Warning...this one is a little longer than normal, and I trust this might impact you today.
Things don't always work out as intended...how I met my wife. You may be thinking...what? How does this apply to business? I guess you will have to keep reading, and I will share with you how things work in accordance with something bigger than our plans.
My dream had always been to attend Texas A&M University upon graduating from San Marcos. I even did a campus tour visiting with the Corps of Cadets. My plan was to graduate, join the Corps of Cadets, and graduate with a Computer Science degree. Guess what happened. None of the above.
I graduated from high school without the resources to attend Texas A&M University. Living in San Marcos, I made the decision to continue living at home, and I attended Southwest Texas State University. Instead of pursuing Computer Science, I declared a degree in Kinesiology. While attending Southwest Texas State University, I answered an...
“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.” - Jim Rohn
The turtle did not beat the hare because of the speed. The turtle won because of consistency. Are you being consistent in your activities on a daily basis; especially those activities that drive your business? Consistency in the right things will always win.
Growing up in Central Texas, we had a few "pet" land tortoises collected along the twisting and turning country roads between San Marcos and Wimberley. My brother and I would place the tortoise in the fenced garden area (thinking about that now, probably not the best idea since the garden was essentially a turtle buffet), and then head off to bed. The next morning, we would go out to check on the turtle, and it had escaped.
We would scour the over 5 acres of property covered with Texas Live Oaks. Every single inch of the property we covered meticulously. No tortoise...
How many times have I seen a business owner stay in the "blocks" even after the starting gun has been fired? Many.
Jim Rohn said, "We must learn to apply all that we know so that we can attract all that we want."
Having trained and coached 100's over the years, I have always been able to pick out the person that was the most intellectual person in the room, yet their results were lackluster. See they know exactly how to run the 100 meter sprint in their head. They know everything including the pre-race mindset, the study and monitoring of the starter to anticipate the gun being fired, the form required coming out of the blocks, the form required to complete the race, the technique to lean into the finish, etc. The challenge with knowing and not applying their knowledge, metaphorically, they will never leave the blocks.
See they know everything, yet they do not apply. Yes, it is important to learn, and it is even more important to apply/execute. Many have heard that...
Noise. There is a lot of noise in our world today ranging from COVID-19 to race to historical statues to politics to business shutdowns to murder hornets mounted on shark horses...and the list goes on and on. I often get asked from business owners, "How do you cut through the noise?" Why it may seem difficult, the answer is quite simple.
You've got to keep doing what you've always done. In some cases you need to outwork yourself. It's about keeping your head down, laser focused, and knowing precisely what needs to happen daily to keep you moving forward.
Why do horses wear blinkers sometimes known as blinders? This piece of horse tack is so the horse does not get distracted by things to the rear, in some cases, to the side. The horse is focused on what is right in front of them.
How do you cut through the noise? Put on the blinkers. Have your business plan at hand to remind yourself of your goal. Don't get sucked in. Don't get divided. Don't buy into that which is...
I am sure I can't be the only one.
What does a Facebook 'Like' or any emoticon really mean anyways? When someone likes a post, in my mind, I'm thinking what did they "Like". You also have the heart, the emoticon hugging a heart (still don't quite understand that one), the emoticon with the tear, an emoticon with the "oh wow", and the angry face (What are they angry about?).
As a business owner utilizing social media to get out your message and to connect, would it be wise to engage at a deeper level with a meaningful comment. Whether we like it or not, social media continues to become a larger part of how individuals communicate in the world today.
Think about it....
Way back (really not that far back), we sent letters to one another. BTW - I still do with Send Out Cards.
Eventually, we moved to the telegraph, and then to a phone (the one with the wire connected to the wall), and then to the cell phone. Email was all the rage. Then comes social media. What's next...I...
Over the years I was told, "Jeremy, you're not bringing enough energy. You need to be more excited. You can motivate, encourage, and help more people if you would act in this way." Guess what, it was complete BS, and for those telling me essentially not to be myself, what they don't realize is the number of people that came to thank me for my authentic relationship.
See, authenticity is what people want. They don't want a show. They want to know you truly are passionate about what you do, and that your intention is to add value...not dupe them into believing something through acting out of falsehood. People want to feel like you care about their needs and to be 100% genuine about that feeling.
I write this to encourage you to "Be You" today. I will bet more people will gravitate towards you than away from you. For those that move away, be okay with that too. Unfortunately we are messaged everyday in this world that we have to appeal to everyone. Stop...
I read an article today chronicling the fall of a leader that made some really poor choices. It was a reminder that as a business owner, you are always under the spotlight whether you choose to be or not.
"Everything rises and falls with leadership." - John Maxwell
Take actions based in truth and light, do the right thing, and admit when you've made a mistake. People look at business owners as mythical unicorns living in fields of clover framed by an overarching rainbow. You do something that blotches that image, and everything goes away in a snap.
Organizations, relationships, and families can all be impacted by our choices. If you think you can hide the things you're doing, at some point it will catch up to you. Just don't go down the path knowingly making bad decisions.
Be aware today that any decision you make has a consequence. Some will be favorable, and others can be destructive (BTW - this is both in business and life). This mistake made by this business...
I am honored and excited to announce that Shane Frazier, REALTOR® brokered by Keller Williams Houston Metropolitan has made an investment in his business and hired me as his business coach.
Please join me in congratulating Shane in his decision to focus on growth and servicing his clients at the highest level. If you're looking to buy a home, sell a home, or invest in Houston, Texas real estate, connect with Shane today at 832-776-1264. Begin your home search by visiting Search Greater Houston, Texas Area Homes.
Shane received his Bachelors degree in Geology from Texas A&M University. After spending years working professionally in the oil and gas industry, Shane took his passion for real estate and decided to build his own business around it. In his free time you can find Shane at the golf course or on stage playing guitar in his band.
Posted by: Jeremy Williams is the owner and Head Coach at Red Hawk Coaching based in...