Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

KICK the Bad Habits

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Today is  the first day of a NEW season for me!  The summer is over (except for the locals), the new Fall catalog has started and I have had several AHA moments over the last few days..   I am filled with ideas and ready to kick off the Fall selling season.

I am ready to sky rocket to the stars and to do so, I want to make sure that I am not going to be stuck in one place.  How am I going to do that…… by not falling into one of these bad habits.  Thank you Ilya Pozin.

#1 – Being a Lone Wolf.  I have to admit, this is an easy trap for me to fall into because I can work independently and in a group.  To make sure that I don’t fall into this, I am brainstorming with other consultants (family and friends), looking for ways to play well with others (even those that push my buttons) and stretching my collaborative muscles.  I have even reached out to TWO groups about volunteering so I can be part of a team.

#2 – Saying Sorry.  Okay, so how many of you find yourself apologizing even when there is no need?  I know that I am not alone in this.  I am grateful for a hubby that asks “why are you apologizing” whenever there is no need.  Did you know that “Saying sorry about every little thing implies you are constantly making mistakes, and can undercut your position in the office and with managers.”  I am guessing that works with my team as well.

#3 – Taking on Every Project.  I don’t take on every project but I definitely want to jump in when other consultants share what has worked for them.  As a result, I have crashed and burned on several of those things because it wasn’t me.  The word “no” is hard for me but I am getting better at it.  I am trying hard to protect my time and abilities from too many tasks remembering that quality is better than quantity.

#4 – Being Negative.  I am not usually know as Negative Nellie to anyone except my hubby who will quickly point this out when I start the morning with a raincloud over my head.  When I sit myself down and ask the hard questions, the truth is revealed that I have been playing the comparison game.  The “what if” with Doubtful Debbie joining the party.  On the outside, I have a positive attitude that rolls with the punches but on some days Negative Nellie is just waiting to burst out onto the scene.

#5 – Doing Things the Way They’ve Always Been Done.  If you do the same thing all the time, you will get the same results.  So, if you are not happy where your business is at or you are not happy where your life is – CHANGE IT!  Not all changes will work, take it from one who has tried LOTS and many have crashed and burned.  But if you don’t try, you won’t know and just maybe, you will find a new approach that sky rockets your business.

#6 Being Disorganized.  Get organized and stay organized.  I admit that on some days, my desk looks like a hot mess and on those days, I feel like I am spinning my wheels.  Some would say that getting organized (or cleaning your office) is not joey producing so it should not take up a lot of time.  The truth is, if you don’t take the time to get a handle on the pile of desktop debris, you may never build and grow in your business.  Harsh words but so true because you are constantly spinning your wheels and getting no where.  Did you know that “Every year, Americans spend on average nine million hours looking for things they’ve misplaced.”  Imagine how many of your leads are lost piece of paper.

What is YOUR bad habit that is holding you back from success in your business. If you tackle these habits head-on, you might just find yourself moving on up the ladder.  Share in the comments!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


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