Don't make New Years Resolutions | Small Business Success and Coaching

Don’t make a New Years Resolution

8% achieve their resolutions. http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/12/11/interesting-new-years-resolution-statistics/

New Year’s Resolutions are for amateurs. You don’t need a special day in order to get motivated. If we wanted to achieve something in life, why does it have to be on January 1st of the New Year? Why can’t it be on March 8th ? or July 18th? Or any other date for that matter?

With only 8% achieving New Years Resolutions, and only 7% of people actually writing down and setting goals (…interesting correlation, huh?) why not just make a solid commitment to better ourselves on a daily  basis?

Why are New Year’s Resolutions given so much coverage?  Think about it. The health and money industries love it. The top four resolutions by a land slide are to lose weight, quite smoking, get organized, and save/make more money. Health clubs actually increase their membership prices during this time. It is in their best interest to create a hype around this time of year because they will benefit from it.

So don’t set a New Year’s Resolution. Make a commitment to yourself. To your life. Create your own path and give a long hard look into things. New Year’s Resolutions are usually lifestyle changes. You can make the DECISION to make that change any day.

How do you want to live yours?  How does your mission shine through with your goals or your achievements that you strive to accomplish?

The questions is…. Will you take the JUMP?

Will you take an active role in your life or will you just let it run on auto pilot and accept whatever comes your way? In other words, will you make the choice to JUMP out of the airplane, or are you going to wait for someone to push you out? Personally, there is way too much out there that I want to achieve than to just let auto pilot run my show.

What do you think?

Could your business be like a bad "I Love Lucy" episode? | Systems and Processes In Your Business

Beautiful picture, huh?

That was where I was “snowed in” for the past three days.

Heber, AZ 1/1/11

I left Phoenix on Wed morning to go for a quick ride up to Heber with some friends and family. They were going to stay till Friday, and I was going to come home on Thursday.

Well mother nature had other plans.

It got me thinking about you all… can your business survive if you were removed? Can it survive and go on as “normal” if you were taken out of the mix for a couple of days during a holiday without a hitch?

My company did, and it only survived because I had systems and processes in place. I was able to enjoy a worry free “impromptu” vacation while my staff was on the ground during New Years weekend.

Playing in the snow

Systems and processes are so important in every business. Think about the conveyor belts. You can throw things onto it and the belt keeps moving (process) and the people that are adding things to the product (replicating the system over and over again) keep doing their job.

Without systems and processes – it could be the demise of your business. I hate to break it to you, but many of your customers or clients will not care what family emergency you had or if something happened to you. They hired a professional company for peace of mind and it is every business owner’s responsibility to follow through on that.

What about if one of your staff went MIA? (that has happened to me)

What about if YOU went MIA? Is there always someone who knows that you are “alive” or would there be days that go by and no one would notice?

Admittedly, nothing can ever be perfect….but we can all strive for excellence, right?

But when the State closed the roads going home, and I had 20 clients out of town, that is a lot of damage control to be doing without a solid back up plan. I was very thankful for my trusted staff, who by the way, were already scheduled for 100% of the visits. I just sat back drove some ATV’s, sat by the fire, cooked, enjoyed friends and family, and learned what “cabin fever” was.

I was able to check messages, make calls, maybe work about a total of 30 minutes a day and managed to book lots of business each day for the weeks ahead. No one even knew I was gone unless I told them.

SO…..If you were removed from your business… would it still run? Or would it look like a funny I Love Lucy episode? (*The belt going faster is like the HOLIDAY RUSH!) Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

Could your business be like a bad “I Love Lucy” episode? | Systems and Processes In Your Business

Beautiful picture, huh?

That was where I was “snowed in” for the past three days.

Heber, AZ 1/1/11

I left Phoenix on Wed morning to go for a quick ride up to Heber with some friends and family. They were going to stay till Friday, and I was going to come home on Thursday.

Well mother nature had other plans.

It got me thinking about you all… can your business survive if you were removed? Can it survive and go on as “normal” if you were taken out of the mix for a couple of days during a holiday without a hitch?

My company did, and it only survived because I had systems and processes in place. I was able to enjoy a worry free “impromptu” vacation while my staff was on the ground during New Years weekend.

Playing in the snow

Systems and processes are so important in every business. Think about the conveyor belts. You can throw things onto it and the belt keeps moving (process) and the people that are adding things to the product (replicating the system over and over again) keep doing their job.

Without systems and processes – it could be the demise of your business. I hate to break it to you, but many of your customers or clients will not care what family emergency you had or if something happened to you. They hired a professional company for peace of mind and it is every business owner’s responsibility to follow through on that.

What about if one of your staff went MIA? (that has happened to me)

What about if YOU went MIA? Is there always someone who knows that you are “alive” or would there be days that go by and no one would notice?

