Direction Is So Much More Important Than Speed – Many Are Going Nowhere Fast (Part 2 of 2)

Know Your Limits
We are not all alike, nor do stressed out employeewe all have the same tolerance level. Some people, by virtue of their temperaments or even natural stamina, can do more than others. Know yourself, and don’t be ashamed to admit you have limits. Don’t try to keep up with some other busy person you know – just be yourself.
High achievers often feel it is a personal failure to say, “I can’t do any more than I am doing.” That is, of course, wrong thinking. Many “driven” people are just insecure people who are getting their worth and value from their accomplishments in life.
There is a story about a woman who worked in a shipyard, and her job was cleaning the ships. She believed that her job had value because she was doing it, not that her value was based on the job she did. This gave her wonderful freedom to enjoy herself, her job, and all of life. Many people would feel belittled by her job, but not her – she knew she had value. Our attitudes about ourselves really do affect all of our lives.
Quite often, people strive to have prestigious jobs so they feel important; this causes a lot of heartache in life. We could all learn a lesson from this woman’s story. You make what you do important; you are not important because you do it.
Some people don’t have peace with themselves because they actually don’t approve of themselves, and they over-commit while trying to find worth. They stay busy trying to accomplish something that will make them feel important and valuable. When we come to terms of peace with ourselves, we don’t have to live to impress people; we are free to follow our innermost values and beliefs.
Over-commitment is the Family Activitynumber-one marriage killer. The world applauds our being over-committed. A busy person with too much to do is usually considered a success by the world’s standards. How can we be successful if we fail at relationships (which are usually what suffer the most in the life of a busy person)? Most extremely busy people don’t even take the time to really know themselves, let alone anyone else.
What is the point in parenting children if they are all going to be strangers to you? Why be married if you never have anything left of yourself to share with your marriage partner? Don’t give your family and friends the scraps you have left over while you give the world your best. The world will let you down in the end. It will take everything you have and disappear when you are in need.
How many people have given all of themselves to something that never gave anything back? A great example of this is what motivational teachers refer to as “climbing the ladder to success only to find that it was leaning against the wrong wall.” It’s true, there never has been heard of any person who has said on his or her deathbed, “Gee, I really wish I had spent more time at the office.”
We can easily lose our focus and get sidetracked. We are busy all the time, we work hard, but we don’t get the things accomplished that minister fulfillment to us as individuals. Great relationships are one of the most precious treasures in life, but we must feed them regularly by putting time into them. If you find you have no time to develop and maintain strong, intimate relationships with yourself, and with your family and friends, then you are absolutely too busy.
We all need to take a serious inventory of what we are doing with our time, get out the pruning shears, cut things out of our lives until we no longer have to rush. Then we will be able to live with peace and joy.
Realizing that we have limits and cannot do everything, and then making choices to do what is most important, will definitely increase our level of peace. Peace equals power; without it, we live weak, frustrated lives. If we have peace, we can keep doing what we are doing, but if we do not have peace, we know we need to make a change. If you hear yourself complaining all the time, it is an indication that you need to make some adjustments.

Take Charge of Your Schedule
If we are honest, we really are the only ones who can do anything about the busyness of our lives. We complain frequently about being overworked and too involved, but we never do anything about it. We expect everyone to feel sorry for us because we are under pressure that we place on ourselves. We say we would love to have just one free evening at home with nothing to do. Yet when, by some miracle of God, we find ourselves alone for the evening, we are so tense from all our other hurrying that we cannot sit still and enjoy it.
Make your own schedule. Don’t allow circumstances and demands from other people to make it for you. Simplify life. Do what you really need to do, but don’t be afraid to say no to things that take your time yet produce few positive results.

