From the cannot do – to the can do!

Over the years I have found that I have come up against motivational blanks. I have spoken to a lot of my contemporises, entrepreneurs and small business owners who have all experienced these phases at one time or another. The’re times when you feel you just cannot think straight and worry; “how will I kick-start life into me”, do not worry it’s just a blip. Very often it seems to manifest itself when you have set yourself a large target or a larger than normal goal to aim for.

There are times you’re doing everything the same way you have done for a long time and yet it’s as though one of those “negaholics” has crawled inside you’re brain and is saying to you “stay in your comfort-zone”. You know you are doing everything correct, you’ve set your plan, you’ve set yourself sufficient time to complete the project, but you can’t kick-start yourself into action. Your “negaholic” friend has been activated and you have got so many thoughts going through your mind. I am sure you understand the sort of things, they sound like.

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Networking

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As far as I see it there are now two types of Networking taking place and this has been brought about because of the Corona-virus Pandemic.

Firstly let us go back in time and look at the way we did business 50-100 years ago it was called at the time “The Old Boys Club” in other words “Networking” for the well heeled businessman. They were known as, The Golf Club, The Rotary, The Round Table, The Masons, The Rowing Club, The Tennis Club, The RAC Motoring Club, The Carlton Club and countless other clubs dotted all around the country.

Over the years there have been many Networking clubs I think the most well known one must be the BNI with clubs all over the world. It is an American networking founded by Ivan Misner back in 1985. It has over a quarter of a million members with over 9000 breakfast type clubs where members meet weekly and discuss business and support each other.

There are so many networking clubs around the United Kingdom that I could not possibly name them all; it might be an idea to try to compile a list of them! One of the things that has happened is that Covid-19 did stop all the clubs meeting in person so then they turned to interfacing on line using the likes of Zoom, which I use very successfully as some of you well know.

Most business networking groups love to boast that they offer the best opportunities for the budding entrepreneur or business owner can do for themselves. One of the good things business networking groups offer is the chance to learn from experts. The main reason why they work is because it is a group of like-minded peers, you have the opportunity to forge new partnerships and extend your business network at the same time. Traditionally networking groups are based on face-to-face however the nature of these meetings has changed. Today’s business owners are spending their time interacting virtually with their customers and not jus locally but on a global scale. Although a lot of business networking groups have tried to maintain their face-to-face meetings there are now a great many that have modernised and moved their meetings on to on-line ones.

I have tried to add an other dimension into the equation to make it more inviting and that has been to couple this Monday Blog I put on my website and then to discuss it with the group on my 1-30pm Wednesday “Motivational & Networking Group”. I do feel that by adding a motivational element into the meeting it has brought the group together into an interactive and cohesive one.

Although I do understand that some people will miss the atmosphere of the meetings and the great banter that takes place. A drawback has always been the time people have to travel to these meetings so by the time they get back to their office it could well be 3-4 hours that has eaten into their day; please, “I am not running them down at all”. What I am saying is that with meetings now being on-line, means that where as in the past people could possibly only manage to go to one or maybe two in the week and meeting up with maybe 30-50 people and exchanging cards with them, you can now tap into perhaps one a day for about an hour and a half, this would give you the opportunity of seeing and speaking to possibly over 120 people per week from the comfort of your home or office meaning that the exponential growth of your personal network would be fantastic.

I feel the importance of networking is that all who attend need to know that they will come away from each meeting will be a few “Action Points”. Points that will help them feel they have something to be worked on before the next meeting. And that all will be able to action them and implement them into their own businesses.

This is not just any old business network, this is for these few people who do want to change, to learn, to develop their knowledge and most of all want to help others.

Now membership is FREE until the “Wednesday 30th September 2020”.

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Develop Your Business Profile

It makes sense that you must have a presence on “Social Media” if you want to move yourself and your business into the future and into 2021.

There are many ways to increase your presence and profile in the business world and over the past few months we have discussed them in my Wednesday Motivational-Networking Groups”. Social Media is a very powerful tool if you use it wisely and you separate it from family and friends; I have made this mistake myself and now am having to row backwards (metaphorically speaking) so I will now try to let you know the way I am working which I am pleased to say is working well for me.

