More Important Than Money: Understanding Why You Really Do What You Do

What do super-successful small business owners and entrepreneurs all have in common?

It’s not experience.

It’s not extraordinary skills.

It’s not even a powerful drive.

Although all of these things can definitely help your business grow, they’re not a prerequisite for success. After all, no one is born with experience or skills, and plenty of successful people lack drive.

The one thing that does make a difference, though, is your “why.”

Why did you decide to start a business?

Why do you spend too many hours in front of your computer every week?

Why do you stay up too late and get up too early, just so you can work on growing your business? Why do you buy every online marketing program, but rarely implement it or if you do, it doesn’t work for you.

The “why” is what ultimately drives us to success, but here’s the thing: it’s different for everyone. Your why is not my why, and my why is not your why.

It’s a deeply personal choice that can have great meaning…or not.

For example, a survivor of domestic abuse might happily spend 60 or 70 hours each and every week mentoring other victims of abuse, or counseling couples on how to break the cycle. Her big why is a strong desire to prevent other women from suffering in the same way she did.

A mother of small children may be saddened at the thought of sending her kids to daycare, just so she can go to work to (barely) pay for it. Her big why is a drive to spend as much time with her kids as she can, while still supporting her family.

A young, fresh out of school entrepreneur might resist taking the same path her parents took, working for a corporation for 40 years, only to retire and find themselves with barely enough to live on. Instead, she dreams of having the income (and the time) to see the world while she’s still young enough to enjoy it.

So, what’s your big “why”? It might be the freedom to travel, the option to spend time with your family, the ability to take weeks off at a time to care for a sick family member, or even to earn enough money to support a charity that’s close to your heart.

Whatever it is, your “why” is the driving force behind every action you take. When you’re deciding whether or not to take on a new client or customer, ask yourself if it’s aligned with your “why.” When you’re setting goals for the year, ask yourself if those goals are moving you closer or further from your big why.

Thinking of branching out into a new business venture? Make sure it’s in alignment with your big why, and success is suddenly much more attainable.

What’s YOUR BIG WHY?

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What if you had the mindset of Oprah Winfrey?

How do people become successful? It’s all about YOUR mindset.

Think you can and you will. Think you can’t and you won’t.

I have 3 (S)HEros who I admire and all have a success-oriented mindset.

Let’s start with Oprah Winfrey.

She is the first African-American billionaire, a media giant and a philanthropist. Oprah Winfrey is best known for hosting her own internationally popular talk show, “Oprah” for 25 years. She left the show to launch her own TV network, OWN.

She is a TV host, actress, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur. She had a tough early life suffering from sexual abuse as a teenager. She was able to overcome that situation and entered Tennessee State University. After college, she began working in radio and television broadcasting in Nashville.

She launched many authors with her Oprah’s Book Club and created the O Magazine.  She created the Oprah’s Angel Network which has raised more than $50 million for charitable programs, her favorite being girls’ education in South Africa.

People love Oprah Winfrey’s open, warm-hearted personal style. She is an amazing success. Her intuitive, goal-focused and hard-working mindset has created her incredible success.

Mother Teresa

Now, I know Mother Teresa has her critics and I did not agree with all that she believed in. Yet, she was an extraordinary woman. She had an astounding mindset.

During her lifetime Mother Teresa became famous for dedicating her life to caring for the poor and dying in the slums of Calcutta, present day Kolkatta. In 1979, she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her care of the poor. She donated all of her Nobel Peace Prize winnings to the destitute. After her death, she was canonized as Saint Teresa. Becoming a Saint, winning the Nobel Peace Prize is pretty successful.

Mother Teresa was the founder and leader of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. The Missionaries of Charity is one of the world’s largest and most successful organizations. Since being founded in 1948 by Mother Teresa, her organization has raised millions of dollars. It has over a million volunteers in more than 100 countries. The Missionaries of Charity is still one of the most recognized brands in the world.

She was an incredibly successful business woman. There is a great business book Mother Teresa CEO written by Ruma Rose and Lou Faust. In the book, are the 8 “Teresa principles” which I love:

“dream it simple, say it strong”

“to get to the angels, deal with the devil; wait, then pick your moment”

“embrace the power of doubt”

“discover the joy of discipline”

“communicate in a language people understand”

“pay attention to the janitor”

“use the power of silence.”

These are all monumental mindset traits.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of the First Lady through her active participation in American politics and her involvement in the U.N.’s Human Rights Commission. She was the first, First Lady to be so active outside her uxorial role.

As the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she had a world stage and she used it to become one of the most successful First Ladies in history.

She advocated for human and women’s rights, held press conferences and wrote her own newspaper column. Eleanor focused mostly on helping the country’s impoverished. She stood against racial discrimination. She traveled abroad during World War II, to visit U.S. troops. She was vocal, visible and valuable in changing the world in the turbulent time of WW II.

Let me share some Eleanor Roosevelt quotes that give clues to HER mindset.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

“Women are like teabags. You don’t know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”

Notice the traits each of these remarkable women have. The three traits I notice the most are:

  1. Believe in your dreams and believe in yourself.
  2. Don’t let Fear stop you.
  3. Embrace your strength and speak up.

Change your mindset, strengthen these traits and you will be successful in all that you do.

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5 Steps to Create A Life Plan                                                                                                                       

We set goals every day, but do we have a Life Plan?                                                 

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Step 1. Take stock

  • Spend time figuring out what is working in your life and what needs to change. Write it down, assessing all aspects of your life.
  • Make a list, draw a map, write it out as a story, but get it all down.

Step 2. Understand what’s important to you

  • Any goals you set should be firmly grounded in your values.
  • Take the opportunity to evaluate what’s important to you, where your beliefs are strongest.
  • These should guide everything moving forward, or else you will continue to be unhappy.

