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As we look at our businesses and what they are doing, sometimes we can fall into the trap of saying that we don’t have any choice in making a change that will take our business to the next level.

But you always have a choice.

Sometimes that choice is simply in how you respond or react to change, adversity or a particular situation.

And so, the first choice that we’re talking about today is to have a mindset to look at situations, difficulties, challenges, obstacles, barriers in your business as opportunities. The bigger, more difficult and the more challenging the situation or problem is, this can be the greatest opportunity for you to build the biggest and best future for you and your team in your business.

One of the ways we do this is to get really clear.

  • Identify.  Get out of your mind and onto a piece of paper exactly what this obstacle, barrier or challenge is.  
  • What’s in the way. Decide what are all of the things around it that are preventing you from moving past it or finding a solution to go around it.
  • List them out. List each obstacle out or situation out so that you can break them down. Ask yourself the question for each one: What is a simple, basic thought to transform that barrier or obstacle?
  • First Step. What is a simple first solution or first step that would take us past, through or over the top of that obstacle?

A lot of our coaching is “thinking about your thinking” and being aware of how you’re reacting to challenges and problems in your company, business or corporation.

We work with people on this all the time, so I’d be curious to hear from you what currently is the biggest obstacle you’re facing in your business that you feel is keeping you from the next level.

What’s in the way?

Because if we can identify and work on that — we can also get clear about solutions and next steps. We can also get clear about the team (or group) and the resources, and what we need to do in order to get past this.

Today’s all about the choice, but you have to first choose that you’re going to think about these obstacles, barriers and problems in a whole new way. That’s the challenge today — think about what’s in your way. Let us know what that is and/or schedule a free consultation and let us take you through this little exercise and help you turn your obstacles into opportunities.

Make it a great day!

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time management

Today I’d like to talk to you about time. Yes, we’ve talked about it before, and we will continue to do so, because time is by far the greatest asset in your business. Today, I want to help you find further clarity for how you think about time and it’s impact on your business, your personal life, and your future. There are four zones of time in your life. What I want to propose to you is to look at your life and categorize them; then, with that newfound clarity, see how much time you’re spending in each one.

Zone 1: Fluff. This is all the time you spend doing things that aren’t helpful: worrying, watching the news, social media, idle chatter, distracting other people — fluff. Things that add no value to your transformation or your future.

Zone 2: Low Value. This is busywork. Errands, shopping, repetitive tasks you do that are necessary, but have small value and low return.

Zone 3: High Value. These are activities that actually make you money. Sales, revenue, high dollar investments.

Zone 4: The Lifetime Value. This time has the greatest value from now until the end of your life. These are things like building relationships, learning new things, developing new services or products, personal spiritual development, physical health — the most valuable use of your time is Zone 4.

My coaching challenge to you today is to get out your calendar from yesterday, or from all of last week or month, maybe — and take an inventory for how much time you spend in each zone. Are you really spending your working time in 3 and 4? Or is it more 1 and 2?

If you’d like a better result out of your time, if you want to spend more time in Zone 3 and 4, reach out today — and we can show you how. It’s amazing the transformation this can make.

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Every business owner in the world, every day, has to tackle their own personal limiting beliefs about themselves and their business. What are the beliefs that are holding you back? Are they beliefs about the world? Are they beliefs about yourself? Are they beliefs about your customers or employees? Are they beliefs about the future? Are they beliefs about your past and your perceived failures? Or maybe it’s a belief about today that has become your biggest struggle?

Let me ask you a question after all those questions: What thoughts could move you forward from those beliefs? Reach out to us, send us an email, and give us your answers. I guarantee I will respond to what you have to say. As an executive coach, I’ve heard it all before — and I’m here to help.

What we believe becomes our reality. Changing it can be as difficult as brain surgery — but just as powerful.

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time management

My name is Scott Ballard, and I’m a procrastinator. I’ve been a procrastinator for 58 years. For all those years, in school and in business, I’ve been told that procrastination is a problem. That I should feel bad about it; that it makes me less of a leader or executive — that I should feel guilty. And that it’s somehow heaped a bunch of stress and strain on me and on my business. But I want to talk to you today about a different way of looking at procrastination, and maybe give you an idea that you’ve never considered:  maybe your procrastination is actually embedded in the genius of your mind.

Maybe procrastination is actually telling you something important:  that you need more info, or that this isn’t the right time, or that it’s not the right business venture to get into, or that’s not the right person to promote. Have you ever thought that your procrastination is actually working for you? Have you ever stopped and asked yourself, Why am I procrastinating about this? Perhaps your procrastination is actually your secret weapon.

