Set a Goal and Go for the Gold

While she was white-knuckle-scared as we walked to the top of the slide, Zoe experienced the pure joy of swooshing down at the speed of light (albeit slowed some by the burlap bag.) Isn’t it a blast to set a goal, face the fear, take the risk and GO?! Yes! From there, you can go on to bigger slides. Or, in Zoe’s case, the merry go round! Our trip to the amusement part was her personal Olympics 2012. Competition is an essential element of humanity. Tipped too far it leads to war and oppression. Balanced just right and you get the Olympics. It’s the world playground where we get to face off, with ourselves, with others, with the clock, with the equipment. Or we get to watch in awe as others step up to the challenge. There are so many business lessons, life lessons to be learned at the Olympics (or at the amusement park!) Set a goal. Any goal. Pick something. Then, take aligned action and see what you can do. Discover what it will make of you to commit to the goal. Business is like that. Set a goal. $50K. $1,000,000. 3 locations. 100 locations. Why not? Now, consider what you would have to do…today, tomorrow, next year…to make it happen. […]

Would you go into the backcountry without a plan?

Once upon a time, I was a professional a ski patroller. I was part of an avalanche “control” team. I use the word “control” loosely because when it comes to avalanches, I know a couple things. #1: you are never in control. #2: given #1, you are well served to learn as much as you can about snow and weather and geography as you can before you go traipsing around in avalanche country. While you can’t control all the variables, you can take a few steps to increase your chances of survival. Professionals plan. They consider what they want, and they set a course of action that supports their intention. Do you want to play on big mountains? Soar across the sky? Sail on wild seas? Create a profitable business? […]

Plan or be planned for, Jeffrey…

Jeffrey Gitomer is one of my all time fav business gurus. He unabashedly LOVES sales and his hard-boiled delivery is grounded in goodness and integrity. Scratch the surface of this smart, tough guy and you’ll find mashed potatoes of love. However, I think Jeffrey is all wet – at least pretty damp – in his latest blog about business planning. If your business – your life – isn’t working for you, a business plan canbe a great tool. You can change your business – and your life. A business plan can […]

A Partnership of Planned Success

Sandi and Peggy were laid off from their executive jobs after 9/11. They had worked together on a few complex projects and dealt with high level stress situations. They liked and respected each other and felt a kinship of shared values. As they considered next moves they discovered they both wanted to a grow a business, not get another job. So, and this is the amazing part, they put together a business plan. They did this first, before they launched their business. Before they sunk a fortune into a runaway-horse of an ill-conceived idea, they actually planned their success. Perhaps that’s why they grew from start up with an initial $3000 investment in 2003 to $5 million in revenue in 2010. They are revved up and plan-ready for […]

What does it take to make a profitable business?

You dreamed of a profitable business, hoping for more…more money, more time, more options. However, now that you are in it, your ‘ball-and-chain’ of a business may be sucking the life out of you. I’ve lived the nightmare. And, I have used simple business planning to build rockin’ businesses and a fantastic lifestyle. No matter how many years you have been ‘stuck,’ you can change. It’s a matter of thinking new thoughts and taking aligned action. But you better get going. The older we get, the faster time goes. We are just too old to waste time. Here’s my advice: Create a plan. Use it to build a lucrative business. You can turn your business – and your life – around in one weekend. All you need is you, a three ring binder and […]