Step 3. Create a vision for your future and break it down

  • What are your goals for each of the crucial areas of your life? Look into the future, several years down the road, and envision what your life will look like to make you happy. This is your benchmark and can help you design the actionable steps you will need to take to achieve those goals.
  • For each area of your life, write down your long-term goals and identify intermediate targets that can help you reach your final destination.
  • Identify all the steps that will be necessary for achieving your goals. Each of these should be manageable steps.

Step 4. Eliminate the obstacles to your success

  • Think about the reasons you have been unsuccessful, up until now, at achieving your goals. This is a time to eliminate people, commitments, and other aspects of your life that are not necessary and not in line with your values and goals.
  • Removing unnecessary parts of your life can help you reduce stress and make changes easier when you have less about which to worry. 

Step 5. Set up routines and support to help you achieve your dreams

  • Routines and support can help you deal with changes and assist with your momentum. These will help you follow through on aims instead of just saying you want something to happen.
  • Get help from others who can keep you on track.
  • Online support, friends, coworkers, and family members can keep you moving forward when you stumble and remind you why you started this work in the first place.
  • Rely on yourself for support and evaluate your plan regularly to see how you are feeling about it and the work you have put toward it.

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#1 Productivity Pitfall is Wishful Thinking

Avoid the #1 Productivity Pitfall.

Stop Wishing, Make It Happen and Be More Productive! 

Wishful thinking gets nothing accomplished and productivity stands still. Another year goes by, but yet the changes you wanted to occur, did not.

Whether it be that new year’s resolution to lose 25 pounds that you never quite achieved or earn more and be able to discover the financial security you yearn for, it can be quite de-motivating to not achieve your wishes year after year.

Luckily, with each new day comes the promise of a better day; the chance to actually do something that brings you closer to your objective, instead of just wishful thinking. Ready to follow these proven guidelines, and make tomorrow your most productive day yet? Let’s go!

Decide What You Want

From the inception, this is where many people get it wrong. It is near impossible to achieve multiple goals, pulling you in different directions all at the same time. Have ONE goal at a time.

Find Your Motivation

What is your motivation? Your WHY for the goal. Know this and you will be much more productive.

Write It Down- Set Goals 

Always write down your goals. Research always shows that goals written keep you on target and you are 85% more likely to complete the goal. write down your goals and place it in a location where you will look at it every day will keep it at the front of your mind.

Make Yourself Accountable

Do you ever notice the extra effort you put into getting your goals accomplished when you announce your goals to a group of people?

Set a Deadline for Your Goals.

A goal without a deadline is for the most part, useless. It’s the equivalent of wanting to make a house, but with no particular time frame in mind. Would you find it acceptable for it to take 35 years to complete a modest 3-bedroom home?

Nobody in their right mind would and is exactly why you must schedule your goals. It may be a bit difficult to estimate a completion time, but find what pace you are comfortable at, and go a bit over it. If your goal is doing a book, and you can comfortably write 500 words a day, aim for 750. This will leave you feeling driven, in that you are capable of much more than you thought.

Conclusion

Make tomorrow your most productive day ever! Start making small but significant changes today, and work consistently to achieving your goals.

A year from now, you will look back in awe of your accomplishments!

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Increase your Productivity, 7 more ways to be productive!

Always on the lookout for more ways to increase my productivity, to streamline my business and life. Here are 7 MORE ways to be Productive! Let me know in the comments, if these help.

  1. Try Coach.Me

An easy way to analyze your daily habits is to use the free Coach.me habit tracker app. No more keeping time sheets, or writing in notepads. No more journaling your habits.

It’s available for both Apple and Androids, so you can auto-track yourself anywhere.

Now that’s productive!

  1. Break Major Goals into Tiny Bites

It’s far easier to reach the other side of the country one step at a time, rather than focusing on how far away and unreachable it feels.

Celebrate each step, and celebrate key milestones along the way even more. And remember that even the most famous musician in the world had to learn to keep at it, and learn one lesson at a time.

  1. Twenty-Minute Naps Boost Productivity

Rather than reaching for another cup of coffee, schedule yourself room for a twenty-minute nap during the day.

The TV show “Mythbusters” tested this myth extensively, and proved that naps of twenty minutes (no more, no less) produced the most optimal results.

  1. Get Up an Hour Early

“If I only had an extra hour a day”, you may have said. So make one! Get up an hour early (even two or three hours early, if you can hack it) and see what you can accomplish when the world is quiet and everyone else in the house is still asleep.

(This is a tip enthusiastically espoused by many proactive millionaires.)

 

  1. Un-Train Your Brain

We have now hard-wired ourselves, quite literally, to multi-task—something that as of recent years has been venerated.

Psychologists have proved that multi-tasking dissipates energy and makes us feel duller and more confused later in the day. Furthermore, multi-tasking drops IQs by an average of 5 points, according to one source.

Focus on one task at a time, and shut off (and out) all other distractions.

  1. Shop Online as Much as Possible

While shopping may be relaxation for some people, it’s sheer drudgery and time wasting to others. If that sounds like you, remember that even your grocery shopping can be done online (and delivered to your door)!

Keep personal activities that really count and enrich your life—like going to your daughter’s hockey game or going for your morning run—but get rid of the tedious stuff. “Outsource” it!

  1. Keep Things Fun

It’s not rocket science to note that we humans tend to abandon activities or tools that are stressful, difficult or boring. No matter what new habits or tools you decide to use to increase productivity, make sure that you find them easy to adopt—and fun to use.

Productivity is really just another way to make sure your quality of life—as well as your business and your relationships with others—rocks. Being truly productive keeps you energized, inspired and heading straight towards your dreams.

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