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Stop Procrastinating And Be One Step Closer To Success

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There are 24 hours in a day. That’s a lot of time to get the ball rolling to bring you one step closer to achieving your goals. We have a lot of free time on our hands than we even realise but how come there are moments that we seem to be running out of time? Those moments when you wish that time will slow down to a crawl just so you can meet a deadline. Those times when you wish that you have an extra hour to get things done. It could be caused by factors beyond your control. It may even just be bad luck. Or you could be procrastinating.

According to a survey, 84% of us procrastinates to some degree, and 1 in 5 of us procrastinates every day. Imagine if those numbers were lower. I would bet that a lot more people would achieve more goals and get more things done. It’s clear what those survey numbers are saying. Procrastination is a bad habit that plagues everyone. This is especially bad for entrepreneurs and leaders as time management is essential if you want to experience business success. How do you stop procrastinating and be one step closer to success?

Be Aware That You Are Procrastinating

The first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge that there is a problem. Pay attention and become aware that you are about to start procrastinating. When you are about to put something off, whether it be a task, a project, or a meeting, ask yourself why. Examine all of the excuses that you have used to justify your procrastinating. You will find out that almost all of them are not really good excuses and you are only hindering yourself from your own success. Get started and get it done. Even if the task seems difficult, once you get started, your perception will change.

Disconnect From Social Media

If you are working on something important, disconnect from any form of social media. While social media plays a big part in the success of your business, liking or commenting on funny cat videos or the latest viral video is only slowing your progress. It can be so easy to lose track of time when browsing Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram so put down that phone and focus on what’s important.

Treat Yourself

Treat yourself after accomplishing a goal or completing a task. Associating rewards to task completion will condition your mind to avoid procrastination. Not only will this kick the bad habit of putting things off but will also help you reduce your stress levels. So get that project done so you can treat yourself to something nice. Remember to always work hard and have fun at the same time.

Roadblocks To Success

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We all want to succeed. I have yet to meet a person who does not want to achieve success. Though it can mean different things to different people, everyone desires it. The word itself is music to our ears. It brings up emotions of joy, contentment, and confidence. However, while all of us desire success, only a few truly strive to achieve it. There is a big difference between thinking of success and actually taking action to achieve it. Why is that? How could we want something so bad yet not take the necessary steps to get it?

Success is like that great idea that everyone has in their heads. Some take action to make it a reality while others, for some reason, are just content to let it remain in their heads. It does not care how hard you wish for it. We would all be successful if it did. You need to have the right mindset, willpower, and a little elbow grease to turn your idea of success into reality. So back to the previous question. If you want it so bad, what’s stopping you from achieving it? It could be you.

Procrastination

If you want to achieve success then what are you waiting for? Doing something later is exactly the same as not doing it at all. Procrastination is one of the most common roadblocks to success. The worst thing is that you are doing it to yourself. It is completely within your control and yet, you choose to procrastinate. The only person who is hindering you to succeed is you. You might have a multi-million idea floating in your head but you chose to do it “later”. Imagine if Bill Gates or Steve Jobs chose to procrastinate on their ideas. The world would be very different today.

Making Excuses

In business, as well as everyday life, not everything will go as planned. If things go wrong, stop making excuses. Constantly blaming the circumstances will get you absolutely nowhere. You are in charge of your company and life. You decide where you want them to go. You are the only one who can decide how to move forward. Acknowledge and take responsibility for both the good and bad. When things take a dive, ask yourself how you can correct the course and take action. Passing the buck will only stress you out and will not get you anywhere closer to success.

Not Taking The Little Steps

Success does not come easy and more often than not, it takes you way out of your comfort zone. Be patient and take those baby steps. Understand that it is all part of the process. Take your time in planning for your next steps and stick with the plan. And don’t take “shortcuts”. There is no such thing in the path to success.

Business Growth: Preparing Your Team

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After all the hard work, your business is finally stable and making huge profits. You’ve already accomplished most of your business goals and it’s just a matter of time before achieving the rest. So what’s next for you? Growing your business of course. However, you can always play it safe and if you’re happy and content with where your business is right now, then keep on working hard to maintain it. Always choose the option that makes you happy. On the other hand, if you want to see how far you can go by growing your business, then you need to make sure that you and your team are prepared for it.

Everything needs to be planned. You can’t just decide to grow your business without making sure that your team is ready and you have the right systems in place to facilitate that growth. It is indeed an exciting venture and sometimes our emotions can get the better of us. Rein in your emotions and examine where your business is right now. Can it handle a bigger operation? Do you have the right people? Are they ready? If not, how do you prepare your team for a scaled-up business?

