5 QUOTES THAT CHANGED MY BUSINESS
- YOU CAN’T MAKE EXCUSES AND PROGRESS AT THE SAME TIME- SHERYL BRADY
The moment I heard these words come from the stage, everything in me shook. It got my full attention, mind body and soul. As one who can be a bit of a procrastinator, I realized that the excuses themselves were the roadblocks to my growth and success.
As a BOSS, our job is to get things done-period. There is no room or time for excuses and other self-sabotaging actions. The 2016 Finish Strong Challenge is all about progress. How much progress can be made toward your goals with the remaining days of this year? It is the core principle of the entire movement. People have said yes to finishing strong in 2016, and amazing accomplishments have occurred. However, it doesn’t have to be a new year to start making progress instead of excuse. All we need is a new moment. In each moment, we get to choose how we will spend the moment- will we continue a path of excuses and mediocre performance? Or will we choose progress and a life of success and possibility? The moment is yours- so is the choice, what will you make: excuses or progress?
2.YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING YOU’VE NEVER DONE TO GET SOMETHING YOU’VE NEVER HAD- TONY ROBBINS
I attribute this quote to Tony Robbins; however, I’ve heard it used in other places. The relevancy of this statement is profound for those of us who tend to get comfortable with the way things are. When I first went into business, my primary goal with to create stability within the business to preserve the longevity of the business itself. And I did that, successfully for 10 years. But something was missing, things were stable, but there was no growth. As an entrepreneur, I got comfortable in my success and plateaued. Not realizing that everything around me was moving, growing and changing until one day I realized I hadn’t achieved anything new in 10 years!!! I wanted more and knew change was the only way to get it. Sometimes, you must go against the flow of the comfy life to stir up a success you are more than capable of living. Comfort is literally a slow death, movement is life. Make a move that will give life to your life and enjoy the possibilities that await you.
This statement is very helpful when taking on large tasks. Major change can be intimidating. Launching or expanding a business is a huge task and sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming. Yes, I said it- the “you can do it- cheerleader” said the O-word. Overwhelming!!!! It happens to all of us, but in those moments) and they are just moments) we must remember that even small steps count. If you only made one client call today because you were pulled into caregiving needs for your family, take that one call as an accomplishment. Everyday won’t be super productive- that’s just real. But don’t let those unproductive days steal all your momentum. Everyday won’t be massive success, but small wins over time will lead to great success. Stay focused on the long-game and celebrate the small wins as well.
- YOU GET IN LIFE WHAT YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO ASK FOR- OPRAH
This is wisdom and simplistic all at the same time. One of those things that seem practical until it’s time to do it. Fear is a crippling enemy that holds many of us in places of despair. We learn to live without our desires because we are too afraid to go after them. We fear rejection. We fear failure. Sometimes we even fear success. However, in life and in business, we must have courage to step towards our true desires. Then and only then can we create the possibility of success. Courage is a core ingredient of success. Be brave, be bold, be willing to ask for what you want and pursue your dreams. Once you say yes to yourself, you will be able to have others say yes to your dreams as well.
- YOU WILL FACE MANY DEFEATS IN YOUR LIFE, BUT NEVER LET YOURSELF BE DEFEATED- MAYA ANGELOU
As an entrepreneur, there will be ups and downs. Good days and not so good days. There will days we win and there will be days we learn. The key is to never give up. At one point in my business, I had no idea how we were going to make it- our major contract had been revised and it totally wiped out one of our locations. After I picked myself up off the floor of defeat, I learned a lesson- it’s not over until I win!! (one of my favorite Les Brown quotes). Putting these two valuable phrases to work in my business, helped me recover from that defeat. It wasn’t the last challenge, but now I am wiser and stronger than ever. I know that there is more than one path to my destiny. When things don’t work out you don’t change the goal, you change the strategy. If you can’t run-walk. If you can’t walk-crawl. But never, never, never give up.
6. BONUS QUOTE:
This is my personal mantra for 2017. Determined to never get comfortable in my success again, knowing that there is always more to do, more to learn and room to grow. Keep grinding, keep winning and keep shining- you deserve the best.