Carefully Choose What You Need To Be Involved In
We cannot be involved in Domestic Helpeverything and remain calm, cool, and steady. Don’t engage in everything that is going on around you. Choose carefully what activities you need to participate in. This like referring to it as “choosing your battles carefully.”
If we don’t learn to delegate work and authority, we will always feel overwhelmed. Please note the words, work and authority. Don’t ever give someone responsibility without the authority that goes with it. There are times in our lives when someone else will recognize what we can’t see. We should be open to hearing that it is time to delegate some of our workload to another qualified individual.
If you have the idea that you are the only one who can do what needs to be done, you need to seriously consider the following: Don’t let pride destroy you – ask for help!
A mother can delegate some of the household chores to her children. True, they may not do the job as perfectly as she would, but they will relieve some pressure and also learn, as time goes by, to do chores with more excellence. No matter what station we are in, we can always delegate some of our responsibilities to others at the right time, therefore making it possible to do what we are assigned to do in life with peace and enjoyment. When you start to feel frustrated and begin losing your peace, ask yourself what you are doing that you could delegate to someone else.
We all feel occasionally that we are out of time – that there is never enough. “Buy” some time by either hiring someone to help or assigning chores to available people.
Whoever you assign to jobs probably won’t do the job exactly the way you would. Look for a good outcome, and don’t be so concerned about the methods they use. We may all get to the same place by taking a different route, but the important thing is that we arrive. One person may prefer dusting the house before vacuuming the floors, while another may want to vacuum first and dust later. I can’t see that it makes any difference as long as both jobs get done. We should be humble enough to admit that our way of doing things is not the only way.
When we have to consistently hurry, we have not managed our lives well. We have shoved too many things into too little space, or we are trying to do more than our share and not allowing others to help us.
Once you learn to slow down, you will have time to evaluate your real priorities in life.

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Hey Mr.Business-Owner, How Are You Doing?

Running a business requires a great variety of skills, and you probably don’t have them all. In this article, the foremost skills needed are highlighted. If you don’t have them, or are weak in any of them, be sure to find a partner or top manager who can help fill the gaps.

Administrative Skills

You may be able to afford to hire a good R2D2assistant who can organize your office for you, but if you’re just starting a business, that’s not likely the case. If you haven’t already done this in previous jobs, you need to get very good at preparing correspondence with your customers and vendors, invoicing and billing, collecting and tracking customer payments, and all the other tasks that an office manager, secretary, and bookkeeper might do in a large business.
You also need to keep your filing up to date so you know which bills you’ve paid, which customers have paid you, as well as all the details you’ll need to file all the federal, state, and local government reports, including tax returns. Administrative skills are not the glamorous part of owning your own business, but they’re certainly critical ones.

Decision Making

All small-business owners will need to make decisions every day, probably numerous times per day. You need to be able to make sound decisions quickly, constantly, and under pressure. You’re the boss, so you need to be able to act correctly and independently. There won’t be anyone else you can lean on for their opinion. While you can seek advice from employees or business advisers, such as accountants and lawyers, ultimately you’re the one that must be able to make the right decisions for your business.

Financial Skills

Unless you’re professionally trained as an accountant, you will most likely hire someone to do the financial statements for you, but that person won’t take on the daily responsibilities of keeping your business’s books. You could hire a bookkeeper when you can afford one to take care of the daily tasks, but you always want to keep on top of those books to avoid potential fraud or theft. As a business owner, you never want to turn your books over to someone else, unless it’s a close family member or partner, without maintaining strong controls.
You also need to be good at managing cash flow and making sure you’ll have enough money on hand to meet your bills. Vendors will quickly cut you off if they don’t get paid, which can shut your business down.
Before you spend any money, you should know how to analyze the benefits of that expense to your business and whether that expense will ultimately add to your ability to make a profit. If you’re not sure, take the time to analyze the expense further, and don’t rush to make a financial decision until you are certain you know its ramifications for your business.

