Action Demonstrates Serious Intent About Your Goals

Action speaks louder than words.

I could just write that sentence and be done with what it takes to demonstrate how serious you are about your goals. It all boils down to the level and quality of action you take. But so that you truly understand what you have to do I am going to be more verbose.

Execute Your Plan

Visualization, writing down your goals, putting your plans on paper are all good, but they are no good if you do not take action. The power and effectiveness of any dream or plan lies in taking action. You are married today (if you are) because you took action beyond your being attracted to your spouse. If you are a man, you asked for the date and then you showed up to pick her up. If you are a woman, you took the time to dress well for the date and continued beyond, so that you remained attractive to your guy. You both showed that you were serious about each other.

Your business dreams are serious about you because they came to you. You must liken your business to a romance. No matter how attractive your goals are, if you do not take the initiative to make them happen, they will remain just as dreams. In fact, they will turn into nightmares. Take massive action on your goals. Take courageous action and rise to meet any mental, physical and emotional demands that the goals make on you.

Rise Above Your Fear

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is feeling the fear and doing the thing anyway. Decide that what you want is bigger and far more important than the fear that tries to prevent you from achieving it. Face fear head on, even if it makes you feel nauseous. One sure way of countering fear of taking action is to visualize what the future is going to be like if you do achieve your goals. Keep that vision ever before you and let it pull you towards your destiny.

Set Boundaries

There are people and circumstances that are dream stealers. People’s attitudes and the words they say can either lift you up or pull you down. Circumstances can also be either morale booster or energy drainers. If you are stuck with negative people and circumstances because it is beyond your control to alter that, set mental boundaries to never give them power over you. It takes a lot of focus and will power to do that. Just decide that people’s opinions are theirs and they do not change what you want to become. Do not allow negative circumstances to pull you down. Win the battle in your mind and you will win it in the physical.

If it is up to you to do it, remove yourself from toxic company. That fuels your action taking positively. Say No when people ask you to waste your time doing things that do not feed into your goals. Set boundaries that allow you to maximize the usage of your time, skills and talents. Be laser focused for a season, knowing that once you achieve your goals, there will be plenty of time to do what you want, with whom you want.

Be Reliable to Yourself and Others

Be a person of your word. Make commitments and honour them, even if it’s painful or uncomfortable to do so. Do not be easily taken off course. Cultivate a strong and undefeatable spirit that actively overrides the default mode of giving up when the going gets tough. Your honour and reputation is at stake with every commitment and word that you say. Guard them jealously because once reputation is lost, it is hard to rebuild.

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How To Make Your Daily 24 Hours Count

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Daily Routine

God has given each one of us enough time daily to be what He intended for us to be. Do you find yourself chasing the end of the day and wishing the day was longer than the 24 hours? Calm down. Take a deep breath and regroup your thoughts. I use the below questions to test the things I want to do in order for me to stay on track in making my 24 hours count daily.

1.       Are You Competing?

School, sports and the general outlook from society has ingrained a competitive spirit in all of us. Competition is not necessary for you to achieve your goals. The other person is working from their planned targets and you are working from yours. What then is the basis of you competing with them. If your To Do list is determined by the desire to keep up with the Joneses or to be like or outdo someone else then you are putting unnecessary stress on yourself. Work to fulfill YOUR purpose daily, not to outshine anyone.

2.       Are You Trying To Be Perfect?

Wanting to do everything perfectly will cause you to do nothing. For a start, perfection is an illusion. Aim for excellence instead. Stop frustrating yourself by wanting to be perfect. Excellence comes from learning processes. You can never achieve excellence in one incident or event. Experience is the best teacher. Get up and do what needs to be done. You will make mistakes. Without those mistakes you can never learn. So just do it! The more you do, the more skilled you become. That is excellence.

3.       Are You Trying To Be All Things To All People?

NO is a good word coming out of your mouth. Do not give hasty answers. When asked to do something, ask for time to think if necessary. If you cannot do it then say NO. If the person unfriends you because of your NO, then maybe it was time for them to show their true colors where your relationship is concerned. Do not be afraid to say NO if it is the best decision for you to make at the time.

4.       Are The Children In Your House Sacred Cows?

If you have children, pay attention here. These days with children’s rights being highlighted left right and centre, many parents and guardians are afraid to give house work to their children. There are daily chores that children can do in the house in line with their ages. Fit your children into the family’s daily upkeep schedule. By being involved that way, they too will learn how to plan their day. They will learn responsibility and accountability. You will have more time to do that which only you can do. Ladies, your spouse is not a child, but they too can be asked to chip in with the house chores. Just be wise and smart about how you ask them.

