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Proven Business Success Principles and Systems for Working Less, Making More Money, and Enjoying Better Work Life Balance. You will learn proven and practical ideas you can immediately apply in all areas of your business and personal life so you can achieve your goals in the time frames you desire.…

Anne Bachrach


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    How the Choices We Make Impact Our Lives

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 5:31


    Should I turn left at the fork in the road or right? Should I agree to take on a non-ideal client that could be more work than waiting for an ideal client? Is this new job offer right for me or should I stay where I am? Should I have the fish or the beef? The choices we make impact our lives – sometimes in profound ways, others in subtle ways. Sometimes, though, we feel overwhelmed at the variety of options ahead of us and we can't, or won't, make a decision. There is a song lyric that goes something like, “if you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.” I always find that profound especially at those times when I don't make a decision, or can't decide which decision is the “right” one. If you're faced with decisions regularly, and who isn't, it can be overwhelming. We can then start to suffer from decision fatigue. This state can impact us in small, or large ways. For example, if you get out of bed in the morning and the first thing you're faced with is a refrigerator or cupboard full of breakfast choices, your brain is going into overload before you've even truly started the day. Imagine you decided the night before, “I am going to have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.” When you do this, you start your day without having to make a decision and can save your decision making for when you're ready to start your workday. There are some choices you will make in your life that have the potential to impact you in profound ways. Let's explore three choices that I think might make a big impact: 1. The people with whom you surround yourself. The company you keep – professionally and personally – impacts how you see yourself, whether you're encouraged or discouraged by them and the type of influence they may exert. Jim Rohn wrote, “you are the average of the five people with whom you spend the most time.” Who are your people and how do they impact you? Are they positive or negative? Their outlook can impact your outlook – either good or bad. 2. How do you spend your time? In your 24-hour day what do you do? Do you work? Care for children or aging parents? Do you have hobbies? Do you have pets with whom you spend time? When you're not sleeping, what are you doing? You don't have to be continually productive, but you do want to find ways to spend your days that make you happy. You can spend your time sleeping on the couch or surfing the internet or you could spend your time with friends, reading a book, learning a hobby, growing a business, etc. 3. How do you react to the world around you? In the Serenity Prayer it reads, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” I take this to heart when I have to tell myself to let some things go. There are things in the course of my day I have no control over, and I can decide to fight against it or accept it. If I am invested in something and can effect change, I just might. I know the “wisdom to know the difference” makes an impact on my emotions and my happiness. Accept the fact that sometimes you will make bad decisions. Sometimes you will make a choice that you later regret. If you can go back and make a different choice, try that to see if a new outcome will make you happier. Know, though, that you cannot go back and rewrite your entire history – and would you want to? Your history has shaped who you are today, right now in this very moment. The choices you make, both large and small, are the foundation of who you are. Your choices have brought you to this point in your life. If you're happy, congratulations! If you feel the need to make better choices, now is the time to do just that! What are you waiting for? Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. For more help with growing your business and accelerating your results, reach out to me today and schedule your complimentary 30-minute consultation. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value complimentary resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 1:17


    Since today is Thanksgiving in the United States, I thought you might enjoy a short poem. Levity is always a good thing, I think. Here's your Funny Ode to Thanksgiving May your stuffing be tasty May your turkey plump, May your potatoes and gravy Have nary a lump. May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize, And may your Thanksgiving dinner Stay off your thighs! Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the United States! If you aren't in the US, have a fantastic day and remember to aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ For more help with growing your business and accelerating your results, reach out to me today and schedule your complimentary 30-minute consultation. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    10 Tips to Get Motivated….and Stay that Way

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 6:49


    Some days you'd rather be in bed watching Netflix, going surfing, or skiing, than picking up the phone to make client acquisition (revenue generation) calls to increase business revenue. It happens to the best of us, even those of us that love our business. When you feel uninspired to tackle that to-do list, try one or more of these 10 tips, I'm about to share with you, to ramp up your motivation level and be productive again. 1. Get Digital. In today's digital world, there's an app, podcast, or video for everything, including motivation. According to American Express's blog on motivation, commitment trackers such as Stridesapp or Beeminder can give you that extra push to keep up with your long-term and short-term goals. The article also suggested writing the goals down on pen and paper for extra focus, and I certainly agree with this, and all my clients have their specific long-range and short-range goals written down. 2. Set Milestones. Working on a long-term goal can seem endless at times, which results in a loss in motivation. Setting smaller milestones to hit along the way keeps the motivation level up and gives you something to celebrate along the journey. As soon as you break up a large project into smaller tasks, you can start checking them off your list and feeling like you are getting the job done! 3. Reward Yourself. Give yourself something to work toward and acknowledge tasks when they are completed. When you hit a milestone, treat yourself to something. It could be a latte at Starbucks, a movie, a massage, or a new pair of shoes. Whatever makes you happy, this type of incentive is effective in maintaining motivation for both you and your team. 4. Walk Away. For those times when you just can't get focused, take a break from your desk and get a change of scenery. It could be a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop or a walk around the block. Changing your environment might refresh you enough to get back into it with a fresh perspective when you return to your desk. 5. Brainstorm. Carve out a few quiet minutes to sit down alone and let your mind go. Think about ways to grow the business, get new clients, improve your marketing materials and efforts---wherever you see a weakness in your business, think about a solution to it. How can you prevent the competition from getting ahead of you? 6. Think Positively. Sometimes, inspiration can be hard to find at work, but there is no room for negativity when it comes to staying energized. Positive affirmations can increase your motivation. Say what you are trying to accomplish aloud or write yourself a note that says, ‘I can do it!'. In addition, knowing that what you do in your business helps people in some capacity can up the motivation factor. 7. Get Feedback. Be open to constructive criticism. Sometimes it is hard to accept that a client has moved on to another company but understanding the why can help you build an even better business. Chances are, if one client has an issue with something, others might too, and you will be able to work on the problem and stay motivated to improve your business. You can also get feedback from peers, members of your mastermind group, or a mentor. Sometimes having outside eyes on something, can be very beneficial. 8. Find Inspiration. What you do outside of work can inspire you at work too. Spend some time reading industry news to see what others are doing. Check out blogs and articles posted by other companies within your industry. This widens your knowledge of what other companies are up to, while keeping up on the latest trends. Plus, doing something that is productive but not related to the task at hand just might end up motivating you more. 9. Fake It. There are just those days when you have to fake it ‘til you make it. If you muster up enthusiasm and a let's do this attitude, you'll find that you will be energized, and most likely will motivate those around you. Sometimes you just have to put your big girl or big boy pants on and deal with it. 10. Set Your Hours. It might be tempting to burn the midnight oil in order to get a project completed, but it usually ends up backfiring if continued for a long period of time. You'll end up burning out much faster than if you work at a steady pace. A 20-hour workday isn't sustainable and will not be productive. Set the hours you plan on working for the day and then turn off the work when it is time. You'll feel more refreshed when you begin work again the next day. You might even consider taking a half day off on Friday to “play hooky” will get you rejuvenated. No one feels motivated to work every single day, all day long. When you feel a motivation slump coming on, try to assess why and then choose one or more of these ten tips to help get you back on track to achieving your work goals. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ For more help with growing your business and accelerating your results, reach out to me today and schedule your complimentary 30-minute consultation. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    How Big Thinking Can Grow Your Business

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 8:15


    Do you surround yourself with dream squashers or are you surrounded by individuals who listen to your dreams for your business and urge you to pursue them? Do you think big for your business? Do you look at where your business stands today and think, “this is good enough” or “what if I try something new and it upsets the successes I've attained?” Do you give yourself enough credit to allow yourself to dream big? Remember, not every big dream has to come to fruition of a “mission accomplished.” But, every big dream may have a kernel of an action step that will help you think outside the proverbial box and could potentially spark a new idea to do something you're currently doing better, faster, or at a higher level of income producing effect? How Can Big Thinking Grow Your Business? Take a moment and ask yourself: What is your dream for your business? Do you want to be the next Amazon or Uber? Do you want to be the biggest XYZ firm in your city or part of the country? Are you looking to take your business nationwide or worldwide? Do you even allow yourself to have those big dreams? Many business owners, when asked, “What is the big dream for your business this year” will say: 1. I'd like to bring in an additional $1,000 a month. 2. I'd like to grow by 10% in clients and income. 3. I'd like to outsource some of my tasks. 4. I'll be happy to maintain the status quo. 5. I hadn't even thought of a big dream… I'm just trying to maintain my current level. This is what I call “expectation” thinking. You expect to stay where you are and that thinking leads to your getting exactly what you expected. What if you allowed yourself the audacity to say, “I'd like to grow my income by $5,000 a month” or “I want to exceed last year's sales by 50%”. What's stopping you? Is it because you're afraid to think big? What do you think would have happened if Henry Ford hadn't thought big? Would we have had automobiles? Every successful business started out as a small idea that was pushed to higher levels by an entrepreneur who thought big. Big, audacious goals don't have to become setbacks if you didn't achieve a 50% higher sales revenue. If you shot for 50% and achieved 30% isn't that a big win? It's certainly a bigger win than a 10% increase. Although if you'd considered a 10% increase you would likely have met that, but would it feel as good as aiming for 50% and attaining 30%? Probably not! How can you become a big thinker in your business? 1. Ask bigger questions. When you think big, you aim higher. When you think big you push yourself out of your comfort zone and take a chance. It's exhilarating to take that leap. Ask yourself, “What would life and my business look like if I grew the business by 40, 50 or even 60% this year?” There is no harm in asking those bigger questions. In fact, the answer to “what would it look like” may be the motivating factor in your pursuing that big goal. 2. Network with like-minded big thinkers. If you surround yourself with entrepreneurs who are always asking, “what if” you may pick up their energy and start asking your own business “what ifs.” If you surround yourself with people who are happy to go with the path their business is on and not take a detour, you will likely be pulled down that complacent path. Involve yourself with big thinkers and you will feel more comfortable announcing your big goal! Find a mastermind group of big thinkers to help you, might be an option. 3. Find out where other big thinkers got their start. Did mega-companies like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, or Uber start out as successes? What is the backstory – the origin story for those businesses? When you know the humble beginnings of mega companies, you may find the inspiration to think bigger yourself. If those company owners hadn't been big thinkers and pushed their businesses toward large goals, they wouldn't be companies we would have heard of, right? Don't let yourself get mired in the past. If you'd tried something in the past and it didn't work, let it go. Pull that information out and ask yourself what went wrong, how you could change that today, and what experiences do you have now that you didn't then that can help? A past “failure” is simply an experiment that didn't pan out. Don't let a fear of failure stop you from thinking big. Ask yourself, “Don't you want more?” If that question makes you uncomfortable or makes you shout, “yes!” Then get started today on your next big idea! Consider these six ideas you can implement today to help you think bigger. 1. Ask bigger questions. 2. Network with other big thinkers. 3. Find big thinking experiences and join in. 4. Look at origin stories for other big thinkers. 5. Don't discard or toss out any idea, no matter how audacious it seems. From that huge, big thought may come your next spark of an idea that will grow your business! 6. Ask staff for ideas they might have to accelerate your business growth. When you're putting your big idea into practice, don't forget to plan for the infrastructure your business might need to support this big idea when it comes to fruition. Write down your income goals. Write down your goals for hiring new team members. Get a picture in your mind of what your life would look like when you achieved that big thinking goal. Don't put it off any longer. It's time to get busy! If you need help thinking bigger, reach out to me today to schedule your complimentary 30-minute consultation. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    7 Steps to Find and Retain Quality Staff

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 8:26


    Finding and retaining quality staff whether you're hiring employees or contractors, can be a difficult task for many entrepreneurs. There are a myriad of reasons this is true. It takes a focused, strategic approach to hiring and growing your team that will help propel you and your business forward. Sometimes, though, no matter how well you have hired and how many strategies you have in place for a “good hire” it just doesn't work out and you have to start over. Starting over with hiring and training a new employee or even getting a contractor up to speed on what you need done is a drain – physically and emotionally for the entrepreneur and financially for the business. How can you find and retain quality staff? Let's explore 7 steps you can take that can help you increase your success. 1. Be very clear on what you want the individual to do. If you hire someone and they think they are doing A and you want them to do B and perhaps C, and you didn't tell them up front, they may balk and leave. If you hire for task A but then add on B and C without further compensation you may have to re-hire or pay to train them, if you are interested. If you believed you were hiring for A, B, and C, you need to be clear about the tasks and the expectations for everyone's benefit. 2. Leave the door open for negotiation on tasks and responsibilities. You may hire someone who far exceeds your expectations and your business grows. It may get to the point where, because of growth, you need to hire a new person who can take on tasks D and E. Don't forget to ask the original hire whether he or she can, or wants to, take on those new tasks, if they have the skill set to do them. Don't overlook a chance to promote from within. Just because you hired for a person for ABC, doesn't mean that individual doesn't have other hidden talents you've never discussed. The people that get you to one level, might be or might not be the same people to help you get to your next level of success. 3. Have a very clear and specific written job description. It is not enough to simply say what you want done. Give the new team member a detailed job description – not so detailed that it's novel length, but detailed enough that you both understand the deliverables and agree to them. 4. Be open to suggestions on potential changes to procedures. If you have a new staff member who looks at some of your current procedures (assuming you have all tasks documented, which most firms don't) and can streamline them, ask for more details about what they're proposing. If they can help make things easier, more streamlined, or better in any way, encourage them to do so. 5. Treat your new hire as a member of the team. No one wants to work with a dictator or a micromanager. If you were clear in your hiring requirements, you should be able to rest easy that the tasks you're hiring for are those which you can delegate and trust the new hire to do on your behalf. 6. Train the new hire. Yes, you're hiring the best expert for the job you need done, BUT this new person needs to know how you want things done. Just because they were a bookkeeper in their former position, doesn't mean they will address your books in a way you are expecting. Before you can train, you need to have a clear picture of the tasks you're delegating. Again, this may be a time to say, “We need A done, this is how we've always done it. Hand them a procedures manual to review each procedure. Do you have any suggestions on how to streamline the process?” Don't make them answer immediately. Give them time to settle in and then discuss the task again. If you throw a new hire into the fray with no training, it will be frustrating for both of you and take them a lot longer to get up to speed than it needs to take. If you don't currently have documented procedures for all activities needed to be done for each job, you need to make sure they all get documented. This is very important. Have the new person document everything as you train them, so you have these procedures going forward. 7. Ask an employee who is leaving for the reason they decided to leave. A brief exit interview is a great learning tool for you. Why did they leave? Money? Working hours? Misplaced expectations? Tired of being the only A player among C players on the team? Don't make the exit interview an interrogation. Let the individual know you are truly interested in why they're leaving. You may or may not take that information and use it to try and get them to stay, but again, it may be eye-opening enough that the two of you may find a way to work, and stay, together (if it makes sense). If someone is leaving for more money, it's usually not a winning game for you, the employer, to up the ante to get that person to stay. Eventually they may come back and say someone else offered them more money and will you match it – you could be over a barrel at that point. If, however, you discover you were paying well below industry standards for the tasks this person was doing, it makes sense for you to evaluate your pay scale. What is your biggest challenge when you're hiring a new staff member or contractor? Do you do exit interviews and truly look at the feedback? How can you be even better at hiring and retaining great staff that will help your firm grow? How often should you be interviewing people to make sure you have the best staff possible on your team? Download your complimentary support team performance assessment, so you can customize it for your team and hold them even more accountable. Great communication tool. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/support-team-member-progress-assessment/. Of course, let me know if I can help you in any way, so you can have your ideal business and ideal life. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    What Can You Do to Stop Wasting Time and Stay Focused?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 11:48


    It is way too easy to let the day get away from you simply because you are unfocused. When this happens, it may not be detrimental to your business and its viability. But if you find that you're wasting time daily and can't stay focused, you will begin to lose motivation because you're not seeing to-dos getting checked off. If your business is suffering you may not even place the blame on being unfocused, but it could very well be the case. Do you find yourself staring out the window or scrolling through social media and tell yourself, “I'm just going to look on social media for five minutes” then discover that it's been a half an hour or an hour or longer? It's easy to get distracted. It's easy to lose focus and when this happens regularly you need to determine the underlying cause. If you were formerly focused and stuck to tasks and didn't waste time, what is happening now that you're not focused? For many entrepreneurs the reason for losing focus and wasting time is procrastination, pure and simple. If you want to manage your time effectively and be more efficient and productive you need to get to the root cause of your lack of focus. Let's first look at four habits that waste your time and that are insidious to productivity. 1. The internet and social media. If you're researching an item for your business it is easy to go down a rabbit hole, and it's also easy to get off track from your original research topic. If you don't have the willpower to stay off the internet or from constantly checking email or responding to social media pings. Turn off the apps that distract you and reward yourself with social media or email time once the task(s) at hand has been completed. 2. Keep your work housed on one device. When you switch between your work desktop and your home laptop and check your email on your phone and not your computer and then pull out your tablet to scroll social media you are pulling your focus into too many directions. Every time you move from one device to another you are more likely to get distracted. 3. Have a schedule and use a calendar. If you write down your tasks and have a specific schedule for particular tasks you are more likely to keep your focus and not waste time. Set a timer while you're working on a particular task and don't let yourself stop until the timer goes off. Avoid the distraction of setting the timer on your phone unless you use a voice command to do so. Once you open your phone and get to the timer setting, you're more likely to get pulled into email and social media notifications. 4. Prioritize your tasks and give them specific deadlines. If you know you need to complete something by a set date or time, you're more likely to stick to it than if you had a vague deadline of “finish by the end of the week.” Now that you have a road map to find those detours that get you off track and help you lose your focus, let's look at four ways to implement procedures to keep you from wasting time. 1. Create a to-do or a form in your daily planner or your online calendar for those tasks you need to do each day. On this form you will write down the tasks you need to complete daily, weekly, monthly. Now write down the hours you plan to work that day. After you've done that, assign an allotted time to the tasks you've written down. When you do this, you can see what needs to be done, how long it will take, and if you have enough hours in the day/week to complete them. In addition to assigning time to complete the task, make note of the actual time it took you. Sometimes, we over-estimate how long it will take us to do something and if we've allotted an hour to a task and it only takes thirty minutes, we may be tempted to waste that “free time” rather than jump into another task. To download a Free Sample Prioritized Action List (PAL) that everyone in your office can use, go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/pal-sample/. 2. Give yourself time at the top of the hour to gauge your success on the task you're working on. Only take a minute or two to gauge the completion of the task, then jump back into it. If you're making great strides, make note of that on your calendar. To download my complimentary Time Log Sample Exercise and help you be even more time efficient, so you are in a higher probability position to achieve your goals, go to: https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/time-log/. 3. When the time you'd allotted for the particular task is up, evaluate the progress you've made. After you've done that, you can more effectively assign time to that task in the future. If it's a repeatable task, carry it forward on your calendar and make note of how long it truly took – you may find a task you've allotted the hour for that only took you thirty minutes frees up enough time at the end of the week that you can either complete more projects or reward yourself with an early quit time! 4. Don't forget to account for that time over which you have no control. If you have set meeting times with staff, prospects, or your clients, you have no control over those, other than to set an end time and stick to it. These non-negotiables need to be written in your calendar and accounted for. Don't beat yourself up if you don't have an entire eight hours to devote to work because three of those hours are already spoken for. This may sound counterintuitive, but you need to build flexibility into your day and your schedule. If your calendar is so rigidly planned out, you will have no space for the unexpected and let's face it – an entrepreneur's business life has the unexpected pop up regularly. Have time blocks that say, “unexpected time”. If you don't need it, move on to the next high payoff activity. How much time do you think you waste each day? Do you get sucked into doing emails, surfing the internet, watching cool YouTube videos, or reading jokes someone sent you, getting interrupted by staff, clients, or friends, associates, etc.? Think about this for a minute – how much time do you think you waste each day? Remember it all adds up. Five minutes here, 10 minutes, there 30 minutes on something fun yet not productive. When I asked people how much time do they think they waste in a day, many of them said approx. 2 hours per day. So, we will use this as our example. You can easily do the math for yourself depending on the number you came up with for how much time you think you waste each day. Here's an example of someone who said they ‘waste' 2 hours per day. 2 hours per day = 10 hours per week = 1 week per month = 12 weeks per year Divide by 4 and you get a whopping 3 months per year that is spent in non-productive time. Now, let's not dwell on the non-productive time that we waste. Let's see what that time is worth to us in revenue per year if we utilize that 2 hours per day on high pay-off activities. What do you make per month on an average? $5,000, $7,000, $10,000, $15,000 Multiply that number by 3 (months wasted if you said 2 hours per day) and that is how much more money you could make a year if you just focused your time more on high pay-off activities. $5,000 x 3 = $15,000 more per year $7,000 x 3 = $21,000 $10,000 x 3 = $30,000 $15,000 x 3 = $45,000 Even if you start by being more effective and not letting time wasters and distractions get in your way for 30 minutes per day, you will make even more money and have the option to take more time to do what you want to do. Ask yourself and answer truthfully – do you waste time? What are your major time wasters? How long do you spend on those time wasters? Are there specific times of the day or week in which you find yourself losing focus? If you find your energy flagging at the end of the day, make accommodations for that and complete your most challenging tasks at the beginning or middle of the day when you're operating at your peak. Recognizing that you're wasting time or losing focus is the first step in implementing a plan to address it. Get my free audio training, Focus on Your High Pay-off Activities and Achieve Your Goals Using Effective Time Management, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/landing/. To download my complimentary Time Log Exercise and help you be even more time efficient, so you are in a higher probability position to achieve your goals, go to: https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/time-log/. Simple instructions come with the sample document to help you know how to complete the time log. To download your complimentary meeting agenda and action item worksheet template, go to http://tinyurl.com/yy24484q. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    11 Principles for Increased Business and Personal Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 8:02


