Business Slow

by Linda on July 21, 2017

Business is Slow  – now what?

Be tender with yourself during the slow times in your business.

I  panicked all the time – Too much business – get it done, get it done, do it right, get it done.

I panicked when there was too little business. Get more work, get more work, where is the work?

A few productive suggestions for that slow time – Doing these suggestions will help you relax and regenerate yourself.

Relax:

Use the time to relax, review and rethink your business.

  1. Slow 101 – Review that business plan – if you don’t have one, write one. Meet with a seasoned business owner or business coach to review it with you. The hour or two reviewing your plan  is clarifying and focusing.  You’ll find yourself taking a deep breathe.  You will know your next steps. Your clarity of purpose and focus will remove the panic in your stomach.  What you may find is that you are not slow at all.  You income stream may be a little slow but you can catch up both work and income with a good strategy.
  2. Slow 102 – Read     Catch up on current business trends, and read a good business book. ( I recommend you read at least 15 minutes a day every day – busy or not)
    1. A few reading suggestions from “Regina”
      1. Grammar Girls Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
      2. Lead with a Story
      3. ProBlogger
  3. Write out a detailed goal list of how you’re going to spend the coming year. Day by day.  You have 52 weeks and 5 working days – How will you use your 260 days?  Seems like a lot but it really isn’t.  Make the most of each and every one of those days.

A quote from Og Mandino ” This too shall pass”

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Hopeful, tender and dedicated

by Linda on July 19, 2017

Hopeful

Tender

Dedicated….

“To be hopeful means to be uncertain about the future, to be tender toward possibilities, to be dedicated to change all the way down to the bottom of your heart.”

Rebecca Solnit is an American writer. She has written on a variety of subjects, including the environment, politics, place, and art. Solnit is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, where bi-monthly she writes the magazine’s “Easy Chair” essay. Wikipedia

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Tender

July 17, 2017

Tweet Be Tender Being tender does take a little practice. I would recommend you practice stoicism. Stoicism It is an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded at Athens by Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge, and that the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason […]

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Outcomes

July 14, 2017

Tweet Outcomes Outcomes vs. activity. When the activity of practicing the violin matches the outcome of having a seat in an orchestra. Goal accomplished. But when business owners are so easily distracted by activity, and  miss our goal and  to wallow in the sea of exhaustion without accomplishment. It is bad…. It is so easy […]

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Meetings

July 10, 2017

Tweet Meetings Make the meeting a SPAT meeting. Short Predictable Available Timely I think Dave Barry Sums it up well. ” If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be meetings.” If you have to do […]

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Celebrate

July 10, 2017

Tweet Celebrate It is an important component of being a leader. It took me more years to learn about celebration than I would like to admit. As a company, I gave out a bonus as the end of the  year.  Yeah!! But so what? It was a complicated matrix – it took days to figure […]

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Quote #1

July 8, 2017

Tweet Quote I’m writing/authoring a book using quotes.  Initially I started with the all the motivational quotes I could find.  Then I looked at a book my daughter gave me with women’s quotes. We, us women, are different in how we process and how we quote. Early  1700’s we quoted in the books we wrote, […]

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Plan

July 5, 2017

Tweet Plan. If you plan 52 meetings a year.  You may need a map. Knowing where you are going helps you choose a plan for getting there.  If you plan to visit San Francisco from New York City, use the map, find the roads and plan the trip.  The same is true if you plan […]

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Retreat | Leadership

July 4, 2017

Tweet Leadership Retreat We are business people creating a tribe. Is retreat the word we use to describe a day or two of planning? Definition of  a “leaders” retreat 1a(1) :  an act or process of withdrawing especially from what is difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable (2) :  the process of receding from a position or state attained the retreat of a […]

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Write the Agenda

July 3, 2017

Tweet Write the Agenda The Format, the Timing and the Memorable Message.   Carol Walsh is a Mary Kay, executive director, and a former District Governor in Rotary.  I watched her, she taught me about having an agenda as she facilitated meetings.           Carol’s printed agenda was always 14 point type […]

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