What better way to start the week than a review on seven great ideas to move your business and your sales forward?
Habit One: Be Proactive.
You are responsible for your life. Decide what you should do and get on with it. The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.
It takes time to fully understand and experience Habit One. To realize that you are who makes it happen does not sink in overnight.
Habit Two: Begin with the End in Mind.
Know where you are going and make sure all the steps you take are in the right direction.
How do you want to be remembered is a key thought.
Habit Three: Put First Things First.
List your priorities each day for the upcoming week and schedule time to work on them. Continually review and prioritize your goals. Say NO to doing unimportant tasks. Focus on the important tasks, the ones that will have impact if carefully thought out and planned.
Sometimes you have to trick yourself into doing the things that are important and yet easy to put off.
Habit Four: Think Win-Win.
Know that there is enough to go around. Life isn’t a zero-sum game where the only way that I can win is if someone else loses. Make all involved in a decision feel good about the decision and committed to a plan of action.
This one takes guts and practice.
Habit Five: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.
Learn as much as you can about the situation. Try to see the problem from the other person’s perspective. Be willing to be adaptable in seeking to be understood. Present thing logically, not emotionally. Be credible, empathetic, and logical.
This one is even tougher and even more rewarding.
Habit Six: Synergize.
Create a solution or a design or an approach better that any one person could have produced individually. Foster open and honest communication. Help everyone bring out the best in everyone else.
It is always a challenge…the feeling of accomplishment when the machinery hums is second to none.
Habit Seven: Sharpen the Saw.
The commitment to continuous improvement in each of the four aspects of human existence: Physical, Mental, Spiritual, and Social/Emotional.
This one takes practice too…it is good to get the workbook and add bits and pieces of it to your everyday life. Planning is the key in this one.