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Being an entrepreneur entails more than it may initially seem. It can call for long hours of work and even days with little or hardly any sleep at all. More often than not, this job is also mostly sedentary and with all things considered, it can be inferred that the lifestyle of an entrepreneur may really take a huge toll on your health sooner or later. Sedentary behavior also is known to worsen the health of an individual – it increases the risk of depression, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
With a hectic schedule, it is difficult to schedule time for exercise or properly plan a healthy meal. Moreover, the emotional health of entrepreneurs is counts as much as your physical health and this aspect of one’s health is often times just overlooked.
In other words, entrepreneurs usually take their bodies for granted and treat it terribly in exchange for the possible success that they may attain. This standard of living, however, is not healthy and no matter how much success it may bring about, entrepreneurs should never let go of healthy living.
Do not tie yourself to your Desk
Spending even just an hour outside daily is actually beneficial for the body. Thomas Jefferson utilized this habit. He actually spent most of his time working but he never failed to go and spend at least one hour outside every day. It would not hurt to take a break for even just a few minutes and go outside, get some fresh air, natural vitamin D and exercise.
You literally are what You Eat
Another way of nurturing a healthy life-style is to improve what you eat. Skipping the energy drinks and junk food can be a starting step to improve your diet. Eating food that is bad for the body may have negative effects to your productivity. For example, inflammatory foods such as sugar can cause you to feel inactive and cloud your focus and concentration.
Consequently, you must prepare and consume nutritionally balanced meals. Food should be seen as fuel and if you feed your body with high quality fuel, the likelihood of a better performance will be attained.
Get those Zzzzs
All entrepreneurs have or will have to experience the toil of late nights, early morning errands and last-minute deadlines at some point in their careers. However, these must not hinder entrepreneurs to get the right amount of sleep because lack of sleep can deter thinking and learning and impair attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning and problem solving skills. In short, lack of sleep can really affect productivity. Moreover, lack of sleep can also contribute to serious health problems such as heart failure and diabetes.
Sleeping more is a great benefit to entrepreneurs. That is why it is recommended neither to sleep too short nor sleep too long to maximize productivity levels. Also, a good power nap may also be utilized to recharge your brain and avoid burnout.
Mind of Matter
Being emotionally healthy must be given as much importance as being physically healthy. Even the most intelligent people would not make it in the “real” world if they could not control their emotions toward their work or toward their client. Focusing on the positives is one of the simplest, yet, very effective ways of maintaining an emotionally healthy state because where you put your focus will determine how you will think.
Looking at the bright side of situations can help keep your self-esteem and morale high and this can improve productivity. Being able to forgive those who have wronged you can also be a way to improve your disposition. Forgiving will allow you to move on from the negative circumstances while learning from the situation can protect entrepreneurs from being wronged again by the same people.
Striking a balance between pursuing good health and good business is a must for all entrepreneurs. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can teach valuable lessons about good business. Furthermore, successful entrepreneurs work smarter and not harder.
People set their goals differently, depending on their current situation, resources, physical capacity and other factors. You can, however, follow some guidelines to make sure that your goals are credible and achievable. Too many people seem to set their goals without having a realistic game plan, only to become disappointed. Here are some S.M.A.R.T tips for you.
Goals need to be specific, so that you know which part of the process you are currently working on and the particular ways you will achieve it. Most people have goals to get promoted, get rich, improve relationships and the like, but these are very vague and your mind can become confused about what you truly mean. General descriptions usually do not have boundaries, so you always leave room for mistakes and compromise. If you want results that you can be proud of, be specific.
To be specific, you need to include the full details. Write down something like, “I will earn three hundred and fifty thousand dollars in my business by September of this year.” or “I will be the top leader of the sales division by next week.” or “I want my relationship with my spouse to grow, we will go on weekly dates.” Include the names, the position, the amount, the date and everything else needed to train your mind to start working toward that goal.
Goals need to be measurable so that you can keep track of how well you are doing. To help measure your path and goal, you should include quantifiable details. For your job, you can include specifics such as the number of hours you are working, the amount you are earning, the staff you are managing, etc. For the goal of money, you can include details such as the amount you want to have as a whole or the number of companies or businesses you own. Always have important points and items to be measured so you can understand how close you are to achieving your goals. If your goal is to earn $30,000 a month, then you know you are halfway there if you’re already earning $15,000 a month.
Attainable vs Realistic
Only set goals that can possibly be accomplished. Some people set goals that are too high to reach, that they are almost setting up situations that are impossible. Make sure you only set objectives that you can reach within a given amount of time, provided the current resources and capabilities you have. Some examples of impossible goals are doubling your salary overnight, getting a promotion higher than your boss’s position, etc. Some goals can be achieved faster compared to others if you have the right tools and strategies already in place. Always include a strategic plan for big objectives.
Set “lifelines” to achieve your goals. I don’t like the word deadline, I prefer lifeline. Stay specific when setting timelines and schedules. For example, indicate things like “To spend at least 1 uninterrupted hour talking with my spouse everyday starting tomorrow (indicate exact date and year)”. Setting the exact time and date will spur you to start working on your goals, instead of putting it off for another day and procrastinating. Some goals can take years to accomplish so it is wiser to break these down into smaller objectives, still complete with lifelines.
You are worthy of achieving your goals so always remember to be S.M.A.R.T while getting them done.
How many dreams and goals have you evaded because you were afraid of failing? How many times have you looked back on your life, looked upon the mistakes that you have made, and beat yourself up over them? So many people allow dread of making mistakes to hold them back!
If you fail at something it touches you in a deep emotional way. While it feels detrimental at the time, it teaches you imperative lessons. You learn what does not work, and that which might truly bring you closer to success. Because it is so disturbing to fail, if you have the courage to get back up and try again you will try harder the next time. Hope is that which makes us live today as if tomorrow were yesterday.