    Business owners typically “live” their principles. They may not stand up and shout, “Here are the principles by which I run my business and live my life” but their principles are embedded in their thoughts, words, and actions. If you're not certain what your business principles are, if you want to add more principles to your arsenal, or if you simply want to understand business principles, let's explore a list of 11 for you to ponder. One of the challenges many people struggle with is trying to have personal satisfaction while running a business without sacrificing one for the other. Your principles will help drive your business and help you get back to a more satisfying personal life. 1. What are your strengths? When you focus on what you're strong in, you can find ways to address business weaknesses. One way to best address a business weakness is to delegate those tasks at which you struggle. When you do this, you remove that struggle from your plate, and you can fully focus on the strengths you bring to the table. I think it is better to work on strengths and delegate everything else, if possible. 2. Focus on short-term goals on your way toward your large dreams. When you are striving toward an audacious goal, you may sacrifice personal or family time in its pursuit. When you set short-term goals, you can work toward them, chip away at the larger goal, and know that you're making progress without sacrificing your dreams. 3. What personal goals do you have? If you aren't certain how your business will enhance your personal goals, how will you know if you've reached personal satisfaction nirvana? Personal goals should be the driving force behind business goals. Know what you want to, and need to, achieve personally, then work your business dreams around those principle-driven goals. 4. Do you practice what you preach? If you “preach” about taking the weekends off of work to recharge your batteries, but you spend the weekends working and sacrificing personal time, you need to take a step back and rethink where your principles got off track and get back on track. 5. Celebrate wins at work and at home. When your personal and your business principles mesh you can and should celebrate. Even if you're a solopreneur, unless you're single and have no immediate family and don't even share your life with a goldfish – you are NOT going it alone. A supportive personal team will help you achieve your business goals. Thank those who are helping and supporting you. 6. Be a lifelong learner. If you're living under a rock, you will be unaware of changes in the market, trends in your industry, and even failing relationships because of your focus on your work. Read. Attend classes. Network with business colleagues. Listen to podcasts. Spend time with family and learn new hobbies and follow new passions together. 7. The items on which you focus are those which you ultimately achieve. Take time to focus on those items you want and don't dwell on the negatives or the “what ifs” of what you're striving toward. “If you dream it you can do it” may be pithy, but I've found that what you focus on is what comes into your life. Focus on the positive. Address the negative, but don't let negatives distract you from the big picture. 8. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals. Join a mastermind group. Find a group of people who will hold you accountable, be there to brainstorm, and with whom you will provide support as well. A mastermind group is a must for many entrepreneurs. In a mastermind group you are each focused on your business, and each is serious about business growth which requires discipline and needs to be one of your driving principles in order for it to be of benefit. Of course, I believe having accountability is a very important component to any group. 9. Don't stray from your core competency. If you started your business to sell the best widgets, but you've heard that dog grooming is the biggest thriving industry in your market, don't start offering a dog grooming service with every widget purchased. You need to stick with the passion that started you on your path toward business ownership. If that core business is thriving and can run on auto pilot, there is no reason you cannot pursue a different career path, but when you lose focus on the core competency – no matter what business – you're focusing on non-money-making activities. (I call it, revenue generation avoidance activities.) 10. Be grateful. I suggest entrepreneurs keep a gratitude journal. This journal will help you through difficult times. When you take time at the end of every day to find at least three things about which to be grateful and start the next day by reading those things for which you're grateful, you start the day on a positive note. Be grateful for the progress you've made (no matter how small or big). Be grateful for the support team you have. Be grateful for the innate skills you bring to your business – those are gifts. 11. Get out. Literally get out of the office. If you don't practice self-care, your business will suffer. If you're the only one who operates the business and you get ill, who will keep it going? How will the business thrive if you're not? You may find that when facing a challenge, getting out of the office will give you new perspective on that challenge and when you go back to work, you will be refreshed and renewed. There are many more principles that business owners live by. Talk with other entrepreneurs and find out what their driving principles are. Take time to write down your principles – or those principles you want to live by. What principles will you implement to help you increase your success? If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    4 Insights for Goal Setting - Find Your North Star

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 7:52


    The North Star (or Polaris), located directly above the North Celestial Pole, holds a lot of meaning. While it's not the brightest star, it's easy to locate. As an actual, noteworthy, and reliable point in the night sky, it's a significant symbol for guidance and achievement. Consider these examples. For centuries, ships relied on celestial navigation, guided by the North Star. In addition, the North Star offered hope and freedom for the enslaved during abolition. While you may not be crossing literal seas or lands, the idea of finding the North Star—your North Star—can highlight the value of goal setting. Having a goal, no matter the size, is crucial for reaching success in any venture. Imagine attending a meeting or announcing a new policy without any idea of your end goal. Not only would that be confusing, but it would also slow down productivity—and possibly hurt the collective morale and trust of your team members. Instead, setting your sights on a goal, or North Star, offers you and your team a clear vision. Once you understand the significance of goal setting, you'll be able to set realistic and ambitious goals with ease. Let's explore four insights to shine light on the value of goals—and lay a clear path toward your North Star of success. Insight #1: Start with Clarity in Mind First, clarity for your goals is vital. If you don't know where your business is going, it's impossible to achieve real progress. And without a clear roadmap and explanation, a goal could appear unnecessary or out of place to your employees. For example, you wouldn't choose a random number of sales as your goal without taking the time to research what makes the most sense for your firm's success. Nor would you ask your employees to waste time in unnecessary meetings or to duplicate work processes. If you're setting up a product launch, though, you'd ensure your item sells well by clarifying how to get those sales. Start your goal-setting process by clarifying the steps needed to get where you're going. Insight #2: Determine Direction and Details Next, having a sense of direction when goal setting is crucial. Imagine a child's birthday party with a piñata: blindfolded youngsters swing wildly in hopes of breaking open all the candy. While this is fun for a celebration, it's not the way to set goals! Making sure you're heading in the right direction with goal setting is key—instead of swinging wildly in hopes of getting it right. Knowing the what, why, and how of a goal points you in the right direction—and your sense of direction increases as you focus on the specifics. So, rather than setting vague goals that generalize your vision, you'll want to aim for specific figures, dates, and other details. Insight #3: Build in a Margin for Error Third, you need a margin for error. If you're a free thinker, having clear, specific goals laid out may feel like painting yourself into a corner. But look at it this way: no matter the goal, you'll likely run into some obstacles you weren't expecting. As a business owner, you're navigating economic, cultural, personal, and even perhaps political landscapes that could impact your business in ways you couldn't anticipate. This is why leaving a margin of error is so critical. When done expertly, goal setting leaves room for the unexpected. Instead of feeling blocked in, try to see that wiggle room as a pressure valve, similar to a “rainy day” fund. Allowing a margin for error means there's room for exploration and spontaneity. Insight #4: Increase Your Motivation Finally, motivation matters! Mindtools describes the power of setting goals as having “long-term vision and short-term motivation”. While this is the case for many goals, it's worth aspiring toward goals that build your motivation—from start to finish. Achieving your goals doesn't necessarily have to be hard, but it can be challenging for any number of reasons. If you don't have enough fire, passion, and desire to achieve a goal, the process is likely going to be a lot harder than it has to be. Committing to goals you don't really want serves little purpose. Stick to goals that you want bad enough that the decision to do what you need to do, in order to achieve it, is easy or easier. Create goals you desire with your heart, guts, and soul - those goals that inspire you to do the work required. These types of goals will get you excited and motivate you to achieving them. As you refine your goal setting, it will become easier and easier. Plus, you'll gain a sense of accomplishment with each step toward your goal. The stability that comes from quality goal setting allows your North Star to stay front and center. Bringing it All Together Remember, you're setting your business and team up for success by clarifying your goals, determining your direction and details, building in a margin for error, and increasing your motivation. By tuning in to what matters most, you are more likely to gain your team's trust and achieve your goals in the timeframe you have set. Remember that setting goals can come in different forms. There are seemingly endless ways to approach this process. Recognize the versatility of goal setting as part of what makes it so valuable. It's about as customizable as it can get! And use the insights I've just talked about as a reference tool as you develop your own. After all, there's more than one way to track your North Star. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Daryl Woodhouse Interview, Healthy Life-Work Balance Expert

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 34:03

    Daryl Woodhouse has appeared on 200+ stages, workshops and conferences, live and virtually across 60+ countries. From his experience, Daryl knows that a healthy life-work balance isn't just good for your wellbeing, it has a profound impact on business success. Daryl equips leaders and entrepreneurs with all they need to achieve more, work less, and avoid burnout. This all sounds good to me, so I hope you also get value from insights Daryl shared with me. Here are some questions I asked Daryl that you will benefit from when you listen to his interview: • Since starting your first business in 2012, you achieved 7 figures in revenue within a few years, winning many awards from innovation excellence and client success studies. Please briefly explain what the major contributors were to you being able to accomplish such good success in a short period of time. • Share with us the 8 ways to boost workplace productivity & wellbeing, so we can get an idea on how to get started doing this in our business. • Can you easily share what you call your ‘Perfect Week Planner' template and give us practical and easy to implement tips? • What did you do to achieve a happier life by working 4 days a week, so you could increase your career and business success? • How can we achieve more at work, without increasing our work hours? To learn more about what Daryl does, connect with him on Linked-in or go to https://darylwoodhouse.com. Applying Strategic Thinking practices to your business will accelerate your success by allowing a crystal-clear focus to drive daily tasks - for you and your team. To download my complimentary copy of a strategic thinking model, go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/strategic-thinking-model/. It is amazing to me how many people don't have a specific agenda for meetings they hold and then they wonder why meetings take so long. Our time is valuable, so we want to use it wisely. To help you with creating an agenda and action items that will result from the meeting, take a look at my worksheet template and modify it to work for you. The purpose for the Agenda & Action Item Worksheet is to provide clarity on what you want to accomplish in the meeting… and clarity on who is going to do what following the meeting. Download this template and see how it might be of value to you in your various meetings with clients, prospects, strategic alliances, team members, etc. To download my complimentary meeting agenda and action item worksheet template, go to http://tinyurl.com/yy24484q. If you want a short daily fix from me, check out The Accountability Minute which can be found on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. To find me on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Check out my interview with Daryl Woodhouse by looking for the Accountability Coach Podcast, which can be found on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries, as well as at https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/.

    5 Time Management Skills To Master Right Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 10:23


    Developing time management skills enables you to accomplish high-level goals that accelerate your business success. Time remains our most valuable resource. The most successful professionals master their time utilization, so their "hours worked" align with meaningful objectives. These time management skills guide seasoned professionals in their craft. So, the five time management skills you want to master are: 1. Schedule Calls Within Time Blocks Business professionals love to hear the phone ringing. A prospect, partner, or client resides on the other line, waiting for you to pick up the phone. However, fielding calls throughout the day can present a problem. If you spend too much time fielding all your calls, you will not have enough time for outreach and building your brand. Hiring someone on your team to field calls for you greatly alleviates this issue, if you don't already have someone in place. The person answering the phone can schedule a time for you to call back the prospect or handle the entire call themselves, so you don't have to. Connecting with colleagues and people in your local area on Linked-in and asking for introductions to potential clients expands your pipeline. Taking calls throughout the day limits your ability to perform these activities. Scattering your calls throughout the day will give you little time to embrace deep work for your other objectives. Scheduling your calls within a time block gives you set hours to get into the flow with other activities. Setting a time block is one of the best time management skills to master. This practice cultivates deep work, which is an essential element of highly successful professionals. Some of the most productive people in the world swear by time blocking. Ever heard of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Michael Hyatt, or Cal Newport? Yep – all time-blockers. They're squeezing every drop of productivity from their days, and you can do the same. 2. Identify and Prioritize Your KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) Time blocking gives you a scheduling framework to input activities. We all know specific tasks deserve more attention than others, but which tasks deserve the most attention for your business? Rather than take a guess, let your KPIs guide you. Decide the vital KPIs for your business and prioritize work that matches up with your KPIs. Revenue growth and profitability are two common KPIs. Professionals focusing on these KPIs would focus on activities that bring in revenue and increase profit margins. Digging deeper into general KPIs such as revenue growth and profitability gives you further clarity on your priorities. If you make the bulk of your revenue through specific products or services, prioritize activities that effectively fill up your pipeline with the greatest opportunities. If connecting with people on Linked-in more effectively fills up your pipeline than writing industry articles, then you should obviously prioritize Linked-in over articles. 3. Put Less Work On Your Plate When you identify KPIs, it gets easier to implement other time management skills. One of those skills is putting less work on your plate. Many professionals make the mistake of seeing a busy calendar as a successful one. Rather than focus on how many hours they work, successful professionals fill their calendars with impactful activities that are the highest payoff. Pursuing fewer tasks gives them more time to focus on what most contributes to the bottom line. Review all of the work you perform in a given day, week, and month. How many activities produce negligible results? How many activities lead to incredible results? According to Pareto's Principle, 80% of our results come from 20% of our work. Discover the few activities that yield most of your results. Then, phase out the many activities that only lead to 20% of your results. 4. Slow Down To Speed Up Slowing down to speed up is one of the most underrated time management skills. If you speed up and always keep yourself busy, you will eventually hit a productivity roadblock. Slowing down your workday with mini breaks allows you to recharge. A quick walk, exercise routine, or meal away from the screen goes a long way in refueling your mental state. Before important races, runners slow down their mileage and workout paces. They don't burn themselves out leading up to a race. This level of preparation gives runners plenty of additional energy to thrive on race day. There is a time and place to work extra hours. However, there is also a time to slow down. Mini-breaks and vacations help you with slowing down. Not only do professionals temporarily slow down via mini breaks but also by reviewing their businesses. Most professionals make the mistake of staying busy without asking themselves if they're taking an optimized approach. Taking a step back from your business to review operations will help you understand if you're moving in the right direction. This review will help with prioritizing your time and addressing essential items. 5. Track Your Time Even if you apply the other time management skills, you can't improve in areas you don't actively track. Tracking your time allows you to spot opportunities for improvement. You can use a time management app like Toggl, for one example, to document the time you spend on each activity. Tracking your time allows you to see if your time management strategies are working rather than guessing. Professionals strive to remove as much guessing as possible from their success. In a survey of business professionals, when asked, they consistently feel they waste approximately 2 hours a day, which translates to 10 hours a week, etc. Let's not focus on how much time is actually wasted as the focus needs to be on what you can do with the wasted time to generate even more money, work less, or do other things you really want to do. Use a time log to help you know where you are actually spending your time during the day. Periodically use this time log for a 2-week period of time to help you continue to be time efficient. This tool can be utilized by everyone on your team at the same time. Talk about what you realized at the end of the 2 weeks and how you can get even better with managing time. Think about it for a minute. When you track what you eat, you watch more of what you put in your mouth as it has to go on a food log that someone else will be reviewing and helping you be better at nutrition. The same works when you apply it to your valuable time. You think twice about doing activities that aren't moving you forward because you have to write them down. To download my complimentary Time Log Exercise and help you and your team members be even more time efficient, so you are in a higher probability position to achieve your goals, go to: https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/time-log/. Simple instructions come with the exercise to help you know how to complete the time log. Time management is vital for any business professional's success. Make sure you prioritize these time management skills to master your time utilization, so you can accelerate your business results and enjoy having your ideal business and your ideal life. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Goal Setting for the Win and Join the Elite 8%

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 7:52


    If you're a list-maker, you know there's nothing like checking items off when complete. In fact, a rush of endorphins floods your brain! The neurotransmitter dopamine produces satisfaction and happiness, making you feel accomplished and propelling you to get more done. But first, you have to actually create that to-do list, which, for some people, can feel like a massive undertaking. After all, making a list (which is really a form of setting goals) requires thinking through many elements, including the things like: • Deciding what needs to be done • Determining how to prioritize • Forcing ourselves to be specific • Breaking jobs down into smaller steps • Scheduling times to check our progress • Holding ourselves accountable • Knowing when to say no If you're feeling overwhelmed after reading that, you're not alone! In actuality, science tells us that only 8% of people meet their goals. That means 92% of people don't. Those are some pretty dismal statistics, but I have hope to offer you. My objective is to help you understand the power of goal setting and why it's a critical habit for you and your career. What's the Secret? You might be wondering if you really need to set goals. You might say, Anne, some people work better spontaneously, approaching life by the seat of their pants. Yes, sometimes that's true. But I'm here to remind you that, in most cases, a goal without a roadmap is just a pipe dream. The elite 8% of successful goal setters have discovered a secret: you must start with the end in mind. The 8% know where they want to go, and they create a path for how to reach that destination. Even though it can be challenging to get started, remaining passive in any goal will prevent you from thriving. Intentions and Ambitions Let's look at your personal life for a couple of examples. Imagine you want to improve your golf game, but to achieve this goal, you'll need to do more than hope! To enhance your chip shots, drives, or putts, you must take action. So, you hire a golf coach to learn about proper stance, grip, and posture. Sure—this takes time, effort, and commitment, but the 8% have refined the follow-through necessary to achieve their goals, no matter how difficult. Or perhaps you've always wanted to visit Greece. Looking through gorgeous internet scenes of Santorini might inspire you, but action steps are required to make this dream a reality. For example, will you need a visa? What's your budget? What options do you have for flights? What about planning your itinerary? Will you need any vaccinations? Should you purchase travel insurance? Do you know how to say please (parakaló) or thank you (efkharistó) in Greek? The 8% would thoroughly answer these questions, so they can ensure the trip of a lifetime. Remember, starting with the end in mind means you're creating a clear roadmap with the goals and resources needed to get there. You're taking your ambitions and intentions and putting them into action with goals along the way. Getting Results Now that we've established the importance of goal setting, let's look at how that applies to your career. As a business owner, proper goal setting ranks as one of the most vital tasks to provide instruction and a sense of direction for you and your team. Let's look at five reasons why: 1. Increases Focus: Goal setting takes your ideas from disjointed and disorganized to precise and productive. Having a roadmap helps you achieve the flow state, where your goals are challenging yet still within your skill ability. This zone is where progress happens. 2. Measures Progress: Keeping track of your progress is advantageous and can prevent burnout. Even if you're just taking baby steps—maybe you're waiting on others or need more information—you're still moving forward. 3. Provides Motivation: Setting goals increases motivation—and vice versa. Higher motivation leads to getting more done. 4. Avoids Procrastination: Wasted time helps no one. Procrastination happens to everyone, but it still prevents you from moving forward. Goal setting can remedy this paralyzing state and lead to improved performance. 5. Exceeds Goals: Once you meet a goal, you will savor the sweet taste of victory. Success is a powerful motivator that challenges you to achieve even more. Setting, what I call, stretch goals, can be a big motivator to achieve more than you might have thought possible. The bottom line is that if you want results, you have to take action. Action creates results. In your next steps, I challenge you to remember the power of goal setting and integrate it into your professional life as a regular practice, so you can enjoy having your ideal business and ideal life. C.G. Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychologist, famously said, “You are what you do, not what you say you'll do”. Be the person who does more than talk about targets—be the person who meets and exceeds targets through regular goal setting. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    5 Tips to Overcome Limiting Beliefs and Achieve Your Goals

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 7:56


    Ahhh, the good ol' catchphrase: Believe in yourself. If only it were that simple, right? I know. This expression may feel cliché. But it's worth looking closer at your belief system to better understand how it impacts your goals and your goal achievement. After all, your beliefs, both positive and negative, will affect your confidence and overall job performance. This, in turn, affects your ability to achieve your goals. To begin, we must consider where our belief system originates. Limiting Beliefs Throughout our lives, we've acquired a belief system—whether we're aware of it or not. In fact, science tells us that our beliefs are mostly formed by the time we're 7 years old. They're ingrained into our mind, and honestly, we usually don't stop to question them. And that might be where the problem lies. Even though you've grown into a successful adult, your beliefs today may reflect your beliefs as a child. When you don't recognize and overcome these types of limiting beliefs, or false beliefs that keep you from pursuing your goals and desires, you're actually hindering your own personal and professional growth. Limiting beliefs are primarily subconscious, which means you aren't stopping to think about them. They're a natural response. They're conditioned based on past experiences and circumstances. As a child, these beliefs likely provided a place of certainty and probably reduced feelings of anxiety, doubt, and stress. The power of limiting beliefs is mighty—and damaging—to adults. Let's look closer. Self-Fulfilling Prophecies You've probably heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy, which refers to predicting or expecting a particular outcome based on your beliefs. So, when you feel sure that you'll make a mistake or a goal will fall apart, you're actually setting yourself up to fail. Then when you choke, that negative outcome is validated—and further cements your limiting beliefs in yourself. Now, it's vital to note that you're not alone. As business owners, we've all dealt with moments of self-doubt. Consider the examples of limiting beliefs that occur subconsciously in our thinking patterns, that I'm going to share with you. • “I am not _______ enough.” Athletic, tall, qualified, wealthy…whatever it is, these beliefs are limiting. • “I don't have _______.” Support, time, money, knowledge, experience, resources…all these place boundaries on your potential and confine you to your current environment. • “I can't ever _______.” Succeed, win, get ahead, catch a break… these kinds of thoughts can prevent you from trying and cripple your career. • “I'm too _______.” Old, ugly, fat, short…negative beliefs about yourself can lower your ability to see opportunities and prevent manifesting the outcomes you desire. As you may have noticed from these examples, limiting beliefs are nearly always negative. But it's vital to note that your beliefs are just perceptions, not facts. Tuning into your attitude, assumptions, and even your environment can help you better understand your beliefs and, in turn, make your beliefs work for you to reach your goals. Overcoming Limiting Beliefs To beat those negative perceptions, try to shift all your energy to possible positive outcomes. You don't have to make a vision board or chant mantras every morning; however, these are good to have and do. Simple imagining and visualization can also do the trick! Keep the following three suggestions, I'm about to share, in mind when recognizing and overcoming your limiting beliefs: 1. Silence that inner critic. If you give power to that negative inner voice in your mind, it will pull you under without hesitation. Instead, challenge those thoughts. Ask yourself, What if I'm wrong about this? As soon as you recognize that a belief isn't true, it loses its power. 2. Surround yourself with affirmation. The old saying is true: garbage in, garbage out. Keep your inner circle filled with positive people. They should encourage you, push you, and help you become the best version of yourself. Anything else may cause you to focus on the negative and view failure as unavoidable…and it also lets in that inner critic you've tried so hard to eliminate. 3. Take risks. Risk is part of being a leader. As a business owner, risk allows you to slay dragons every day. But you'll need to ignore those negative voices and challenge your limiting beliefs to keep moving forward. You might ask yourself, What's the worst that can happen? What is the best that can happen? As you can see, limiting beliefs can limit your abilities, opportunities, and success. Take a moment to identify your own limiting beliefs and self-fulfilling prophecies. Write them down. Then think about how your ideal life looks. From there, you can set goals that help you visualize and reach your full potential. Think about what you want to do, not what you don't want to do, or what you don't want to happen. Kick those limiting beliefs to the curb, and take ownership of your future! If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    4 Tips for Effective Goal Setting and Accelerating Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 7:56