Admittedly, nothing can ever be perfect….but we can all strive for excellence, right?

But when the State closed the roads going home, and I had 20 clients out of town, that is a lot of damage control to be doing without a solid back up plan. I was very thankful for my trusted staff, who by the way, were already scheduled for 100% of the visits. I just sat back drove some ATV’s, sat by the fire, cooked, enjoyed friends and family, and learned what “cabin fever” was.

I was able to check messages, make calls, maybe work about a total of 30 minutes a day and managed to book lots of business each day for the weeks ahead. No one even knew I was gone unless I told them.

SO…..If you were removed from your business… would it still run? Or would it look like a funny I Love Lucy episode? (*The belt going faster is like the HOLIDAY RUSH!) Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

What do you have in common with the President? | Time Management

What do you have in common with the president? What do you have in common with Oprah? What do you have in common with the Pope, with Donald Trump, with you governor, with all your friends, with all your clients, with me With EVERY SINGLE PERSON on this earth?

What is that ONE THING?

Before I get a head of myself…I want to immediately dispelled the age old saying of “I’m too busy.” or “I don’t have time.” That is honestly a bunch of hogwash and if you say that I CHALLENGE you to omit those phrases from your vocabulary. If it is important enough, you will make time. Right? After all, you are not going to miss your loved ones funeral. You MAKE TIME for that. Yes, that is taking it to an extreme, but sometimes things need to be taken to extremes to really drive home the point.

Pet Sitting Time ManagementOk, back to the ONE THING… what is the one thing that we ALL have in common? There are only 24 hours in the day. How is one person able to rule the free world and one person can’t even get through 20 emails? How is one person feeling like they are buried in their business and the other is running 20 businesses? Hmmmm…

My point is to give you all and encouraging PUSH. No book, forum, coach, or community is ever going to *give you* the golden ticket to have better time management. Time Management is something that an entrepreneur needs to make a priority to themselves. This is the same for finances. Without these two critical topics, a business and a business owner can stay in limbo for a long time. If you are not happy with where you are at now… stop doing what you are doing and try something else!!!

So I encourage you… when you listen to the time management webinars, when you read the time management books, when you learn different tactics, don’t waste your time by time *just* listening and watching them…. unless you will make a sincere promise to yourself to implement the strategies you learn.

The toughest part in learning isn’t changing the cognitive, it is changing your behavior. Finish strong!!! “YOU CAN DO IT!”

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How are you going to make sure your pet sitting time management skills are being put to good use? What are you going to do with your next 24 hours?

Make You Pet Business More Profitable With Better Time Management

What do you have in common with the president? What do you have in common with Oprah?
What do you have in common with the Pope, with Donald Trump, with you governor, with all your friends, with all your clients, with me? With EVERY SINGLE PERSON on this earth?

What is that ONE THING?

Before I get ahead of myself…I want to immediately dispelled the age old saying of “I’m too busy.” or “I don’t have time.” That is honestly a bunch of hogwash and if you say that I CHALLENGE you to omit those phrases from your vocabulary. If it is important enough, you will make time. Right? After all, you are not going to miss your loved ones funeral. You MAKE TIME for that. Yes, that is taking it to an extreme, but sometimes things need to be taken to extremes to really drive home the point.

Ok, back to the ONE THING… what is the one thing that we ALL have in common? There are ONLY 24 hours in the day. How is one person able to rule the free world and one person can’t even get through 20 emails? How is one person feeling like they are buried in their business and the other is running 20 businesses? Hmmmm…

My point is to give you all and encouraging PUSH. No book, forum, coach, or community is ever going to *give you* the golden ticket to have better time management. Time Management is something that an entrepreneur needs to make a priority to themselves. This is the same for finances. Without these two critical topics, a business and a business owner can stay in limbo for a long time. If you are not happy with where you are at now… stop doing what you are doing and try something else!!!

Time Management is something that an entrepreneur needs to make a priority to themselves. This is the same for finances. Without these two critical topics, a business and a business owner can stay in limbo for a long time. If you are not happy with where you are at now… stop doing what you are doing and try something else!!!

Time Management is something that an entrepreneur needs to make a priority to themselves. This is the same for finances. Without these two critical topics, a business and a business owner can stay in limbo for a long time. If you are not happy with where you are at now… stop doing what you are doing and try something else!!!

So I encourage you… when you listen to the time management webinars, when you read the time management books, when you learn different tactics, don’t waste your time by time *just* listening and watching them…. unless you will make a sincere promise to yourself to implement the strategies you learn.

The toughest part in learning isn’t changing the cognitive, it is changing your behavior. Finish strong!!! “YOU CAN DO IT!”