if they know anybody else who could use your services.

4.  Keep track of how many referrals you ask for each day or each week.  Write it down or strive for a goal each month.

You’d be amazed at how many referrals you’ll get by keeping yourself in the routine of these 4 simple steps.  And always remember to be consistent and enthusiastic when asking for referrals and when sharing your business with others!!

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Ask for 1 referral every week.  Get into the habit of asking and soon you’ll be building your business off of referrals alone.

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Customer Service, Entrepreneurial, Goal Setting, Success

As an Entrepreneur, you know that high-end clients can create a big difference in the profitability of your business.  They want quality and don’t care about how much they need to spend to get it.  However, you can’t just expect these clients to come to you! You need to understand the way these professionals think and know how they operate.

Here are 5 steps that will help you attract high-end clients:

1.  Don’t provide budget-friendly solutions.

High-end clients want quality work and will pay high-end prices to get it.  Your price should be competitive and professional.

2.  Give attention to detail.

High-end clients notice the small details.  Strive to be the best that you can afford. You need to be reliable and worthy of respect.

3.  Provide rewards for the big spenders.

Add things of high value to your main offers.  Give them something special to entice them to your main offer.  And give them something after the main offer…something they can continue to use.

4.  Offer superior customer service.

Don’t just stop the communication with your clients because they purchase one of your services.  Consistently provide customer support along the way, ready to help when they need it.

5.  Demonstrate your expertise.

When you provide strong lead generation, you demonstrate areas of authority. Create the content that will bring high-end clients to you for your expertise in the industry.

 

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Over the next month, make it a priority to focus on ONLY high-end clients by working on these 5 steps.  Notice the difference in your clientele.

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

For your complimentary business coaching session visit, www.bestchicagobusinesscoach.com.

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Entrepreneurial, Goal Setting, Productivity

As a business owner, we all try to find ways to save time.  Since being productive in the workplace is a huge deal, keeping your business organized is something that everyone needs.  Remember this…to be productive, you need to be organized!

Being disorganized creates clutter, diminishes focus, and causes anxiety.  Here are some ideas that will help you get MORE accomplished in LESS time.

1.  Join the Cloud
Don’t let your computer die and turn your life upside down.  Plus, when you’re on the road, you will have access to information at all times!  Great for busy owners who are running from appointments to meetings.

2.  Social Media Software
Keeping up with social media can be a nightmare.  Consider signing up for software to automate your messages and to keep them all on one platform.  Great time savers!!

3.  Clear off your Desk
A clean and organized working environment can improve productivity!  Not only keeping your desk clean, but your computer screen clean, will help you focus and be more efficient.

4.  Get an Online Calendar
Keep all your appointments organized with an online calendar.  All you will have to do is put the link to the calendar in your email signature.  Then, everyone you come into contact with through email can sign up for that free consult you always talk about. Super convenient!!!

5.  Hire a Virtual Assistant
Not only can a virtual assistant help you with all the above tasks (to make your life easier), but she can help you with any other tedious, time-consuming tasks that you often avoid. Believe it or not, this is also a “organization” tool.

Keeping your business organized leads into your personal life more than you may realize. If you can get out of the office at a decent time each night, then you will have more family/personal time, which then creates less stress and more productivity!

 

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Take the next 5 weeks to accomplish the above 5 tasks.  Does your business and personal life become more productive?

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Entrepreneurial, Goal Setting, Planning, Success

Congratulations…you are now a proud business owner!!  Now, do you know how to stay alive as a newfound entrepreneur?

All new business owners eventually become stagnant…showing no activity, having no flow! Don’t let this stop you from achieving your dream as a SUCCESSFUL entrepreneur.

A business coach will dedicate their attention to YOU.  They will help you move from where you are in your business to where you want to be.  They do this by focusing on your goals.

Don’t have a clear vision?  Not sure what you’re fully capable of?  You might need someone to push you outside your comfort zone.  Yes, a business coach will do that!

Some reasons why you should consider a business coach:

1.  To help you develop long-term and short-term goals and strategies
2.  To improve your business in areas that you might have overlooked
3.  To help you grow the profit in your company
4.  To help you attract high performing team members
5.  To help you attract more new customers or have your existing customers spending more
6.  To teach you how to take a well-deserved break without worrying about the business when you’re gone.

Whatever your goals are, a business coach can help!  Consider taking that leap and consult with a business coach to find out the possibilities for your success are endless!

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Attend 1 local business coaching workshop this year.  Then consider working with a business coach to help build your business!

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

For your complimentary business coaching session visit, www.bestchicagobusinesscoach.com.

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