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I want to talk to you a little bit about your business and the memory you have of why you started it in the first place. As you are looking back, how would you answer these questions:

  • What was the initial thought?
  • What was the initial dream?
  • What was the initial hope?
  • What did you envision your future to be, both personally and professionally, when you started your business?
  • Where did you see yourself being 5, 10, 15, 20 years down the road with the business?
  • And, have you lost touch with those thoughts, those ideas that you had at the beginning?

Today I want to ask you to go back to that original thought or idea and revisit the enthusiasm, passion, and conviction that you had to start and build your business, to make a difference in the world, to provide a great solution or product for your customers or for the world at large.

Sit down and ask yourself these questions:  What was I thinking at the beginning? Why did I start this company? What was my original purpose?

And then ask yourself, do we still have the same purpose or has that changed and evolved? If it has, have I changed and evolved with it? Is my business taking me to where I really want to go or are there some things that I need to change in order to get to where I want to go from where I started.

So it’s really about looking back and learning today. We do this with our clients all the time. We have them look back, learn and celebrate those things that they’ve done to get to where they’re at. There’s so much to be learned about beginning a venture or company and starting it from scratch, but sometimes the ingenuity and the thinking around that can be lost when we grow.

Go back into that mindset or that first thought, that first day, that first year in your company, and think about all of the creativity, energy and the passion you had. Now, relive that and put it back into your company today.

It’s all about your mindset, your thinking.

That creative thing that started what you built. Think about your first year, your first step, your first sale, your first transaction. You need to bring that back into focus today because that brings freshness not only to you, but now you have a team, you have customers and you have this business. It needs a shot of energy and you’re like, man, I can’t seem to get motivated, I can’t seem to get excited about what we’re doing. Well, go back and remember what excited you at the beginning. What was it that triggered the idea that you were going to be an entrepreneur, that you were going to have this great adventure, build a great company and make a difference in your life for you, your family and your friends. Go back and put that hat on again.

My challenge for you it to take 30 minutes and go back to Day One and remember what that was like and how it felt. Learn from what that has taught you and then reengage in the same enthusiasm and passion that you had for this company when you started it. Then, report back to us how this will change you from this point forward. How did this new thinking to go back to the beginning, to that passion, change the way you’re looking at your future now?

It should be a much bigger future! There’s a bigger future out there because there’s bigger problems and pain and things to be created for a much better result for your clients and your customers with this kind of thinking.

So first day, first thought, first action, first excitement — go back and relive those things. Share those with your team, with your leaders, with your employees. People love to hear the story of how you started.

I would love for you to send me a video or an email of how you started your company too. Where did the idea come from? Why did you do it? And what was that like at the beginning? We’d love to hear from you and learn your story. We’re at www.confidencecoach.org. We hope you share this with somebody that has started a business but maybe they’ve forgotten why they started it. Let’s celebrate today being entrepreneurs, business owners, and people that are risk takers that are going to make a difference in the world!! But let’s not forget that first day — that first thought. Make it a great day.


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Here are three quick ideas for your today to help your company win big:

1. Ask how do we win

Ask yourself and your people this question — How does our company win big? I know you may think this sounds silly because, of course, you’re trying to win, but I want you to ask that question anyways. Get a group of your people together, ask the question, and then write down on a whiteboard all the things that they come up with it. Also, write down your own ideas as well on how you would win big in your business. What does that look like?

2. Start each day with winning

The second thing I would ask you to do is to start all meetings and the beginning of each work day with the idea of winning. Ask how are we going to win today? What’s are our wins going to be today?

3. Document your wins

The third step is at the end of the day, particularly with new people as you hire them and bring them on, have them document what their wins were for the day. Also have them document why it was important and what the next step will be for them in their winning process at work.

What you will find if you focus on winning — there will be more winning!! You’ll identify more wins and you’ll develop a culture of people that come to work every day expecting to win. When we expect to win, our mind actually finds a way for us to win, and we become this unstoppable, amazing company that’s all about winning. But in order to win we have to focus on what we are doing that’s creating the winning. How are we winning, what does that look like, and what do I need to do to win every day?

These are the three steps that we would give you to implement into your company. Try It, use it, and then report back to us and let us know how the winning is going there. Remember what you focus on, grows and multiplies. Focus on your winning. Then as you do that, your people will focus on it. And in turn, you’ll see more and more success. Subscribe to our YouTube channel or reach out to us on our website at www.confidencecoach.org. We’d love to hear from you. Make it a great day.


