v Make a “to do” list for the month as well as the week. And then do a six month plan. This may sound like a no brainer and rather simplistic, but truthfully, I can’t really start my week with out a list. I find that the more hectic my schedule, the more I have to prioritize and organize. It’s about management true, but also about control. When we feel out of control with our lives-things begin to feel messy and confusing. I personally become more manic the less in control I feel. It’s like my brain is in a vacuum and I need to get everything done now but don’t know where to start. Making lists may seem like a waste of time but trust me it’s your road map to success.
v Learn to delegate. Okay, confession time. While I wouldn’t classify myself as a control freak, I do like the idea of being in control of certain projects from start to finish. I don’t believe in micro managing so my philosophy is to hire people to do things that I suck at. In other words hire professionals and then trust them to do their job. For example, I recently hosted my final Book Launch for my second book,” The Single Person’s cookbook”. The party was a success not only because the food was great and the topic interesting but also because of my staff. When I launched my first book,” Telemarketing Success for Small and Mid-sized Firms” I hosted a similar party at a very chic restaurant here in the Bay Area. While the shindig was another success it didn’t require staff because most of my duties included simply welcoming my guest. My second party for the cookbook required more planning because I was not only hosting, but cooking as well. This meant that I couldn’t be or do everything. I needed help. The moral of the story is to realize that you’re only one person and you have limitations. Understanding when you need help and asking for it will save you a lot of time and money not to mention headaches.
v Be ready and open to change and grow, mentally, physically, and financially as well as spiritually. Without getting too metaphysical with everyone, know that I have several basic beliefs. One of which is the fact that everything that you do in life prepares you for everything else you’re going to do. If you’re goal is to close several accounts by the end of the year and you don’t reach that goal no matter how hard you’ve worked-perhaps it’s the sign of the universe telling you that you may not be ready to receive this gift-yet. Or that you may be going about it all wrong and might need to change tactics. However think about it this way, God and the universe always provide what we need when we need it; if not necessarily in the way we want it. By preparing ourselves and staying focused and not allowing ourselves to be distracted, we stand a better chance of getting what we want. But be warned, taking on more business before you’re ready can lead to financial disaster. Particularly if you take on more business than you can handle. So staying focused is mandatory.