    Goal setting is directly tied into your future and affects your life. Setting goals not only prepares you for success, it guides you there, to that place that you envision as your ultimate destination. Setting goals helps you to know exactly what it is you want to achieve, and the steps needed in order for you to succeed professionally and personally. Effective goal setting sets you on a certain path that is free from distractions and time wasters that could slow your progress. Finally, goal setting is motivational, because the more goals you set and achieve, the more self-confidence you build and the happier you are. There are two main components to successful goal setting. 1. Set Short Term Goals: You have probably heard of the effectiveness of goal setting before. Who uses this system to their advantage? Many world-renowned athletes, as well as successful businesspersons and celebrities, have adhered to this philosophy. They have to approach their dream from a logical and progressive standpoint. Nobody can say, “I want to be rich” and then go from point A to point Z. In order to find success, as you define it, you must create short-term goals that will ultimately guide you to your vision of success. These goals will, at once, give you short-term motivation while still making your long-term vision ever clearer. 2. Get Organized. Essentially, goal setting is a means of organization. The best way to achieve anything, as an individual or as a group, is by being organized. Arbitrary desires usually do not go very far, and most people are content just to dream. When you actually take the time to organize your resources and efforts, you will come much closer to fulfilling your dream than the countless number of wishers out there. Everyone has the ability to set goals. The question is, who wants it bad enough to actually do it? You may be surprised by how few people really want it that bad. Tips for Setting Goals How do you go about setting goals? There are different levels to goal setting—you might even say there are goals to setting goals! Tip 1: Start Broad and Get Specific You start at the base level, which means deciding what it is you want out of life. Are you interested in a particular career path or are you after the benefits of success, such as money or influence over others? After you decide on a mission you must break down this destination into smaller targets. The entire mission may take a lifetime, so why limit yourself to just one target? Having a series of targets to accomplish over a short period of time keeps you motivated. Tip 2: Brainstorm It is important to give some attention to the “brainstorming” process. The object of these sessions may be to expand your vision of success, with proper attention given to breaking down long-range goals into achievable steps. For example, an artist might ask himself, “If I want to be a professional artist, then what kind of art do I want to make? How will I go about making it?” A career professional might ask herself similar questions, such as what corporate level do I want to reach and why? Do I want to open my own business someday, and if I do, what kind of business would it be?” You may also find that it helps to ask deeper questions such as “How could I make the world a better place?” Tip 3: Do a Personal Assessment After you decide exactly what it is you want to accomplish you have to compare the person you are now to the person you will be then. Examine your circumstances and unique personality to see what is holding you back from achieving your dream. Can you trace your lack of success or motivation to get started to a certain mindset? Is your behavior or your present living surroundings preventing you from reaching a goal? Tip 4: Create Specific Timeframes After you consider how to correct the circumstances, you must organize your goals according to a specific time frame. A specific time frame means that every goal you set should include a month, day, and year for when you would ideally like to achieve that goal. If the grand scheme of your ambition takes 25 years to accomplish, then try and envision yourself at the one-year point. What do you see? What progress could you realistically make? Better yet, could you break down these goals even further, to a month's time frame, perhaps even a week's time frame? Start with long-range plans and then write them to be progressively smaller. There should be a logical coherence between each of the plans you create, so that the new plan picks up where the previous plan leaves off. Once you create this progressive plan it becomes a matter of taking action and then updating your list on a regular basis. You may find yourself modifying short-term plans as you continue to grow in experience and as you always keep the long-range mission in mind. It is about consistently making progress toward your goals. When you are effective at goal setting and focusing on the activities required to achieve these goals you will feel confident about fulfilling what is truly important to you in life. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    6 Ideas for Creating New Business Opportunities

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 8:23


    Today we are talking about 6 Ideas for Creating New Opportunities by Getting Rid of Limiting Beliefs. According to the laws of physics and aerodynamics, a bumble bee can't fly. So…try telling a bumble bee that! Isn't it wonderful that bumble bees don't possess human traits? Because if they did, in all likelihood, we would live in a world devoid of flowers and honeycomb and the simple delights of bumble bees productively going about their business in our garden. Why? Because we human beings have a knack for getting caught up in limiting self beliefs, so it follows that the bulk of us would simply accept the word of the scientific community and not fly because we've been told we can't! And like the imaginary void that would be created without the ingenuity of bumble bees, we create huge voids in our life by accepting self-limiting beliefs. Our beliefs about ourselves, those around us and the world at large affect who we are and how we behave. Beliefs are merely thoughts, that with a little encouragement and repetition from our over-active minds, transform into facts. Or so we are led to believe. Once we have formed a self-limiting belief, we continue to pursue evidence to prove that our belief is real. These beliefs are backed up by our self-talk, providing further evidence to back up our negative thoughts. How many times have you caught yourself saying: • I knew I'd be no good at this. • This always happens to me – I'm hopeless. • I'm always the unlucky one. • I'll never be any good at anything. • I can't ask for referrals. • I'm not built for following a calendar. • I can't seem to stop letting things distract me. • I have to spend too much time on lower priorities because they need to get done. Limiting beliefs are self-perpetuating; the more we believe something to be so, the more our actions reflect that belief, and the more the resultant failure to achieve what we originally set out to do reinforces the initial limiting belief. So, how do we break the vicious cycle of self-limiting beliefs and create more positive outcomes? 6 Step Plan to Break the Cycle of Limiting Beliefs The first step in breaking the cycle of self-limiting beliefs is recognizing that the belief exists. This can often be difficult because many of our limiting beliefs stem from early childhood experiences, or are so deeply ingrained into our psyche that we aren't consciously aware of them. For example, you may have been told over and over as a child that you'd “never amount to anything” because you didn't get your homework in on time. Over the ensuing years, you've lived a mediocre life, settling for whatever life has thrown at you because you don't believe you are capable of anything better. So, let's look at a series of exercises that will disprove your long-held belief and create a whole new world of opportunities. 1. Write down your self-limiting belief. Writing is an integral part of the process because it shifts your focus from the maze of random thoughts associated with the right side of the brain to the more analytical, logical left hemisphere. 2. Using the above example, the self-limiting belief might be: “I will never amount to anything.” 3. Describe the self-talk that is associated with the belief: “I am useless.” “I am a waste of space.” “I don't deserve to be successful.” 4. Record all the limitations your belief creates: “I am unfulfilled.” “I get no enjoyment from life.” “I am frustrated by my inability to get ahead.” 5. Write down the new positive self-talk that opposes the self-limiting belief: “I am capable of great things.” “I can be successful.” “I am a good person.” 6. Imagine yourself with the new positive belief and describe your feelings when you think about it: “I feel happy and content with my life.” “I feel positive and invigorated.” “I know I'm capable of achieving success.” This exercise is designed to give you a new-found sense of excitement about the unlimited possibilities you can create. If you want to take this exercise one step further, describe the feelings of elation and freedom your new belief gives you. Most importantly, you need to visualize yourself without the self-limiting belief that has held you back in the “no-fly zone” for most of your life. You would be deceiving yourself if you believe that you only need to practice this exercise once. In most cases, your self-limiting beliefs have dictated who you are and how you see the world for a very long time, so you need to repeat the exercise until the revised belief becomes a part of you. Daily affirmations will help hasten the process. Write down on a piece of paper an affirmation that describes the new belief you are focused on, and pin it up someplace where you'll see it every morning. The mirror where you dress each day is perfect. Then, each morning, say out loud your affirmation. And say it like you mean it! It also helps to repeat your affirmation to a loved one, say, your spouse or family. If you don't have a loved one to acknowledge your affirmation, shout it out loud to the cat or even your next-door neighbors! (They'll probably try to have you committed, but who cares? You're a human being reborn!) Breaking a self-limiting belief is like seeing the world for the first time without the lens cap on. A brave new world of opportunity that you never knew existed is out there, waiting just for you. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    The Power of Persistence in Achieving Your Goals

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 6:50


    Have you heard that saying, “Persistence Pays Off”? It is true, but there is a fine line between being persistent and being relentless, and you need to know when you're crossing the line. Persistence is a personality trait and an attitude that indicates you're working hard, and that you keep trying until you achieve success or until you realize the direction you're going isn't going to achieve the goal you set. Persistence is a personality trait you can develop and here are five reasons you may want to: 1. You will be motivated. If you're persistent you are more likely to stay motivated and keep moving toward the goals you've set. Self-motivation is a critical trait of a successful entrepreneur. 2. You will gain expertise. If you're persistent in pursuing a goal, you will work harder and learn more about the subject at hand. You will experiment, and repeat actions until you achieve the desired outcomes. 3. You learn the value of success. When you are persistent and if you don't always succeed on your first try you truly understand the meaning of success – because you have worked so hard for it. 4. It shows others you are driven. A person who is persistent is perceived as ambitious. You're not happy to just sit back and let things happen around you – you are a change-maker and take the initiative. 5. Your persistence may motivate others. Whether you're an entrepreneur or a leader in a job, when your colleagues see your persistence and drive, they will follow your lead. You are setting a good example to others by your persistence. You may notice a boost in efficiency and productivity in your team. Are you as persistent as you want to be? Can you develop a more persistent attitude? Yes, you can and here's how: Determine the goal you want to achieve. If you want to develop persistence you need to have a goal toward which you're striving. Set goals and set specific milestones to meet those goals. Write down your large goal then break that down into smaller steps. Studies show that if you have clear and concise goals you are 95% more likely to achieve them! Plan for stumbling blocks and failures. Just because you've set goals and planned milestones doesn't necessarily mean you won't face stumbling blocks. You may even face failure. The persistence you're developing will keep you from throwing in the towel and it will keep you moving forward. You will persist and find a solution to the issue that caused the initial failure. Keep in mind to consider other options, that you haven't thought of before, to get to your goal. Sometimes you may have to course correct along the way. If a task is failing and a goal isn't being met, take a step back and look at it with fresh eyes and determine what is keeping you from your goal and brainstorm new paths that can get you there. Stop procrastinating. If you tend to have trouble getting started, you will have nothing to persist toward. Get started. Don't fear failure. Move toward your goals with confidence and expect a great outcome. Get buy-in. Whether you're working alone or in a team, you need to get buy-in. Talk with a trusted business colleague or team members and let them know your plan and the goal you want to achieve. Get their input, take their suggestions and recommendations and persist! Stay focused. It's impossible to be persistent if you're constantly chasing new ideas and following new threads that may not be part of your original goal. When you stay focused, you maintain your motivation and you persist on the path to achieve your goal. Celebrate your persistent nature. When you achieve a goal, celebrate. When you overcome a hurdle or a milestone, pat yourself on the back! Set rewards for a job well done. When you meet a specific goal, take an hour off to recharge your batteries. When you are at the halfway point, spend some money on a fancy coffee. Rewards help you stay focused, keep your momentum, and enhance your persistent proclivities. Are you persistent? Do you find you give up too easily? What would being even more persistent mean to your personal and professional goals? When you determine that you want to be more persistent, you need to own it, embrace it, and follow a path toward the successes you seek! If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    9 Ideas to Help You Be an Even More Effective Communicator

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 6:59


    Do you command a room when you begin speaking? Have you met individuals who, no matter if they're talking about the weather or about intense business topics, have everyone on the edge of their seats? Have you ever wanted to be an even more effective communicator? If so, I have some good news for you! You can hone that skill. Whether you want to command a room at a speaking engagement, keep your team engaged, or even have better communication with friends and family, and clients and prospects, here are 9 ways you can enhance your communication skills. If you're ready to take the first steps toward a more effective communication style, there is no better time to start than today. This may not be a skill you hone overnight, but when you plan, prepare and practice, you will see marked improvement in your communication skills. So, let's explore nine ideas to help you be an even more effective communicator. 1. Think about the takeaway. If you're getting up to speak, what do you want the audience to walk away with? Do you want your spouse or significant other or your child to remember to pick up the bread? Do you want your colleagues to know the next steps in the current project? If you know the outcome you're seeking, you can craft your speech toward that resolution. 2. Know when to speak. There are times when you're better served to be a good listener. Not every gathering is a time for you to shine the light on who you are and what you do. Choose your times wisely. 3. Listen well. You've probably heard that we were given two ears and one mouth for a reason – that we should listen twice as often as we speak. Good advice. When you're a good listener you are better able to give great advice. Respond when the person you're listening to takes a pause or asks for your input. 4. Don't be wordy. If you can be succinct, you should. You won't better make your point by making it wordy and by rambling. People appreciate input when they get the answer they're seeking in a quick and easy manner. If all you have to say is Blah, don't say Blah, Blah, Blah. 5. Be the voice that unifies. You've been in meetings or conversations where it is just a round-about discussion with no end point, no beginning point, and the point of the conversation has been lost. Step in, recap the conversation and steer it toward a conclusion. You don't have to give your advice or have your opinion be the one that is the last voice heard. 6. Not everyone wants, or needs, your opinion. Let's face it, you don't have to comment on everything and in every discussion, right? You will become a more respected communicator if you offer input where your input is needed and will be the most helpful. 7. If you're going to be called upon to speak to a group, prepare beforehand. Don't try to “wing it” even if you're talking about a subject in which you're an expert. Not everyone can communicate off the cuff. If you want to provide a memorable conversation, prepare for it. Also, don't forget to prepare your valuable takeaway for the audience – they will appreciate it. If you are like me, what I say in my head is typically better than what comes out of my mouth, without preparation. 8. Smile when you speak. If you're positive and if you smile and nod when you're speaking and when others are speaking, you will be deemed more approachable. Pay attention to the current speaker and curb any impatience you may feel. 9. Validate what the person you're speaking to is saying. There is something to be said for repeating a question back to the person with whom you're speaking. For example: “If I understand you correctly, you want to know how I reached the conclusion that 2 + 2 = 4. Correct?” This lets the person know you were listening to them and that you're paying attention to what they were saying or asking. Body language matters when you're speaking and when you're listening. If you're communicating with your team or a group of colleagues, pay attention to your body language. If you stand with your hand on your hip or your arms folded across your body, you might be sending incorrect non-verbal messages. You may not even be aware of that, but effective communicators are aware of everything – body language included. Words and body language should be congruent. If you're not certain whether you're an effective communicator, ask. Ask for feedback and be open to suggestions for changing. Awareness will truly help you grow as a communicator. Which of the nine ways to enhance your communication will you implement, so you can be an even better communicator and accelerate your business results to having your ideal business and ideal life? If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    7 Ways to Cope with Change and Increase Your Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 7:06


    “Why do I have to deal with change?” The answer is, because change is inevitable. Whether it's a new client, a new boss, a new piece of software, a discontinuation of your favorite coffee flavor… change is a part of life. Coping with, and adapting to, those changes are crucial for happiness and success in work and in life. Whether you are someone who embraces change or dreads it, the way in which you accept it will increase or decrease your stress levels. Change can trigger powerful emotions. For some, change makes them feel as though they are out of control, that they are being dragged toward a very steep rock face or cliff, toward which they have no control. “Going with the flow” is a mantra some people chant, but for many going with the flow is not easy to do and, in fact, causes them undue stress. Get rid of the “go with the flow” mindset and try these 3 mindset adjustments, I'm about to share with you, to help you better cope with change, as change is constant. 1. Change is a process. When you deal with change, it's not as easy as flipping a switch and moving from one way of doing something to a completely different way. You need to look at change as a process and you want to take steps to adjust. When you learn to bake a cake, for example, you don't just open the oven and put in the cake to bake. You need to gather ingredients, measure them, mix them, prepare the pan, preheat the oven, then bake the cake. Baking is a process; change is a process. 2. Be flexible. Some changes are forced upon you, others are a necessary part of life and business. When you accept that some aspects of your life come with change, you can adjust your thinking and prepare for the changes ahead. 3. Change is not always dire, nor does it need to be frightening. Change can be very positive. Change is what you make of it. You can fight against it. You can fear it, or you can look to the future and to the benefits this current change may bring. You can thrive during change; it depends on how you approach it. Let's now explore seven ways to help you deal with the changes that life and work can throw at you. 1. Face the fact that you're nervous about the change. Gather all the information you can to help you understand why the change is happening, how the change will impact your business and life, and how you can ease yourself into it. 2. Notice that you're in the middle of a change in circumstance. When you take time to be aware of the changes ahead, it's better than denying change is occurring. 3. Do you HAVE to adapt the change? Not all changes necessarily need to be implemented by you. Look for those potential changes that don't have to impact you and don't have to be adopted by you. Take time to look at the long-term and see how this short-term acceptance or rejection of a change will impact you and your firm. 4. Positive thinking will color your attitude about change. If you're facing a change with a negative attitude, the change will be more difficult and fraught with challenges. Look at the change positively. Try to find the silver lining. 5. Anticipate the change. If you tell yourself, “I welcome changes” or “this change might make XYZ even easier to do!” Even if a change will require you to learn and adapt your work habits or lifestyle, that doesn't mean it's bad, right? Right! 6. Try to relax. If you know yourself and know that you are uptight when it comes to any switch in a routine or any type of change, you will automatically want to reject the change you're facing. Try to relax. Take deep breaths and know that not all change is bad – in fact, many changes are great! 7. Set goals toward the acceptance of change. When you take control of the inevitable change you can set goals for its implementation into your business and life. Write down what the change means in your processes, write down goals to incorporate those changes into your process and take baby steps toward implementation. Find someone in whom you can confide about your fears about the potential change. Talking with a trusted friend, family member, or colleague may give you a different perspective on the change you hadn't imagined. How can you be even more open and accepting to change? How can doing this benefit you? Which one of these seven ideas will you implement to help you better deal with change, so you can enjoy creating and having your ideal business and ideal life? If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    7 Ways to Get More Focused and Increase Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 7:02


    When you're focused you get more done – plain and simple. Focus also helps you to enjoy the moment you're in. Being in the present is a gift that many people take for granted. Pay attention. Focus on what you're doing. You will be happier for it. It doesn't matter whether you're an entrepreneur or an individual just looking for a bit more peace in your life – focus is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. If you're not certain if you are focused enough or if you want to find ways to fine tune and enhance your focus, you're in the right place. Implement these seven steps and you may be able to remain more laser focused, be more efficient in your focus, and enjoy living in, and working in, the moment. 1. Set the alarm clock a bit earlier. I can hear you groaning, but if you get up earlier you may get more done. Also, getting up before everyone in the house wakes up will give you solitude and will make you feel less rushed. If you have always wanted to practice yoga or take a long walk with the dog, read a book, sit on the deck with the paper and your coffee but you never seem to have the time, getting up earlier will be your gift to yourself. As you're sipping your coffee consider eating breakfast. Skipping meals may make you overeat later. However, if you're doing intermittent fasting, schedule your day so you have time later in the morning to break your fast. 2. Get the most challenging project out of the way first. If you know you have a pressing task or project to complete, putting it off until the end of the day won't make it go away. Putting it off will only make it so you're working on a challenging project when you're tired from the day. The harder projects won't go away and putting them off will only drain your mental energy because they will still be there tapping you on the shoulder, waiting for you to complete it. If you have been putting business development calls off until later in the day, do them first thing and be done with them for the day. Brian Tracy calls this “Eating that Frog.” Doing uncomfortable activities first thing in our business day can be very beneficial. 3. Eat it one bite at a time. If you have a huge project ahead of you, eat it one bite at a time. Take your large project and break it down into manageable tasks. Don't look at “Write a book,” for example, as something you need to complete in one sitting. Take your “write a book” project and break it down into smaller “meals.” For example: choose a title, write chapter titles, craft the back-cover copy, look for your author photo, make note of the beginning, middle and the end, so you have points to work toward. 4. You will procrastinate. There are a myriad of reasons why you will procrastinate, and you will. We all do. When you factor in procrastination time you won't feel frantic if you find yourself taking fifteen or thirty minutes to “just do nothing.” Don't schedule yourself so tightly that you don't have time to just not feel like working for a few minutes. Call it cushion time, break time, or whatever you want. 5. Make a list. I've found that when I make a list, my projects aren't as overwhelming. Make a list and you will get more done – that is a proven fact. Write down a goal, write down tasks and you are more likely to complete them. A goal, written down, is no longer a vague thought – it is an object of substance. 6. Take a break. Yes, taking a break will help with your focus. You cannot work for eight hours straight without a break. You truly don't want to work more than two hours without a break. Every hour, or every two hours, get up and move around. Do jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups against the wall, walk around the building or block, stretch, go get more water (most of us don't drink enough water during the day). This break is a gift of rejuvenation and will help you re-focus once you sit back down. 7. Stop multitasking. You will not get more done if you divide your efforts among projects. In fact, when you stop and start a project your brain needs time to catch up and re-focus. You lose precious time. Find one task to work on and focus your attention on that task. You will get more done! How well do you focus? Do you have trouble focusing? When you lose focus, what brings you back and helps you complete the task at hand? How can you increase your focus to be even more effective and efficient? Which of the seven concepts will you implement first to help you accelerate your results, so you can be on the path to having your ideal business and ideal life? I'm curious, which one did you choose? If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    5 Reasons You're Procrastinating and What to Do About It