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I want to talk to you about something really simple today. Basically, it is — how are you looking as you walk around your business, as you interact with your employees, your customers, as you’re representing yourself? And what I mean by that is, are you smiling or are you frowning?

We may not think that that’s a big thing, but everybody takes their queue from you as the business owner on whether or not how they react to situations. So my challenge for you today is if you’re not smiling — START SMILING. You can’t expect your people to be happy and to do the work they want to do if you’re going around frowning and being negative with your body language.

Start Smiling.

As you start smiling, be observant and then watch other people smile back at you. When you smile at somebody and you really mean it, it affects the other person, and they’ll want to smile back at you. Smiling changes everything — how we feel and the stress level that we have. It also can lower the anxiety that you may have as you work through your day, as you work through problems and as you are working with your customers and employees.

Today is a very simple tip yet very cutting edge. Show those pearly whites and smile. Share a smile with somebody and watch them smile back. Watch the dynamics of your office, warehouse, or your work environment change by you being somebody that leads with a smile. Leaders set the tone for a whole organization. And you know, we can say we’re going to make a difference with our words or by our work ethic — and these things do work, but the quickest way to change the dynamic is to start smiling.

So today we are issuing you a smile challenge. Let us know your results and how it affects your people when you lead with a smile. Check in with us at www.confidencecoach.org or leave a response on our YouTube channel where we covered this topic. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces out there in the marketplace.


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You may recall that I have written in the past about the “Business of Marriage,” and how running a business and maintaining a healthy marriage use many of the same skills. Investing in relationships is essential and something we do not only with our clients but in own marriage as well.

Recently, my wife, Orlena and I had the opportunity to be on a Leverage podcast in regards to our marriage and dating relationship (yes, I did say “dating”). As some of you already know, we work together in our coaching business and we have been “dating” for 40 years! Actually, we’ve been married 37 years but I like to say we’ve been dating for 40 because that’s how long we have been a couple. We love working together, just being together and are best friends.

I wanted to share with you the podcast interview. It’ll help you get to know us a little bit better on a more personal level. It talks about our Thursday date nights. Yes, we still date each other and we highly recommend it. Check it out for yourself:

–Scott & Orlena

 


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As a business owner or CEO, have you ever asked yourself what pain or problem does your business solve for your customer? The other day I asked a coaching client this exact question and he couldn’t give me a clear answer — his response showed that there was some real fuzziness around what it is that they were actually doing for their customers. Since he really couldn’t identify what the pain or problem was that they solved, I told him that he had to get clear about this and actually put himself in the customer experience.

I wanted to share with you the process and questions I walked him through in case you find yourself in the same situation.

  • What is it that people pay you to do or create?
  • What solution or problem do they come to you (and give you their hard earned money) to help them with?
  • Write out what you do for people, for your customers, your clients.
  • My challenge to you is to actually then put on the client “hat” and go through your own process:  call your company; email your company; buy your product; demo your product; go through the whole process from beginning to end as if you knew nothing about it and see what it would be like if you were a customer or client. And then ask if it really delivers the solution to the pain or problem that you think it does or is it something different? Maybe you need to add something or take something away.

This gives you a 360 degree view of what the pain or problem is that you’re really solving. If you do this, you might discover that something has changed since you started your business. At least then you can know if something is changing right now or if you are in touch with what the pain or problem is for your customer.

Depending on what you discover, this is a great starter conversation!

Pick 4, 5 or 10 of your best customers and sit down with them and ask them these questions:

  • What do you look to us for in problem solving, pain relief and solutions?
  • What is it that you’re actually investing in when you do business with us?

Out of their responses, I think you’re going to be surprised that there are other opportunities, and then there are also going to be things that you’re doing that they don’t really value at all! Things that can be converted into something else that’s a lot more profitable for you and makes the customer a lot happier about your service.

Also if you can start these conversations, it creates a lifetime relationship for a customer. What is the value of a customer, not just for one transaction but for the next 5, 10 or 20 years?

So that’s my challenge to you today. If you’d like help around this or if you’d like to talk about how to implement this in your company, reach out to us at www.confidencecoach.org. We’re also on YouTube. If there’s someone else that you think needs help in this area, please feel free to share this with them too. Make it a great day.

