Exodus is officially celebrating one year in business. Wow, my year has been one filled with an intense focus on learning, growth and goal setting. You know one thing that resonates with me daily is what can I do to grow. For starters, you set goals. Goal setting and goal achievement is two different animals. One uses intellectual processes and the other uses lawful processes. We grow by setting goals that we can’t necessarily achieve without intentional effort from ourselves and others. To be successful in setting goals, we must use all our intellectual faculties.
In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill describe how for twenty years he studied the lives of 25,000 people 500 of those were the most successful. Of these 500, were four well-known successful people, John D. Rockefeller, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and The Wright Brothers. Napoleon discovered that these successful individuals didn’t have an abundance of generalized or specialized knowledge that led to their success. What he found is that the each developed their intellectual faculties to a degree that they could creative, manifest and attract whatever it was that they wanted in their lives. Essentially, that is how Exodus has spent our first year, developing those intellectual faculties to better provide answers and solutions in a way that yields results.
As a business owner, you must daily keep in mind the bigger the FIRE, the hotter the Heat. What I mean, is that to grow, you must keep fanning the FIRE that initially drove you to the point of starting your business initially. Use the acronym F.I.R.E as a goal setting mechanism and to challenge you more and more to step outside of your comfort zone.
F-Frame-What frame of mind or you in now? When we see ourselves in a group photo, we immediately find ourselves and instantly become critical of the way we look, the lighting, our facial expressions; so much so that we immediately dismiss the big picture. You know, the one where Sally is smiling, and Tom and Peggie are holding hands in marital bliss and then there is you. Ask yourself am I looking at the big picture? Am I enjoying the process or am I focused on the desired outcome. Look at your business create a new frame daily of what defines success to you. Don’t get so caught up in the bottom line that you overlook the people who are in the picture with you.
I-Inchionality-A new word, but it simply means “By the Yard it’s hard, by the Inch it’s a cinch,” Every day take a step towards your vision, your goal. Every phone call, every meeting, every thank you note makes room for you to come before great men and women of influence. Inchionality gives you a sustained course of action. The secret to your success is your daily agenda.
R-Relationships-Many times, we focus on the old cliché’ It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This is the Wrong mind-set to have when building a business. Adopt a new mind-set of it’s not who you know, but what you do to get to know who you need to know. Building relationships is the key to business growth, not how much you can sell or impress someone.
E-Environment-Ask yourself, “Whose around me today,” and do they believe in what you believe in, do they display the same work ethic, same determination, same integrity that you have. If not, limit your inner circle and exposure to these individuals. Listen to the voices of success not sirens of doubt. Some individuals will resent your growth and success. Why? Simple because they left their potential on the table and allowed doubt and failure to be their main course.
As we move into another dimension of growth, we want to thank each of you for your continued support. Connecting People and Processes is often the link to true organizational success. Exodus can help you close these gaps by providing training and program implementation in the areas of Employee Relations and Cleaning Management. Call us today!