Category : Motivation

Goal Setting Motivation

Keeping Your Balance in Business as an Executive or Owner

Dawn of a New Day, New Beginnings

“People who use time wisely spend it on activities that advance their overall purpose in life.”

John c. Maxwell

Among business owners, male and female, there is often a real sense of loneliness, and particularly among women in business. This is something I repeatedly hear in discussions with executives and business owners. That loneliness can become hard to bear. And the lack of understanding from people close to you when business is not going well has the potential to be a real energy drain.

Choosing to move forward and advance ‘ahead of the pack’ entails learning and adapting, and changing on a personal level. It means separating yourself from the pack. Separation often means loneliness, but it does not necessarily mean that is what it needs to be.

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Commitment and Loyalty in Business for Business Owners and Executives

The terms ‘commitment’ and ‘loyalty’ bring to mind a lot of different perspectives for people in business: the terms are most often used in relationship to the hiring and retention of good employees, and also in reference to gaining and growing a faithful and sustainable customer base.
Seldom are these terms used in reference to the owner or executive of a business. But the truth is, commitment and loyalty to your own company, its mission, and the vision you had when you began, is one of the requirements of successful business, part of the process, the obligation, and ongoing challenge.

“Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment.”  – Ross Perot

Tough customers, complaints, scheduling and production problems, and slipping service standards, are all potential plagues for the average executive. If you forget the vision, or the vision no longer fits the market reality, it’s time for change.

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Goal Setting Motivation

Surviving to Win in Business: Game Plans and Pacing

Surviving to Win in Business

Surviving long enough to win in business requires a plan, strategy, patience, and…the personal strength to persist through whatever gets thrown at you.  If you are running a business, it’s much like running a race: you have to have a game plan, the burning desire to reach the finish line at the head of the pack and, you have to pace yourself.  You have to start strong, go hard, and learn when to back off; pace yourself to gain your second wind, then put on full steam when you are headed towards your end goal. You will have no reserve to make it to the end if you drain yourself completely early on or in mid-run, or become so exhausted you have no reserves for what happens next.

We’re not talking about the end of your business when we talk end goals; we’re talking about making it to the end of a project or time period successfully – with steam left over for the next run.  We’re talking about having the energy for the business growth spurt when everything seems to happen at once – new contracts, new customers, customers with changes in needs and wants, subcontractors with problems delivering the goods, new production line problems.  Let’s not forget to mention employee problems, and the good, the bad and the ugly problems that afflict us all in for-profit and not-for-profit business.

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