 


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I’ve got an irresistible offer for you as a leader, business owner, CEO. My offer to you today is give us your biggest obstacle, your biggest challenge or let us know what your biggest thing in your business is that you haven’t been able to figure out. You haven’t been able to get past. You’re stuck in. My challenge to you is to bring that to us and let us spend 90 minutes with you. We will take you through a process to make a breakthrough around that challenge, around that thing that feels like it’s impossible or that there’s no way forward or that you’re stuck in. And we will do it for FREE.

That’s our irresistible offer — 90 minutes of our time and our processes for free to help you solve your biggest obstacle or challenge.

We’d love to coach you through a process to help you get clarity, and then help you create a breakthrough or solution for you to get past whatever is stuck in your business. This could be finances, it could be employees, it could be competition, it could be about what’s happening in your industry, it could be governmental regulations, it could be something happening with you personally that’s going on. It doesn’t really matter. We’re Confidence Coach and we’re 100 percent confident that you can’t bring us an obstacle, barrier or roadblock that we can’t help you create a solution or breakthrough to.

So that’s our big challenge. If you have an obstacle (and if you’re in business we know you have one), we’d like to offer this to you today. Reach out to us on our website at www.confidencecoach.org and schedule a catalytic conversation. We will take you through a process that will lead you to the solution. There’s no charge to you. See what we can do in 90 minutes to get you from where you’re at to where you want to go and get you past whatever’s holding you back.

Now you’ve probably tried everything yourself. You’ve tried everything internally, you’ve talked to other people and maybe it’s been a year, two or even three years, and you still have not been able to figure this out. So today we’re saying to you, here’s our offer — we can help you figure this out! We’re confident in it enough to say we’ll do this for you and prove it to you without any cost to you, other than you investing 90 minutes of your time. We will work through a process that will help you to be honest about what your obstacle is and also be honest about being fully engaged in the process. When you hear our questions and then respond, out of that we will create a breakthrough solution that you’ve never thought of or you didn’t think was possible.

If you know somebody that’s in this situation (or maybe it’s you), send them our way. We’d love to serve them and show the value that we can create in just a short period of time.

Make it a great day.

–Scott

P.S. Here are 4 ways I’d like to help you improve your business:

  1. FREE BOOK – We would love to send you our book, “The Biggest Disability is a Bad Attitude”. It’s our story of who we are, why we do coaching, the way we do it, and how our strategy and processes work. Just sign up on our website to get your own hard copy now.
  2. FREE 60 minute coaching session – For one hour we will talk about your business’ future, what’s in the way, what your leverage opportunities are going forward, and how to keep building on your confidence.  Schedule your catalytic conversation here.
  3. FREE The Solution System pdf. My favorite thing to do is to take business owners through The Solution System and watch their thinking create a huge breakthrough for their business. You can download a free copy here.
  4. Work with me One-on-One. If you would like to work directly with me to create a bigger, better future for your business, just reply to this message and put “One-on-One” in the subject line. Tell me a little about your business and what you’d like to work on together, and I’ll get you all the details.

 


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How many different tasks, decisions, meetings or things are YOU doing in your business that somebody else could do instead? Maybe it could be delegated to someone else in the company or it could be outsourced. I want you to look at one day in your calendar (or your to do list) and count up how many tasks or things you did that day. Now, I challenge you to see if half of those things could be done better and more effectively by somebody else! What I’m talking about here is the power of delegation.

I know one of the biggest things when I’m working with a lot of business owners is that they don’t have enough time. Everything is always a time crunch and pressure; they work more and get seemingly less done. They’re not making the progress they want to make. My thought about that after watching and coaching a lot of people is that they’re doing a lot of things that somebody else should be doing. As an owner or CEO, you have two or three things that really move the needle in your company that you provide and bring to the table. You need to figure out what those are and then you need to stay in that lane. Then look at everything else that you do — maybe it’s answering the phone, sending/responding to an email, or booking your own travel. Who else can do these tasks? Is there someone that this is their best ability? They could do this really well? Push those tasks out to those people so that you can elevate the two or three things that you’re great at, and then you will have the time to take your company to a new level.

So, what is your delegation number? What are the number of separate tasks that you’re doing a day that you could cut in half? That’s my challenge. Give me your number. Then my next challenge is for you to cut that number in half again by delegating. When you delegate, remember to be specific and clear about what you want done. Let the person or service you use know what you expect the result or outcome to be from this delegation.

