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How to Go From Working in Your Business to Working on Your Business

How can you go from working in your business to working on your business? 
Kadi Cole is here to explain.

We’re continuing our conversation today with Kadi Cole, the author of “Sticky Note Leadership,” about leadership. While you’re in the trenches in your business, it can be tough to find the time to properly lead your people and your business. We talked with Kadi a little bit about how you can remedy this.

According to Kadi, you either work in the business or on the business. Leadership is definitely an “on the business” topic. If you’re used to being the one who works in the business, working on the business is a completely different realm. There is much more focus on leadership. Those tasks that you are used to doing on your own will need to be delegated. Leadership is a very different skill set but an important one if you want to maximize the potential of your business. 

The transition is a process. If you’re completely in the business and want to get to working on the business instead, you’ll need to start building a team. When you’re working on your own, it’s hard to spend more than 10% to 20% of your time on the business. As your company grows or you grow in leadership, those percentages should flop. A CEO should be spending 80% to 90% of their time on the business and only 10% to 20% of their time in the business.

Kadi says that the best leaders have a really unique ability to keep an eye on the organization and the vision of what’s ahead. Great leaders spend a lot of time projecting what is to come and less time focusing on past mistakes. The real key is the development of your people. It’s those people who represent the company every day. It’s important to invest in them early because they are the ones that will truly help move your business forward.

These are some really great tips from Kadi. If you haven’t picked up a copy of her book yet, do it. It will change the way you lead your business. 

If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I would love to hear from you.

What Makes Someone a Leader?

What does it take to be a leader? Today I’m joined by a special guest, Kadi Cole, to talk about the subject of leadership.

What does it mean to be a great leader?

To help me answer this question, I’m joined by a special guest: Kadi Cole. Kadi wrote an amazing book called “Sticky Note Leadership” that deals with this subject exactly.

According to Kadi, all of us are leaders in our own way. The John Maxwell quote “Leadership is influence” really applies here

If you have influence over the team you work with, the business you run, your kids, or anything else, you are a leader. Kadi says it’s also important to remember that we all have 100% influence over ourselves. So, self-leadership acts as a great foundation for becoming a strong leader, in general.

Simply getting up in the morning and following through with your goals are good first steps toward self-leadership. When you can be a strong influence on yourself, you can be a positive influence for others.

This is an idea that comes into play in the realm of parenting, as well. And parenting and leading a business have a lot in common. The goal of any parent is to raise a self-sufficient and independent adult. This is the same goal leaders have for their businesses.

It may take a lot of hands-on leadership to achieve your goals for your business, especially when directing new employees, but your influence will ultimately lead the members of your team to be able to self-manage.

If you haven’t read Kadi’s book, I really recommend doing so.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, but Words Can Also Hurt You

Words can hurt. Here’s how you can make sure they won’t hurt you anymore.

When you were little, you probably heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”

That’s a great idea and a good lesson for children to learn. However, I do think that what is said to you and about you matters. Why?

Whenever you hear something over and over again, negative or positive, it goes deep down into your subconscious and stays there.

If you have goals but you haven’t been able to achieve them, I challenge you to look at some of the negative messages that you’ve heard—or maybe even said—about yourself.

Then, create some powerful affirmations and write them in your journal. When you catch yourself saying “I can’t,” just know that you can, and you will.

What you listen to, what you hear, and who you surround yourself with matters, so pick wisely and find people to encourage and support you.

If you have any questions for me, I would love to talk to you more. Just give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

What Are the 4 Steps to Finding Your Rhythm?

If you’re at a point in your life where you’re struggling to get things right, follow these four steps to help you work through it.

I want you to do me a favor. Think back to a time in your life where everything you did worked perfectly. It was easy, stress-free, and you couldn’t make a mistake.

Have you thought about that time? We’ve all had it.

Now, think about something different. Think about a time where you did all the right things but just couldn’t get anything to work. I know I’ve had those times, and I’m sure you’ve had them too.

I was recently at The Human Gathering, and one of the speakers there shared a great concept and I want to share with you today. His concept was that there are four steps to getting into a rhythm or flow:
  1. Struggle. You might be surprised at this. After all, who wants more struggle in their life? Actually though, it makes perfect sense. When most of us struggle, we respond by resisting it and pushing against it, which causes us to stay in this phase longer than we should. Instead of struggling, lean into the struggle and, as the speaker said, “struggle gracefully.”

  2. Relaxation. Many of us forget this step, but taking a few moments to yourself is a great thing to do.

  3. Flow (or rhythm). This is where the stress is gone and things start clicking and working.

  4. Recovery. Give yourself time to rest and relax.
If you think about this during your workout or exercise routine, it makes perfect sense, right? You’ll have a little bit of a struggle, a little relaxation time, the rhythm or flow (perhaps a “runner’s high” if you’re running), and then the recovery.

Instead of resisting the struggle and looking at it as a bad thing, understand that the good stuff is right around the corner. If you lean into it and get excited about it, it will leave you sooner so you can get to the good stuff.

