Helpful Business Thoughts To Stay on Track and Keep You More Productive

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How to Eliminate Chaos in Your Business
Part 6

Simple Thoughts You Can Use For Any Small Business

Here are some thoughts that will help you get through some challenging tasks and help simplify the process of running your business.

These tasks are not difficult and only really require a change in the way you approach certain tasks.

Here’s the list:

1. The broader, the better; or is it?

You may be doing business over a wide range of products or services. You may think the more things you are into, the more stable your business will be. You may think because you have many different business activities going on, that if one fails, you will have another to depend on.

The key is not to have more, but to do it better. What would you consider more stable? Having a lot of mediocre products/services, or having one dynamite product/service?

2. Keep an open mind.

I often see a lot of business opportunities related to my own and other businesses. I like to keep an open mind. Many opportunities are around us. There are a lot of gimmicks in the marketplace, but also a lot of good opportunities to help run your business.

You just have to know the good from the bad. I don’t mind taking a few minutes to skim through some of the material out there. If it is related to my business, I will take a closer look. If not, I will just take a quick scan. If I were to bypass everything out there, how would I know what’s going on in the marketplace?

The key is not to spend too much time on this. If you find something of interest, don’t just jump into it; ask questions and do some research. After all, you are an intelligent person. If you do research, at least you will know into what you are getting. Weigh the pros and cons.

3. Can you continue doing what you’re doing?

Some people are in love with what they do; they love it so much they have created a business from it. Yet some of these people don’t want to be involved in the business aspect; they just want to do their thing.

If this refers to you, then you had better hire a manager, or else learn to take care of your business. If you don’t look after your business, you might not be able to continue doing what you love!

4. Doing things you hate.

Most people, when doing a task they hate, will ask themselves, “Why do I always have to do this?” They might say to themselves, “I wish I didn’t have to do this,” or “I wish I was doing something else.” This type of mentality makes your brain look for ways to put off or avoid doing the task altogether. You then have a problem, because the task never gets done.

It has to be done, or you wouldn’t be doing it and complaining about it in the first place.
The best way to overcome this is to do the task as well as you possibly can. Think of ways to improve it. You will be surprised at how much more tolerable the task will be, if you give it your best.

5. Stay centered.

It is important, during a hard and long venture, to keep your mind in the present. You should stay centered. Don’t look too far back or too far ahead. This will keep you focused on what you are doing.

Looking back may slow you down, because you may feel you’ve come so far you need a break. When you look too far ahead, you may find yourself a long way from completing your venture, then become fatigued, and you may even stop and think, “It’s not worth it.”

6. Just Do It!

When you’re thinking of doing something, all you might do is think about it. If you are going to do it anyway, then start now. Once you get started, it will be hard to stop.

How many times were you stopped at a light behind a tractor trailer? When the light turned green, it seemed like it took forever for the truck to get going. Then when it was safe to pass, you found you couldn’t, because the truck was going faster than the speed limit. It’s the same with business.

It might be slow getting going, but once you’ve started, it will be hard to stop!

7. Eliminate your phobias.

A phobia is nothing but a thought planted in your subconscious mind. However, it got there, remember: it’s only a thought. Phobias are success destroyers.

You may have a lot of things you want to do, but you’re afraid of something in your way. You have to eliminate these phobias. Find those thoughts, and get rid of them. Sometimes you can do this on your own, but if you need help, don’t be afraid to get it. The more you eliminate negative thoughts, the stronger you will be in your business, as well as personally.

If you have to hire someone for everything you’re afraid of doing, you will end up working twice as hard with fewer results. You have to explain what you want done and train them to do it; after that, do you think the person has enough ambition to do the job as you would?

If you eliminated the phobia, you could do the critical jobs that need you as a business owner or manager. So get rid of the phobias. Check your online resources for programs that specialize in eliminating phobias.

8. Leave your comfort zone.

You can compare your comfort zone to a man walking down a street. He doesn’t run or jog; he only walks at the most comfortable pace he can. His muscles never get any stronger; his lung capacity never improves. He is comfortable walking and doesn’t want to run, because he will leave his comfort zone.

The result is he will always be walking. He will only get where he is going slowly.

When you leave your comfort zone, you stretch your capabilities. If we all stayed in our comfort zones, we wouldn’t have progress. When you leave your comfort zone, you may be doing or trying something you are afraid of doing. You are experimenting with the unknown.

That’s okay. Once you try new things, the fear will go away. Leaving your comfort zone will result in greater achievement.

9. Modeling.

Modeling can be a great time saver for any plan or goal. Instead of reinventing the wheel, you can model it after a successful business or person. Study the aspect of the business or person that interests you, and use that knowledge as a guide.

This doesn’t mean you have to be a copycat. You can always add your creativity and improve what you are modeling. This powerful concept just gives you a head start.

10. Complaints can be an advantage.

When most people receive a complaint, they become defensive. You should consider complaints an advantage. When you receive a complaint, then you have the opportunity to better your business. Use complaints as a guide to improve.

This guide can become your best friend and asset. Make it easy for someone to file a complaint. You could have a complaint box, forms or other creative methods that allow complaints to be filed. Don’t fight complaints and don’t dismiss them; use them; it’s to your advantage!

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