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 7:40


    Distractions are everywhere. If you work from home, you have everything within your home. If you are at an office, you have colleagues, watercooler talk, and phone calls that distract you. Even if you're not distracted by home or office, chances are you're distracted by social media pings and email notifications… the list goes on and on! When you're distracted it's easy to blame distractions for the reason you're not getting all the activities you know you need to do (especially high payoff ones) done. You are procrastinating and using your distraction as a crutch. Why do you think distractions are pulling you away from the tasks at hand? On what are you blaming your procrastination? If it's a distraction, let's explore 5 potential reasons procrastination can derail your business or career. 1. You forget about your future because you're living in the now – and with the current distraction. It is sometimes difficult to see the end of the road when you're surrounded by distractions, pressing to-dos and the day-to-day “grind”. When you take your eye off the big picture though and give in to distractions, you're going to find it difficult, if not impossible, to achieve your dreams. 2. Blaming your procrastination on distraction is an easy way out. It's easy to put off the difficult tasks in lieu of something quick and easy. The quick and easy may make you feel great because you're crossing items off the list, but are they moving you toward your larger goals? Are the insignificant items keeping you from success? 3. When you're distracted, or when you're multitasking you are inevitably turning in sloppy work. If you've procrastinated yourself up against a hard deadline, you will find yourself throwing something together at the last minute to get the project done and it will not be your best work. Distractions that make you miss deadlines will be more stressful because you will know, deep inside, that you have not turned in a project that is worthy of your best effort. 4. Procrastination and being distracted is draining on your emotions. Even if you're not completing a project, it is still there tapping you on the shoulder. You know it needs to be done, you can't avoid it, but pushing it to the side won't finish it either. Jump into that project you're putting off, shut out distractions – your health will thank you. 5. Procrastination won't give you more free time; in fact, it will cut into your free time. Many people who don't work on projects because they're distracted are usually not pursuing other worthwhile projects, either. Distractions can lead you to spending hours on Facebook liking and commenting on posts and doing nothing that is even related to work. Then again, you're facing a hard deadline and are frantic to meet it. This could cause you to miss out on family or friend time and free time. How can you move away from distraction and procrastination and toward completion? Try one or more of these 5 actions you can take to help you move away from distractions that cause procrastination. 1. Make a list of everything you have to do. 2. Look at the list of everything you have to do and make note of those you dread. Be honest. 3. Now write down why you think you're procrastinating on those tasks. Lack of information? Fear of failure? Fear of success? Not enough knowledge about the topic? When you narrow it down, you can ask for help. 4. Is your perfectionism holding you back? Be honest. 5. Can you delegate specific tasks? If so, get activities off your plate as much as possible. You should only do what you can do and nobody else can do. Delegate everything else. To download a free Delegation List Sample to help you identify more activities to delegate, go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/delegation-list-sample/. The author of the book, Atomic Habits, suggests a simple “2-Minute Rule.” It works something like this. Rather than saying, “read a book before bedtime every night,” give yourself two minutes to “read two pages.” Take it to your work projects and instead of, “complete project today” it becomes, “work on project today for two minutes.” Those two minutes will add up to project completion and books being read. The author of Atomic Habits also believes that when you embrace the 2-minute rule you are getting in the habit of just showing up. When you show up, work gets done, progress gets made. If you're procrastinating doing a task today, perform the exercise I just talked about and write down everything that is on your plate. In addition to getting it out of your head and down on paper (or computer document) you see exactly what needs to be done and it may not be as overwhelming once you see it in words rather than as vague concepts. What distracts you? How can you move past it? What detriment has distraction and procrastination caused in your life and your career? How will not procrastinating positively impact your life? What does your ideal business and life look like, feel like, and sound like? How can you start creating that business and life today? If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Check out my Interview with Michelle Seiler Tucker

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 28:58


    Michelle Seiler Tucker is the Founder and CEO of Seiler Tucker Incorporated. As a 20-year veteran in mergers & acquisitions, Michelle and her firm has sold over a thousand companies in almost every vertical. Michelle is the Best-Selling Author of the book “Sell Your Business for more than it's Worth”, and her latest book “Exit Rich” which is available now. In addition to being featured in INC, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, and USA Magazine, Michelle makes regular radio and TV appearances on Fox Business News and CNBC. She has spoken alongside many prominent speakers, such as Eric Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathy Ireland, Donna Karen, Stedman Graham, Randi Zuckerberg, Steve Wozniak, and more. Her passion is to save businesses that might otherwise close. By identifying and correcting the top mistakes business owners make, Michelle will fine tune a business into a well-oiled machine. Michelle gave us some great insight that will help us be even more successful, so we can Exit Rich, if that is your goal. Here are some questions I asked Michelle that you will benefit from by listening to her interview: 1. How does an entrepreneur create, build, and grow a business where they could exit rich? Basically, how does someone Build a Sustainable, Scalable, and Sellable Business? 2. What kinds of businesses have a higher probability to sell better than others? 3. Where would a business owner go to get an accurate business valuation for their business and industry? 4. Why is it important to plan your exit strategy from day one using the ST GPS Exit Model (a five-step process that business owners need to accomplish before they sell their business)? 5. Tell us what the 6 P's are and why they are so important? Hint: The “ST 6 P's” is the best evaluation method every business owner should live by and establish within their company. It is based off 6 principles. 6. What inspired you to write your newest book, Exit Rich? To buy a copy of Michell's newest book, Exit Rich, go to www.exitrichbook.com. It is only $24.79 plus shipping and handling. When you buy it here, you will get a lot of great bonuses worth over $50k. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Creating a Culture of Consistency in Your Firm

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 7:28


    Without a doubt, one of the hallmarks of successful people in business is their ability to be consistent, both at work and in their personal lives. Creating a steady cadence in life allows us to be less stressed, more productive, and to experience a high level of contentment and success year in and year out. While cultivating consistency isn't easy, it is an incredible skill that is vital to reaching your full potential. But what does it mean to be consistent? Is it merely delivering the same quality of service day in and day out? Is it the ability to present a true version of yourself while at work and also while at home? Is it gritty, focused discipline that doesn't turn back from goals once they have been set? In all honesty, consistency is all of those things and so much more. Your trustworthiness, your business reputation, your relationships – they all hinge on consistency. A life lived with dependability will be marked with success and accolades. A life that is poorly managed and does not adhere to a code of structure and consistency will quickly devolve into stress and disorganization, both of which are detrimental to the success and strength of a company. Consistency allows you to accept and provide accountability A healthy workplace is one that has a solid culture of accountability and collaboration. As people, we work the best when we feel safe, heard, valued, and challenged. If standards of success and expectations are kept consistent, it is easy to know if you are living up to the expectation set before you or not. Otherwise, it can be confusing and frustrating trying to discern whether or not you are doing a good job. Eric Holtzclaw, a contributor for Inc. and a well-known entrepreneur, says: “I ask my employees to be accountable for their deliverables and goals. They should expect the same in return from my leadership. I put a priority on making time for and being available to my team. I work to establish consistent and recurring meetings when a project or aspect of the business requires attention. The simple fact that there is a set time to report on progress is often the catalyst that moves an initiative along to a successful end.” When your team knows they can depend on you to provide dependable, measured feedback and guidelines for them, they can easily settle into a routine and embrace their workflow with focus and intensity. Likewise, when you are in a disciplined routine you are more likely to allow people to speak into your life as accountability partners and to work unwaveringly toward your own success goals. Consistency gives you a structured way to review progress In order to measure your success and evaluate if your business trajectory is taking you where you want to go, you need to have consistent results and a documented history to review. You can't appropriately evaluate business initiatives, client relationships, product launches, or income goals if you have not consistently been tracking progress or providing evaluation points along the way. Consistency helps you honestly look at things based on data, and not on your feeling of how things are going. Feelings can often lie to us, painting things with rose-colored glasses, whereas detailed business metrics and consistent review helps keep us laser-focused on the true picture of how things are going. Consistency reflects integrity and cements your character On both a personal and business level, your ability to be consistent speaks volumes about your personal integrity and the strength of your character. The ability to say what you mean, to follow through with promises, and to work honestly and transparently will attract clients that respect the work you do and that trust you to work with their best interest in mind. If the people you serve can have that kind of unwavering faith in you and your company and in your ability to do a good job for them, they are more likely to refer you to others, to remain long-term clients, and to pay the rates you request. Not only that, but your personal relationships will be stronger the more that the people you care about are able to trust that you will come through for them when they need you, or that you will follow through on your word when a promise has been made. Create a culture of consistency in your organization by creating dependable, clear guidelines for how you want your employees and also yourself to interact with clients. Having a measurable business metrics and an action item list that you can check off each day, along with a mission statement that unites your team and gives everyone a clear vision to buy into is important. Create something easily understandable that every person that works with you can clearly understand, embrace, and implement. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    7 Ways to Keep Up in Today's Fast-Paced Business World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 6:31


    Returned a called to your grieving widow client. Check. Made flight arrangement's for next month's conference. Check. Reviewed your client's recommendations for your meeting with them tomorrow. Check. Running late for a meeting and still have 20 items on the to-do list for the day. The business world moves fast, sometimes, too fast. It can become overwhelming, and you may feel that you are falling behind. Let's explore seven ways to help you keep up with an ever-changing business environment. 1. Work Smart You've heard the phrase, ‘work smart', but what does that really mean? In a fast-paced business world, staying on top of the work is the best way to manage it. Maximize your time during your commute by returning calls in the car or emails if you take mass transportation. Check emails twice a day, and not first thing in the morning. Schedule work and meetings in time blocks if possible, to maximize. Goals and dreams are what make a business work. Sometimes, aspirations have to be pared down to what can actually be accomplished. Prioritize what can be done within reason. 2. Make a Plan Formulating a plan will help you prepare for the challenges of the day. Start your day by prioritizing what needs to be done that day and review the entire week while you are at it. Write down your tasks for the day and check them off as you complete them. It is gratifying to cross something off your list, and it makes you more efficient and productive. It also brings order to your day, which helps you to remain calm, especially in a chaotic environment. 3. Be Consistent Remaining consistent in your work is one important key to success. Try to avoid ups and downs in your work production, so you don't feel that you are overwhelmed. Morten Hansen, professor of entrepreneurship at INSEAD, states: “You would expect that in a world that is changing constantly around you that what you ought to do is to morph into the next thing and the next thing and so on, but what we found in our research is that winners in the industries that we studied followed a path of consistent pacing. And in the long run, that is what paid off, even in chaotic industries.” 4. Communicate Well In a fast-paced business environment, there is always a lot of work to be done, but you just can't do it all. Don't be afraid to wave the white flag once in a while. When you get really bogged down with work, communicate with your team. If someone else can handle something that you are just not doing at all, it's better than it not getting done at all. And, in many cases, I'm guessing, you need to let the small details go and let someone else do it the way they see fit. 5. Use Social Media to Help Social media is a one-stop shop to find out the comings and goings in your field. Platforms such as Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter should be used to keep updated on the industry trends to keep competitive and stay ahead of the rest. You can also receive daily updates from industry leaders, and you can follow what your current and potential clients are doing, if this can help you get additional business. 6. Embrace Technology Almost every industry has experienced rapid change over the last few years. The best way to evolve in an evolving business world is to stay updated with technology. Innovation is critical to launching products/services and expanding business. Invest in technology that will benefit not only your business as a whole and align with your objectives, but in those that make your job easier. This will also keep your skills current and your team's skills current. 7. Take a Break Time spent rejuvenating is imperative to keep up with a fast pace. Run, watch a movie, read a book, take a yoga class, do some stretching---do something that relaxes you and that has nothing to do with work. When you give your mind a break from the ever-growing to-do list, you will find that you come back to it refreshed. The same goes for your lunch break. You won't get any gold stars for working through lunch every day. Get out and take a 15-minute walk and you'll be more productive when you come back. With an ever-changing landscape, it might feel as though it is difficult to keep up with everything that is going on both in your industry and in your business. These seven tips I have just talked about will help you stay on top of your workload to be even more productive and successful, so you can enjoy having your ideal business and ideal life. Let me know how else I can be of assistance to you on your journey. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    How To Manifest Desires In Order To Get Things Done

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 7:48


    Manifesting what we want in business and in life isn't difficult. Manifesting also requires you to put in the effort to get what you desire. It's not enough to announce to the Universe, “I'd like to achieve XYZ.” You need to put in the effort to help that dream become a reality. How can you manifest your desires as a way of getting things done? Here are a few steps you can take: • Set your intentions. You need to be abundantly clear on the goal you want to achieve. You can't just say, “I want to be rich.” You need to say, “I want to earn $600,000 in my business by year end.” This is a clear intention and one to which you can put measures in place to help you move toward milestones. • Open yourself up. You need to move past your past. Don't focus on what you may have tried to manifest in the past and were unable to. Look toward the future. You can't change the past, but you can write your future. Believe you can achieve your goal(s), open your heart and mind, and let in the limitless possibilities. • Raise your vibration. Your vibration is literally your personal energy. We are surrounded by energies every moment of our daily lives. When you want to manifest a desire to get things done you want to focus on the energies surrounding you and your own energies, and wrap them around what you want to manifest. How can you raise your vibration? Do something you love – sing, dance, read or write, cook, spend time with those who fill your soul with love and light. Amping up your vibration opens you up to the energies of the Universe. • Trust and let go. If you don't trust in a higher power or in your energies and vibration, your desire to manifest will be blocked. Trust that whatever happens is happening for a reason. The Universe will be on the lookout for your best interests and will support and protect you. What you need to do is get out of your own way and allow the intentions you're manifesting to come to you. If you second guess and question, your vibrations will block your intentions. Now that you know how to work on manifesting your desires to get things done you may need to, or want to, try these five steps to help with your manifestation. 1. Where are you in your life right now? What have you done to get to your current station or situation? The desires you're manifesting come from who you are as a person and where you've been. Manifesting on the future requires you to reflect on your past. 2. Visualize where you want to be. After you've reflected on your life, visualize where you want to be once your manifestation has been achieved. What can you do differently to help you achieve that future vision that you have? What will be different/better in your life when you've achieved this goal? Write all of this down. This will help you better focus and not be vague on where you ultimately want to be in business and in life. 3. Write your goals down. Don't think about what you want to manifest, where you've been and where you want to be, and not commit those thoughts to paper. When you commit something to paper (or virtual paper) you are clearly defining to the Universe your focus and desires. Writing down your goals makes them concrete and helps them feel achievable. Even if your goals seem unattainable, write them down anyway. Don't second guess your desires or your wishes. Your dreams are your own and are valid. 4. What talents and skills and passions do you currently have that will help you achieve your dreams? Don't negate a future desire simply because you don't currently have the skillset to attain it. If you are moving out of your comfort zone and exploring different aspects of a life or career, you can gain the skillset you need. Gaining those skills is something you need to write down as one of your goals in manifesting the dream of getting something done. 5. What steps do you need to take to manifest your goals? Write down a step-by-step plan or brainstorm one. You can have wild dreams, but you need to have a plan of action and milestones of achievement. Be realistic when you're manifesting your desires to get things done. If you have a backlog of items to get done or if you're feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of items you want to accomplish remember this – it took you time to get into the state you're operating from and it will take time to get out of it. Have you tried to manifest your desires to get things done? How did it work? Did you follow the five steps I just talked about, or something similar? What were your stumbling blocks or successes? How else can I be of service to you? If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my high-value business success tips and resources Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    4 Ways to Lean into Your Fears and Increase Your Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 8:15


    At first glance, you may feel you have nothing to fear. You may be in a highly successful business, or you may be weathering a storm that is tough but under control. The truth is, though, we all fear something, and fear in any form is what holds us back from reaching new heights. If you want to do more, be more, have more, and achieve more than you are currently, then it is time to assess what is holding you back and find ways to lean into that fear, so it dissolves into success. Some of the most intense professions around the world – especially positions held by first responders – set an incredible example for what it looks like to face fears and run headlong toward a problem. Think about a police officer; when they hear gun shots, they run toward the sound looking to engage with the source. Consider firefighters also; they run toward the fire to put it out as quickly as possible. The same is true of snow ski experts; to be a great skier, you have to lean forward, which is incredibly counter-intuitive. Likewise, motorcyclists lean into each turn to maximize their centrifugal force, not the other way around. Erik Weihenmayer is an incredible example of what it looks like to live uninhibited by fear. As a blind man, many people encouraged him to play it safe in life; to be content with his limitations. But Erik decided that life was too short to live in fear, and so he set out on what has turned into a decades-long search for adventure and meaning. He has climbed Mt. Everest, summited countless other peaks, and spoken to businesses, sports teams, and even schools on the value of struggle and setting stretch goals – audacious, scary goals that stretch you into achieving more than you ever thought possible. In a blog post he wrote, “Ama Dablam (a peak he summited) is no more special than any other mountain or goal. The simple fact is that completing this climb added meaning to my life; the same way that completing a triathlon, raising money for a local nonprofit, or losing weight might for someone else. I set a goal and worked to accomplish it – the mountain is a vehicle for building value in my life. What matters when choosing a goal is to first find the deeper vision that gives that goal purpose, and then allow ourselves the time and energy to pursue it.” So, what can you learn from this? Your business success depends on your ability to navigate fears and obstacles in your path. Toss limiting beliefs that may be holding you back to the curb, and intentionally lean into your goals, so that you are 100% committed to having your best year ever – whatever that looks like for you. Stretch goals should inspire you. Stretch goals should get you laser-focused on only those activities that will help you achieve your goals. By being intentional, you will maximize your valuable time and accomplish more in the process. Consider leaning into your business-related fears by tackling one or more of the 4 ideas I'm going to share, so you can increase your business success and enjoy your ideal business and ideal life. 1. Ask for Referrals Instead of just meekly asking for referrals from your clients and hoping to get one or two, ask with boldness and intention, expecting to hit the mother lode each and every time. You do an excellent job for your clients and they should be eager to tell everyone about you and your products and/or services. If they aren't, what can you do even better, different, or not do for them? To download my complimentary referral tracking spreadsheet to help you increase your revenue, so you can accelerate your results, go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/referral-tracking-workbook. 2. Be on a Mission Lean into your fears by identifying areas of strengths and weakness, and then creating a goal-based roadmap for how you want to enrich those areas. Create an action-based mission statement that serves to drive your company forward; one that everyone on your team can get behind and work toward. Regularly review your business metrics and know where you are at against your annual goals every week. What are your weekly activities that you must do to move the company forward? Are you doing those activities each week? Be on a mission to hit your goals every single week, so you have the highest probably of achieving your annual goals. 3. Create Targeted Financial Forecasts Calling prospective clients, even those who have been referred to you, may cause you to tense up with fear of rejection. But if you never take risks, you will never reap big rewards! It is true, not all prospects will be happy you called them, but it is vital to remember that some will be. Focus on potential positive outcomes and live for those successful calls no matter how unpleasant the others might be. 4. Find a Power Partner We become like who we surround ourselves with. Just as Erik Weihenmayer has chosen to surround himself with people that empower his sense of adventure and help him achieve his goals, you also need to find mentors and other professionals that will hold you accountable and that will lift you to new heights both professionally and personally. Take things to the next level by finding ways to lean into your fears and limiting beliefs. Don't let risk-aversion hold you back; instead, use the 4 ideas that I talked about as a launching pad into the great things that you can accomplish when you find the courage to say “yes” to trying new things and crashing through quitting points. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Subscribe and get notified every time a new episode is released, if you aren't already. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips and resources Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in thttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Interview with Amira Alvarez, Founder, The Unstoppable Woman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 30:26


    Interview with Amira Alvarez, Founder, The Unstoppable Woman Amira Alvarez is the Founder & CEO of The Unstoppable Woman, a global coaching company helping entrepreneurs, empire builders, and rising stars in all fields achieve their goals and dreams faster than they ever believed possible. As a member of the “quantum leap” club – going from barely making 6-figures to $700k in one year, then on to 7-figures the next – Amira is armed with the exact mindset shifts and tactical strategies that are required for business owners to get out of their own way, live life on their own terms, and master the art of achieving any goal they set their mind to. Here are some questions I asked Amira that you will benefit from by listening to her interview: 1. Tell me about a mindset shift you've experienced during your career, specifically one that enabled you to do something with your business that had a significant impact on your business and life? 2. When you say that you can achieve your goals faster than you ever thought possible, what does that mean exactly, and how does someone do it? 3. What exactly has allowed you to make MULTIPLE quantum leaps, year after year? 4. Why do you say that making money is easy when it's challenging for so many people? 5. How do you suggest we Increase Our Focus to help us Increase Our Bottom Line, and not fall victim to the “Shiny Object Syndrome”? 6. What is your one piece of business success advice you like to share that can benefit everyone? In other words, if you had to focus on just one thing that helped you be successful, what would that one thing be for us to focus on? You can obtain some “Free Stuff” from Amira, that she offered, by going to: https://theunstoppablewoman.com/free-stuff/ If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. You can find my interview with Amira Alvarez at https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/, https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/accountabilitycoach.com/id290547573, https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id305208343, and on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Subscribe and get new episodes as they are released. Subscribe and get notified every time a new episode is released. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips and resources Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in thttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    5 Ways to Live Life with No Regrets