Think about what you want to accomplish in the next week or two and apply these principles so you can get to the good stuff faster. Struggle isn’t a bad thing—it’s just step No. 1.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further with me, feel free to give me a call. I look forward to talking to you soon!

The Key to Having Breakthroughs in Your Business

Goal setting and achieving is essential to creating the life you want to live. Here are some goal-setting tips that I use regularly.
Big goals in your business should equally excite and scare you. Often, your subconscious is nervous to try something new once you set those big goals. This prevents you from making breakthroughs. There are a few different things that I do to get into that growth mindset each day.

One of them is writing my goals down and reading them aloud each day. Once you repeat these goals to yourself enough times, you’re going to want to take action. Dreaming is not enough; you actually have to take action towards your goals. The action can be directly related to your goals, like calling past clients, or something that will inspire you or help you focus on your health. Anything that creates positive energy, really.

If your goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.

You’re going to hit a slump at some point, but what are you going to do then, give up? Here are a few things you can do to rekindle that fire:

  • Put on some music that inspires you to get out of your own head and into action.
  • Pick up the phone and call someone who is supportive of your goals.
  • Tell every positive person in your life about your goals.
  • Read great books and listen to great material to motivate yourself.

If your goal doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough. Think about your goal and then take some action toward it. Let’s see what you can create.

If you have any questions for me in the meantime, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

Get Your Attitude in Check

What attitude do you bring to the table every day? Adopting a can-do attitude can make a world of difference when reaching your goals.
Today I want to take a break from talking about real estate to talk about something that impacts your daily life: your attitude.

It seems like everyone is talking about how you should be positive and have a good attitude. However, there are all kinds of attitudes. There are good, positive attitudes, and there are negative, bad attitudes. There are also can-do attitudes, which is what I want to focus on.

One of the reasons why I don’t tend to want to quit when things aren’t going well is because I have a can-do attitude. I always believe I will find a way. The harder it gets, the more determined I get to obtain the results that I want.

You need to have a can-do attitude to reach your goals.

You need to be aware of the type of attitude you have and then decide which attitude to adopt into your lifestyle. I recommend choosing a really optimistic, can-do attitude. It will bring you one step closer to your goals, which will make you feel much better.

If you have any questions about this topic or if you have any real estate questions, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email. Also, we’re hiring! So if you know anyone with a positive or can-do attitude, we want to talk to them. We look forward to hearing from you!

3 Tips for Achieving Your Goals in 2017

If you have already given up on your goals for 2017, there are three things you can do to get back on track and achieve them.
Right now, many people have probably given up on their resolutions for 2017. Today, I want to encourage you to achieve your goals.

I think most people fail because they don’t have a clear plan or they don’t want what they said they did to begin with. There is always a price to pay when you work toward a goal, and you have to ask yourself, “Am I willing to pay that price?”

If you have fallen off the path toward success, here are three things you can do to get back on track:

1. Be clear on what you truly want. Many times, you go with the popular answer, and that is not the right way to go. If you really don’t want to achieve your goal, then you are not going to sacrifice what you need to do to meet it; instead, you will just give up.

Resolutions may or may not happen; commit to goals instead.

2. Tell the people in your life what you are committed to. The key word in that sentence is “committed.” I don’t call them New Year’s resolutions; I call them goals because I am committed to my goals. Resolutions may or may not happen. Find the people in your life who will be your cheerleaders and hold you accountable.

3. Break your goals down into daily, actionable things that you can do. Each time that you do them, you will be closer and closer to your goal. When you create these action items, it’s important to be specific. If your goal is to be in the best shape ever, put those items on a calendar daily or weekly. Treat them like the most important appointments of your day.

In short, don’t put yourself second. Make sure that you get what you want and honestly deserve in 2017. If I can ever be of any help to you, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

The Key to Mastery

What skills do you want to master in 2017? Experts say that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill, but I have a few tips to help you master anything you want faster.
Today I want to share some thoughts on mastery. Let’s say I wanted to take up golf. Experts say that it will take 10,000 hours to master that skill. For the typical person, that adds up to 10 years. Who has the patience for that? I’ll give you a few tips to help you master anything you want faster. The biggest challenge most people face is trying to master too much at one time. Pick out one thing that you want to accomplish this year and focus on that. The mastery process can take you ten years or you can put in twice as much work to cut that down to five years. If you practice the skill four times as much, you will see mastery very quickly. 

Decide what you want to master and put together a plan.

First, decide what you want to master. Then, put a plan together to practice that task often. Then, you will improve, enjoy the process, and see the results quicker. Let’s say that you are in sales. You can work for 10,000 hours or 10 years to get really great at your craft. If you need to learn what to say to the consumer to get better results, you can practice that presentation once a day or you can practice it 20 times a day. If you practice 20 times a day, you will get so much better so much quicker. Make sure that you remove the temptation to take on a lot of tasks at once. Instead, simply take on the one that is most important at that time. Once you’ve mastered that task, you can move on to the next one and build a series of skills that you’ve mastered over time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Now, let’s make 2017 the best year yet!