Stop Struggling: That’s Not What You Went Into Business For, Is It?

As business owners we typically launch our business out of a passion; a passion to serve others in a particular area and as a side vision for our own life, our goal is to create freedom – time freedom and financial freedom.

Solid reasons to become a business owner, yet so often the desire to serve others takes hold at the expense of time and financial freedom without streamlined systems and processes to keep your business running efficiently.

There is so much to do, you are literally building and maintaining your business on the go, focused on serving others and bringing in enough revenue to pay the bills and feed your family.

Your day is filled from morning to night trying to figure where you should focus for the day and or focusing in so many directions, putting out fires, keeping things afloat, that the very things that can make your life easier in the long run, are put on the back burner in an attempt to simply survive your day and keep your existing clients.

This is not what you had envisioned for yourself.

You know there is a better way.

You know your clients deserve better.

You know your family deserves better.

You know you deserve better.

You’ve become the “cliche” spending all the time “IN” your business you don’t think you have time to work “ON” your business.

You are tired, frustrated, exhausted, stuck, overwhelmed or simply wondering, how do I grow this and create what I know it can be?

The question to answer is, what proactive action are you taking today to start creating the true vision you had for your business, for your clients, for your family and for you?

If you are interested in a few quick, simple ways to start streamlining and create stronger results, email me today at: Dana@DanaEarhartLitif.com

I’m committed to bring you Bold Strategy and Big Results meaning you Close More Sales, Grow Your Team, Make More Money and Enjoy More Life!  Find out how today…

~ Dana

PS: If you are Ready  let’s jump on a Business Growth Strategy Call, click here and apply today!

Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion.  ~ Oprah Winfrey

 

5 Ways Gratitude Can Increase Your Business

attitude of gratitude

We’re coming up on the busiest time of year… between holiday shopping and tying up end-of-year business, all of our plates are full.

I want to take this time however to remind you to stop and give thanks.  Not just in the traditional sense, rather to really sit down and take a moment to think about all of those who have made 2015 what it is for you.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward

There’s no better time than the season of giving to do this since it’s at the top of most people’s minds.  Plus, having an attitude of gratitude is good for the soul, as well as your business.

By now you know my motto:  Serve More. Earn More. Enjoy More!, and gratitude can help you better achieve all three of those things!  Here are five ways your  business can grow by simply showing a little thankfulness.

1. Personal Appreciation

A small handwritten thank you note can go a long way.  In this day of “shoot from the hip” text messages or emails, a personalized piece of snail mail is such a nice touch.  I’m sure you could even name the last person who sent you a written card/note.  Throw in a gift card or coupon for your services and you’re doing even better!

It leaves a wonderful lasting impression of thoughtfulness and creates loyalty.  The cost of stationary and stamps will prove to be minuscule when you see an increase in your profits and repeat business from satisfied customers/clients.

2. Bookend Your Thanks

This is a wonderful habit to get into.  Start and end each conversation, meeting, event by showing your gratitude.  Thank the person or group for their time, expertise, purchase (whatever the case may be) and end with another round of thanks.

This even goes for complaints, acknowledge them and thank the person for bringing the particular issue to your attention so that you have the opportunity to prevent it from happening again in the future.  Turn a negative into a positive with your gratitude; in the end this could prevent you from having larger problems and shows the person your true professionalism.

“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle.  The more you use it, the stronger it grows and the more power you have to use it on your behalf.  If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished.  To be grateful is to find blessings in everything.  This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” ~Alan Cohen

3. Pay It Forward

Be the conductor of the good karma train by showing your appreciation and others will follow suit.  I absolutely love the “Pay it Forward” mentality, and only wish more people adopted this thinking.

When others see your gratitude, compassion, humility, and expression of thanks, they will be inspired to do the same.  Then you’ll be top of mind to them, and when they (or someone they know) are in need of your products/services who are they going to call?  The conductor of that feel good karma train, YOU, that’s who!

4. Walk the Talk

Show your true leadership skills by giving thanks to those who help you on a daily basis, your team members, friends, family, clients and fellow colleagues.  By encouraging them and showing your humble gratitude for all they do, you’ll see an increase in performance and loyalty (retention).

Because, who doesn’t want to work for and with someone who is thankful and happy with their work?!  This will in turn inspire them to do number four on our list… pay it forward.

5. Live with Intention

This is something I write about a lot on my blog and that’s because of its overall importance in your personal and business life.  Living with intention is essentially a lifestyle of gratefulness, being of service and focus.

If you concentrate on the things you do not have, than how can you expect to attract the things you want?  Be happy and thankful for what you have and you’ll be living a happier more fulfilled life.  And when you’re happier you are able to connect better with others and create lasting relationships, both personally and in business.

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.  The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” ~Zig Ziglar

What are you thankful for in your business?  Shout it out in the comments below.

To Your Continued and Ever Growing Success,

Dana

PS – We are in the midst of our own November: Thanksgiving Appreciation offer, including bonuses worth over $1,500.  If you are interested in growing your success in and out of the office, contact us TODAY for a Complimentary Strategy call to learn how you can take advantage of this.  Limited Space is available and it will go quickly – Take Action TODAY!

5 Simple Steps to Creating A Great Mission Statement

Mission Statement

For many the Mission Statement is a thorn in their side… a necessary evil that just comes with the territory when launching a business.

We all understand the importance of a first impression and in its simplest form that’s exactly what a mission statement is. The initial opportunity for you to put your best foot forward, as it helps to define goals, ethics and overall company culture. The key is to find that balance between realism and optimism.

The last thing you want is a generic mission statement full of fluffy words that would work for any business under the sun.  So to help, I’ve broken down the daunting process into a simple 5-step plan. Simply grab a pen and paper and get to it.

1. Write down three words that describe your company.

Do you want people to associate you with words like creative, trailblazing and vibrant?  Maybe traditional, dependable and trust-worthy? If you have a slogan that may be a good place to find appropriate words.

2. Who is your dream client and ideal customer?
Define your target audience.

Just jot down the first few things that come to mind, we’ll worry about adding finesse to everything later.

3.  What sets you apart from your competitors? What makes your business special and different?

Keep this to one or two sentences. If you’re having trouble with this question, then take a fresh look at your business plan.

4. What are your aspirations, and goals for the business?

Aim high and, make it achievable. A mission statement is supposed to point you in the right direction – straight to the top of the success ladder.

5. How does the existence of your company make the lives of others better?

Sounds scarier than it actually is. You don’t have to be putting and end to world hunger to make a difference. (Providing pain relief and stress reducing massages makes the world a better, happier place!)

Now that you’ve got all these ideas down on paper, craft it all together in a couple sentences NOT paragraphs. It should take no longer than 30 seconds to read. Get your employees’ opinions on whether or not it is representative of the company’s identity and culture.

Voila, you’ve got yourself a great mission statement. Remember as you grow and prosper you will need to update the mission statement, and that’s a good thing!

Time to share that creative genius of yours and help inspire others by leaving your mission statement in the comments below!

To Your Continued and Ever-Growing Success,

Dana

P.S.  If you’re in need of more direction, including a strategic plan for your business, contact me today to schedule your complimentary Strategy Call.