Even if you try and fail, you will never be the same person you were before you started the project. “The father of success is work – the mother of achievement is ambition.” You have forced yourself to a new level, moved away from your comfort zone, and are much more sensible for having tried the task. If you constantly avoid pursuing goals and ambitions because you are scared of making mistakes you will never realize what you can accomplish. Trying and failing is better than never having tried at all.
Success is not measured by the position that one has achieved, but by the obstacles which you had to overcome. After experiencing failure you might feel hurt, broken, and/or disappointed. However something astonishing happens once the original sting wears thin; you truly become stronger in mind and spirit! With each effort you put forth, you grow stronger in character and better your odds of achieving success. Success consists of getting up just one more time after you have failed.
If you put your efforts into trying something and you fall short you build bravery to try again. It is the fear of the unknown that truly holds people back, however when you have taken the risk and lost, it won’t feel as chilling the next time you try. Courage doesn’t come from winning, however from the quest of goals-whether you win or not.
You don’t have to lie awake at night to succeed – just stay awake during the day and be willing to do what’s necessary.
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You can deliver confident and powerful sales presentations!
All it takes is a little preparation, some practice, and a winning mindset.
You’ve been asked to give a sales presentation.
Congratulations! This is your chance to shine.
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t like presenting very much.
So, read on for some simple tips you can use to conquer your worries.
With these simple tips, you’ll be ready to go in no time, feeling confident, and fully prepared.
First, there are a few things I wanted to point out:
1. Know that you were asked to present, because you can do it—you wouldn’t have been asked otherwise.
2. No one really likes presenting. Some of the best, most well known speakers and actors have confessed to this. So, when you look out at your audience, know that you’re always in good company.
3. What actually comes out of your mouth is only about 10% of what gets communicated. That leaves 90% to non-verbal’s. That means if your body language, expression and gestures communicate confidence, you will come across as confident.
But just how do you create this confidence?
Here’s the secret: being prepared; practicing; and having identified beforehand, instant solutions for de-stressing.
A favorite motto of mine is “If you think you can, you can, so get it done.”
So here is how you’re going to get prepared, confidently go in there, and knock their socks off!
Confidence builder #1: Know your content
Identify your key messages—bullet them in order so they tell a clear story.
Jot down cues for your key messages (e.g. on flashcards, paper, etc.).
Have them ready as back up (but remember to refrain from reading them word-for-word while presenting).
Enhance your messages with supporting tools, and interesting visuals—it will be a perk for your audience, and it takes the spotlight off of you.
Be sure to tap into your resources—know a graphic design expert? Ask for their advice.
Confidence builder #2: Practice makes it a “piece of cake”
Practice delivery of your lines. Do this in the mirror.
You might feel funny talking to yourself, but it works.
Watch your body language.
Find your “confident look.”
Standing straight be sure to use smooth hand gestures, and limit unnecessary movement (e.g. rocking back and forth from one foot to the other).
Practice until the words flow like water.
When you’re ready, practice in front of a friend or two.
Ask them each for 3 things you did well and 1 thing you could improve.
Confidence builder #3: Create your “winning scene”
Visualize yourself delivering your presentation.
Then see your audience’s reaction.
What does that “winning scene” look like for you?
Visualize it over and over until you can see it so clearly, you know what color socks the person in the front row is wearing!
Confidence builder #4: Go for it!
Identify ways to calm your nerves before you even begin: take deep breaths, or find whatever works for you (e.g. picture everyone in funny pajamas).
Squelch any negative thoughts or concerns by envision your “winning scene.”
Think positive. Remember: “If you think you can, you can, so get it done.”
As you present, keep eye contact with as many people as you can—this also conveys confidence.
If it helps, determine a shape in your mind and make eye contact around the room as though you were creating that shape with your line of vision.
Be sure to keep your pace s…l…o…w.
Many of us tend to speedtalk when presenting, and so, often what might sound slow to us sounds just right to the listener.
And, because you are so well prepared you will make your points confidently, answer questions clearly, and start to look forward to your winning scene!
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As the saying goes, “time is money”, and in fact, oftentimes, time is actually more important than money. You can certainly make use of time intelligently to make back money you’ve lost, but even if you have the wealth of Bill Gates, a second lost is a second lost. There is simply no way you can buy back lost time.
This brings us to the topic of the importance of knowing how to create more time out of thin air. Don’t we all wish to do that? Haven’t you always caught yourself thinking, “If only I had just one more hour every day to do what I want to do?”
Well, creating money out of thin air is actually not as difficult as it seems, and all it requires is a reorganization of your thoughts and the way you handle and plan out your daily activities.
First and foremost, you need a “Get It Done” list. You need to have at your fingertips, the exact knowledge of what you need to have accomplished for the day, and to establish your priorities. You can’t get to a destination without knowing where you are going!
Secondly, you need to get into the habit of splitting your time into manageable blocks that you can handle. The size of your time blocks would depend on the nature of your activities. You would split them into fifteen minutes, half an hour, or one hour blocks depending on your needs. Tie this in with your “Get It Done” list, and allocate chunks of your time to each activity to your “Get It Done” list.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, take action and start today! There are only these three simple steps you need to take in order to create more time out of thin air. Do not see this as being too simplistic, because this truly works.
Simply try it out for a day, and I am sure you will gain so much insight into where all your time goes that you will get addicted to it. As time goes by, you will be able to more expertly decide on the size of your time blocks, allocate aptly the kind of activities to these blocks, and to prioritize with great precision exactly what activities are most important to you, effectively adding on hours to your day.