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 8:08


    If you really think about it, life is pretty short. You are born, you go to school, you move out… then comes a career, you sell the business, and then you are into the retirement years. Pretty soon, you are reminiscing about the beginning and the journey that followed… but what will you say? Will you be happy with your decisions through life, or will you feel like you missed the boat on what you could have really accomplished? Will you feel good about the choices you made? As a successful business owner, you have no doubt made some good decisions… but have you really done everything that you want to do? When you retire or are in a financial independence situation, will you look back and think to yourself ‘I did everything that I wanted to do', or will you look back and think to yourself ‘wow, I could have done SO much more'? In light of this question, we are exploring five tips for living a life with no regrets. Being the person who you REALLY want to be, might be scary or difficult at times, but these five tips will help you to see the logical side of such a notion. 1… Have a BIG goal and work towards it Not having a big goal in mind can really cause you to move slowly along to some final undermined outcome. If you don't have a real, concise goal in mind, you might go through life feeling like you have no purpose. When you look back years later, you might think to yourself… ‘wow, I could have done so much. I just didn't have any real game plan to move me in the right direction'. Having a big goal to work towards gives your life a direction and a purpose. A lot of people have passions and desires, but rarely are these feelings ever channeled into a specific purpose. A lot of people look back and are disappointed that they never got to do certain things… and they also fail to realize that passions and desires that are not coupled with a goal to work towards almost NEVER amount to much of anything. "If you don't know where you are going, you will end up somewhere else." - Yogi Berra 2… Be a positive person Going through life as a grumpy, negative, nasty individual is not going to make you feel very good as you reach the end. Positive people have a way of making others feel good about themselves. They help people around them to see the good within themselves in all situations. Being this type of person is going to reward you a LOT more in life than being a negative type of person. In fact, a lot of very negative and unfriendly people end up regretting the way that they treated subordinates, colleagues, clients, friends, and family members. Years later, what are people going to say about you? Are they going to say that you were a jerk, or are they going to say that you were a great person to work with and be around? Being the latter is going to land you a lot more positive feelings about your life than the former. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." – Maya Angelou 3… Chase your goals and aspirations One of the number one regrets of individuals who are on their deathbed was that they did not chase their dreams, goals, and aspirations. Being an already successful businessperson, you have probably already done quite a bit of dream chasing… and this is NOT a time to stop. If you have already achieved success, then you can now move on to the next level. Never stop chasing your dreams. It is a decision that you will not regret! "You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever." --Wayne Dyer 4… Make time for friends and family While success and a career ARE important, it is essential to note that another very common deathbed regret is in not spending enough time with friends and family. Since you have already achieved a good measure of success, you probably know better than most how work and life can quickly overcome your time with friends and family. Your spouse, your kids, and your friends are important as well, so never make the mistake of thinking that you don't have time for them. Making time for them now is going to be something that you will never regret, especially once you get older and start thinking about retirement and not working any more. 5… Remember that happiness is a choice When you are busy making yourself successful, it can be hard to remember that happiness is a choice. You can be happy no matter where you are, and whether you are a multi-millionaire or an on-your-way business owner, you can STILL feel happiness… even if you have not quite reached all your goals yet. We should never stop growing and improving, and it is important to remember that happiness and contentment are not going to come from having more money or more success. They are going to come from you doing what you enjoy, and from you CHOOSING to embrace them. “Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.” --Jim Rohn What Can You Do? Today, you can start living with no regrets by reviewing these five tips and taking them to heart. Just remember that happiness and contentment starts and ends with you. Only YOU have the power to make your life what you want it to be, so make sure that you focus on that and don't get distracted by what other people want you to do. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips and resources Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in thttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Overcoming Your Accountability Apprehension

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 7:40


    Many people suffer from accountability apprehension. They feel that opening themselves up to scrutiny from others will leave them vulnerable, and – sometimes – even worry that this window into their successes and failures can hold them back in any business or workplace. While this may have been true years ago, the fact is that today's culture is one that is obsessed with personal growth, and looks favorably on individuals that take intentional measures to become better, more productive, more positive versions of themselves. Joseph Folkman, a behavioral statistician and a contributor to Forbes, says, “Personal accountability is a critical step toward improving leadership. When people are accountable for their own decisions, work, and results, the effectiveness of an organization can greatly increase.” He conducted a study of 40,000 leaders and found incredible insights into the role accountability plays in the lives of highly successful and incredibly impactful leaders. If it works for these respected, successful individuals, the rest of us should definitely stand up and take note. Accountability Breeds Trust In his study, Joseph Folkman found that, “the three pillars that build trust are positive relationships, knowledge, and consistency of leaders.” When we open ourselves up to the idea of being help accountable for our words and actions, we will become more reliable and consistent. We work to eliminate blind spots in our personal character, and thus mold ourselves into more trustworthy and dependable individuals. Knowledge is, after all, powerful, and gaining knowledge about ourselves and our habits is often best gained through outside voices speaking truth into our lives. Does this sometimes mean being vulnerable and admitting mistakes? Absolutely. But would you rather be someone that can never right a wrong, or would you like to be known as the kind of person that is willing to be humble, and to learn and grow? Truly successful individuals know that growth and personal integrity are priceless, and are willing to do what it takes to level up these areas of their lives. Accountability Leads to Increased Flexibility Going back to the study that charted the information from 40,000 business leaders, it was discovered that the most effective leaders “were good at instituting change because they were effective at the following behaviors: accepting feedback, taking on challenges, innovating, spreading optimism, showing concern, and setting clear goals.” The mark of a successful businessperson is often his or her ability to adapt when necessary. Failure to pivot well when needed can lead to business failure at a catastrophic level, whether that looks like an inability to implement change that employees require to maintain job satisfaction, or the inability to anticipate changing client needs in time to meet those needs before your competition does. Adaptability and flexibility are also a central skill set to upper-management personnel and high-performing executives. To work at that demanding level and maintain consistency, you need to be willing and able to change course easily when something isn't working. Accountability is For Everyone There is a reason that the personal coaching industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Accountability, mentorship, and personal coaching are all buzzwords that point to the same process: that of dedicating time and energy into turning weaknesses into strengths, and strengths into unstoppable energy forces in people's lives. Inc. online says, “When people don't take accountability, things start to go awry, if they don't feel ownership, they go into spectator mode and watch as things fail. If they thought it would fail from the outset it's even worse; they go into I told you so mode, which nearly always becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.” We all need help becoming the best possible versions of ourselves. It isn't a sign of weakness or an admission of failure to bring people into your life that serve to lift you up and hold you to a certain standard. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Elite athletes have scores of people in their corner helping them be the best they can be. From nutritionists to trainers to mental toughness and manifestation coaches – the people that are the most effective athletes are also usually the most heavily supported. No one finds success in a vacuum. We need others around us that can help hold us accountable to the goals and standards we create. We are what we repeatedly focus on and do. Excellence is therefore more of a habit than it is an accidental achievement. If you want to perform at a high level, whether at work or in your personal life, you need to intentionally set out to be that way. It will not happen by accident. To review 4 different types of coaching options and decide which one might be of the most value to you, so you can achieve your goals and enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want, go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching/. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips and resources Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in thttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don't Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Inspiring Greatness in Your Employees

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 7:23


    One of the most important tasks you as a business owner will undertake is getting employees to buy into your vision for the company and take ownership over their roles. An uninspired workforce can tank a company’s productivity and financial growth faster than almost anything else. The people you hire to be the hands and faces of your company are out there every day representing you – they are either happily showcasing all the wonderful things about your company, or they are bringing it down with poor attitudes or a lack of enthusiasm. So how do you inspire greatness in those that work for you? How do you promote a company vibe of inclusion, ownership and high morale? Give Them Unhindered Opportunities to Do Things Their Way No two people are alike. We all approach problem solving and communication with a unique perspective and set of skills. When you require employees to only do things your way, you run the risk of potentially hindering them from doing their best work. You also keep them from bringing to the proverbial table all the unique skills and abilities that they have hiding inside. Micromanaging employees is a fast track to workplace dissatisfaction. It not only heaps more onto your already-full plate, but it also subtly sends the message to the people you have hired that you do not trust them to figure out how to do an exceptional job on their own. However, if you did a thorough job vetting candidates when you first hired your employees, you should be able to trust them to do the job you hired them for. Not only that, you should be able to freely give them room to grow in that role and to approach their work in the way that best fits their personality and perspective. If you hired a bubbly and vivacious client manager that loves small talk, don’t require him or her to tone it down when speaking to clients. Perhaps you would not spend five minutes chatting up a client before digging into the details of an overdue invoice or scheduling their next appointment, but that does not mean it is wrong for your employee to work that way. By allowing them to bring their unique voice and outlook to their tasks, you empower them to take ownership over that role. Not only that, but the chances of them staying with your company long-term increase dramatically, because they will feel appreciated, needed, and invested. Help them Learn and Include Them in Company Growth Conversations One of the fastest ways to alienate employees and push them to become disillusioned with your company is to leave them out of conversations, procedure adjustments, and policy changes that directly affect the jobs they were hired to complete. According to Forbes, “Employees want to create impact. Allow them to be part of the innovation-based projects in your company by letting them get their hands dirty. Ideation is important, but being part of implementing the ideas that come to life can be a more exciting and meaningful growth opportunity for your employees that will inspire them to perform…When given the right tools and resources, the best employees will instinctively challenge themselves to be more innovative in their work – and will perform better. Focus on giving your employees the opportunities to elevate their individual value while serving the needs of the company.” When given room to grow and to develop an ownership perspective in your company, chances are good that you will eliminate the “I am just punching a timecard and then leaving” mentality that plagues so many workplaces. Show Your Appreciation If you want to encourage your employees and make them feel seen, respected, and valued, take time to recognize their efforts and reward a job well done. This could take the form of performance incentives, employee-of-the-month honors, quarterly staff appreciation meals – the options are truly endless. Consider your unique pool of employees and set up something that will meet them where they will appreciate it the most. Remember – while private, individual feedback and praise are important, it is equally important and perhaps even more meaningful to recognize and applaud employees in front of their peers. “Recognition creates an emotional connection between employer and employee – a critical piece of employee engagement – and fulfills employees’ basic needs of esteem and belonging within a group. The best part is, recognition is essentially free! It can be as simple as sending a thoughtful email (or better yet, a handwritten note) to your team members calling out their amazing work. So, the question shouldn’t be “why should I recognize my people?” but “why wouldn’t I recognize my people?” Inspiring greatness in your employees is simple; you can start today by taking the time to call out a few of your team members and speak words of encouragement and life over them and the work they are doing for your company. You can go a step further and put something larger on the company calendar – this could be a team lunch or even a morning meeting where you provide treats and go around the room recognizing everyone’s recent accomplishments. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    How Do You Change Limiting Beliefs?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 7:03


    If you have ever struggled to find success, or had a difficult time moving into the next level in your business or in your personal life, it could be due to limiting beliefs or perspectives that are putting a lid on your potential. In some cases, these beliefs could be mindsets you are not even aware of! Our beliefs are like guiding lights that lead us and guide our decision-making process. How we view ourselves and the world around us determines how we react to both good and bad situations. In certain cases, our beliefs about what we deserve and what we are capable of can propel us to incredible heights. However, if our beliefs about ourselves put our abilities in a box, we can stunt our own growth and cause ourselves to miss opportunities we were qualified for. How You Speak to Yourself Matters There is both death and life in the power of the tongue. The words we speak to others can either bring them up or tear them down. This is something everyone knows and widely accepts – but did you know that the same is true of the words you speak over yourself? The constant running dialogue we have in our minds throughout the day serves as the quiet narration of our lives – and it plays a big role in our success or failure. If you were to write down everything you thought about yourself in a single day, would it be mostly positive or mostly negative? When you take on a task at work, do your thoughts say, “I can do this; it is important!” Or do you think, “This is boring; it is not going to be a good day.” “I don’t like making prospecting calls, but I have to do it even though I don’t want to.” One sets a positive tone and one sets a negative tone – and the crazy part is, most of the time whatever we think becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we approach our work with a bad attitude, thinking the day will not go well, chances are high that it will indeed turn into a day filled with grumpiness and frustration. On the other hand, if we look at the day with positivity and joy, we will likely head home after the day is done and realize that we accomplished quite a lot and had fun doing it, or at least realized it wasn’t so bad. Your Limiting Beliefs Are Likely Ingrained Deeply in Your Subconscious The way we view ourselves and our capabilities is something that starts becoming established in childhood, and then becomes solidified as we grow older. They often manifest themselves in the excuses we make when life does not go the way we want it to. Our limiting beliefs (or decisions) are hiding in the areas of life where we are producing results that you don’t want, or that we are not comfortable with. These latent thought processes that lurk below the surface can hold you back from greatness by preventing you from reaching for new opportunities. Even if you have mastered what was mentioned previously, and your self talk is positive and consistently uplifting, your subconscious emotional responses to things may be setting you up for failure without you even knowing it. “For example, if you’re bogged down with financial pressures, how do you feel about it? Anxious? Angry? Hopeless? If you stay with that emotion and acknowledge it for a moment, you’ll find the limiting belief right beneath it. For example, anxiety might be saying, ‘What will people think of me?’ Anger might reflect, ‘Life isn’t fair to people like me.’ Underneath hopelessness might be, ‘I’m just not strong enough or smart enough to figure this out.’” – Psychology Today Fight Feelings with Facts At the end of the day, our feelings and beliefs are just that: feelings and beliefs. Unless they are completely fact-filled, they have nothing concrete to stand on and can be changed if we have the time and willingness to adjust them or just decide to change them from this day forward. You have to be willing to evaluate every thought or emotion that we encounter, and challenge its validity if you want to reach the next level of business success or personal development. Einstein is widely credited with saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” And it is true – it is crazy to continue living a self-limiting lifestyle without ever working to change the feelings and emotions that perpetuate your decision-making process. Just because you’ve always passed on a particular opportunity because you feel you are unqualified does not mean you need to pass on it the next time it comes your way. Just because you have always avoided conflict does not mean you need to continue putting off dealing with it just to maintain a false sense of peace. Challenge your assumptions and habitual way of doing things, and you may just find that you are even more capable than you realize. To start making positive changes in your limiting belief systems, make a list of your thoughts and feelings as you go through the rest of your workweek. At the end of the week, take some time to honestly evaluate everything and pick one of two deeply ingrained assumptions, responses, or self-talk beliefs to consciously change in the next week. Download my guidebook, How To Change Limiting Beliefs We Don't Even Know We Have, by going to http://bit.ly/UnawareOfBeliefs. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    5 Benefits Focus Brings to Your Life and Work

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 7:33


    Do you multi-task? Do you know that those who multi-task are not as effective or as efficient as those who focus their efforts on one task at a time? It’s true. When you divide your efforts and your thoughts among different and differing tasks, you are doing a disservice to yourself and to the tasks you’re attempting to finish. When you’re focused, you are honing in on the completion of one task. Focus helps you give all your attention to the project in front of you. Focus also helps you complete more projects rather than having multiple projects in various stages of completion. You will feel better, happier and more motivated to work on the next task when you can cross one off your current to-do list. Let’s explore five benefits that focus will bring to your work and your life. 1. Your stress levels will plummet. When you’re focusing on more than one task at a time you will feel overwhelmed. Lack of focus makes you feel as though you have too much to do and not enough time to do it. In fact, you probably don’t have as much on your plate as you imagine, you just have too many things on your plate in various stages of completion, but you’re not checking anything off your to-do list. It’s the multiple incomplete projects that add to your stress and to your feeling of overwhelm. Focus will enhance your clarity and that will let you clearly see the path ahead and allows you to focus your efforts toward making great progress. When you’re not focused you likely feel unmotivated, frustrated and more stressed! 2. Focus enhances momentum. When you see that you’re completing items and checking them off the to-do list, you feel more motivated to keep up that forward momentum. Making progress is motivating. Seeing progress encourages you to work harder. The snowball effect of making progress is motivating! 3. You will be more engaged. If you have a vested interest in completing a specific project you will be more engaged in it. Chances are you’re not afraid of hard work, but you are fearful or tired of feeling overwhelmed. When you’re overwhelmed, you feel as though “nothing, or not much, is getting done” and that is not motivating. When you’re on a winning team – even if you’re the only one on the team! – you are more engaged in the outcome and the steps to get you there. 4. Focus helps you feel in control. When you’re focused, you are in control of the tasks in front of you and in the steps to achieve the goal. Removing distractions, whether it’s from a messy desk or from co-workers dropping by to chat or if it’s from the house that needs to be vacuumed will help you stay focused on your tasks at hand. It is easy to procrastinate and “blame” it on items “beyond your control” that includes chatting with coworkers or giving in to personal tasks that need to be done if you work from home. Give yourself the grace to understand there are sometimes distractions that are beyond your control, but those instances are likely rare. Know what distracts you and remove them from your day as much as possible. Close the office door. Tell yourself the housework can wait until you break for lunch or you are done working at the end of the day. Reward yourself for being laser focused. 5. Your attitude will change – for the better. When you’re focused you will achieve even more. When you’re positive and optimistic toward achieving your goals, your emotions will change. You will be happier, and you will meet challenges ahead of you with a smile and determination. Your smaller milestones achieved will make the culmination of the larger goals seem within reach. Focus is more important to success than you may imagine. What if your focus helped you attract more clients? If you have a lack of focus, a potential client will see that in your conversations. To be attractive to a client they need to know you are going to focus in on their needs. Clients understand they are not your only client, but they need to feel (and rightly so) that when you’re talking with them, meeting with them, and working on their project, that you are laser focused. Here are three ways in which focus will enhance your successes: 1. You will gain a higher understanding of ways to solve problems. Rather than walking away from a difficult decision or task, you will, instead, focus on a way to solve the issue in front of you. 2. You will get in touch with yourself. When you are focused you are conscientious of what you’re doing. You’re growing and gaining a deeper understanding of who you are, what you do, why you do it and more importantly how you will focus on the goal. 3. Clarity ensues. When you are focused you can better measure progress. You are focused on the goals in front of you and you have a clear way forward. The cobwebs that once clouded your thoughts because of scattered focus fall away. When you’re focused you will feel as though anything is possible – and it just might be! What actions will you take to enhance your focus, so you can be even more successful, in business and in life? If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Subscribe and get notified every time a new episode is released. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in thttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. I’m the Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Effective Communication That Gets Results

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 7:08


    “Don’t communicate to be understood; rather, communicate so as not to be misunderstood” said Dr. John Lund, a well-known author and researcher in the field of human relationships – specifically in the area of communication. This subtle distinction is incredibly important, because it puts the responsibility of understanding on the shoulders of the communicator, not the audience. If you want to communicate with your team and your clients in a way that gets the results you want, you must speak with them in a way that they receive information best, and anticipate their thoughts and needs before you ever enter into a conversation with them. Most people enter into a conversation that you are about to have with them wondering: • What do they want from me? • How long is this going to take? • Do I care about what they are saying to me? • How is what they are saying going to help or benefit me? If you are speaking with employees, they may also be thinking: • Am I in trouble; have I done something wrong? • Is my workload going to be made heavier? • I have work to finish before I can go home - how long will this take? If you can find a way to manage conversation expectations from the very beginning, the chances of the person you are speaking to actually listening to what you have to say and engaging with you goes up exponentially. Clearly State Your Purpose Before you get into the meat of the conversation with a client or employee, it is best to come right out and address what the conversation is about and also address any of the previously mentioned questions they may be thinking. This could look like: “Hello (client name), I wanted to talk to you about (state your purpose or conversation goal) – it should only take about fifteen minutes and I really think that it will benefit you personally/your business/your bottom line/etc.” In just a few short words, you have clearly outlined what you expect to discuss with them, you have offered them an idea of how long you expect the discussion to take, and you have outlined a glimpse of how you think the conversation topic will benefit or affect them. If you need to speak with an employee about a disciplinary issue, for example, you could say, “Hello (employee name); I need to discuss (state the infraction) with you; it should only take a few minutes, and while I am disappointed to have to address this with you, I value you as an employee and think we can work through this quickly together.” By getting to the point immediately, you let your employee know what the conversation is about, and you quickly reassure them that their job is not in jeopardy, and this does not have to be a long, drawn-out, painful conversation. Be a Better Listener Than You Are a Talker When you were a child, your mother or father may have told you, “you have two ears to hear, one mouth to speak – this is so you spend twice as much time listening as you do talking.” While this is true of childhood, it is even more true and important in adulthood – especially for business owners that want to take their company and their communication skills to the next level. If you want to foster a spirit of open, effective communication in your business that is open-ended and also gets fantastic results, you need to create a culture where listening and engaging openly with others is second nature. Being a good listener does not come naturally to most people. In fact, many people spend their “listening” time just thinking to themselves about what they are going to say once the person they are talking to is done speaking. If you take the time to truly hear and understand what others are communicating to you, you will gain their trust and make them feel heard, appreciated, and understood. Why does good listening and solid communication matter so much? Studies suggest that companies that have an open communication policy and that engage positively and consistently with one another see up to 19% growth in operating income. On the other hand, the same studies showed that companies that had consistently poor communication posted up to 32% less revenue growth. The bottom line is: if you want high-level results within your company and with your clients, you need to make consistent and effective communication a priority. That means taking ownership over each and every conversation so that you preemptively meet the needs and unspoken problems that your employees and clients may have going into a conversation. It also means creating an environment that encourages listening and feedback. Take some time this week to evaluate your current communication processes; consider what is working and where you are falling short. Once you have this information, pick one area of shortcoming to improve in the next few days. It could be related to implementing new policies or just having a difficult conversation you have been putting off. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Subscribe and get notified every time a new episode is released. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in thttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. I’m the Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    How to Reduce Distractions and Interruptions

