Regardless of what profession or industry we are in, there are situations and circumstances that each one of us faces. Here's a humorous, yet extremely profound, way to reflect on our business based on the lessons we can learn from Noah's Ark.
- Don't miss the boat. Opportunity won't keep knocking if you don't open the door and let it in. Work your business like a business, not a hobby.
- We're all in the boat together. Are you maximizing your skills, talents, and abilities? Do you have the right attitude? Do you reach out to get the help you need? Are you open to exploring to learn more because "you don't know what you don't know"?
- Plan ahead. Plan your work; work your plan. It wasn't raining when Noah started building the Ark. What if you focused on the activities that would make a significant difference in your life and the life of your family - what could help you weather the "financial storms" of life?
- Take care of yourself. It's so easy to put yourself on the back burner and think I'll get to it later. It took me decades to finally realize that exercise before I sat down in my office increased my productivity and efficiency all day long.
- Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done. There are always going to be those people who criticize and ridicule our activities, our goals, our dreams, and our business. (sometimes they are family members!) Focus instead on all the people who tell us how well we are doing, customers who love the service we provide, etc. Control your own destiny and ignore the naysayers.
- Build your future on higher ground. Devote your time to building your profitable and sustainable business - not the business of someone else! Provide great customer service; create new products and services your customers are looking for; ask for referrals; offer affiliate products. What do your customers want and need that you can add to your offerings?
- Travel in pairs. Find a mentor or group of people who can help you through those wonderful learning curves faster; those who have already succeeded and are willing to share the "secrets" with you! The best group I've found is at http://suehenrytalks.annsieg.com/joindmc/. This is a membership site with tons of training included. The first month is only $9.97 and well worth every penny. Check it out and see if it fits your needs. It's the best one I've found and the results from following what I've been taught have made a dramatic impact on my business and income.
- Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails and turtles were on board with the cheetahs. Consistency is the key to longevity and success. I had to go back and re-do some of my plan - especially the marketing funnel. It felt like I was losing ground by going back, but now that it's done correctly, I'm moving in the right direction. With consist activity, I'll arrive at the RIGHT destination because I took the time to go back and fix what was wrong or wasn't working.
- When you are stressed out, float a while! Sometimes you just need to take a break! Head to the pool or lake with the kids! Paint the bedroom a new color! Work in your yard! Scheduling time off can be just as important as scheduling time to work. You'll come back refreshed and happier.
- The Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
One problem. One solution. 15 minutes. Done.