If you want to increase your effectiveness, if you want to get greater results, you have to start thinking about all the things that you’ve taken on that are slowing you down. You’ve got to start thinking about how you can take those things off your plate so that you can be and do the things that you’re great at — and that’s usually only two or three things.

By delegating, you can get back control of your time. It’s getting in your lane so you can have a multiplier effect with those things that you are phenomenal at. It’s getting your business back on track to where you want to go. It’s all about changing your thinking about everything you do to ask the question, “Is there somebody else that can do this more effectively or better than I can?” And then let them start doing it instead of you.

So that’s my challenge to you today. Look at your day and see what you can delegate, and let’s see if we can’t cut that in half again. I think you’ll be amazed at the results and blown away by what will happen.

Reach out and give us the number of how many things you’re doing a day and then give us your number that you’re going to delegate.

–Scott

P.S. Here are 4 ways I’d like to help you improve your business:

  1. FREE BOOK – We would love to send you our book, “The Biggest Disability is a Bad Attitude”. It’s our story of who we are, why we do coaching, the way we do it, and how our strategy and processes work. Just sign up on our website to get your own hard copy now.
  2. FREE 60 minute coaching session – For one hour we will talk about your business’ future, what’s in the way, what your leverage opportunities are going forward, and how to keep building on your confidence.  Schedule your catalytic conversation here.
  3. FREE The Solution System pdf. My favorite thing to do is to take business owners through The Solution System and watch their thinking create a huge breakthrough for their business. You can download a free copy here.
  4. Work with me One-on-One. If you would like to work directly with me to create a bigger, better future for your business, just reply to this message and put “One-on-One” in the subject line. Tell me a little about your business and what you’d like to work on together, and I’ll get you all the details.

 


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I just wanted to throw something out to you today that we’ve been using as a challenge to our clients, business owners, and leaders that we’re working with. All of them are struggling to get on the same page with their employees. They can’t seem to get everyone in alignment with where they are trying to take the company. And so, I had a crazy idea for one of our clients and I said, “Well, maybe the reason why there’s a disconnect between where you want to go, what they’re doing and them not understanding you, is they don’t know what it’s like to be the owner.”

So I told him, here’s my challenge to you — take some of your people and make them an owner for a day! I challenged him to literally take an employee with him and have them shadow him through an entire day. Show them every process that he worked through, the decisions he had to make, the meetings he attended, and even the fires he had to put out! I challenged him to show the employee all the different hats he had to wear.

Guess what happened after he did this?

He had a huge “aha” moment. He realized that he had not been communicating as well as he thought he had about what he was doing, where the company was going, and what the business was all about. He didn’t realize this until after he had this person by his side all day long! He could tell by the questions that they were asking that there was definitely a disconnect on his part. He had not thoroughly and repeatedly communicated why they were doing what they were doing, how things needed to be done, and the importance of all these things to the employee’s future, as well as the company’s future.

So, my challenge to you is this:  if there is (someone or) something you’re struggling with, bring your employee along and allow them to be “an owner for a day” or maybe “CEO for a day”. Give them a chance to be transformed and have a better understanding by giving them the opportunity of seeing things through your eyes — the eyes of the owner. I think this will also help you realize the importance of clear communication on your part. Your people need to know what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and how things really work in the company. This will improve your team and help them be more fully engaged.

I hope you take up the challenge of having an employee be an owner for a day. As you do this, please share your results with us and let us know what you learned through this experience. You can always reach out to us and schedule a catalytic conversation if you need more clarification on this activity. You can also find out more about us at confidencecoach.org and we’d love it if you would subscribe to our YouTube channel.

–Scott

P.S. Here are 4 ways I’d like to help you improve your business:

  1. FREE BOOK – We would love to send you our book, “The Biggest Disability is a Bad Attitude”. It’s our story of who we are, why we do coaching, the way we do it, and how our strategy and processes work. Just sign up on our website to get your own hard copy now.
  2. FREE 60 minute coaching session – For one hour we will talk about your business’ future, what’s in the way, what your leverage opportunities are going forward, and how to keep building on your confidence.  Schedule your catalytic conversation here.
  3. FREE The Solution System pdf. My favorite thing to do is to take business owners through The Solution System and watch their thinking create a huge breakthrough for their business. You can download a free copy here.
  4. Work with me One-on-One. If you would like to work directly with me to create a bigger, better future for your business, just reply to this message and put “One-on-One” in the subject line. Tell me a little about your business and what you’d like to work on together, and I’ll get you all the details.

