personal growth

Your #1 Client

I spend a lot of time observing other businesses and business owners, always looking to pick up an idea or two that I can apply to my own business or teach my clients.  One of the things I’ve recently noticed is business owners who put everything and everyone ahead of themselves.  While I understand (and believe in) the servant leadership model, it doesn’t require us to stop caring for ourselves ahead of others, and in fact might even require us to take better care of ourselves. 

I started asking my clients who their #1 Client was, and across the board I got one of two answers, both wrong.

We Hold These Truths...

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Each year as we approach the celebration of Independence Day here in the United States, I set aside time to read the Declaration of Independence and reflect on what this document means to me. The impact of this document and the country created by it has resonated around the world for the past 243 years, giving those seeking opportunity a place to achieve greatness. For those of you who were brave enough to take a chance on your dream of starting a business, and who now reap the rewards that came with taking that risk, congratulations! My hope is that your business is providing you with the following: Life, Liberty, and Happiness. How would you rank yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 in each of those areas?

Get Out of Your Way

Whether you are a business owner, an employee, a student, an athlete, or any other label you wish to use to describe yourself, you probably have dreams and goals for yourself that you are not yet achieving. Over the past 15 years of working with a wide variety of businesses and entrepreneurs in dozens of industries, from startups to 3rd generation family businesses, I have seen dreams come and go, some fulfilled but many not. Looking back at my own experiences and listening to and learning from others much wiser than I am, it is clear that the number one reason people do not achieve their goals and dreams is that they are unable to get out of their own way! We tend to blame pretty much everyone and everything else for our failures to achieve, but in the end it really comes down to each and every one of us and our own personal limitations.

Life is a Mirror

Decisions, decisions, decisions….life is all about making decisions, right?

Early on things are a little easier because your parents make decisions for you, but as you get older and take on more responsibilities things get complicated.  You go from being a carefree kid, to an awkward teenager, to an adult charged with making a number of decisions each day…decisions that can either positively or negatively impact you.  Run your own business and the impact of your actions and decisions multiply.  So, how exactly is life like a mirror?

Point of Power

Every single day, multiple times a day, we are faced with a decision to make.  The decisions which need to be made come in different colors, shapes and sizes, yet many of them all have a common foundation to them.  Despite the fact that many decisions seem dissimilar, in reality there is a fundamental underlying decision that goes along with the more obvious surface level decision.  I call this fundamental Decision the Point of Power, and it is truly liberating when you understand how to wield it.

Don’t Let Change Scare You

As many of my regular readers know, I recently made a massive change in my business – going back out on my own after 3 years with a great partner, leasing space three times bigger than I need right now, and opening a satellite office 90 minutes away from my main office!  This is a change that has been on my mind for over a year, and the time lost debating the options in my head for 15 months can never be recovered.  I let FEAR of change hold me back, and it certainly isn’t the first time I have allowed FEAR to control my life plans.