The way you start 2016 will determine your success.
Astronomically successful entrepreneurs treat the end of their year as a sacred ritual. They get a serious head start by taking advantage of the holiday lull to reflect and plan ahead.
This isn’t just a matter of setting a few goals.
Wannabe entrepreneurs flub it. They don’t have a good process in place. They know planning is crucial, but not how to do it correctly. Make this mistake and the price you’ll pay is Brain Fog for the next twelve months.
As The Shrink for Entrepreneurs I’ve been able to witness first hand the planning rituals of several insanely successful business owners. These people all have their own personal twist on the process BUT – just like how the fundamentals of a stellar business plan never change – the same fundamental puzzle pieces of good planning are all present at the meta level.
One of my clients gets weird in the woods – they go out to a cabin to be totally alone. Another spends a ton of time with close family. One journals. Another builds spreadsheets.
All of them are committed to a year-end ritual. And underneath that ritual are three crucial meta-principles that I’m going to break down in this article. Oh, and I’m announcing something kinda big too… [click to continue…]
I’m obsessed with the binary differences between mega successful entrepreneurs and the thousands of people struggling to succeed.
You should be obsessed with this too.
If you’re a business owner, you’re playing with some ludicrous odds.
The US Treasury puts out an annual report that shows roughly half of American adults aspire to the idea of starting their own business. Meanwhile the number of people who actually start their own company is a only single digit percentage.
Then, the number of people who achieve wealth or any real sense of freedom through their business… well, it’s a minuscule fraction of an already tiny fraction.
That is why the only question that matters, is this one:
What are the real winners – the mega successful entrepreneurs – doing that everyone else is not? [click to continue…]
We all – us entrepreneurs – want to be “in-the-zone” as much as possible. The term gets thrown around a lot. What does it actually look and feel like?
Crystal clear thinking.
Impervious to any distraction.
Excited. Enthusiastic. Passionate.
Like a laser-guided missile homing in on a target.
Like the total alignment of mind, body, spirit and purpose.
The feeling that you’re doing precisely what you’re supposed to be doing – and loving it at the same time.
Sounds good right? I don’t know about you, but as I write this I can practically taste the ZONE! [click to continue…]
It’s time to come clean and tell you what’s really going on.
There are two parts to this update: The “What” and the “Why”. Let’s start with Why:
I’m really fed up and frustrated.
Productivity Software is utterly broken. It doesn’t work. It doesn’t get results.
Aspiring entrepreneurs are desperate. They’re frantically searching for breakthroughs. Hunting for anything that promises to boost their personal effectiveness.
They wage constant internal battles with themselves, where one part of them has unbelievably huge expectations and ambitions for their success… while the other part just wants to surf Facebook and watch Netflix. They hype themselves up and then beat themselves up… all in the same afternoon!
Meanwhile, their actual business is the refugee caught in the psychological crossfire. [click to continue…]
Passion is misunderstood.
Entrepreneurs LOVE to be passionate. We don’t consider someone to be truly successful unless they’re making (a ton of) money by following their true love in life.
“Finding your passion” is practically a spiritual quest. What could be more important?
If you’re unfulfilled by your work – or disillusioned by your lack of results – you might just need to find your passion to fix all that! Or so the saying goes.
But what if the search for your passion is insidiously sabotaging your potential as an entrepreneur?
What if Passion is actually crippling your progress, making you stuck and overwhelmed?
Over the last two years, my company Commit Action has conducted over ten thousand one-on-one phone conversations with small business owners and entrepreneurs.
We’ve worked with a professor of Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. We’ve brought in a professor of Positive Psychology from New York University.
Together, we’ve crunched the numbers of thousands of entrepreneurs to answer this simple one question:
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