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 9:42


    Putting in a full, productive workday is sometimes easier said than done. Despite the best of intentions, some days can just seem to get away from you – turning into emergency response days or employee management days that – although necessary to keep things running smoothly – nevertheless take away from the precious time you have available to complete what is on your to-do list. Unmanaged distractions can slowly chip away at your ability to focus on necessary, high payoff activities that move your business toward success. In some cases, those distractions can actually lead to calculation errors or financial errors that cost you big time in the long run. If you find yourself continually interrupted by people or your own thoughts, it can also take a toll on your overall attitude and even your mental state at the office. The bottom line is: if you always feel unsettled and anxious about getting interrupted, it will keep you from doing your best work. So, how can you reduce distractions and avoid interruptions? Is it even possible to create a work environment that is productive and avoids emergencies altogether? Set Your Team and Your Schedule Up for Success While it is virtually impossible to eliminate all of the last-minute issues that crop up during the week (you are after all a business owner with a busy schedule and a company to run, and if issues arise you need to be the one with the last word on how they are handled), it is definitely possible to structure your business in such a way as to significantly reduce the amount of times you are pulled away from productive tasks to focus on something unplanned. To improve your workplace schedule and eliminate distractions and interruptions, try implementing one or more of these 4 proven productivity tips I’m going to share with you now: 1. Schedule your day in blocks of 60-90 minutes at a time whenever possible. This allows you to focus on specific big-picture tasks without being distracted, since there are consistent breaks in your day between these blocks where you can get refocused on the next activities by fully closing out the previous activity. For shorter tasks, consider 10-15-minute sprints, where you can knock out several quick but vital tasks (answering emails, returning client calls, and more) without fear of interruptions. Scheduling meetings with the team is a time block that can take 10-30 minutes, so nobody interrupts anyone with things that can be handled in a scheduled meeting. 2. Remove technology from the equation. As great as email, cell phones, computers, virtual calendars, and social media may be, they also pose a significant threat to your to do-list. When you see or hear a message alert pop up on your phone or laptop, for example, your brain subconsciously becomes distracted from the work you are currently focusing on, causing you to multitask mentally whether you intend to or not. Studies show that the average person checks in on their email and digital notifications every six minutes. By removing those distractions and scheduling time blocks specifically for email and technology-related things, you will eliminate the need to multitask and will allow yourself to focus solely on the work in front of you. I recommend two time blocks to check email and the first one is not first thing in the morning. The first time block should be around 10:00 or 11:00am and then the second time block should be around 4:00pm. 3. Set your employees up for self-management success. When your team is able to self-regulate, they will be less likely to interrupt you to handle small questions and concerns. Consider training and equipping them to handle general, routine things to better free up your schedule for those tasks that only you can handle. Another way to avoid employees interrupting you with questions throughout the day is to set up a daily time block or two – even if just for 20 minutes – where employees know they can come to you directly to discuss everything they need to talk with you about and you with them. You will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that tasks requiring your direct focus will not be interrupted, and your employees will have confidence that they will be able to talk to you daily (once or twice) at a scheduled time. 4. Do not procrastinate. When you put off things you dread doing, they roll over to another day, thus taking valuable time from that day’s schedule. This can become a toxic hamster wheel of tasks that have been shoved aside, only to snowball and come down on you when you least expect it. Often this happens when things are already hectic, creating unnecessary additional chaos and stress. The best thing to do is to bite the bullet, and handle your to-do list in its entirety whenever possible, so that your future self does not have to pick up the pieces of a scheduling mess your past self, set in motion. If procrastination is an issue for you, you can assess a free web class, Are You a Procrastinator? Stop It!, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. While not every distraction can be avoided, you can absolutely structure your workdays in such a way that you minimize unnecessary interruptions. This will create a peaceful, stress-free work environment; one that naturally encourages productivity and success. What if this statistic is true? Every 11 minutes you are distracted or interrupted by someone or something that takes your focus away from what you are currently doing. Then it takes approximately 30 minutes to go back and get refocused on where you were to then begin again. If this is true or close to reality, what would have to happen to not let this be true in your life? Start creating a distraction-free workplace today by implementing one or all of the 4 tips I just shared. The more that you and your team prioritize a consistent schedule, the easier it will become to work in an uninterrupted, peaceful manner. To help you more with effective time management principles, review the web training to help you with Eliminating Time Wasters and Stop Settling for The No Longer Acceptables in Your Life by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. You can also access training to help you Focus on your High Payoff Activities and Achieve Your Goals using Effective Time Management by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/landing/. Both these training sessions are useful for you and your team members. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Subscribe and get notified every time a new episode is released. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in thttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. I’m the Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Check my Interview with Ron Worley–Author, Ditches to Riches

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 23:00


    Homeless. Addicted. Alone. Ron Worley hit rock bottom, but climbed his way back and into money, a successful business, and fulfillment. Ron went from a homeless addict to self-made business owner, launching 11 businesses and 4 retail locations through developing his own code. He refused to accept circumstance, taking himself from a man on a path to death to living a world-changing reality. Ron is the author of Ditches to Riches and he is going to share some real-life lessons that hopefully will inspire you to go to your next level of success – and we all have a next level. Here are some questions I asked Ron that you will benefit from by listening to his interview: 1. What were the circumstances that led you to homelessness? 2. What was your journey like from a homeless addict to self-made millionaire and how can anyone take the steps you took to help their business be even more successful? 3. What specifically made you change your circumstances from a homeless addict? 4. What shift in mindset did you have to make to remove obstacles (perceived or real)? 5. You say: “You need to show up and make the right choices to make your dreams happen”. How do you suggest we do this? 6. You talk about conquering fears and biases, and irrationalities. Something simple, like making prospecting calls holds some people back… how do you suggest they overcome their fears to do the activities they know they need to do, so they can achieve their goals? 7. How does perseverance work in making money? To obtain a copy of Ron’s book, Ditches to Riches: How to Survive Your F&%$ed-Up Life and Create a Kick-Ass Business, go to https://ronworley.com or https://www.amazon.com/Ditches-Riches-Survive-Kick-Ass-Business/dp/1735516007 To download my complimentary Values Clarification Exercise to help get you started on defining and getting clarity on your core values, go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/values-clarification/. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. You can find my interview with Ron Worley at https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/, https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/accountabilitycoach.com/id290547573, https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id305208343, and on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Subscribe and get new episodes as they are released. Subscribe and get notified every time a new episode is released. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Interview with Sean Castrina – Serial Entrepreneur

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 23:58


    Sean Castrina is a serial entrepreneur, having started more than 20 companies over the last 20 years, and still seeks to launch a new venture annually. He is an investor, teacher, and highly-sought-after speaker who communicates with humor and a bluntness that engages and captures his audience. He is the author of 8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Startup Success, The Greatest Entrepreneur in the World, and the World’s Greatest Business Plan. Here are some questions I asked Sean Castrina that you will benefit from by listening to his interview: 1. Give us some background on how you got started on your entrepreneurial journey? 2. You talk about Mindset as only one piece of the success puzzle. First, let’s talk about the importance of mindset and then what are the other pieces? 3. What are the qualities that separate the most successful people from others? 4. What advice do you have for those who have a business but are not growing or not growing at the pace they would like? 5. When you say, everyone should think like an Entrepreneur, what exactly do you mean by this? 6. What is your one piece of advice above all else you like to give entrepreneurs? 7. What is your one piece of success advice you like to share that can benefit everyone listening? Get a FREE copy of Sean’s book, 8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Startup Success, by going to www.seancastrina.com. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. You can find my interview with Sean Castrina at https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/, https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/accountabilitycoach.com/id290547573, https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id305208343, and on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Subscribe and get new episodes as they are released. Subscribe and get notified every time a new episode is released. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in thttps://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    6 Ways to Stick to Your Goals

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 7:43


    Sticking to your goals is not always easy. It can be very tempting to give up and stay where you are… but this is not what you really want for yourself! Part of setting worthwhile goals and sticking to them is that this process allows you to grow as a person. If you give up and go back to the way you were before, then you are not going to have the peace of mind and confidence that comes from KNOWING that you can achieve your true potential in life! Maybe your goals are business related, or maybe they are personal. Regardless of what they are, they MUST be important to you…so why give up on them? Life is what you make of it, and achieving goals is one way to shape your life on YOUR terms. Your dreams are something that nobody can take from you, which is why sticking to them is SO important! The 6 tips for helping you to stick to your goals that I’m about to review with you are simple to understand, and they can help you with even the most complex goals that might be in your game plan! 1… Find a Solution The first key to sticking with your goals is to find a solution whenever a problem or an obstacle presents itself. It can be very tempting to give up when faced with obstacles, but what you NEED to remember is that obstacles are a part of life. You may never have a goal that does not lead you through some challenges before you see it through. Having the strength of mind that it takes to find a solution, regardless of how big the problem is, is exactly what you need if you want to stay focused, so you don’t give up. 2… Anticipate Problems Try to think ahead to problems that could arise as you pursue your goals. Getting blindsided by a problem is always worse than dealing with a problem that you saw coming, which is why learning to anticipate is going to be very helpful if you want to avoid the discouragement that comes from being pelted with problems that appeared out of nowhere. Learn to look ahead and plan for problems that may or may not come your way. One method that works great for this is to sit down and list all of the possible obstacles that you might face as you achieve that goal. For every goal that you set, take some time to brainstorm where things could go wrong as you pursue it. Think about how setbacks could occur, and think about what problems they would cause you. If you have done your best to brainstorm any potential setbacks BEFOREHAND, then you will not be as surprised when a few problems do come up, and you will have already thought about how you might be able to handle them. 3… Learn From Mistakes and Failures When you encounter setbacks, failures, or mistakes as you work towards your goals, it can be very easy to entertain the thought of giving up. Remember, however, that this should never be an option for you! Setbacks and mistakes are GOING to happen. What is important is that you view them as learning opportunities instead of as problems. In a way, every setback or failure can teach you something. Remember to look for LESSONS when you face problems instead of discouragement. By keeping this in mind, you will learn that problems and challenges are a natural part of learning and sticking to your goals. 4… Recognize that Setbacks WILL Happen A lot of people get discouraged when they face actual setbacks. Setbacks can seem like a huge waste of time, but it is important to remember that NO plan is going to be absolutely perfect. Even if your plan is as perfect as it can be, it is STILL subject to life and unexpected things that happen on a daily basis. When you do face setbacks and feel as if you have moved backwards, remember that sticking to goals involves a ‘two steps forward, one step back’ mentality. Remember that making overall forward progress is what you are looking for. Getting discouraged by a bit of backsliding is not going to do you any good, so focus on what it is going to take to catch up, and don’t count these instances against yourself. 5… Remember to Be Flexible No plan is going to go exactly as you wanted it to, so it is important to remember that flexibility is essential to success. Being able to move forward while adapting to your environment could very well mean the difference between victory and defeat as they pertain to the business world. Flexibility is golden when it comes to business. There is far too much competition to be anything other than flexible, especially when it comes to clients who have a lot of options for spending their money. 6… Never Accept Defeat When it comes to sticking to your goals, it is exceptionally important that you do not ever accept defeat as a possibility. When you encounter problems and setbacks, you need to determine within yourself to use them as opportunities. The most successful businesspeople in the entire world have made their fortunes by turning valleys into mountains, and that is EXACTLY what you can do! Even if it seems like sticking to your goals is the most difficult thing in the world to do, it is important to remember that if you DON’T stick with them, you absolutely WILL NOT be as successful as you would like to be. Today, really think about what your goals are, and find it within yourself to make a promise… promise yourself that you WILL NOT stop sticking to your goals, even when it gets difficult. "You are where you are right now because you have decided to be at that level." - Brian Tracy Is it time for you to choose to be at a new and different level? If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and I always love to hear from you. Remember to subscribe and get notified every time a new episode is released. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot". You can find The Accountability Minute on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/ as well as on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Interview with Perry Marshall, Sought-After Business Strategist

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 32:07


    Perry Marshall is one of the most sought-after and expensive business strategists in the world. Endorsed in FORBES and INC Magazine, he’s guided clients like FanDuel and InfusionSoft from startup to hundreds of millions of dollars. Perry has helped tens of thousands of small companies become big companies by applying advanced 80/20 to online advertising. His newest book, Detox, Declutter, Dominate: How to Excel by Elimination, is for business owners who are overworked, overwhelmed, and struggling to keep up with their ever-growing to-do list. I’m sure he will have some great insight for us today. Here are some questions I asked Perry that you will benefit from by listening to his interview: 1. You wrote a book, 80/20 Sales & Marketing, the definitive guide to working less & making more. I’m curious, what are your thoughts around 80/20 as it relates to the current business environment? 2. What are the 80/20 principles you feel represent the greatest opportunity for business owners today? 3. In your newest book, Detox, Declutter, Dominate, you talk about 7 principles that always work, are true for any business, and will be just as valid 50 years from now as they are today. What are these 7 principles? 4. What do you recommend to a small business owner wanting to get their online marketing strategy up and running effectively? 5. Principle 6 of the 7 principles in your new book is to build an impenetrable moat around your business to help insulate your business from the competition. Can you please explain this? What is the best way for us to get a copy of your newest book, Detox, Declutter, Dominate? On Amazon and it costs under $10. It is 36 pages packed with great content. The book was originally 150 pages and it got the 80/20 slash, so brought it down to the most powerful content in 36 pages that will be just as impactful in 2071 as it is in 2021. Get Your "30 Day Street MBA" at https://www.perrymarshall.com/. Join Perry's latest email series, 30 Day Street MBA. Street MBA delivers a powerful missive each and every day for a month - a tip, an insight, an actionable strategy, a story you’ll never forget...and keeps you in earshot of our most important announcements, events and breakthroughs. Get started with this course, and a punch in the face as Perry said, by going to https://www.perrymarshall.com/training/street-mba/. Subscribe to my podcasts and get notified every time a new episode is released. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    How to Stay Focused on Results and Increase Your Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 7:18


    Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of a work goal can be difficult. Motivation is high in the beginning of a project, and then seems to taper off as time goes on. However, there are techniques that can be employed to be able to stay on course. Being results-driven provides a clear path of the direction you need to go in order to achieve them. Let’s explore 8 techniques to help you stay focused on getting the results you want. 1. Proper Planning for Results Create a detailed action plan for achieving the results you desire before you lose focus. Planning your daily, weekly and monthly objectives around the end results, makes you more efficient and productive. This means writing down exactly what you want to achieve and the means to get there. Make sure the results, and the plan to get there, are specific and include weekly or monthly targets. Then your daily tasks, such as phone calls, emails, and projects should center around the results. 2. Perform a SWOT Analysis Part of getting to those desired results is realizing what challenges you will be up against. Performing a SWOT analysis of strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats should be a part of your strategic plan. It will give you an idea of your weaknesses and the challenges that might be coming down the road, so you can prepare for them. This will keep you from falling off track. 3. A Mission Statement Your company most likely has a mission statement. If not, you need one. But what about you? A mission statement will help steer your time and efforts toward those results. You can start by asking yourself how you will conduct your day differently with those results in mind. Your individual mission statement should be about 4-5 sentences and visible to you every day, so you don’t forget what you are after. When you lose focus, go back to the mission statement for re-centering. 4. Create Milestones Long-term results can be difficult to remain focused on. Break that end-goal up into smaller pieces, so you don’t lose motivation. A set of milestones will help you move toward those results while keeping you on track. The milestones can be set daily, weekly or monthly, depending on the scope of your project. Smaller goals are more reasonable to achieve than one big goal and will force you to check on your progress more often. You can even set the same activities every week to review your progress, which I strongly recommend you do. 5. Prioritize Now that you have a broad strategic plan and smaller goals, you need to prioritize your actions. Decide what actions are going to be able to move you along to getting those results and align your daily tasks with them. Giving in to procrastination will inevitably happen from time to time, but it is important to get back to your goals soon after. 6. Use the 15-minute Rule This is a great trick that results-oriented people use. When you find yourself losing focus, use the 15-minute rule. Set a timer for 15 minutes. Do one of the tasks in your milestones for 15 minutes. Once the timer goes off, you can choose to stop or keep going. The idea is that the momentum you have generated within those 15 minutes will drive you to continue the task. To download my complimentary Time Log Exercise and help you be even more time efficient, so you are in a higher probability position to achieve your goals, go to: https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/time-log/. Simple instructions come with the sample document to help you know how to complete the time log. 7. Eliminate Distractors The majority of things that happen are not emergencies that we have to take care of right away. Let people and unimportant tasks wait. Most of the time, these situations do resolve on their own without you having to get caught up in them. By not responding to everything right away, you will weed out the time wasters who get hung up on inconsequential things. They simply won’t bother you anymore because you are too busy. 8. Stay Motivated Staying motivated long-term is the hardest part for most people. Using motivational techniques will help to shift your focus to the results. Whether it be motivational quotes, videos, listening to music, The Accountability Minute Flash Briefing, or TED Talks, use whatever it takes to get you going. It also helps to have someone else to talk to about what you want to achieve that will also help you stay on track. This could be a friend, colleague, family member, or an Accountability Coach. A game plan will help you get the results that you want. Without it, it will not be possible to accomplish what you want to do in the time frame you desire. Checking in on your progress daily, weekly, and monthly will motivate you to continue the path to accomplishment of your goals, so you can enjoy your ideal business and ideal life. Get my audio training about how to Focus on Your High Pay-off Activities and Achieve Your Goals Using Effective Time Management by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/Landing/. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    3 Efficiency Actions and Behaviors to Increase Your Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 7:40


    Running a business is a lot like a Nascar race. There are large amounts of sustained momentum coupled with dedicated adjustment or growth times. In a race, the efficiency of the pit crew can often make or break a driver’s race position, and those team members have their processes down to split seconds of perfectly timed precision. Likewise, businesses often have areas within their own workflow that need to be executed with efficient action, otherwise they run the risk of causing slowdowns and missing big opportunities. “Well-oiled or finely tuned, a business must work and keep working for both owners and consumers alike. Unfortunately, inefficiency is a reality. It comes in a variety of flavors that can cost businesses up to 30 percent of their revenue each year. Inefficiency can pop up in many places. You might find redundant processes, important but hard-to-find information, or out-of-date procedures.” Source: Entrepreneur.com So, how do you identify areas in your business that need to be revitalized to increase your efficiency and overall productivity? Try these three ideas I’m about to share with you. 1. Take Risks and Try New Things If you suspect that something is not working as efficiently as it could, you may need to try something new to see if it will work better. No one solution works for everyone, and sometimes the best way to ascertain if a new process, system, or action will help you or your team perform better is to give it a try for a few weeks or months. For example, if you feel like email is a consistent stumbling block that ties up too much of your time each week, consider using your assistant or a virtual assistant (VA) whose sole task is to manage client communications, thus freeing you up to tackle higher-level tasks that you and only you can handle. Are meetings bogging down your team’s productivity? You may want to try moving communications over to Slack or Asana, so everyone can stay on the same page for the things relevant to their workflow, and they can stay out of things that do not require their time or attention. It may take some time before the new processes you put in place begin to gain momentum and produce your desired efficiency outcomes, but if you never take the leap and try something new, you will never know what you may be missing out on. That new process or action could streamline your workflow and free up precious minutes or hours that can then be spent on what really matters to your company’s vision and goals. 2. Give Your Team Opportunity to Weigh In Like a high-performance vehicle, every company could use regular tune-ups to make sure that every part and piece is performing optimally. The best way to check the proverbial temperature of how your workplace is functioning is to ask those that are a part of your organization on a daily basis. By involving your employees, you give them a sense of ownership over their place of work, and allow them to share their innovative, fresh perspectives on how to make things run even more efficiently. There is no way for one person to accurately see the big picture of how a business is doing without key metrics or a dashboard of key indicators. There are so many unique facets, and the more you involve other sets of eyes to look at problems or areas of productivity lapses, the sooner you will be able to target those things and improve them. As an added bonus, your employees will be provided with opportunities to be heard, which can increase morale and reduce the risk of them becoming burnt out and frustrated. Always be open to new ideas that can impact growth, efficiencies, and your overall business success. 3. Invite Outside Perspectives It can be difficult to see our own areas of weaknesses because we know our intentions and can often view our work and our life through the lens of how we want it to be, not how it really is. Good intentions can be a stumbling block to forward motion, and the key to breaking down those barriers we are blind to, is often bringing in an outside perspective to weigh in on things for us. You could hire a productivity expert to come in and observe your company’s workflow and then help you implement new practices or behaviors that will save you time and money. You could visit another company run by a networking contact and see how they do things. You could seek out advice from your partner or spouse; they have an intimate understanding of the frustrations you vent each day (and may not even realize) and may be able to offer a fresh outlook on the things that are hindering your company’s success. You could ask a mentor for their opinion. The desired outcome of this step is simply to remove the rose-colored glasses through which you can’t help but view your company with and then be able to take practical steps to adjust your trajectory. Gaining knowledge is the first step; implementing action steps based on that knowledge is the next necessary piece of the puzzle. Start boosting your efficiency this week by asking your team for their perspective on how you can improve one system or process to increase productivity. Once you have their feedback, find a way to immediately seek out a solution and implement it. Let them be part of changing the process to be even better. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Interview with Adele Spraggon – Behavioral Change Expert

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 26:12


    What if we’ve been given the wrong operating instructions? What if everything you have been taught about how to set and achieve a goal is wrong? This is precisely what behavioral change expert, Adele Spraggon, suggests and she can prove it. Drawing on the most recent findings in brain research along with inspiring stories of breakthroughs and triumphs from her clients, Adele will talk about how almost any obstacle can be overcome with the right operating instructions. Adele is the award-winning author of the book Shift: 4 Steps to Personal Empowerment. Here are some questions I asked Adele that you will benefit from by listening to her answers: Possible Questions 1. In your work as a change expert, you suggest that the traditional approaches to goal setting run contrary to the latest findings in brain research. Please explain this. 2. How do these findings change the way we are taught to set and achieve our goals? 3. What problems do you see amongst your clients when they use a traditional approach to goal setting and achievement? 4. What is the better way to set and achieve a goal? 5. What results do people experience when they align with how their brain is working? Learning how to rebuild communication between the brain hemispheres results in a much more effortless approach to goal achievement. Often a person ends up exceeding their own expectations. What is the best way for you to obtain a copy of Adele’s book, Shift: 4 Steps to Personal Empowerment? Go to www.shift4steps.com. The book is free, so you only pay for shipping and handling. You can also get a gift of a free month of access to Adel’s teachings, including my weekly group coaching calls, by going to www.shift4steps.com. You can find my interview with Adele Spraggon at https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/my-podcast/, https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/accountabilitycoach.com/id290547573, https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id305208343, and on most podcast platforms and in most English-speaking countries. Subscribe and get new episodes as they are released. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    3 Important Aspects of Time Blocking Your Calendar