Choose Your Leaders Wisely

You would need more people in your team in order to handle the demands of a scaled-up business. This means that you would need new leaders to help you guide your growing teams in the right direction. There are two options you can go for. You can choose to promote homegrown talents to leadership positions or you can go the route of external hiring. Either way, your business growth success relies on how wisely you choose your leaders. Choose individuals who have the same vision as yours, have the same values, and can motivate the team to always give their best. Choose team players and mentors who are capable of molding team members to become leaders themselves.

Keep On Training

Growing your business also means growing your team. Not just in size but in skills. The growth process is uncomfortable and in some ways, uncertain. Don’t see them as negative effects but see them as opportunities to hone your team members’ skills and train them to learn new ones. Always support and provide your team with the right tools, in this case, training, to help you grow your business. By doing so, everyone wins. Your business grows and their skillset also grows.

Have Fun

This for me is the most important. Just have fun. Yes, business growth is a challenging task but that does not mean that you have to be serious all the time. Celebrate every milestone no matter how small it is. Celebrate the fact that you are on your way to growing your business. This builds excitement in your team which will get them pumped up to be the best at what they do.

Growing Your Business And Welcoming Change

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Growing your business can mean a lot of things and one of those things is welcoming change. One common mistake that growing businesses do is being complacent. Stubbornly sticking to what previously worked and ignoring the fact that changes need to be made. With growth comes new challenges, learning new things, and of course, embracing change. Having a positive mindset will push you to keep going. However, assuming that you will continue to be successful in a new playing field just because you have been in the past is just being arrogant and completely unwise. Recognise the fact that you’re still growing as a business and there is a lot to learn. And the first thing to learn is to welcome change.

Learning to embrace change is not just a lesson for growing businesses or companies but also for established businesses. Think back a couple of decades and see which companies are still in the game. How did they manage to stay in the market? Now, think of the companies that were once dominant in their respective markets but are now being dwarfed by their competitors. Blackberry, Nokia, and Blockbuster are just some of the companies that took a massive dive. What happened? They were either resistant to change or took a long time to adjust to the changing market. So how important is embracing change to a growing business?

People Change

You might have a cool product or service that’s a massive hit with your customers but that will not always be the case. People’s tastes and preferences change over time and your business has to change with it. Sticking with what works does not always work. Always listen to feedback to get a feel for what your customers want to see in their products. Always have your finger on the pulse. Things can change quickly and if you’re not on top of it, you’ll find yourself lagging behind the competition.

Technology Changes

Just like the business world, technology is always changing. Every entrepreneur worth their salt knows this and they know how to take advantage of it. In the process of growing your business, you will encounter challenges that you have never faced before. Time to embrace change by adopting new technology to overcome that challenge. Using a new piece of software or hardware might be intimidating at first but it will pay off big time. Yes, doing things the old way might have its advantages but in this digital-driven world, new tech can change the market overnight. Always keep an eye out for new emerging tech and never be afraid to try it out.

The World Changes

This is a lesson we learned the hard way. In just a span of a few months, the pandemic changed how the world works. As a growing business, you have to understand that there are things beyond your control and you just have to roll with the punches. Be ready to embrace change when this happens. It is a difficult period yet it is also a learning period. Open your mind to new possibilities and welcome them.

Growing Pains: Keeping Up With Trends

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If you are planning on growing your business, you have to be prepared to encounter new and exciting challenges. Challenges like keeping up with other companies who will also be keeping an eye on you. Entering the market as a new player, you can be sure that other companies are already sizing you up. Challenges like competitive pricing will test you on how low you can go while still making a profit. How well does your product or service stack up with what others are offering? Or how about how well you can keep up with the market trends. The market is always evolving and so should you if you want to successfully grow your business.

If there is one good thing that we can take from this global pandemic is that it forced all of us, especially businesses, to step outside our comfort zones to innovate and try new things. This is exactly what you need to do if you are planning on growing your business. Keep an eye out for what technology has to offer and the ever-changing market trends. Here are simple, yet effective tips on how you can keep up with what’s new in the business world.

Update Your News Feed

Since you’re an entrepreneur, chances are you’re already on social media. If you aren’t, you should be. Social media is no longer only for staying in touch with family and friends but is also a great tool for marketing and staying up to date with news and trends. Keep your newsfeed updated to get the latest news about upcoming and popular market trends.

Come Up With A Research Routine

As was previously mentioned, once you start growing your business, competitors will start keeping an eye on you. You should do the same and more. Do your own research about your competitors, the market, and trends. Make it a part of your business routine. This will allow you to stay informed about things that might hurt or help your business and take appropriate action. This routine could include monitoring your social media accounts to see common requests, complaints, and issues by your customers. Visiting your competitor’s website and social media pages to see how they do things.