5.       Are You Playing Enough?

Recreation is an important part of a productive life. Too much work and no play will make you a boring and frustrated person. Do not be too serious about life. Laugh, take breaks, play, go on vacation. Punctuate your daily routine with moments of fun and relaxation. Be light hearted about your duties and any challenges you meet. Use the Pomodoro Technique when having episodes of intense work. Plan for vacations to be rewards for the big milestones that you achieve from those intense work episodes. Looking forward to the reward will make you work more diligently.

6.       Are You Recharging Your Spiritual Batteries Daily?

This question should have been at the top of the list. Final words last longer so here is my final word for today. Start your day with time spent with God in meditation and prayer. My favourite book says “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established” – Proverbs 16:3. The wisdom that I get in seeking for counsel from God at the start of my day has made me more efficient and organized. Additionally, it is comforting to know that I have the highest power in the universe as my ally to deal with forces and circumstances beyond my control.

Keep these six questions in front of you all the time as you plan your activities for the day and 24 hours will always be enough for what you want to accomplish.

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Peace At Home For Your Home Business

PeaceCan there truly be peace at home for a budding home business owner?

Today I am going to share with you some of the mistakes that I made when I started my home business that contributed to my slow and erratic achievement rates. Pay very close attention because this will either make you or break you as a home business owner. This advice applies to both the full-time and part-time home business person.

  1. For Peace, Have that Frank Conversation

Do not be the kind of person who expects your family to be mind readers. For there to be peace at home, there are expectations and routines that go with being a family man/woman. Your children will expect you to play with them or attend their school activities. This becomes a big issue if you are doing your business full time. The kids might not understand why if you are at home all the time, you say you cannot give them the time that they believe they deserve.

When I first started working for myself from home, I was still in full-time employment. That meant that I had to do my home business activities after work in the evenings. I was already feeling guilty about not being there during the day as a mom. Imagine my dilemma when I now had to block out evenings as well. I found myself falling into the trap of wanting to do my business related work and being there for everything that the family did. I became a nervous wreck with very little to show on either front.

Things started taking shape when I realized that I could only focus and be effective on one thing at a time during my after-work time. So I clearly identified what my money producing activities were for my business; that was making those phone calls, doing the home meetings, talking to prospects and converting them to customers. On the home front I identified the stuff that I could delegate and that which I absolutely had to do. For example I had to eat and we could all eat together. Meal Times are a useful time to engage with the family and stay involved to keep that peace at home (more about that a few lines down this article).

Having identified my critical business tasks, I determined how much time I was going to put into my business and I called a family meeting. At the meeting I explained how I was all in to my business and really wanted it to work so that I could release more time in the future to spend with them. I let them know what it was going to entail and asked for their patience and our mutual sacrifice while I was at it. I promised to give it my all. I had quite a number of false starts until I realized that my success was really up to me and nobody else.

The trouble with most home based entrepreneurs is that after having that talk, you slacken and do not do what is important. It creates contempt, mistrust and disunity in the family and they develop a negative outlook to your business. Under-promise and over-deliver. They will support you to the top of your home business career.

  1. Have a Laser Focus During Business Time

Once you have laid it out there, be a man/woman on a mission. Do not allow distractions around the house to slacken you and make you ineffective. During the hours that you have determined to be your home business hours, be laser focused. No social media except if it is feeding into your goals, no chit chat when making phone calls, no up and down trips to the kitchen for snacks, no endless tidying up of your desk and sharpening the pencil. Get on with it. I wish I could have a better way to tell you the importance of being laser focused. Just be!

  1. Peace Comes From Giving The Family Your Presence

Meal times, family prayer times, or whatever time you have set aside for family activities, be there. Be totally present. Do not be at family meals with your phone by your side so you can answer text messages or comment on social media. Have the discipline to leave the phone and laptop in your office (I am assuming that you have a properly designated work area). You will achieve more buy-in and family support by strictly observing this. Nothing will irritate your wife, men :), than you not paying attention during the 30 minutes that you promised to be hers and the children’s time. Moms, kids if not given due attention become irritable and steal your peace!

So it’s out there now. Take it to heart. Apply it. You will see the results. One thing that I learned from applying these three principles was that contrary to popular belief, I do not need a lot of time to run a successful home business. I need a lot of doing the right things in the time that I carve out for my business instead.

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Making Profits Is What Will Feed Your Family

There are many individuals who have survived economic upheavals in their countries. For example Zimbabwe, my home country went through a massive economic meltdown in 2007/2008 financial years. A lot of companies and individuals were totally ruined economically such that many corporate organizations shut down and some individuals never recovered.

Companies are still scaling down or shutting down today and individuals are losing their livelihoods through job losses. In harsh economic environments like these, is it possible for individuals to restore or improve their liquidity sustainably?

With some outside the box thinking and action, individuals have the capacity to create their own micro-economies through home businesses. The viability of these home businesses obviously depends on whether or not they are profitable.

