Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Being Proactive Equals Your Success

Being Proactive Equals Your Success

The World is your Oyster is a proverb Shakespeare first used in his play in1600.
and it’s a phrase that sums life up. It affirm that whatever you want is within your grasp. The challenge is that each person has to go out and get it. Unless you are one of the very lucky or privileged few…the money you want, the dreams you want, aren’t’ going to be handed to you. You have got to be proactive and work towards your success.

Being proactive means a change in thinking, followed by a change in actions. Often you need to eliminate from your mind old beliefs about life, that are not supporting you. If you keep thinking, “money is hard to get” you will never keep enough or earn enough because subconsciously you will find a way of sabotaging yourself. Your new thoughts could be ‘money is flowing to me easily’.

Fortunately, your success is in your head…and luckily it’s up to you. There’s another saying If it’s going to be – it’s up to me and that is true. Success isn’t an overnight event and for everyone, success equates to an individuals choice. It may be passing an exam, learning to skydive or making $50,000 profit in their business.

It takes between 21 and 28 days to change a habit. Your success is stepping stones in progress.

10 Steps to Become Proactive

1 Positive – Negatively is rife in life. It is in the media, magazines, people. If you want to be positive you need to rid yourself of negativity. Turn off the television is your first step.

2 Results. – You need to have a goal, dream or desire you are working towards. Maybe it’s money in the bank, increased cash flow in your business, a holiday, new car or ten new clients. A famous quote from the Wizard of Oz is: Any road will take you there, if you don’t know where you’re going.

3 Overcoming FEAR –False Evidence Appearing Real. Imagine not attempting to walk when you were young. You didn’t give up and you wouldn’t want to live without it now…. you tried and succeeded. Take small steps to over come your fear.

4 Attitude – My Attitude postcard reads: Past, Present, Future, Every second you have a choice. Choose Positive and be your own Success Story. It’s true; you can only think one thought at a time. Make it a positive one.

5 Confidence – Walk tall, stand straight, wear your best clothes, use eye contact Fake it until you make it. Smile! You might have butterflies in your stomach, but no one can see them.

6 Communication – Improve your communication by joining Toastmasters and at the same time gain confidence. Attend assertive communication courses, and remember Hello and Thank You.

7 BE Interactive – Just do it! Make the appointments, approach new clients, meet new people, join social clubs. Life is for living.

8 Victorious – With every small success reward you. After ten sales calls, have a coffee, after a completing a task well, find a way of patting yourself on your back. Acknowledge that you’ve achieved something.

9 Enthusiasm – Find the ‘it’s great to be alive’ feeling. Discover your passions, experience and enjoy them. Smell the roses, enjoy good health, eat well and find the vitality in life from within. You’ve got it, but it’s up to you to discover it. Everyone has free will, the choice is yours!

10 Never, ever give up!

Being proactive means you will always encounter challenges, but you will always
Overcome them. It’s like eating peas with a fork…they roll off the side and you usually have to try more than once to eat them. Making the world your oyster and crating your goals and dreams is the same sometimes you have to try more than once to achieve them.

Future Proofing your Business

Future Proofing Businesses

Many businesses, large or small, have enough problems dealing with today’s markets and consumers, let alone tomorrow’s! But failing to focus on the future leads to many businesses drifting into oblivion because their products or services no longer suit the needs of consumers and clients.

The loss of relevance can happen quite quickly, not only for small businesses but also large businesses. Fletcher Challenge was one large New Zealand business that failed to adapt to change and McDonalds had to rapidly change with the fast food it offered and include healthier options.

Now watch the telecommunications and finance sectors over the next decade. There
will be significant attrition amongst the players in these sectors because a number of players have not developed future-focused business strategies that enable them to adapt to coming radical changes in technologies, markets and delivery channels.

The reality is that change has never been as rapid or as dramatic as that which we will see over the next several decades. Developing an understanding of a number of key trends including the impacts of new technologies currently being introduced or developed, the aging of the population and a decreasing interest in rearing children, growing individualism, psychological age becoming more important than physical age, the effects of smart networks, the shift from B2C to C2B, changing logistics and delivery systems, and sustainability issues is essential to ensure long term business robustness and excellence in performance.

As the pace of change quickens, senior management and business owners need to be far more aware of the trends that may impact on their businesses in the next 5 to 10 years than ever. The best way to enhance this awareness is to develop simple scenarios that depict how the market may look in five to ten year’s time. The sorts of questions that might be addressed when developing a scenario include:

• Are our products or services likely to be relevant in 5 – 10 years time?
• Will our currently high value product or service just become another commodity in 5 – 10 years time?
• Which technologies are being developed that might affect our current products or services?
• Who are my consumers going to be in 5 – 10 years time (age group, relative demographic importance, lifestyles, characteristics)?
• How am I going to be able to deliver the solutions that customers require?
• What channels will I use to access my consumers (bearing in mind that traditional mass saturation advertising strategies have, at best, a 1- 2% success rate and the retailing scene is changing quite rapidly).
• Do I need to operate effectively in both place (locally) and/or space (virtually)?
• How will the increasing focus on sustainability affect my business?
• How is increasing globalisation going to affect my business?

Focusing on the future rather than projecting from the past, the approach most business tend to rely on today, requires a major attitude shift. Such an attitude shift is becoming increasingly critical in order to future proof a business. CEO’s, managers and business owners need to spend 20-30% of their time on future proofing their businesses if they .want to thrive.

It is always difficult to change old habits. However, the shift required is not impossible if managers and staff have the inclination and tools to change attitudes and business strategies. And most staff respond very positively to forward thinking vision based strategic planning that moves the business forward when it replaces the same old “same old”, an increasingly outdated approach that increasingly leads to reduced employment security and lower incomes