Monday, January 14, 2008


Entrepreneurs need to be careful and specific in what they wish for.

Hitting a certain revenue goal can be attainable but achieving that milestone with colleagues of questionable ethics isn't worth it. When people around you don't think the rules apply to them, it's time to find a different sandbox to play in.

Great leaders don't create followers, but instead develop other leaders who inspire greatness in those around them. So, remember those who have helped you and added positive momentum in your life.

Here are a few thoughts to help you get 2008 off to a positive start:

Get organized.
The days of wasting time looking for important papers or rummaging through storage are over. Attain the peace of mind that comes with knowing you can find the things you need when you need them and you've taken care of the people you care most about. When things are chaotic at the office or home, it's hard to think clearly and be of much value in either place.

Celebrate success.
It takes a small army to accomplish many worthwhile things in life. Make sure to pause and reflect on how you were able to achieve those goals and thank those along the way who assisted in your success. This year, I had the opportunity to thank someone publicly who was a great role model to me as a teenager. I could only focus on one of the many people who have helped me along the way, but it meant a lot to me for her to realize the positive influence she has had on my life. When celebrities, politicians or CEOs hog the limelight without mentioning others who have contributed to their success, it signals to me they are insecure. Often, the key link is behind the scenes and deserves credit for making things happen.

Keep it simple.
A lot of people and companies talk about clarity, but few do it well. When you've been spending more time and energy managing your high maintenance colleagues than the customers you are serving, it's time to get a new team. These are the ones whose egos need to be constantly stroked and have to dominate every conversation. It's amazing how much more productive and fun the work environment can be when they're gone.

Set clear priorities.
Life and business are about choices. With an abundance of information available today, having unclear priorities can drive you crazy. Set deadlines, make the best decision and move on. Whether you have a day, week or month to complete a project, a time constraint can help you prioritize what factors can influence a decision. Stop stressing about all the things on your to-do list and focus on the ones that really matter. Once you set your goals, you'll find that less really is more--more fulfilling and more rewarding.
Give yourself a gift for your achievement and focus on the essential people in your life who share your values and vision for the future. I believe a lot will be accomplished in the new year by the people achieving their dreams, while the others are fighting over who gets to take credit for all the great acts of kindness being created every day.

You have the power within you to make good things happen. GO FOR IT !!!

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