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 8:09


    Originally thought to have been popularized by a man named Cal Newport, time blocking is simply the practice of holding space in each day for your top priorities, and then filling in the gaps around those time blocks with other important tasks or events until your days are filled. While how this plays out is likely different for everyone, the principle of carving out time to do the activities you need to do and achieve your goals. How do you intent to spend your time is what matters. If the end goal of time blocking is increased productivity and decreased stress, then developing a commitment to living life (or at least carrying out your workday) in a structured series of segments is well worth the potential gains. If you are interested in learning to effectively time block your days, be sure to take the following 3 aspects of effective time management into consideration: 1. Identify recurring tasks or events and streamline those in your calendar When you are able to identify recurring events inside of your calendar, you are well on the way to saving time and making your life a whole lot more organized. The truth is, much of our daily life is cyclical and repetitive – we get up at the same time each day, we visit the same places each week, we speak with the same clients each month; the list goes on and on. Setting up recurring time blocks in your preferred calendar or schedule application will save you time and energy. If you prefer to work with a handwritten calendar (like a Franklin Day Planner), you can achieve the same result by sitting down at the start of every month or quarter and manually mapping out any recurring work to-do items that you know will happen on a consistent basis. When you eliminate the need to think about every single item on your calendar every day, you decrease the potential decision fatigue that you may face and also decrease the mental strain you have from trying to remember too many things. You no longer have to be afraid you will forget to do something. 2. Look through the lens of being in control Most successful business people have aversions to being controlled; they prefer to be masters of their own fates. While having a regimented, intensely scheduled calendar may seem daunting and oppressive at first, it is actually incredibly freeing once you lean into the benefits of a controlled schedule. Eliminating spontaneous events in your day also eliminates unnecessary stress and gives you freedom to choose when and how you want to be flexible instead of being forced to adapt to every work emergency that comes your way. You are more intentional with how to best use your very valuable time. Todoist puts it well, saying, “If you don’t control your schedule, it will control you. How do you balance the necessary evils of meetings, email, team chat, and “busy work” with focused time for the things you truly care about? Since becoming a digital hermit isn’t an option for most of us, we need concrete strategies to help us focus in a world designed to distract us.” If you truly want to be in control of your workday and not a slave to endless interruptions and distractions, then time blocking may just be the solution you have been searching for that will make all the difference for you and everyone in your firm. 3. Plan for your day’s success Instead of living each day in an open-ended, fluid schedule of items that you will add to the “list” and get to “when you can,” time blocking allows you to begin every day with a concrete schedule that dictates exactly what you will work on and when you will do it – all set up and decided on in advance by you. Even if the time you are blocking out is for “free time” or “random projects” or “potential meetings” the fact that you have intentionally held space for those things gives you space to work on last minute things as they arise instead of feeling like you have no choice but to fit them in immediately. In order to be successful with this, you have to be committed to going over your to do list and commitments on a monthly or weekly basis and then plugging everything into your calendar until every moment is accounted for. Once each day ends, you need to also review what did not get done, so you know how to adjust the next day’s schedule accordingly. I tell my client, “If the calendar could talk, it would tell you exactly what to do every minute of the day, and you would say Okay, and do each activity as it comes up. Knowing you have the right activities on your calendar gives you the confidence you are making progress toward the achievement of your goals.” Once you get good at this process, you will likely find you have more energy, get more done, feel less anxious, and have greater capacity to encourage your employees. The payout for this discipline, in other words, gives you incredibly high return on the investment of your time into becoming regimented and developing an airtight schedule. To start implementing time blocking strategies into your daily workflow, try to block out the next month or quarter. Make sure to account for every minute, even if that means scheduling open-ended things like “meetings” or “time for random projects.” On average, work sprints that are 90 minutes or less have been found to be the most productive. Download my complimentary Time Log Exercise and help you and your team members be even more time efficient, so you are in a higher probability position to achieve your goals, by going to: https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/time-log/. Simple instructions come with the sample document to help you know how to complete the time log. Download my free audio, Focus on your High Payoff Activities and Achieve Your Goals using Effective Time Management, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/landing/. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Belief Has the Power to Help You Achieve Your Goals

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 7:17


    Nick Saban (who you might know from him being the American football coach at the University of Alabama since 2007) said, “When you invest your time, you make a goal and a decision of something that you want to accomplish. Whether it's, make good grades in school, be a good athlete, be a good person, go down and do some community service and help somebody who's in need, or whatever it is you choose to do, you're investing your time in that.” The key element there is investment. We can’t ever hope to achieve something worthwhile if we don’t believe it is possible - if we are not emotionally invested in its success. If we don’t believe in our ability to figure something out, or to find success, then no one else will either! We can either be our own worst enemy or the best cheerleader we’ve ever had. But not at the same time. We are, at any given time, either tearing down our dreams and goals, or building them up. What You Believe Will Likely Come to Pass In order to truly be successful, you have to believe you have the capacity for that success. Ultimately, it is all about harnessing the power of the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction is simple. It is the belief that having positive thoughts about your life and future will “attract” more positivity and prosperity in your life. Also called “self-fulfilling prophecy,” this concept is not a new one. For example, if you go into a meeting thinking it will be boring and you will get nothing from it, don’t be surprise when you walk away having learned nothing new. You got out of it what you expected to find. Likewise, an open-minded person that goes into that same meeting prepared to have it be intriguing and beneficial, will likely find at least one usable nugget of information they can benefit from; therefore, reinforcing their initial belief about how the meeting should go. How we feel about certain situations trickles into our body language and into our subconscious thoughts. If you dread going to work each day, it won’t be long before your posture becomes slumped, your attitude becomes poor, and your performance becomes lackluster. You have to intentionally change your feelings and – often – your body language – to reflect a new way of thinking in order to reach new goals and realize different outcomes and better outcomes for your life. Don’t Underestimate the Power of Positivity Much like a boomerang, the beliefs and thoughts you put into your mind, and the energy you project into your work and personal life, will always come back around. We get to choose the lenses that we see the world through. Our beliefs and intentionality truly do have the power to help us achieve our goals. Success Magazine interviewed an NFL Superbowl champion, and asked him how he was able to find such consistent success with hitting his professional goals at such a high level. He said, “You have to see things happen in your life before you can do it. It is visualization. I learned that as an athlete; don’t ever go out onto the field of competition thinking about what you don’t want to have happen, because once you let those negative thoughts into your mind, they can more easily manifest. If you are in a place of positivity, your percentage chance of hitting the perfect punt is higher, much higher, because you are thinking about what you want to do, not what you don’t want to do, or what you don’t want to happen. Your brain is the most powerful muscle you have.” This focus on positive thinking is what he and countless other highly successful people all over the world have found to be the key to helping them set goals and achieve greater success. When you believe you can do something, and choose to focus on what can go right instead of on what can go wrong, your chances of hitting your goal increase dramatically. Not only that, but belief in yourself and positive thinking create a hamster wheel of self-realization that is nearly impossible to stop once it gains momentum. If you’re always committed to having a great day, you will find yourself looking back on a string of good days, and that will give you the mental peace and endurance you need to continue believing that future days will be good as well. It is like a self-charging battery that runs off of your own ability to choose joy, positivity, and belief in any situation. Ready to dive into a more positive, belief-filled perspective as you tackle the goals you have set for your life? Start by identifying 4-5 areas of your life where you are currently allowing fear or doubt to lead the way instead of self-belief and hope and optimism. Write those down and then come up with different responses you can have to those situations that intentionally place them in a more positive light, so you can accelerate the achievement of your goals and reach your next level of success. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Interview with Matt Grandos - Motivation Expert

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 26:16


    Check out my Interview with Matt Grandos – Author of Motivate the Unmotivated: A Proven System for Sustainable Motivation Over the last decade, Matt Grandos has tested, developed and helped thousands of others implement an effective and easy to duplicate system that will help you build an unbreakable foundation for your life as well as motivate even the most unmotivated individuals in your life. These techniques have been taught and implemented in organizations of all industries and sizes. From Google Headquarters and Twitter to the United States Airforce and professional organizations all around the world. Using these concepts Matt has been able to do the following: • Build his first $1,000,000 business by the age of 25 • Travel all over the world teaching top executives how to build an unbreakable foundation and sustainably motivate others. • See continued success for thousands of individuals who have applied these systems to their lives and businesses. Matt is also the author of, Motivate the Unmotivated: A Proven System for Sustainable Motivation. He has a new book coming out in a few months called, The Intentional Week. Here are some questions I asked Matt that you will benefit from by listening to his answers: 1. How does someone motivate themselves when they really don’t feel motivated? 2. Can you motivate team members? How do you motivate others? 3. Who was the Hardest person you ever had to motivate? 4. What are a few things individuals can implement right now to help motivate others? 5. If you are saying motivation should be like turning a switch on and off, if it is this easy why are people unmotivated? 6. What is the “Two-Minute Drill”? 7. How do you motivate the unmotivated? What is the best way for you to obtain a copy of Matt’s book, Motivate the Unmotivated: A Proven System for Sustainable Motivation? On Amazon. Resources Matt Shared: -Free Motivation Catlyst Assessment: www.lifepulseinc.com/MCA -PodGift for Listeners (mention that you were referred by Anne Bachrach): www.lifepulseinc.com/PODGIFT -See how Matt’s organization can help you: www.lifepulseinc.com/letushelp -90-Day Challenge: www.lifepulseinc.com/I90 If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    5 Effective and Incredibly Powerful Goal Setting Principles

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 7:32


    The concept of goal setting is nothing new for those in business. Touted by everyone from Tony Robbins to Oprah as being a necessary part of a high-functioning life, setting an intention and then doing what it takes to reach it is a necessary skill that everyone believes is important. But how many of us actually set goals that take us where we want to go and then arrive there? One study says that as few as eight percent of people set goals that they later achieve. The study focused on New Year’s resolutions, but it nevertheless paints a shocking picture of how we as a society tend to flippantly set goals without ever having a true intention of fulfilling those dreams and plans. So, what did the elite eight percent do to set themselves apart from their peers? 1. They Began with The Big Picture in Mind People that consistently achieve their goals spend time considering what steps are necessary to get across the finish line. That means looking at all the little, tedious steps (https://www.wendaful.com/2017/12/breaking-down-goals/) needed to get from A to Z and then plotting those steps – like a graph – across the timeline they have set up. They literally eliminated all of the guesswork, and in doing so they removed a majority of the barriers to success. 2. They Got Hyper-Specific Setting a vague goal is a sure-fire way to kill your progress before it even begins. The less specific we are when setting a goal, the more wiggle room we give our subconscious self later on when we are running low on discipline and mental toughness. Instead of saying, “I want to increase revenue this year” say “In the first quarter of 2021 I will increase revenue by 12% by running targeted social media ads.” The difference in these two statements is that one is action focused and the other is more of a general statement. One provides a clear plan, and the other is left open for a bland future interpretation of success. 3. They Surrounded Themselves with Unwavering Support We were created for community. We crave connection. It is no surprise, then, that statistically those in the study that surrounded themselves with accountability were so much more likely to succeed. When you have people in your corner cheering you on, you will be able to find the strength to push on, even when you feel tired and discouraged. 4. They Used External Stimuli to Boost Their Focus This is an interesting principle, but one that merits exploration. We as humans are visual, auditory creatures that depend on our senses to get us through the day. From vision boards to company slogans plastered across a wall, we like to be reminded of our purpose and intentions. It’s like a rallying cry at a football game, or a benediction offered up before a trying task. We are what we repeatedly remind ourselves of and surround ourselves with. There is a reason top athletes are taught to visualize success as part of mental toughness programs. Doing so has been proven to eliminate distractions and increase the probability of a successful outcome. 5. They Refused to Multitask We are truly better when we focus on one thing at a time. Sure, we may not always fail when we multitask, but we also aren’t overly efficient, either. When it comes to effective goal setting, you can set yourself up for success by carving out time each day to focus only on the activities to achieve your goal. Whether that is losing weight, boosting sales numbers, or learning a new skill, you will find that you level up your life and hit your goals faster when you allow yourself the freedom to truly focus on the task at hand. Effective Goal Setting Will Focus on Three Main Areas of Life Because I believe in work life balance, consider asking yourself: What are your life goals?, What are your relationship goals?, and What are your personal growth goals? These areas of our lives are foundational to what makes us tick. When we nurture them, we grow. When we avoid working on them and tending to them and breathing fresh life into them, they begin to shrivel up. So, ask yourself: 1. What are your life goals? If you want to hit those goals, you need to discipline your time and energy so you are heading in the direction that will actually make those goals a reality. 2. What are your relationship goals? If it is important for you to be there for your loved ones, then how can you better structure your life to hold space for the people you love. 3. What are your personal growth goals? Focusing on what makes you happy and fulfilled makes it easier to carve out space for mental, physical, and emotional wellness. 4. What are your health goals? I believe everything revolves around our health. I know very wealthy people who would give up all their wealth to be healthy. Much of what we do and who we are revolves around our health. Once you’ve thought through these questions, take the next step and write down your specific goals. If you keep them in your head, they’re just dreams. Putting pen to paper adds a tangible element that will make you statistically far more likely to follow through. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    4 Forms of Accountability You Need for Even Greater Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 7:32


    Accountability is more than just a friend that calls you up occasionally to make sure you’re sticking to your weight loss goals. It’s also more than the occasional roundtable discussion with business colleagues checking in how everyone in the group is doing in terms of hitting their quarterly financial goals. True, meaningful accountability serves to prop you up when you feel discouraged, and also propels you to heights you never thought possible. While there are many different types of accountability, both business and personal, these 4 types of accountability are ones you need to place in your life immediately: 1. Character Accountability 2. Time Management Accountability 3. Strategic, Goal-Based Accountability 4. Relationship Accountability Ultimately, accountability is never just a one-time thing that applies to just a single area of life. To find even greater success, you need to be open to being challenged in all areas of your life. We can’t usually see our own blind spots – it takes trusted people in our lives to point them out to us and to provide us the support we need to work through those weak points intentionally. 1. Character Accountability Our character, reputation, and word are the foundation that everything about us is built on. If our work teams can’t trust us to follow through on a promise, or if our clients can’t depend on us to deliver on time, or if our families can’t believe that we will come through for them when they need us, then nothing else really matters. Success in other areas of life is negated if our character isn’t rock-solid. Finding people or a person to hold us to a high standard of integrity in our personal and professional lives is one of the best things we can do to level up how we are currently living life. We all have room for improvement, and it takes others to shine a light on areas we don’t want to see or deal with because we know deep down that it takes a lot of work and discipline to change deeply ingrained character habits. 2. Time Management Accountability How we choose to spend our time can make or break our success. From spending too much time getting lost in social media, to occupying our workdays with excessive meetings instead of focusing on what brings in revenue and makes the most of our skills, time management is a hugely important aspect to prioritize and continually improve. This area of life provides a great opportunity for you to forge relationships with like-minded colleagues that also want to make the most of their productivity and efficiency. Find people you trust and whose work ethics you admire and recruit them to your accountability team, or find an accountability coach. We naturally tend to become like those we spend the most time with, so choose wisely! 3. Strategic, Goal-Based Accountability Entrepreneurs, business owners, freelancers, CEOs – they all have something specific in common: the need to hit achievement-based milestones in order to be considered successful in their jobs or careers. This is why goal setting is an incredibly powerful tool, but it is one that often goes underutilized by high-powered individuals. Setting a measurable, impactful goal is only part of the equation, though. Finding the willpower to take the actionable steps needed to actually achieve that goal is an entirely different thing. It can be emotionally and mentally draining to push forward – often against unforeseen obstacles – especially when doing so alone. Goal-based accountability helps prop you up when you feel discouraged, and reminds you why you set your goal in the first place. Whether you need to hit a financial or marketing target, an accountability partner or coach can help get you and keep you on track for the long haul. 4. Relationship Accountability Sometimes it is good to be reminded of what is most important. It can be easy to lose sight of what matters most when everything else is screaming louder for our attention. Your relationships are what ground you, and what make up a huge component of your personal value and purpose. Children, partners, extended family, childhood friends – these layered relationships make up the core of our lives, and they need to be nurtured if they are to remain healthy. Having someone to hold you accountable for the time you dedicate to your relationships can set you up for lifelong success. This could be as simple as an assistant that is tasked with reminding you to bring home flowers for your wife, or scheduling a date night with your husband. Just because you need reminded doesn’t mean that those people are not important to you – it just means that it is incredibly easy to get so lost in what demands our attention that those things that aren’t always clamoring for our time become drowned out. How can you implement any or all of these forms of accountability to help you achieve your professional and personal goals? To review 4 different types of accountability coaching options and decide which one might be of the most value to you, so you can achieve your goals and enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want, go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching/. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    4 Time Management Principles to Accelerate Your Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 8:57


    Today we are talking about 4 Time Management Principles Guaranteed to Help You Accelerate Your Results. Time management is not just a buzzword that you can throw around but never dig into. It’s also not something you try on for a week or two and become instantly successful at. If you want to truly accelerate your workday efforts and get more done in less time, it will require discipline and humility. The rewards though? They are well worth the sacrifice. In addition to having more mental and physical bandwidth for the people and projects in your life that you truly care about, improving your time management gives you mental space for a renewed passion for your business and increased patience and resilience for the difficult things your workday throws your way. While there are many different principles that you can focus on that will help move you closer to a more productive schedule, these four time management principles are guaranteed to help accelerate your results and boost your productivity. The catch is that they all require intentionality. These principles will not work unless you do, which is both liberating and limiting. However, if you are ready to find freedom and move beyond being a slave to your business and your to-do list, then roll up your sleeves and get ready to dive in. 1. Remove Distractions – Even the Good Ones Perhaps one of the greatest workplace myths is the one that says we can multitask well. We may be multitasking, but the ball is always getting dropped somewhere. Our brains are only hardwired to be able to handle one thing at one time. We are fooled into thinking we are doing multiple things at once, but really our brains are just swapping back and forth at tremendous speeds. Adding more to the already spinning plate just makes it more difficult to gracefully switch to something different when the time comes. Not only that, but it actually takes longer to complete tasks this way. When was the last time you found enjoyment and success while trying to simultaneously eat a waffle and go for a jog? The answer is never – you would never try to overlap those two tasks because of the sheer impracticality of it all. Multitasking in business may appear to be more practical, but don’t be fooled. Dialing in your focus on one thing at a time whenever possible is a truly simple way to see amazing time management and productivity results. 2. Track Your Time and Then Honestly Evaluate How You Spent It In order to truly accelerate your time management efforts, you need to have a solid understanding of where you’re missing the mark. The only way to do this is to be able to honestly evaluate the time you spend each day. This is where time and task tracking comes into play. You could keep a bullet list on a notepad of everything you do and how long you spend doing it, or you could jot down voice notes on your iPhone. Or you can download my complimentary Time Log Sample and help you be even more time efficient, so you are in a higher probability position to achieve your goals, go to: https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/time-log/. Simple instructions come with the sample document to help you know how to complete the time log for yourself and everyone on your team. How you chart everything you do is irrelevant – just do what is the easiest for you to do consistently. The important thing here is to write down everything. Including the time spent on social media during your commute, or the time you spent checking emails while on the sidelines of a child’s game. Don’t leave out things you are not proud of having spent time on. This process is meant to illuminate areas of your day where time is being wasted instead of intentionally spent, and then finding ways to redeem that lost time moving forward. 3. Find Accountability Partners One of the biggest enemies of progress is our own subconscious self. We are excellent self-saboteurs and are able to talk ourselves out of or into things that we would never allow for someone else. The best way to silence your inner critic and set yourself up for long-term time management success is to allow a few people into your life as accountability partners. High-powered execs, small business owners, and even individuals alike are flocking to accountability coaches in droves, and one of the main reasons for this is the ability of an outside figure to help you break through mental barriers. They see your life from a different perspective, and are able to challenge you in ways you could never challenge yourself. 4. Don’t Confuse Busy Work with Truly Important, Dial-Moving Work. We’ve all been there: caught up being busy only to get to the end of the day and feel the crushing guilt that comes with not having accomplished anything of real value. Whether it is office chit-chat or a meeting that goes on way too long, there are pockets of time in every one of our days that are no doubt spent being busy instead of actually being productive. How can we avoid this? The first step is to honestly evaluate where your greatest value and benefit lies. What can you do that someone else cannot? Once you start identifying the areas in your business where your skills truly shine, you can begin to move away from those areas that don’t require your best self to show up. At the end of the day, we all want the work we do to be meaningful and important. We want to go home feeling like what we did mattered and moved the needle forward. Do what only you can do and delegate everything else, even if you don’t mind doing it. Download a Free Delegation List Sample to help you identify more activities to delegate, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/delegation-list-sample/. Delegation helps give you more capacity and bandwidth to do what you need to do that nobody else can do. Remember: Progress Equals Freedom One of the thought leaders in time management and habit formation, Brendon Burchard, says, “Everybody hates talking about time management…there’s no such thing as true work-life balance. But if you’re not making progress in your life, you’re not happy. And worse, without time management you’ll never find freedom. You want more freedom and free time? Then get more focused and productive in managing the things you have to.” If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    4 Time Management Principles to Accelerate Your Results