 


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Our Solution System will ask questions to help you get clarity about your roadblock, barrier or obstacle and also help you create your own solution.

I want to talk to you about obstacles, roadblocks and barriers — these are things that are in the way of you taking your company from where it’s currently at to the next level. Oftentimes we look at a roadblock or obstacle and we get frozen. We start procrastinating. We don’t want to deal with things.

But today I want to give you a little insight into something that’s really helping our clients get to the next level. We actually want you to focus on and be specific about the obstacles or roadblocks, the barriers, the things that are in the way of you going to the next level in your company and your business. What I mean by that is we actually have a process called The Solution System where we focus on and help you get clarity through our questioning process to identify the barrier or obstacle.

  • What does it look like?
  • What does it feel like?
  • What’s causing it?
  • What are your thoughts about it?
  • What are your limiting beliefs around it?

We have you list out all the answers to those questions. You may ask why is it so important to focus on the obstacle or roadblock? The reason is, by going through our eight step process, we will ask questions that will help you uncover the solution. Your breakthrough solution will come from within all these barriers and obstacles, doubts, fears and limiting beliefs that you have around it.

Believe me – there’s a solution in there!

We take you through a process to uncover and then create your own solution, your own breakthrough. This solution/breakthrough will take your business from where it’s been stuck, where it’s plateaued, to the next level. The thinking behind this is really how your mind works. We help you focus on what the problem is, study it, ask questions about it, dig deep and be honest about what the obstacles are. And then, we dig in with some questions and ask what the solution is that’s hidden in all of that. As we do this, breakthrough after breakthrough happens, mindsets gets changed and “limiting” beliefs become “beliefs now for a bigger future”. The solutions show up right there on the worksheet during the process.

We’ve done this over and over again, and it always surprises people. They’re like, “Wow, I never saw that an hour ago, and now I have these great plans, these steps forward, this breakthrough that I needed to have to take my business to where it needs to go.” So, this is all about you stopping and asking, “Okay, why am I stuck, where am I stuck, and what’s going on there?” And then saying, “Okay, I want to work on that, and I’m not gonna run away from that. I’m not gonna be limited by that. I’ll focus on it.” Out of these tough questions, we’ll find a solution with you.

So, if this sounds interesting to you because perhaps you have a big obstacle or barrier, maybe you’re stuck, or, you’re not stuck but you can’t seem to be able to get to where you want to go — reach out to us at Confidence Coach and set up a free catalytic conversation. We’ll give you the worksheet and the process. We’ll take you through it and teach you how to create your own solutions and have breakthroughs in all areas of your business. We look forward to doing that with you and we’ll talk to you soon.


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We have been using what we call “The 5 Minute Miracle” as we’ve been working with clients to help them make progress on their goals.

The idea is that you need deadlines. You also need a short amount of time to stretch yourself to see how much you can get done in a short period of time.

What we do is we gather the team together and have them clarify what the goal is that they’re working towards — their biggest goal. We ask them to write down what they think they can potentially get done in 5 minutes to make progress or create momentum towards their goal (maybe write down 3 things). These are things they could get done in a 5 minute span towards the goal. They write the goal out and then write the items below it of what they think they can do in that 5 minutes.

Then, we set a timer, and they get to work to see what they can do in 5 minutes to complete their list!

We’ve just been doing this for a couple of weeks. We had a team the other day that between all of the people on the team they were able to accomplish 13 things in 5 minutes. That’s 13 baby steps towards their major goal in 5 minutes. They literally got more done in five minutes than they had gotten done in the last week towards this big goal for their company..

It’s interesting how much you can get done towards the progress of reaching your goal simply by:

  • compressing time;
  • being focused;
  • forcing yourself to think in small enough increments; and
  • breaking things down.

So that’s why we call this “The 5 Minute Miracle.” It’s  amazing what it will do for you.

If you’re interested in getting the worksheet or talking to us and having us take you or your company through this, just let us know. We’d be glad to do that. You can set up a time for us to work with you either virtually or in person. Glad we could pass on this little thought today of how you move forward in achieving your goals in just 5 minutes.

Make it a great day!


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