The One Key Distinction that Transformed My Business and Made It Fun, Profitable and Gave me the Freedom to Travel the World in 2016
This is the second part of my 4 post series of what I learned in 2016 that really transformed my business and my life. The reason I am posting this is simply to give back to you, my tribe, so that it can help you to grow your businesses and get to the level that you want to be.
If I look back at my business over the last few years, it’s very easy for me to pinpoint the one key insight that transformed everything. One of the very fundamental lessons that I learned and applied from my mentor, Sanjib, is that my business is just an extension of myself.
In the past, when I tried something and it didn’t work, I would blame the system and try something else. That would then not work and then I would try something else. I was in a constant cycle of try, blame, find something else and wasted a great amount of time stuck there.
Looking back now, I can see where I went wrong.
Our business is just an extension of ourselves. When I was stressed, confused, having personal problems, unmotivated, full of fear and doubt, how could I expect my business to do well? When I became focused, calm, strategic, structured, motivated and centered can you guess what happened to my business?
One of the most common problems that my clients have is that their business is very unstable, it has great months and not so great months, there isn’t consistency. When they look back historically, they realize that their best months were the months when they were on top of their game and their weaker months were when they weren’t.
One of the very first decisions I made, and my clients make, is to realize that in order for our businesses to work, we need to first work on ourselves. Once we’re firing, the rest is history.
You are probably wondering how can you start to apply this. Let me share a few tips I use:
- Have a schedule:
If I look back at the time I was doing best, it was when I was at school. I was learning languages, science, music, art, geography, history and lots more. The reason I could do so much is because I had a schedule that I would work to. This schedule and structure forced me to have the discipline I needed.
As a result of having a schedule, every day I’m performing well. This means that each week is successful, each month magnificent and each year see tremendous growth.
The first and most important part of my schedule is my morning meditation. I see it very simply. In the morning, if you don’t have breakfast, you’re body will be hungry and struggle throughout the day. Meditation is the breakfast of my mind and my soul. If I don’t meditate in the morning, my mind and my spirit will struggle through the day, and as an entrepreneur, that’s my biggest asset, so I need my mind to be sharp and my spirit to be high.
I recently sent out the morning meditation I do to some of you, if you didn’t get that and want a copy, just let me know.
- Don’t Multi-Task
When I first started out, I’d do everything all the time. I’d be writing emails, checking my stats, updating my lists etc
However, I soon realized that if I did that, it took up much more time and the quality of each wasn’t as high as it could be.
That’s why I then created my schedule, so everything is done at its allocated time, to the highest quality and, as a result, I have more time to myself and for my family.
One further tip that I have learned that’s really helped my productivity is this. I always write down my key tasks for the next day the night before. This means that as I am sleeping, my subconscious mind can get to work on my list and figure out the best solutions for each, so when I wake up, I can literally fire through my list as I’ve had an 8 hour head start on the day!
- Live Your Perfect Day
One of the first exercises I did with my mentor, Sanjib, was to plan out my perfect day. I decided when I wanted to get up, what I wanted my mornings to look like, my afternoons to look like and my evenings to look like. I literally wrote it out in great detail over several pages, focusing on the feelings I wanted to have whilst I was doing what I loved doing.
One of the secrets of Vedic wisdom is that everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality. It was because I created it first in the mind that I now live it in reality.
When you apply these 4 principles to your life, you will notice just how much more powerful you will feel and be. As a result of this, your business will grow, your relationships will flourish and you will really start to see just how much you have to give and how easy it is to do so.
I would love to help you to master these 4 areas so that you can have the same breakthroughs that I did. Simply reach out and send me a message and we can arrange a time to speak this week.
The Business Philosopher