The choices we make now move us to a better place in life or a worse place. What choices are you making?
So I put in my application…western states 100…holding my breath till December 7th! :-)
It’s the fundamentals that make the difference in business, in running, and in life…and they are pretty much the same!
1. Don’t Take it Too Seriously: It may be important but if it stresses you out, your performance will suffer…laugh often!
Runners: Leave your Garmin at home on occassion. :-)
2. Ask: Ask for the sale, ask for help…from the heart, for the right reasons! No one really wants to do it alone.
Runners: Run with buddies…to speed you up or slow you down.
3. Stay in the Moment: What you DO right now is all that matters…not yesterday, not tomorrow. Right now.
Runners: Run the mile you are in!
4. Be Generous: If you want something, give something first. Trust that it will come back to you. Givers gain.
Runners: High five fellow runners, congratulate the winner, volunteer.
5. Use Your Time: We all have the same amount of time available to us. You can choose to use it or not. The keyword is “USE.”
Runners: Go run!
6. Reflect: Take some time to slow down, look around, breathe. Find some quiet time. You may see something new in that mirror.
Runners: On occasion, stop and enjoy the view, the quiet, the moment.
7. Feed the Fire Within: …to live with joy and passion but make choices with your head.
Runners: Do what you love whether fast or slow, short or long, but listen to your body.
8. Find Balance: Work, family, faith, health…the tree that leans too far will fall.
Runners: Mix it up, cross train, rest!
9. Find the Positive: In winning and in losing. In Everything.
Runners: It hurts but it’s a good hurt!
10. Face your fear: That which we are most afraid of is exactly the thing we need to go after.
Runners: Sign up for that race already!
11. Choose…to be successful, to be happy, to be you…then ACT on it.
Runners: Run Steady, Run Strong!
There’s a segment of mathematics that focuses on finding the optimum formula for a task or series of tasks. It’s called, simply enough, optimization techniques. I like to call it, “What’s going to give us the most bang for our buck?” And, simply enough, asking this question can help us to set priorities, make better decisions, and positively impact our bottom line.
For most of us, we don’t need a lot of complicated math formulas to think optimization for business. It’s fun stuff for math majors but not really practical for the small business owner. Here are a few ways to think through and find ways to optimize your business:
1. There are usually multiple ways to complete a task. Define each series of steps to completion. Set your measurement criteria, i.e. time, energy or money. The series of steps that lead to the best outcome, i.e. less time, less energy, or less money spent is the optimum approach and the approach you should be using to maximize your resources.
2. Don’t assume the way you are doing things now is optimum. Very often, we do what’s comfortable or what everyone else is doing or what someone told us we should do twenty years ago. We assume it’s the best way…don’t assume…check it out!
3. Upgrade! Changes in technology, information, knowledge, and the market makes it important to stay current. You probably don’t need to get the newest cell phone or computer every 6 months but if your technology, information, knowledge or understanding of your market is outdated…it’s costing you money and opportunity!
Let me know…how do you optimize your resources and get the most bang for your buck?
When you want to climb the corporate ladder, work as if you are an owner for the owner tends to his employees so they can do their best.
When you want to connect better with a group on a social level, act as the host for the host tends to her guests so they feel welcome.
When you want to change your life and get better results, tend to others for it is in giving where you will find your true self and success.
And you just might find happiness along the way… :-)