Engage With Your Customers

Last but not least, engage with your customers. Customers know what they want and are certainly vocal about what they do not want. Never underestimate your customer’s insight because, in the end, they decide. Reply to their posts or better yet, ask follow-up questions to get a better perspective on their point of view. Send surveys and polls to get a better feel of what the current trend is. It all comes down to what they want and what you are offering.

Handling A Growing Team

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Every business starts out small but once it experiences success, the next step of the journey would be to grow. When you were just starting out, the first goal you have in mind for your business would be to have a successful launch followed by stability. Once you have achieved those, it is very rare for entrepreneurs to only settle for those things. Being able to successfully build a business boosts our self-confidence and pushes us to do more. We want to see how far we can go and that is where the idea of expanding or growing the business comes into play. However, growing a business poses a new set of challenges.

Growing a business means hiring more people which in turn means you now have a growing team in your hands. Hiring the right people is just the first challenge. The second would be how to manage a growing team. It was relatively easy the first time when your team is only composed of a few team members who share the same passion and drive as yours. Now, depending on how much growth you want to achieve, your team can double or even triple in size. From a leadership point of view, how can you handle this growing team?

Deliver Your Vision

In any business, the best investment is always going to be the people. New team members not only need to know their roles within the company but also your vision for the business. Take the time to talk with the new guys and share your vision with them. Remember how you started with a small team with the same vision as yours? This is basically the same concept with a much larger team. Share with them your vision and the roles they will play in the future success of the company.

Empower And Trust Your Leaders

Since you are now growing as a company, it is only natural to assign leaders to your growing team. Most likely, these team leaders were once team members when you were just starting out. They’ve worked under you and already know how you want things done. The best part is, they are already invested in the success of the company. Trust and empower them. Give them a sense of autonomy and allow them to become leaders. Let them apply what they have learned from you. There is nothing like the feeling of seeing someone you mentored doing their own thing.

Models Of Socially Responsible Companies

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Companies today are no longer expected to do just well. This is not only limited to the business side of things like profit, productivity, and stability. Modern companies, especially during this pandemic, are expected to do good. This by far is not a new concept but with the rise of the internet and in turn, far greater access to information, people are now more aware of what’s going on in the world. Most importantly, people are now more concerned with the social and environmental issues that we are facing. Gone are the days where being socially responsible is reserved for volunteers and non-profit organisations. Today, more and more companies are responding by joining or even leading the way to a more socially responsible future.

Being accountable not only applies to individual persons but to whole companies. Here is where corporate accountability comes in. Corporate accountability is about businesses being held accountable for the impact they make on society and the environment. Big and small companies are already doing this and in some cases, setting an example for other companies to follow. It is important to recognise those companies to further encourage them and to show other companies that they can be successful while being socially responsible at the same time. Let’s have a look at some socially responsible companies worth emulating.

Google

When you mention Google as a company, the first thing that comes to mind is this mega-corporation that seems to have only one goal in mind. Profit. That could be further away from the truth as the world’s most popular search engine is one of the largest purchasers of renewable energy on the planet. They also became the first major company to be neutral carbon and are aiming to be carbon-free by 2030. On top of that, they also provide grants to several social impact initiatives like Equal Justice Initiative and Goodwill Industries International. This is exactly what a modern company should be.

Patagonia

If you love the outdoors, you might already be familiar with Patagonia. But did you know that they have been a long-time supporter of grassroots environmental efforts? In fact, they donate 1% of all their sales to global environmental organisations. They are also a founding member of the Fair Labor Association which shows that they not only care for the environment but for the people as well.

Ben & Jerry’s

Ice cream is awesome and Ben & Jerry’s not only knows how to make them but also promotes safe, socially responsible ingredients and business practices. Since the 80’s they have supported important causes related to the ice cream-making business. One of them is opposing the use of recombinant growth hormones in cows. They also support the family farm organization, Farm Aid. Their very own Ben & Jerry’s Foundation encourages their employees to give back to the community and to support grassroots activism for social and environmental justice around the country.

Too Much Accountability

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Have you heard of the phrase “Too much of a good thing is not good for you.”? You’ve probably heard or read about it at least once. Do you agree with it or not? From my point of view, it really depends on what that good thing is. It is not necessarily black and white. Can you be too happy? I think not. Everyone needs to be as happy as possible and that’s a good thing. How about optimism? Can you be too optimistic? If so, how can it be detrimental for you? For one thing, too much optimism can blind you to how things really are which will cause you to make bad decisions. How about accountability? Is there such a thing as being too accountable? Yes and even though it is not as damaging as having zero accountability, it can still negatively affect both your work and personal life.

