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One of the biggest focuses that you face as a new business owner or entrepreneur is how you have to change the way that you think and the way that you do things. Yet many people start their own businesses and don’t even notice any changes happening to them at all.
One thing that people get wrong is that they expect some massive shift to occur where they will almost be dazzled by bright lights and they will know that some kind of miraculous event has occurred. That isn’t how change happens though. Often, without checking in on yourself and looking at where you are, it’s possible to go through major shifts that you aren’t even aware of.
So why does this happen?
The reason why we don’t notice these changes is that we lose sight of our points of reference. When you start out and you don’t know anything you have a lot to learn and it can seem very overwhelming to decide what to do first and also to take everything in. As you start to learn a bit at a time, your knowledge increases and your ability to learn and think in a different way also increases. These change are quite gradual so it can for a while feel like you are constantly going nowhere and then all of a sudden those things that you used to struggle with are now much easier and you are focusing on the next big thing that you need to do.
One of the ways of knowing when this is happening is to set points of reference before you start learning the new skill. Kind of like,
When I know how to do X then I have learned another stage about this topic
You work out what your end goal for your learning is and you set way points along the journey leading you from the beginning right through to the final desired result. Every week or two weeks depending on how fast you are planning on advancing, you can look at your points of reference and then see how much further on you are from when you started. By doing this you are also giving yourself little victories along the way which is great for your mindset. no longer are you burdened with getting to the end, but you are instead working yourself towards lots of little points of reference.
This can be for your business and also for your personal life.
There are so many applications that this is useful to you for. Then when you look back on what you’ve worked on over the last 3 to 6 months you will see just how much you have achieved. If you have really stuck into this you might find that you have surpassed your expectations.
If you are going to use this as a benchmark for you becoming a landlord then you can set points of reference up for all of the legal and financial aspects that you need to be aware of. How much do you need to learn about marketing to source properties? Create this structure for that as well. Most of all, as you are going through your journey remember to look back and recognise how far you have come and how you have changed.
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So today in this video I am going to be talking about what we can learn from Michael Jordan about business. A lot of things that I learned about business I actually learned from playing basketball.
In life, many of the things that we do have transferable skills. The difference is that most people don’t think like that and only look at things in one dimension. When you start to look at the different things that are in your life and how parts of those can be mapped across to your personal and professional life, more opportunities for growth emerge.
What if you had a hobby, let’s say for instance basketball, and there was a strategy or a mindset that had to be adopted to reach a certain level in your ability to play the game. Do you think that there’s a possibility that as you make that shift in how you play the game and the mindset attached with that shift that you could benefit from that in other areas of your life too? What if that mindset shift could be applied to your business so you can close more sales? What if your level of understanding between you and your partner improved as a result of that shift?
This is the kind of thing that this video will show you. Take a look and see where you can apply this new learning.
So now that you have seen this video and seen how I have used what I’ve learned, what can you take from this?
Learning to take things from videos such as this is what is going to take you forwards. I don’t mean by that , that you just watch it and then think
Oh that’s nice, I’ll remember that someday when I need it.
What I mean is that you learn one little nugget and then you go and implement it straight away. You find an aspect of your personal or professional life that you can alter today by using what you have just learned. Then you test it to see what happens. You will invariably get feedback from that and you will know what worked and what didn’t work.
In the beginning you will get much more of what doesn’t work than what does work. That is then your cue to alter things and find out how you an make it work for you. Getting feedback like that isn’t a cue to give in like I see so many people do. This attitude shift towards learning is what will take you and your business forwards. It’s about taking what you can from what you get and altering it to fit you.
So what are you going to do today to start making use of this new knowledge. Commit to just one thing if you have to but make sure that you do something. If you’re not moving forwards, then you are going backwards.
Why did you want to get into business in the beginning? What was it about having your own business that appeared more attractive to you than having a regular job?
For a lot of people it is the problems that come from having debt. But debt isn’t really a problem in the right context. If you have £30,000 of debt and you are earning £15,000 a year then debt is an issue for you. If you have £30,000 debt and you are earning £200,000 a year then it isn’t an issue anymore.
This is one of the reasons why so many people start to look at having a business. Sometimes you have to know what you don’t want, or want less of, to know what you do want. For others it can be the idea of time freedom or achieving other lifestyle goals. For today, we’re going to look at having your own business as a way of making debt that you have to be no longer an issue.
One of the great things about having your own business is the fact that you can generate larger amounts of cash, generally speaking. To be able to get that kind of cash means that you need to be able to change the most critical factor in your life. YOU!
The mindset that you need to hold down a £15k a year job is a different mindset that is needed to be able to earn, let’s say for instance, £100k a year. You can’t earn that type of money in a business by thinking like an employee earning £15k. It’s just never going to happen.
That’s why it’s really important to you that you start to make those mindset shifts straight away and not at some later date. The later that you leave it, the longer it is going to take and the higher the chance or losing money you face and possibly failing in your business.
