Building Business and A Serendipitous Life

by Gary Loper on January 9, 2018

Building Business and A Serendipitous Life

One of the common entrepreneurial roadblocks people frequently bump into is thinking that nobody else has the same aptitude and they wind up thinking, “Okay, well, I have to do everything myself. I know what I want to do with my business.” So, they are looking at micromanaging instead of focusing on what they do best and hire the rest. There is always this teeter totter that goes on.
When you are Roadblocksstruggling in building your business, you don’t have enough cash flow to hire the assistant or the housekeeper, the things that will bring the most time back to you. But, if you don’t hire them, then you are not making all the money you can. There is an equation.

If you are making a $100 an hour or your time is valued at $100 an hour, and you hire someone to do the housecleaning for $15 an hour, you can hire them and still go to work, and you still will be $85 ahead. So, it’s a matter of math. The hardest thing is to ask for help. You must learn to ask for help and delegate! One of my coaches shared with me, “If you’re the rainmaker, keep making it rain.”

Yes, life can be serendipitous. One day while I was working as a licensed massage therapist, I received a postcard. And it said, “Do you want to work with people with disabilities?” I had a background working in the wheelchair industry. Previously I worked for a Swedish wheelchair manufacturer when I was back in Wisconsin. When I moved to Florida, I worked for a vendor. So, I was familiar with some of the population. I thought, “Okay. Well, this is the next calling, because it is serendipity at its best, showing up at the right time”. During that time period working with people with disabilities was the most rewarding and personally fulfilling experience. Unfortunately due to unforeseen events, the position was eliminated. So, what was my next step?

I had collected a deep library of motivational quotes. So, I started sharing inspirational messages on Twitter. In reality, I started selfishly sharing quotes to lift myself up. In doing that one action, it was amazing, because people started to respond. People were retweeting and thanking me for the message, “Hey, that’s a great reminder.” Or, they would ask questions, and that’s when I got the tap. The Universe came and said, “Okay, Gary, you have been a coach. You have your coaching certificates since 1999. You haven’t done anything with it, so start coaching on Twitter.” Consequently it was a huge transformation, as I went through my social media therapy growing through a lot of things. It has been an incredible journey for the last nine years.

FearsI learned to never allow fear to engulf me. At that time it was big lesson. One of my greatest fears was questioning, “What do I have to say?” and “Are people going listen?” I shared someone else’s words, and was able to make a connection using that as a bridge.

After sitting through countless webinars and reading thousands of e-books, a huge turning point was to appreciate my own gifts. In all of them, I had the reaction, “Okay, so what? You haven’t said anything new, this is just a repeat of someone else’s book.” When I started looking at it, talking to people, spilling out more than what some of these other people were charging for, I realized I knew a lot more. At that point there was another factor I saw. There was a number of ‘experts’ who were not walking their talk. They’re telling you, “Okay, do it this way.” But then you watch their account on Twitter, and they are not doing it. I had gained a lot of knowledge about the mechanics of Twitter, about relationships building, which is a key part of my life. This is why I think it is a natural bridge to build relationships. And with business, it’s all about relationships. Online marketing is going to increase 200 to 500% in the next five years. So, a customer has choices, and it will come down to what Bob Burg states … “All things being equal, people are going to do business with, refer business to, people they know, like, and trust.”

However, ‘know, like, and trust’ almost becomes a cliché. I like to focus on that ‘all things being equal’. So, it’s a level playing field. If you can create a differentiation of what you do better than anybody else then you become top in someone’s mind with your audience. Later if they need you, they know where to go or they will refer you.

When I owned it, I started doing radio shows and more interviews. Then it became a turning point with the action that I took. It was significant action. I learned the sales process, scripting and knowing what to say and knowing how to overcome objections and layering the value, another Go-Giver philosophy.

Celebrate

Ultimately I learned to let go of micromanaging. Allow others to help, especially with the things that are not cost effective. Listen to your tap. Create a serendipitous life. Allow serendipity to awaken your potential. See your gifts and
own it!

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An Action Plan Is Needed To Achieve Success

by Gary Loper on January 2, 2018

An Action Plan Is Needed To Achieve Success

You cannot achieve success without an action plan.  Our dreams and visions are only one step in the process. In order to create what you want, you must build a solid foundation, a business and personal roadmap to success.

The first step is to start an assessment. Go through the reflections and projections. Look at what worked well last year. Equally, you need to look at what didn’t work and what you want to accomplish. Then forecast and decide on a course.

With most working or budding entrepreneurs, or people who are straddling, they do not see their own accomplishments. Here is a powerful exercise to help validate your accomplishments:  write down 100 things that you did in your life.  I recommend that you give yourself credit for even the small things.  This will help you forecast your future.

The second step is to upgrade your associations. You need to be around people who have already succeeded at what you want to accomplish. You are the average of the five people you hang around with. Good, bad or indifferent, if you are the smartest person in the room, find another room. You will not learn anything, and people will continue to drain from you. Importantly, be around people who believe in you.  You want to be around people who will encourage and support you when you are down because we all know as entrepreneurs there are a lot of challenges, ups and downs.

So, establish assessments, reflections and projections, upgrade your associations, and then go ahead and create your plan.

The third step is to invest in your future. Create a winning business and personal plan. Left to your own design most people would plan a future that resembles their past. From my experience to get to a level of success, it is critical to: shift into positive thinking, unlearn old, unwanted patterns, create language filters, eliminate the dream stealers, maintain positive relationships, create action steps, master your goals and stay accountable.

Goal Setting is a powerful practice needed to create the ideal blueprint to achieve success in your life. Remember goal setting isn’t just about improving your golf game. It is about getting some fundamental steps in place so that you can be ready to start your new venture in a way that will be viable, sustainable, and fit within your lifestyle. The bottom line is, if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never know if you got there.

Some keys things to remember about goal setting is that they must be written down. Planning and goal setting are not enough – you must take action. Remember: We become what we think about.

I invite you to contact me, and set up a coaching program to give you the tools you need to achieve all of your dreams.

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