Creating an online professional profile is an amazingly simple but effective way of getting your name into the industry you are trying to break into.https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffreyprince/

Building an online presence will help you to expand your network of contacts, develop a strong reputation that will precede you and open up doors to new opportunities that you may not have heard about otherwise, when you were on the hunt for your next role. In other words, the world is now your oyster. GurugeoffreyBusinessPage

There are many people who have said to me that they are completely “Zoomed-out” and I must admit I do agree with some of them. One of my issues would be the way people join the meeting; some are always late; and others are not fully prepared for a Networking Meeting. There are many who have probably never attended a breakfast, lunch, or evening “Normal Networking Event” and simply do not understand the Networking Etiquette. The use of Zoom has given us all the opportunity to meet our customers, potential customers, as well as colleagues who can support us with their knowledge and help to expand and develop our individual businesses as well. Through these Zoom meetings we can also pass on our own skills as well.

Monday 10th August 2020

Take positive Action

Do you know:

  • What you are doing?
  • Where you are going?
  • How you are going to get there?
  • What you are doing about the future?

These are the four basic questions you need to ask yourself NOW. I have heard far too many people on the very many Zoom networking meetings I attend and on my own motivational & networking open group that I run every Wednesday at 1-30pm (BST) unable to answer. This surprises me… because when asked what direction they are taking their business in and what changes they have made because of the present situation and how they have planned for the next 12 months they cannot answer other than to waffle.

Before we move on we must understand that Covid-19 has knocked us all out of kilter, we are all working in unknown territory at this present time and therefore we will have to reconstruct and realise the need to adapt to change around us. There is so much change with the daily information being fed to us from government and the press that quite naturally we are feeling somewhat lost in what we are doing!

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  • If we look first at “what you are doing”. Something that is missing in all of us, is the direction we are moving in. We should think seriously about going back to square one and look very hard at what we are doing now and will it be the correct direction for myself and my business to move in? “I decided to shake up what services I was providing and could that be streamlined to take me further so I gave myself a total revamp and spoke to a few close mentors who were friends as well and talked it through”. Asking for help is a sign of strength and not weakness as a lot of people think.  
  • The second is “Where you are going”. This is to look at the changes that you will need to make based on what you learned from speaking to your mentors and the colleagues you know and trust. You have looked at what you have been doing and the changes you need to make to take yourself and business forward through the uncertain times ahead. “I decided to look at revamping my website first and am still doing it as I write this, then to look at how I was talking to the people who were following me”.
  • The third thing “How you are going to get there” Again, this should be looked at with a very focussed mind. Having now worked out what you are doing, and where you are going, you now need to plan yourself and draw up a marketing strategy. You could gain some insight through my “Business Start-up Unit 2” which covers what needs to be done. “What I did when lockdown took over our lives was to work out a procedure of being able to write my blog on my website, which was then picked up by my Mailchimp which in turn sent it out to my Linkedin page, my Twitter page and then to my “Success the Choice is Yours” Facebook business page, all this was scheduled to go live at 07-00 hrs all at the same time”.  Again, I sought help from a few people and give a thank you to Kate Iliott of Versatile event management for the guidance and support I was given.
  • For my fourth point today “What you are doing about the future” Having worked on the three points above you now should look at the especially important point which is the execution of how you will do it. To weather the force of what is happening around you and, in my opinion, will rage on at least till the end of 2020.

My approach and suggestions are:

  • Look at the products or services you are providing or doing.
  • Write up or have one drawn up for you a full business plan to the end of2020.
  • Develop one for the next 2-3 years of where you want your business and yourself to go and be.
  • Seek help from the people who have been through these type of problems in their lives before it is a strength and not a weakness; it is a logical and practical way to go.

There are going to be hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs, being made redundant and a lot of businesses going to the wall. Covid-19 will be around us for the next few years so it will only be those people who now put plans in place who will survive. Please make sure that you are not one of them; start by restructuring and being extremely hard and practical.

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Rejection-lost focus

Rejection of your working life sometimes happens for many reasons. It could be through your business not going so well or failing, leaving you without an income, perhaps losing your job, a breakup of a relationship or unfortunately through ill health. Mine was through ill-health. In 2007 I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia; I was concerned about what was going to happen to me and my family now! OK, I was dealt a tough call, but life must go on, so I said I will as well!

Having achieved a comfortable life with a great wife and extended family I could have just sat back and done nothing but as usual I was searching for the sunrise; the sunrise that happens every day “the same as I also will as well”. Rejection is one of the most difficult things to handle by anyone, even business leaders, it is the fear of rejection! Rejection in some cases can be followed by some people committing suicide.