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 8:57


    Today we are talking about 4 Time Management Principles Guaranteed to Help You Accelerate Your Results. Time management is not just a buzzword that you can throw around but never dig into. It’s also not something you try on for a week or two and become instantly successful at. If you want to truly accelerate your workday efforts and get more done in less time, it will require discipline and humility. The rewards though? They are well worth the sacrifice. In addition to having more mental and physical bandwidth for the people and projects in your life that you truly care about, improving your time management gives you mental space for a renewed passion for your business and increased patience and resilience for the difficult things your workday throws your way. While there are many different principles that you can focus on that will help move you closer to a more productive schedule, these four time management principles are guaranteed to help accelerate your results and boost your productivity. The catch is that they all require intentionality. These principles will not work unless you do, which is both liberating and limiting. However, if you are ready to find freedom and move beyond being a slave to your business and your to-do list, then roll up your sleeves and get ready to dive in. 1. Remove Distractions – Even the Good Ones Perhaps one of the greatest workplace myths is the one that says we can multitask well. We may be multitasking, but the ball is always getting dropped somewhere. Our brains are only hardwired to be able to handle one thing at one time. We are fooled into thinking we are doing multiple things at once, but really our brains are just swapping back and forth at tremendous speeds. Adding more to the already spinning plate just makes it more difficult to gracefully switch to something different when the time comes. Not only that, but it actually takes longer to complete tasks this way. When was the last time you found enjoyment and success while trying to simultaneously eat a waffle and go for a jog? The answer is never – you would never try to overlap those two tasks because of the sheer impracticality of it all. Multitasking in business may appear to be more practical, but don’t be fooled. Dialing in your focus on one thing at a time whenever possible is a truly simple way to see amazing time management and productivity results. 2. Track Your Time and Then Honestly Evaluate How You Spent It In order to truly accelerate your time management efforts, you need to have a solid understanding of where you’re missing the mark. The only way to do this is to be able to honestly evaluate the time you spend each day. This is where time and task tracking comes into play. You could keep a bullet list on a notepad of everything you do and how long you spend doing it, or you could jot down voice notes on your iPhone. Or you can download my complimentary Time Log Sample and help you be even more time efficient, so you are in a higher probability position to achieve your goals, go to: https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/time-log/. Simple instructions come with the sample document to help you know how to complete the time log for yourself and everyone on your team. How you chart everything you do is irrelevant – just do what is the easiest for you to do consistently. The important thing here is to write down everything. Including the time spent on social media during your commute, or the time you spent checking emails while on the sidelines of a child’s game. Don’t leave out things you are not proud of having spent time on. This process is meant to illuminate areas of your day where time is being wasted instead of intentionally spent, and then finding ways to redeem that lost time moving forward. 3. Find Accountability Partners One of the biggest enemies of progress is our own subconscious self. We are excellent self-saboteurs and are able to talk ourselves out of or into things that we would never allow for someone else. The best way to silence your inner critic and set yourself up for long-term time management success is to allow a few people into your life as accountability partners. High-powered execs, small business owners, and even individuals alike are flocking to accountability coaches in droves, and one of the main reasons for this is the ability of an outside figure to help you break through mental barriers. They see your life from a different perspective, and are able to challenge you in ways you could never challenge yourself. 4. Don’t Confuse Busy Work with Truly Important, Dial-Moving Work. We’ve all been there: caught up being busy only to get to the end of the day and feel the crushing guilt that comes with not having accomplished anything of real value. Whether it is office chit-chat or a meeting that goes on way too long, there are pockets of time in every one of our days that are no doubt spent being busy instead of actually being productive. How can we avoid this? The first step is to honestly evaluate where your greatest value and benefit lies. What can you do that someone else cannot? Once you start identifying the areas in your business where your skills truly shine, you can begin to move away from those areas that don’t require your best self to show up. At the end of the day, we all want the work we do to be meaningful and important. We want to go home feeling like what we did mattered and moved the needle forward. Do what only you can do and delegate everything else, even if you don’t mind doing it. Download a Free Delegation List Sample to help you identify more activities to delegate, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/delegation-list-sample/. Delegation helps give you more capacity and bandwidth to do what you need to do that nobody else can do. Remember: Progress Equals Freedom One of the thought leaders in time management and habit formation, Brendon Burchard, says, “Everybody hates talking about time management…there’s no such thing as true work-life balance. But if you’re not making progress in your life, you’re not happy. And worse, without time management you’ll never find freedom. You want more freedom and free time? Then get more focused and productive in managing the things you have to.” If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Interview with Jeff and Jami Downs – Authors of Streaking

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 49:25


    Jeff Downs has had had numerous years of executive leadership experience and also has consulted numerous executive teams to achieve consistent sustained transformational results. As a successful entrepreneur and corporate leader, Jeff has worked as a Franklin Covey Business Results Practice Leader with Cisco, Boston Scientific, Comcast, Staples, Siemens, and more. Jeff and Jami have been married for 29 years and have 7 children between the ages of 9 and 25. Jami Downs is a mother, leader, teacher, and passionate volunteer. As the mother of seven children she is an expert in logistics, negotiation, diplomacy, and project management. Jeff and Jami are co-authors of the book, Streaking: The Simple Practice of Conscious, Consistent Actions That Create Life-Changing Results, which was published September 22, 2020. Streaking is a goal-setting practice created by Jeff and Jami, which allows us to transform our best intentions into new, consistent habits to help us meet our goals. Here are some questions I asked Jeff and Jami that you will benefit from by listening to their answers: 1. I’m curious, how did you come up with the concept and name for your book, Steaking? Streaking: The Simple Practice of Conscious, Consistent Actions That Create Life-Changing Results 2. Why did you start Streaking and how has it helped you and others with achieving goals? 3. How is a streak different from a goal, and how do they compliment one another? 4. What are the laws of Streaking? 5. What is a “be statement” and how does a person use a “be statement” to have consistent success? Ask yourself: Who do I want to be? 6. What is the power of consistency in achieving goals? 7. What about Streaking is powerful in setting up the foundation to achieve goals? 8. Why is it important to know the difference between a habit, routine, streak, and a goal? 9. How does a person employ streaks to grow and improve and achieve their goals and reach their full potential? 10. What are the benefits to a person in completing laughably simple streaks daily, weekly or monthly? 11. Give me some examples of what someone would do to bridge the gap between where they are in business and where they imagine they ultimately want to be. 12. How do you suggest people record activities to be completed? 13. Why record that you have completed these activities, how does that help growth and achieving goals? Get their book, Streaking: The Simple Practice of Conscious, Consistent Actions That Create Life-Changing Results and download the Streaking app to help you implement the concept of Streaking, you can have the highest probability of having your ideal business and ideal life. Visit their website by going to www.streakingmastery.com. Below is a business success resource to help you implement one of the areas we discussed. A “Me File” is simply a place where you keep all the great comments people have said about you, your service, your staff, and your firm. You can keep an electronic document as well as a manila folder with cards or tangible things people have sent you. When you feel your confidence slipping to less than 100% for what you offer, read all the great comments people have said about you over the years to get your confidence cup flowing over again. So many times we disregard all the great comments people share with us and think that “that is my job.” Keeping track of what people send you and what they say about you will help increase your confidence when you need a little more to call prospects, meet with prospects, or just any time you want to feel good about what you do in this world for people. When you look at your “Me File” and read all the great comments people have said about you, how do you feel? To download a simple way to track your glowing comments from clients and people who have worked with you, go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/request-your-complimentary-me-file-sample/. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    Interview with Jeff and Jami Downs – Authors of Streaking

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 49:25


    Jeff Downs has had had numerous years of executive leadership experience and also has consulted numerous executive teams to achieve consistent sustained transformational results. As a successful entrepreneur and corporate leader, Jeff has worked as a Franklin Covey Business Results Practice Leader with Cisco, Boston Scientific, Comcast, Staples, Siemens, and more. Jeff and Jami have been married for 29 years and have 7 children between the ages of 9 and 25. Jami Downs is a mother, leader, teacher, and passionate volunteer. As the mother of seven children she is an expert in logistics, negotiation, diplomacy, and project management. Jeff and Jami are co-authors of the book, Streaking: The Simple Practice of Conscious, Consistent Actions That Create Life-Changing Results, which was published September 22, 2020. Streaking is a goal-setting practice created by Jeff and Jami, which allows us to transform our best intentions into new, consistent habits to help us meet our goals. Here are some questions I asked Jeff and Jami that you will benefit from by listening to their answers: 1. I’m curious, how did you come up with the concept and name for your book, Steaking? Streaking: The Simple Practice of Conscious, Consistent Actions That Create Life-Changing Results 2. Why did you start Streaking and how has it helped you and others with achieving goals? 3. How is a streak different from a goal, and how do they compliment one another? 4. What are the laws of Streaking? 5. What is a “be statement” and how does a person use a “be statement” to have consistent success? Ask yourself: Who do I want to be? 6. What is the power of consistency in achieving goals? 7. What about Streaking is powerful in setting up the foundation to achieve goals? 8. Why is it important to know the difference between a habit, routine, streak, and a goal? 9. How does a person employ streaks to grow and improve and achieve their goals and reach their full potential? 10. What are the benefits to a person in completing laughably simple streaks daily, weekly or monthly? 11. Give me some examples of what someone would do to bridge the gap between where they are in business and where they imagine they ultimately want to be. 12. How do you suggest people record activities to be completed? 13. Why record that you have completed these activities, how does that help growth and achieving goals? Get their book, Streaking: The Simple Practice of Conscious, Consistent Actions That Create Life-Changing Results and download the Streaking app to help you implement the concept of Streaking, you can have the highest probability of having your ideal business and ideal life. Visit their website by going to www.streakingmastery.com. Below is a business success resource to help you implement one of the areas we discussed. A “Me File” is simply a place where you keep all the great comments people have said about you, your service, your staff, and your firm. You can keep an electronic document as well as a manila folder with cards or tangible things people have sent you. When you feel your confidence slipping to less than 100% for what you offer, read all the great comments people have said about you over the years to get your confidence cup flowing over again. So many times we disregard all the great comments people share with us and think that “that is my job.” Keeping track of what people send you and what they say about you will help increase your confidence when you need a little more to call prospects, meet with prospects, or just any time you want to feel good about what you do in this world for people. When you look at your “Me File” and read all the great comments people have said about you, how do you feel? To download a simple way to track your glowing comments from clients and people who have worked with you, go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/request-your-complimentary-me-file-sample/. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    4 Tips for Helping You to Stick To Your Goals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 7:18


    Today we are talking about 4 Tips for Helping You to Stick To Your Goals, so you have the highest probability of achieving them in the timeframe you desire. We’ve all been there before…we find a goal that inspires us and we commit to doing the work…until life derails us. Whether it was that vacation, your assistant suddenly quits, or death in the family, the truth is life sometimes distracts us from our goals. Dealing with the disruption is one thing, getting back on track can be another. Okay, Let’s get going with the 4 tips to help you stick to your goals so you can get back on track and stay on track. Tip #1: Focus on the Reward - Not the Work Wise sages advise us to “be in the moment,” but let’s face it - you don’t always feel like running that last mile. You’re human; sometimes you lose your motivation in the middle of having to “do the work.” If you’re losing your motivation, switch your focus on the reward. Focus on the good feelings of having accomplished your goal and how much easier it will be the next time because you will have broken through another limiting belief. “We only learn our limits by going beyond them.” ~Unknown Tip #2: The Have-To’s Sometimes Turn into the Want-To’s The work involved with achieving goals can feel like a “have-to” in the beginning, but they often turn into a “want-to” by the end of the process. They become a positive habit - a healthy way of being - while the work part eventually melts away. This happens because it’s not always about the end result - it’s about the person you become as a result of the process. When you learn a new way of living - a way of living that better represents and supports your true potential - things that used to be a “have-to” transform into a “want-to.” “Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” ~Charles A. Jaffe Tip #3: It’s Who You Become in the Process The person you woke up as today may not be the same person you wake up as tomorrow - or the day after that - or next week - or ten years from now. While it’s impossible to predict exactly who you’ll be in the future, it’s a safe bet that you will not be the exact same person. Life is a process of constant change and transformation. Each day we learn more about ourselves, which results in greater clarity of our true desires. The path between where we are and where we want to be becomes more clear and focused, creating a deep and focused desire to see the process through. Setting goals - and the work involved with achieving them - is not so much about the end result, as much as a deep, and often indefinable, desire to fulfill our greatest potential. To grow - to expand - to become all that we can be. The person you end up becoming by the end of a journey (the process of goal setting and achieving is most definitely a journey!) is not the same person who started the journey. Achieving goals teaches you that you had what it took to achieve something you maybe weren’t sure you could, in the beginning. The process teaches you that you had more than you thought: more guts, more stamina, more determination, more commitment, more skill. The process shifts your perceptions, increases your self-esteem, confidence, and uplevels your mindset - all of which changes how you feel about the ‘work.’ “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." ~Zig Ziglar Tip #4: Do You Want To Start Over Again? When you realize that each decision could carry a consequence, you can begin to make even better decisions. If you spend energy and time doing the work, it doesn’t take too much “undoing” or “starting again” before you discover you do not want to do something twice or three times if you only have to do it once. We see this time and time again in people who unconsciously (sometimes consciously) sabotage their hard work. They take two steps forward - then three steps back. They go to the gym only to go home and over-indulge in a bowl of ice cream. They run five miles each day for two weeks only to spend the next six months being sedentary. They quit smoking for one week only to avoid kicking the habit for another year. When you realize the amount of work that goes into achieving your goals, taking two steps forward only to take three steps back hardly seems worth it. Each day is a new opportunity to make even better choices. The next time you’re tempted to go back on your promise or get off track from your success, stop. Stop and ask: Do I want to undo the work I’ve already done? Do I really want to start over again? Above all, remember that life can sometimes come at you unexpectedly. There is no failure in temporary distractions as long as you get back on track, headed in the direction in which you desire to go. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    4 Tips for Helping You to Stick To Your Goals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 7:18


    Today we are talking about 4 Tips for Helping You to Stick To Your Goals, so you have the highest probability of achieving them in the timeframe you desire. We’ve all been there before…we find a goal that inspires us and we commit to doing the work…until life derails us. Whether it was that vacation, your assistant suddenly quits, or death in the family, the truth is life sometimes distracts us from our goals. Dealing with the disruption is one thing, getting back on track can be another. Okay, Let’s get going with the 4 tips to help you stick to your goals so you can get back on track and stay on track. Tip #1: Focus on the Reward - Not the Work Wise sages advise us to “be in the moment,” but let’s face it - you don’t always feel like running that last mile. You’re human; sometimes you lose your motivation in the middle of having to “do the work.” If you’re losing your motivation, switch your focus on the reward. Focus on the good feelings of having accomplished your goal and how much easier it will be the next time because you will have broken through another limiting belief. “We only learn our limits by going beyond them.” ~Unknown Tip #2: The Have-To’s Sometimes Turn into the Want-To’s The work involved with achieving goals can feel like a “have-to” in the beginning, but they often turn into a “want-to” by the end of the process. They become a positive habit - a healthy way of being - while the work part eventually melts away. This happens because it’s not always about the end result - it’s about the person you become as a result of the process. When you learn a new way of living - a way of living that better represents and supports your true potential - things that used to be a “have-to” transform into a “want-to.” “Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” ~Charles A. Jaffe Tip #3: It’s Who You Become in the Process The person you woke up as today may not be the same person you wake up as tomorrow - or the day after that - or next week - or ten years from now. While it’s impossible to predict exactly who you’ll be in the future, it’s a safe bet that you will not be the exact same person. Life is a process of constant change and transformation. Each day we learn more about ourselves, which results in greater clarity of our true desires. The path between where we are and where we want to be becomes more clear and focused, creating a deep and focused desire to see the process through. Setting goals - and the work involved with achieving them - is not so much about the end result, as much as a deep, and often indefinable, desire to fulfill our greatest potential. To grow - to expand - to become all that we can be. The person you end up becoming by the end of a journey (the process of goal setting and achieving is most definitely a journey!) is not the same person who started the journey. Achieving goals teaches you that you had what it took to achieve something you maybe weren’t sure you could, in the beginning. The process teaches you that you had more than you thought: more guts, more stamina, more determination, more commitment, more skill. The process shifts your perceptions, increases your self-esteem, confidence, and uplevels your mindset - all of which changes how you feel about the ‘work.’ “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." ~Zig Ziglar Tip #4: Do You Want To Start Over Again? When you realize that each decision could carry a consequence, you can begin to make even better decisions. If you spend energy and time doing the work, it doesn’t take too much “undoing” or “starting again” before you discover you do not want to do something twice or three times if you only have to do it once. We see this time and time again in people who unconsciously (sometimes consciously) sabotage their hard work. They take two steps forward - then three steps back. They go to the gym only to go home and over-indulge in a bowl of ice cream. They run five miles each day for two weeks only to spend the next six months being sedentary. They quit smoking for one week only to avoid kicking the habit for another year. When you realize the amount of work that goes into achieving your goals, taking two steps forward only to take three steps back hardly seems worth it. Each day is a new opportunity to make even better choices. The next time you’re tempted to go back on your promise or get off track from your success, stop. Stop and ask: Do I want to undo the work I’ve already done? Do I really want to start over again? Above all, remember that life can sometimes come at you unexpectedly. There is no failure in temporary distractions as long as you get back on track, headed in the direction in which you desire to go. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


    3 Steps to Writing an Effective Business Plan that Inspires

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 9:05


    The idea of starting your own business can be exciting and inspiring, but for most small business owners, writing an effective business plan is not considered an exciting part of starting the process; therefore, many choose not to create one or update it on a consistent basis. Traditional business plans can be very dry and uninteresting, so you are about to learn how to create an effective business plan that not only gets you excited, it will inspire you, and others, to take action. The length and details of an effective business plan will be determined by the type of business you’re creating or updating the one you currently have. The key is to create not just another business plan, but an effective business plan that inspires you, and others, to take action. First, let’s get clear on the essential components of an effective business plan: • Executive Summary • Market Analysis • Company Description • Organization & Management • Marketing & Sales Management • Service or Product Line • Funding Request • Financials • Appendix Part 1: Executive Summary The executive summary is the most important component of an effective business plan because it will be the first thing the reader sees. This is where you’ve got to grab the reader’s attention and inspire them to support your vision through your mission statement. Provide a history of your company, its current standing, and future vision. Although the executive summary should be the first component in the business plan layout, it should actually be the last component you create. Once you have completed all other components it will be easier to come back to the executive summary and nicely tie in key points. Part 2: Market Analysis This is your opportunity to shine and highlight your knowledge of the industry. This will also be where you will identify your target market and what you know about them. Take this opportunity to spotlight comprehensive market research and projected profit margins. Part 3: Company Description Keeping it brief, describe how all the elements of your business fit together. This component should include how the nature of your business makes you unique and the primary factors that will make your company a success. Be sure to clarify the marketplace need and how your company is poised for a competitive edge. Part 4: Operation and Management In this component, include your business’s organizational structure, details about ownership, and profiles of your management team, if you have one. This is also where you would include information on the board of directors or advisory board. Outline a plan to keep your staff in place by detailing salaries and benefits. A key factor in this section is to clarify what kind of incentives and bonuses will be provided to keep your staff motivated and employed. Part 5: Marketing and Sales Management Use this section to share your vision for getting and growing your customer/client base - as they will be the lifeblood of your business. Clearly define and explain a comprehensive market strategy that will be flexible to changing market needs. Part 6: Service or Product Line Here is where you will want to focus on the distinct advantage your product or service has over the competition. Emphasize the benefits to customers/clients and why they will be inclined to choose your product over the competition. Also include ideas and visions for future products and services. Be sure to carry your passionate message throughout this section and back it up with concrete data. Part 7: Funding Request A vital component to an effective business plan. Clearly define the amount of funding you are requesting and long-range strategies that could impact your ability to repay the funding. Outline best and worst case scenarios and back up your request with financial statements. Voice your vision and passion and back it up with solid financial sense. Part 8: Financials This is where you will include financial documents to justify your statements in previous components. Part 9: Appendix This is where all additional documents will be placed for the reader on an as-needed basis. Now that we’ve clarified the essential components of an effective business plan, let’s discuss how to write an effective business plan that inspires action: 3 ACTION STEPS: 1. Create a compelling story 2. Voice your passion and inspiration 3. Be confident Create a Compelling Story Writing a compelling story will be the factor to inspire action; this is what you will want to focus on in the executive summary. Obviously, the purpose is to inspire venture capitalists or a bank to fund your vision, but you can also use it to inspire your own motivation to drive the success of the business. Be as heartfelt and passionate as you can when sharing your mission statement and the vision of the company, because it will be that sincerity and passion that will create empathy from the reader. Whatever your vision for the future of the company, take it one step further and think bigger. Your dreams will only go as far as your vision, so step it up. In addition, be creative about ways that the company can grow and expand by creating milestones along the way. The big picture is important, but it’s also important to think of ways that you can build momentum by using milestone achievement to drive your passion and motivation even further. Voice Your Passion and Inspiration Remember, the point is to create an effective business plan that inspires action whether it’s just for your own use or to be read by venture capitalists. The best way to achieve this is to openly share your passion and inspiration at every opportunity. The reader will only be as compelled as your words, so make each word count BIG in every component. Be Confident How can anyone believe in you if you don’t believe 100% in yourself and your business? Do not allow one word of doubt or insecurity to come through in your business plan. You have got to exude confident, knowledge, and strategic thinking throughout your business plan. If you’re feeling unsure, put the business plan down until you can get clear on the details. For more information, you can find a detailed explanation of how to write an effective business plan on the Small Business Administration website. The bottom line is, if you don’t have a business plan, you need a current one. And you need one that you actually implement and not one that you create and file somewhere to maybe review it one year from now. Come up with a game plan that you can execute, so you have a business plan that actually gets implemented and gets you the results you want. If you are getting value from any of Podcasts, please take a minute to leave me a short rating and review. I would really appreciate it, and love to hear from you and requests for topics you would find of value. Take advantage of all the complimentary business tips and tools by joining the Free Silver Membership on https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/inner-circle-store/. Aim for what you want each and every day! Anne Bachrach The Accountability Coach™ The Results Accelerator™ To help you stay focused and on track to achieving your goals, check out these other high-value resources. - Subscribe to my YouTube channel with business success principles (https://www.youtube.com/annebachrach) - Subscribe to my high-value short business tips Blog (https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/blog/) - Connect with me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheAccountabilityCoach) - Connect with me on Linked-in (https://www.linkedin.com/in/annebachrach) - Connect with me on Pinterest (https://pinterest.com/resultsrule/) - Connect with me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/annebachrach/) Check out all the great free high-content training web classes, by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/free-articles/free-webinars/. Go to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com to check out for yourself how I, as your Accountability Coach™, can help you get and stay focused on you highest payoff activities that put you in the highest probability position to achieve your professional and personal goals, so you can enjoy the kind of business and life you truly want and deserve. As an experienced accountability coach and author of 5 books, I help business professionals make more money, work less, and enjoy even better work life balance. Check out my proven business accelerator resources by going to https://www.accountabilitycoach.com/coaching-store/. Get your daily Accountability Minute shot of a single, simple, doable idea, so you can start your day off on the "right foot", subscribe to it based on your country. The Accountability Minute on Amazon's Alexa in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/Accountability-Minute-Anne-Bachrach/dp/B07F5H2KGB The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Canada: https://amzn.to/2MpvUmx The Accountability Minute on Alexa in Australia: https://amzn.to/2vQqI4i The Accountability Minute on Alexa in UK: https://amzn.to/2MayU9v Author of Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule, Live Life with No Regrets, No Excuses, and the Work Life Balance Emergency Kit, The Roadmap To Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard, and more.


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