May 07, 2014

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How to Use Worries to Grow Your Business Do you worry or have friends that constantly worry? When I coach businesses, often it's about managing worries. Worries need to be broken down into two parts Worries about risk which are legitimate but manageable. These type of worries are good..they test your belief in what you are doing, they test your thinking and make sure that you make the right decisions; but you do need to make that decision! Worries about failure. This is felt by everyone. I don't care who you are, at some point you will have a lack of confidence...and that is good. Having a lack of confidence means that you don't think you are magical, that you are perfect...it should ensure that you keep learning. It should be used to listen....but here is the trick, you listen to the customer not that hidden competitor that loves to hide in your mind. Failure is necesary. Just read any autobiography and it will contain wonderful anecdotes of failures before that final 'overnight success'. I don't seem the point of worrying. I have never been a worrier because Dad always said "What is the point of worrying? If you can do something, do it...and if you can't... then why worry about something that you can't change!" In business you need to learn how to manage worry. Worries won't go away, but they need you to manage them. If they are left to grow then they eventually invade your body and render you powerless. If you use them to test your belief, test your management of risk....then worries turn from being your hidden competitor to helping you become more competitive. Today's question is...do you allow worry to stop you from growing or do you allow worry to fuel a stronger growth? P.S Don't forget to listen to Melonie Dodaro on how to make the most out of LinkedIn to remove even more worries!
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3 Way to Cope With the Bad Days at Work Business can be messy but there again life can be too.....Just when you think things are going great then a large speed bump comes along to test your resolve. Life is like this and as much as we would love to sail through a happy trouble free life, we know life isn't like that. So why do we expect business to be constant, consistent saless growth - after all business is part of life! No, we will have surges to attention, profit spikes followed by failed product launches or even a customer going under when they owe us money. It is not the bumps in the road that we can always avoid, it is whether we have the right shock absorbers to get us over them! Are you ready for those bumps, are you ready to enjoy the gorgeous open roads ASWELL as the boneshaker country roads which test your resolve? In business most people can do a great job when things are going well, the test of a great leader...the test of a great business...is how they respond to the bad days. We can prepare ourselves yet often this is put off until tomorrow. And we all know that tomorrow never comes.....Here are some ways to ease those bumpy roads.. Dad always taught me to look ahead. When he was teaching me to drive he said it is important to keep your eyes looking at the road in front NOT just the next few yards. This is true in business. This is true in life. We often remain blind to future problems....not because we can't see them looming but because we don't want to see a problem. However seeing a problem ahead means you can do something about it today! How often do you take 15 minutes to look at possible risks and plan a route around them? Keep something in reserve to cope with problems, be it financial, marketing, bad PR etc This is especially true with energy - remember sometimes you have to recognise when to give up a smaller battle to win the war. How often do you waste energy fighting battles that are not critical? How often do you waste energy doing tasks rather than working on the business? Belief is a huge part of coping with the bad times. Do you truly believe in what you are doing? How often do you check that belief and reaffirm your belief?

Anna Farmery

Social Marketing Architect, Speaker, Author and in spare time completing PhD on the future of the social business model

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