At some point in the race, the jockey will use their riding crop to encourage to horse to give "it's all" in the final stretch of the race.
Many business owners use this "riding crop" mentality on their employees to get the most from them... the employer sets high goals that the employee must achieve, specific actions, and other benchmarks. When an employee doesn't perform at the level the owner expects or demands? The riding crop comes out in the form of threats of being fired, poor reviews, etc.
Are you a business owner? In sales? Maybe you set goal, get out your riding crop, and then "beat yourself" daily as you strive to attain them... But here's the problem - we use this "riding crop" mentality on ourselves (and possibly others) every day. We are applying "sprint" tactics to our "long-distance" race. What happens? We become worn out. Frustrated. We feel like a failure. And sometimes we quit because we have nothing left to give.
Are you open to an alternative to chasing sales and trying to GET, GET, GET?
Here's the solution: a wonderful new business book by Sam Rathling, "GIVE : 16 Giving Strategies to Grow Your Business"
Sam shares insights, experiences, and her incredible success story of how becoming focused on "giving" changed her life, her business, and the lives of all she comes in contact with. There are 16 short, but powerful chapters that focus on different aspects of the "giving" mentality and how to apply it. Several of the chapters are written by other successful "givingpreneurs" who have embraced this philosophy and have used the principles to grow very strong, vibrant, and profitable businesses.
The coolest thing is that when you switch your mindset from "how can I get one more" to "how can I give", magic happens. Not only do you attract more clients, customers, or patients, but you feel fulfilled and at peace. You are sharing your "zone of genius" in a way that makes you feel good because you've made a difference. Isn't that why we went into business in the first place?
Each chapter is short and can be read in less than 15 minutes. If the chapter has exercises, don't skip over them! Take the time to do these activities, embrace the lesson being taught, and put them into action.
This is one of the few business books that highlight entrepreneurs who work from their heart and head. When you do the right things for the right reasons and you are getting great results, you'll jump out of bed every morning, excited to start the day.
One problem. One solution. 15 Minutes. Done.