So to do this you need to start looking at adding value to yourself, upgrade your skill set and upgrade the way that you think. The first route that people tend to go down is to start reading books and listening to podcasts that help to improve the way that you think and give you skills. This is all very important and by giving yourself discipline in this area you are going to advance much faster than those who just dip their toes in whilst being too afraid of getting wet.
One thing that I can recommend is that you read books about the area of life that you need to improve in and also that you read things that are going to change the way that you think such as “Think And Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill or “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. By reading books like this you are going to alter the way that you think and improve how you learn. Always keep that intention in mind when reading. If you haven’t subscribed to my podcast yet then you can do that here. Each podcast I release is giving you something new to learn so that you are then expanding your mindset by listening to it. this is one of the things that you need to be doing in order to alter your mindset.
When you start to learn more and improve your skill set you need to put those skills into action. This is because when you are learning something new you learn twice. The first time is by learning the theory and the second time is when you put those learnings in action. What you tend to find is that you get to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie in the implementation of these skills. It is one thing to know how t swim by reading books and watching videos, yet it’s a different skill completely to get into the water and learning how to keep your head above water while moving forwards.
One great way of doing this is by getting a job in the area of your weaknesses. If you are really weak in sales then get a job in sales. You can also drill down into specifics with this. For instance:
The way to think about these jobs is as a kind of apprenticeship. You are getting paid for learning skills. You might not be getting as much as you would like to earn but you are still getting cash coming in. While you are there learn as much as you can. There are lots of people to learn from and they’ve put things into action while they have been doing that job so learn as much as you can until you can do it yourself and be able to transfer those skills to your business. You can also learn about how the company gives value to it’s customers and see how that would translate to your own business.
Another great way of adding value to yourself is by hiring a coach. This gives you access to their knowledge base and also keeps you accountable to taking actions. If you want to get results fast then this is the fastest way to do it. One of the most important things though is that between the sessions you have to do what you’ve said that you will do or you aren’t making the best use of your time and your coaches time. Simply paying for a coach doesn’t guarantee success if you want to spend all of your time watching TV or playing games. You have to take action.
One of the things that I do with my coaching clients is that I run a group coaching session once a fortnight to teach them things and to go over what they need to be doing. This, I have found, is a great way to keep yourself motivated between coaching sessions. It give you the opportunity to be around like minded people that are on a similar path to you. They also have access to a private Facebook group as well. If they have any challenges or want to know anything then they are able to post in there and help each other as well. If you don’t have a coach yet and you want to grow your business you can click on the work with me tab above.
I was thinking about a podcast that I did with Johnnie Cass (Podcast 8 if you want to listen to the whole range of content) and there was one section within that which I am going to go into more detail with you. Johnnie is a great guy and he was one of the trainers when I did my NLP training with Chris Howard so mindset for us is a really important thing.
Johnnie was talking about a moment in his life when he left the UK and went back to Australia to live. He wasn’t working at the time and he also wasn’t sure what he was going to do next. He did one of the things at the time which most of us do with people that we know but we’re not really close to. When they would ask him how things are going he would reply something like “Yeah things are going great right now. I’m just working on some new things and seeing where it goes but everything’s good.” The problem is that inside of himself he wasn’t thinking that and it’s something that we all do.
We are told by so many of these top people like Tony Robbins for instance, that we have to feel on top of the world all of the time. That we have to change our state when we aren’t feeling our best. But is that really true? If you are in a place where you feel a bit lost and you’re not sure where you’re going, do you really need to be changing that?
There are some days that you wake up in a morning and you don’t feel like you’re on fire and ready to hit everything full steam ahead. According to the NLP world you have to do something to change that and make yourself feel great. But what if what you’re feeling right now is actually the right way for you to be feeling in this moment?
When you feel bad, it’s for a reason. There’s some type of message coming through from either your body or your subconscious mind telling you that there’s something it’s either unsure about or isn’t right for you. Sometimes you need to go through the bad feeling and see what it is telling you. You might be trying to go down a path that isn’t right for you and the message is trying to stop you so that you can take the right path. Maybe you haven’t got the right skill set yet and you need to learn some things first. If you are feeling lost in your direction then it tends to come down to a few things
Let’s say for example that your life is feeling upside down at the moment and you’re not feeling in control of what is happening to you. You need to do listen to the message that is coming through telling you that there is an uncertainty and/or unhappiness that needs resolving. Then you can do something that is unusual such as I recommended to a client of mine.
Her life had gone to the wall. Her marriage had broken down, her husband took the kids and the house and she was left feeling alone and not knowing where to go. So I told her to go out and do something different such as salsa dancing. This then gave her the opportunity to embrace the uncertainty in her life by embracing it rather than trying to ignore it or fight against it.
When the snow comes, the buffalo stands and face the storm. It never turns it’s back to it.
This is what you need to do too. When those tough times come you need to listen to the messages and embrace the uncertainty. That puts you in a point of control and shows your subconscious mind that even though there’s all of this stuff going on that you can still have fun and enjoy the ride.
So if you’re feeling stuck or lost at the moment, go out and create something that isn’t normal for you to be doing. Give yourself that gift today.
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