Industry-Specific Skills

Specific skills cannot be listed here, but itFrankie_and_Benny's is imperative that you should be knowledgeable and be sure you have the specific skills for the industry in which you plan to run your business. For example, if you’re planning to buy or start a restaurant, you need to have many different industry-specific skills. You must know how to cook everything on your menu even if you plan to hire a chef.Remember that your chef could get sick or quit abruptly and you’ll have to do the cooking to keep the business open.
You must know how to hire and manage servers to be sure your customers are getting the service you expect them to get. You must understand the technical aspects of buying your food for the restaurant, so you get the quality of food you want, when you want it, and at the best price.
For whatever business you’re thinking of starting or buying, write down all the specific knowledge and skills you might need and either learn to do them yourself or find a partner who can fill any gaps. Only a partner will put in the time, effort, and dedication that you’ll need to get a business off the ground and keep it going.

People Management

Can you work with all different types of Angry Employeepeople and manage what they do?
A business owner must be good at developing working relationships with all kinds of people, including employees, customers, vendors, bankers, and professionals.
You must be good at recognizing an individual’s idiosyncrasies and learn to use them to get what you want. Just about every day your business is open you will be faced with a demanding customer or a cranky employee. Frequently, you need to deal with an unreliable vendor. Can you handle the pressure and get even difficult people to work for you and do what you want?

Physical and Emotional Stamina

Running your own business can be very demanding both physically and emotionally. Do you have the stamina to handle the pressure? You will likely face 12-hour days (or more), six or seven days a week, as a business owner. Be sure you are ready to handle that both emotionally and physically.

Problem Solving

You must be a good problem solver. As a business owner, that will be one of your primary jobs. Everyone, including employees, vendors, and customers, will be bringing their problems to you. You need to be able to work with them to develop a solution quickly and move on.
You can’t afford to tie yourself down to researching one solution and implementing it, while the rest of your business goes down the toilet. You must be able to either come up with a solution quickly, or know how, and to whom, you can designate responsibility to solve that problem.
If you are running the business all by yourself, you need to carefully manage your time and be sure you don’t spend too much time solving one problem while ten others sit there waiting for a solution.

Self-Motivation

Every business owner must be good at self-motivation. You won’t have anyone telling you what to do next. You must be good at developing your own to-do list and working through that list to get things done as quickly as possible.
Everything that needs to get done for your business must be done by you, from finding funding and developing your product, to developing a marketing plan and making sales. You will be the only one creating plans and altering those plans as you test various business theories. You need to know when something is working and when it’s not, so you can quickly make adjustments and get the business back on track.
You must have a great deal of self-confidence in your abilities and you must know where you want the business to be in the next year or the next five years.

Sales and Marketing

The two most important skills for any SharePoint_Dashboard_Bar_Graphbusiness owner are sales and marketing. If you’re not good at these two things, don’t even try to start a business unless you find a partner who is. You could develop the greatest product or service in the world, but if you don’t know how to attract and keep customers, your business will fail.
You must spend time developing your marketing plan, including identifying your target audience and how you will reach them. You must know who your competition is and how you will sell against that competition to convince people that your product or service is the best to buy. If you’re opening a retail store, you must come up with a marketing plan that will differentiate your store from other similar stores.

Time Management

As you review all the skills you need, you’ll probably think to yourself, “How can I possibly do all that in one day?” Well you can’t. Good time management is knowing what you need to do yourself and what you can ask someone else to do for you.
In some cases, you may be able to pass the task on to an employee or ask a vendor’s representative to do the task for you. You may decide you need to hire a professional – accountant, lawyer, consultant, or other specialist – to take care of some tasks for you, so you can spend time doing the other things you must do yourself.
If you’re running a one-person business, you must put together a to-do list in the morning of all the things that must get done that day; prioritize that list and realize that some things just won’t get done because of other problems or emergencies that will come your way. You must be able to multitask and keep a bunch of balls bouncing in the air at all times. As you find a few quiet minutes here and there throughout the day, get something else done on your list.
You also must be good at separating your work life from your home life, even if your business is in your home. You can’t spend 100 percent of your time and effort on your business and ignore the needs of your family and friends. Not only will it be bad for you emotionally and physically, it can also destroy your relations with your family and friends, support that you’ll need to keep yourself going.

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