It has also caused many people to be discouraged, ruining bright futures and dazzling careers. After all your destination is greatness, not shame, you’re alone today and there are not many people who want to be associated with you (I’ve been there) so, I’m going to challenge you today to rise up from despondency and start to think positively and develop a capacity of character, don’t let rejection by anyone discourage you, let it re-direct you!

Lastly, I am yet to see anyone who has been great once who has never had a rejection in their life. I’m yet to see anyone who was once rejected who did not end up great. So, do not let rejection distract or discourage you from following your dreams and desires but let it re-direct you.

One thing that has always kept me going is to wake up with a clear and positive attitude and to make the day ahead count in some small way for others as well as myself.

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Procrastinators

Procrastinators, don not put off today till tomorrow
Do not put off today untill tomorrow!

Procrastinators, if you are one yourself, then you know the pain and stress that comes when you’re putting decisions off? I have met many great people who run businesses and organisations, unfortunately, they do suffer from procrastination which makes things exceedingly difficult for people who either work for them or who are maybe volunteer helpers.

Procrastinators have the desire to accomplish something, but sometimes lack the motivation or drive to accomplish the task. Fortunately, overcoming your procrastination is easy to do when you put your mind to it. Many persuade themselves that they have good reasons for delaying getting on with what they must do.

So, once you have got into that victim mindset, you may not realise that what you are doing is procrastinating, and that it’s up to you to overcome it. Procrastination is as tempting as it is harmful. If you have recognised a tendency to procrastinate within yourself, you need to figure out why. Perhaps you are afraid of failing? (Or perhaps you are afraid of becoming successful!)

Once you know why you procrastinate then you can plan to get out of this stressful situation. Reward yourself for getting jobs done and remind yourself regularly of the profound consequences of not doing those tasks you love to avoid! It is stressful. It is highly damaging to your productivity and is often deeply frustrating for your colleagues to deal with. The first step in beating it is to recognise that you are doing it.

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Your Core-Values
Core-values

Before making career or life planning decisions, it is important to do some research first by defining your core-values and your own personal criteria for “success”. Your criteria should be clearly established in your mind then regularly updated on your changing circumstance and the lessons you have learned over time. Otherwise making quick decisions could send you off in a wrong direction, perhaps a direction you really did not want to go. www.geoffreyprince.com

I have found that going back to square one really does help concentrate the mind, by identifying your choices and your deep routed core-values. To do this you need to ask yourself some very searching questions. You must be completely honest with yourself. Kidding yourself and putting things down that are untrue will not help you make the correct decisions and do not help.

Your core-values are your traits and qualities that you consider worthwhile and very important to you. They represent your highest priorities and deeply held beliefs they are your driving forces. When you are in an organisation you bring your deeply held core-values and beliefs to that organisation or business, there they mingle with the values of other members, helping to create a better organisation or family culture which you are very comfortable with and are able to work within.

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Are you thinking of going into business on your own if so, you have probably heard a thousand reason why you should not go ahead! You will lose money? You will be working all hours?  Your social life will disappear? Your family will suffer? Whatever the reasons given about not doing it, entrepreneurs will always be drawn into business. The truth is if everyone listened to those “Negaholics” and gave up in pursuing their dreams and desires; people like Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Peter Jones, Mark Zuckerburg, to mention just a few, would never have started. If you would like more information on the course please follow the link “Business Start-up Course” for a copy of my FREE Overview. www.geoffreyprince.com

When we are work from home or are at work, we all benefit from finding new ways to use our time as efficiently as possible.  Setting aside the time to analyse how you work can be an invaluable time-saver, helping you to make your day less stressful and more productive.

Time Management
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Let us look at ways to improve the use of your time and isolate some aspects of your “time management” that could be improved and how to set some “long and short-term goals” to prioritise your workload.

Time is the most valuable resource we have in our “business toolbox”, it is a most precious commodity. Every human being on the earth has the same amount of time; even Bill Gates, Sir Alan Sugar, Oprah Winfrey, Peter Jones and of course YOU, all have the same time 24 hours in a day.

Sir David Frost once said, “I don’t like wasting money, but I hate wasting time”.

All the above have attained the heights they have and are where they are now, by an obsessive will to use their time wisely and to the full. If you think about it, you are no different to everyone else on the planet.  Why? 

One thing we all have in common is that we all have the same amount of time: –

  • 60  seconds in every minute
  • 60  minutes in every hour
  • 24  hours in every day
  • 7    days in every week

Time cannot be saved or stored. It is not down to how much we have; it is down totally to the way we attempt to use it. Managing time is solely an individual’s decision and is very personal to them. 

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