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. We were taught to play on our strengths but if we take them to the extreme, they become weaknesses. The same thing goes for accountability. Take it to the extreme and you are just adding undue stress to yourself and your team. Are you taking it too far? What are the signs that you are taking accountability to the extreme?

Believing That Everything Is Your Fault

When you have the urge to carry everything on your shoulders and something goes wrong, then you will fall into the belief that everything is your fault. You don’t have to take responsibility for everything. No matter how good you are, there are just things that are way beyond your control. As a leader, being accountable is just one part of the job. You also have to be able to identify which things are within your control and which are not. Take the hits and keep going. If you take responsibility for everything, stress will finally catch up to you and halt you in your tracks.

Trying To Solve Everyone’s Problems

Helping out your team in any way you can is a step in the right direction to becoming an effective leader. However, when you start trying to solve everyone’s problems, even when they are not asking for help, can create friction between you and the team members. The best that you can do in this situation is to suggest solutions and not impose them. Let your team do their respective tasks. You are there to guide and assist them, not to take over their jobs.

Why We Are Unable To Keep Our Commitments

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What exactly is a commitment? It has two definitions. First, it is the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc. Second, it is an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action. Both sounds really familiar and it should as both apply to business commitments. We know the importance of keeping business commitments as well as personal ones but for some reason, we are unable to keep some of them. We already know what we have to do yet we cannot seem to follow through on our promises. What is that? Why are we unable to keep our commitments?

Keeping commitments or promises is a good measure of someone’s worth. However, we sometimes have trouble keeping them which results in feeling like failures. It does not do anybody any good yet we keep on making the same mistake. There are a lot of reasons why we keep breaking our promises and we are going to discuss some of them. Knowing the cause of the problem is the first step in finding the solution.

Not Being Fully Aware Of Our Emotions And Thoughts

Landing a big business deal always brings up big positive emotions. We become excited and our mind sometimes gets way ahead of us. It is during this moment that our brains focus only on the least threatening and most favorable to our well-being. It is also during this time that we start making big promises which in hindsight, were not possible in that situation. We are so sold on our feelings of excitement and happiness that we subconsciously block the rational voice in our heads telling us to not bite off more than we can chew.

Not Thinking Of The Consequences

Going for every opportunity that presents itself to you is a good way to fast track yourself to success. However, taking in too much can also be detrimental to your success. You are losing focus by not taking into account the consequences if you fail to keep your commitments. That one commitment you are unable to keep might be damaging to your brand in the long run.

Lacking Confidence

There is a big difference between wanting to keep a commitment to having the confidence to actually keep it. Think of a project that you’ve really wanted to complete but was worried that you won’t do a good job completing it. Most likely you missed the deadline for it. This happens even to the best of us but only the best of the best can constantly overcome this hurdle.

The Importance Of Owning Up To Your Mistakes

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Why is it so hard to own up to our mistakes? We can put the blame on our brains. Our brains tend to shield and protect our egos whenever we make mistakes. Think of it as some sort of ego defense mechanism. Overcoming this defense mechanism while difficult is not impossible. And when you are in a leadership position, it is extremely rewarding and can make your journey to success that much easier.

Whether it’s running a business, leading a team, or getting your life in order, we already know that failing is part of the process. We already know the importance of learning from our mistakes but there is one more layer that we have to acknowledge when it comes to failures. We need to own up to them. Learning from them is actually the easy part. Taking responsibility, which should be the correct action, is the hard part. It goes against what our brains are used to. Start training your brain to overcome this mechanism by looking at the benefits and importance of owning up to your mistakes.

Demonstrates That You Are Responsible

Not owning up to a mistake is comparable to a child denying that he or she did something wrong when it is clearly not the case. It is frustrating and will not bring you any closer to a solution. Now, if a person in a leadership position behaves the same way, it amplifies the frustration. Not to mention that the stakes are higher. Put yourself in your employee’s shoes. If you see your leader not being accountable, why should you? It creates a domino effect that will eventually create a toxic company culture. Be accountable. Stop making excuses and get things done. Show your team that you are willing to be responsible and they will do the same.

Allows For Better Decision Making

Not owning up to your mistakes distorts reality. The more you allow yourself to succumb to your brain’s ego defense mechanism, the deeper you will fall into an alternate reality that you created for yourself. This will lead to making bad decisions, as the information you are using to make those decisions are based on a warped reality. Get clarity by being accountable. Accepting the reality that you made a mistake allows you to take valuable information that you can use to make better decisions in the future.