Whatever field you set up a home business in or whatever model you follow in running the business, the most important factor to consider is whether your bottom line is net positive. If your business is not making net profits then eventually it is going to collapse. It is just a matter of time.

The tips that I am sharing with you on this post must be integrated into your home business. they will not only help your business to survive but to become profitable as well.

1. Know Why You Are In Business
Write down your reason why you are in business. What are your expectations from the business? There are two levels at which the reason why must be defined. Define your personal why and the why of the business itself. Go on to establish the degree to which the two expectations are mutually compatible.

Your plans and all the activities that take place in your business operations must feed into fulfilling your two WHYs. Review you plans regularly to check if you are still on track to accomplishing your reasons for being in business. Making Profits must be a major component of that plan for you the business owner and for the business entity.

2. Pride or Feeding the Family
In the initial stages of any business, there will not be visible profitability. However the difference between a business that will fold and a business that will survive to flourish beyond those initial years is based on the profit plan. Many business plans focus on a marketing plan that is centered on increasing sales and hoping that that will automatically lead to profit.

Reality check. High turnover does not necessarily translate to making profits until a detailed income expenditure analysis is done to determine whether the costing of a product or service is resulting in net profit. Increased sales feed your pride. It is only increased profits that feed your family.

3. Making Profits Creates Re-investment Capacity
A combination of positive cash flow and making profits will expand your business’s ability to grow through re-investment. A lack of profit results in weak cash flow. A weak cash flow translates to low working capital. If a business is to survive and expand, its capital base must be strong and that strength can only be obtained in two ways: profit or external investors/loans. In these stringent economic times, there is very little chance of accessing external funds. It is imperative to build your own life blood by having a solid profit plan.

4. Making Profits Give Options
The more options your business has, the more robust it become. Options or choices are freedom. A lack of profits in your business makes you dependent on others. A business that is generating profits allows for visionary planning and the development of a strong future direction.

A comprehensive profit plan must constitute part of your marketing plan if your business is to be viable and sustainable. Remember that surviving one economic melt-down is no guarantee that you will survive the next one. Create a Plan B as an individual. Starting a profitable home business is one sure way of doing that.

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Get More Productivity In Your Home Business Part 2

Time FreedomOn yesterday’s post we shared the first five of ten focal areas to master in order to maximize the usage of time in your home business and create the time freedom that you desire.

Today we give you the remaining five. If you make these 10 principles a part of your daily planning, you are bound to see the positive effects both in the quality of your life and your bank balance.

6. Make Deadlines Firm But Adequate
due dateSet deadlines for yourself as a home business owner. The absence of a deadline eliminates the motivation to do a task and places the task at the bottom of the pile of things to do. Be dependable to your customers and business partners by meeting agreed deadlines. Set deadlines for a specific date and time as opposed to a time period. For example “due on June 18 by 12:00 noon” is better than “in about two weeks time”. Make your deadlines adequate, not too tight. Build in a few extra days for the unexpected delays, last minute changes and a crisis in the home or on another project.

7. Protect and Value Your Time
Productive people do not waste time. They guard their time jealously. Get right to the point when talking to people. You risk coming off as abrupt to some people but understand that you cannot afford to everyone all the time they want. Choose who you spend time with. Be decisive. Say what needs to be said, do what needs to be done and move on.Value Your Time

Know the value of your hourly rate, commit it to memory and use it to weigh the effort required for specific activities and the return they will produce against the cost of your time. Weigh your options and always use your time wisely.

8. Stay Focused
One of the habits of successful people is to apply themselves to the task at hand. Work until the task is done. Concentrate on one thing at a time. Avoid going in many different directions. Do not be a talker. Be an actor, a doer. Have a vision and focus your activities to achieve that vision.

9. Set A Production Goal
Steinway makes 800 pianos in its German plant every year. An individual who truly wants to be productive sets a production goal, meets it and keeps going until they can do no more. The renowned author Joe Lansdale says he never misses his goal of writing three pages a day, five days a week. When people are employees, they will pitch up for work whether they feel like it or not. It surprises me that when the same person starts a home business they start accommodating “not being in the mood or feeling like it.”

10. Enjoy What You Do
Love what you doA Scottish proverb says “Be happy while you are living; for you’re a long time dead.” When you enjoy your work it ceases to be work in the typical sense. It becomes your passion. The vocation that you choose must be something that you love to do.

You will not love every project equally of course, but try to balance “must-do” mandatory tasks with things that are more fun for you. Remember we are not talking about you doing a hobby but we are talking business. So train yourself to enjoy what you do by changing your attitude. Attitude can be a trap or it can be freedom. Take your pick. Keep interested in the career path that you have chosen of working from home. It is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

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