What if you sat down at the end of your work day and you honestly said, What are the three things that I’m procrastinating on the most in my business? If you clearly identified those three things, and resolved that tomorrow, no matter what happened, you would take the next step on each of them — what would you be doing? Maybe procrastination is a bad habit. But maybe it’s your compass.

Procrastination: Good or bad? You decide.

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business clarity

Love me or hate me — there’s no money in the middle.

The biggest question for you as a business owner to consider is: What do you stand for?

What do you believe? What are your priorities for your life and your business? How do you make decisions? How do you connect with your customers and your employees? Are those connection points getting you the results, time, and money that you want? Not everybody’s gonna love you or what you do with your business. But that’s okay! Because your product or service isn’t for the whole world — it’s for those people who will get the greatest value from it. And that’s the beauty of clarity when you can answer these questions — you know what you’re doing, what you’re about, and who you’re for. If you want help answering those questions, reach out to us. This type of training is what we do best.

Love me or hate me — there’s no money in the middle.

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executive coaching, marriage

A few weeks ago, we posted about the business of marriage how running a business and maintaining a healthy marriage uses many of the same skills. But what I’m discouraged to see are business owners and CEO’s who have devoted, loyal customers — customers who’ve been around for twenty-plus years — who are struggling in their own personal marriage. The ingredients are the same on both sides, but something isn’t quite clicking in their personal life.

To have a great relationship, like having a great business, takes time and money. What did it take to become successful? Time, intention, commitment, focus, and sacrifice. Right? You had to think long-term.

These are all the same things that makes a successful marriage.

So why not start to use these same strategies with your spouse? Today, my challenge to you is to really think about your marriage the way you think about your business. Think about your marriage first. Invest in your partner. Commit yourself to them. Treat them like you do your best customers. Here’s a big one: Over-deliver. Do what you say you’re gonna do, and then do a little bit more. You do it for your clients — why not your spouse?

What do you think? Have you seen your marriage this way? Send us an email today if you have some insight — we’ve got a lot coming on this topic, and we want to hear from you!

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leadership training, time management

Any good business owner or executive will expect a return on the investments they make for their company. They consistently analyze their ROI so they can make adjustments to their work accordingly. So when was the last time you were actually aware of the return on your own time? When was the last time you held yourself accountable to get a result and return from your time investment on a consistent, ongoing basis? And actually treated it as the most precious asset you’ve been given?

Time is not something you can just go get more of, so what is the most valuable thing you can do with your time today?

Is it to spend time with God? Is it to spend time with your spouse? Is it to serve other people? Is it to make a great contribution in your business? Is it to write a world-changing book?

Or is it Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, half-finished projects, and lunches with your friends where you’re on your phone the whole time? A day that you are never present in any way?

Just sayin’…you’re never gonna get this day back. Think about your time.

And if you want to really maximize your work, schedule some free coaching time with me today.

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executive coaching

Your life is made up of three kinds of days. In our coaching practice, we call these days Game Days, Practice days, and Off-Season.

Game days are when we’re doing our biggest work; we’re contributing in big ways, serving our employees, our customers, and our business.

Practice days are the prep days. Those are the days of study, of learning, of rehearsal and anticipation. These are the days that, when done well, contribute to a great game day.

Off-season days involve no business at all; we focus on those things which restore, relax, and rest us. Things that bring life to our soul. These are, in fact, the most critical kinds of days.

To understand which days of your life fall into which of these categories, ask yourself four questions:

What are you doing? Who are you doing it with? Is this activity within my God-given abilities? And what does my life look like while I’m doing it?

Now, using those questions, my challenge to you this week is this:

Take out your calendar, and for the next month designate your days. Which ones are Game days? Practice days? Off-season days? Write them into your schedule and plan accordingly. And let me know how this changes your life.

Not sure how to start? Schedule a free coaching session with me today.

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Finding a better path is all about thinking. Our mind does not control us; we control our mind.

Many people don’t realize that they are actually in control of the supercomputer in their head. They let their mind take them wherever it wants to go rather than consciously thinking and making #choices. And for most people, myself included, if we don’t consciously choose to do

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You always have a #choice.  You are always in control.  You can always consider:

How am I going to react to this?  

How am I going to process this?  

How am I going to think about this?  

How am I going to respond?  

That’s what it all comes down to:  MAKING A CHOICE!

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