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Are You a Winner or a Survivor?

Imagine the Olympic final in the 100 meters dash. The eight men slowly settle in the starting blocks. Each of them has put thousands of hours of intensive training to get to the final. They have had to say “NO” to countless temptations over the last few years. They have had moments of doubt along the way. Some of them have experienced injuries and had to go through massive pain to recover.
They are motionless now – focused on the next ten seconds, which can be the most important ten seconds of their lives. Although there will be only one “official winner” – the Olympic champion, all of them have made it to the most exclusive club of the fastest men on the planet. They are all Winners. At some point in their lives, they set their expectations so high, and they have done all the work to get here. They made the decision: I’ll win!

Most people will never even think of setting such ambitious goals. Very few of us need such a level of competition and only a small fraction of people on the planet would endure the amount of commitment, self-discipline, and focus that is necessary to make it to the Olympic final.

What is worrying, though, is that the majority of us never actually set ANY goals! Why is that?
• In the first place, I don’t know of any educational system that would teach students how to set goals. Do you know of any?
• Secondly, even if we do try to set goals, we soon give up and go back to our “comfort zone” – the reality we know. It may not be perfect, but we have learned how to manage it and make it to the next day.

I like to think that Winners design their lives – they know very well what it is that they want, take consistent action to move forward, learn from their experiences, and fine-tune their approach until they get what they want.

On the other hand, Survivors get by and struggle to keep their heads above the water surface.

Winners focus on the future, strongly believe that they will succeed, and are ready to do whatever it takes to win the final – in their race! Survivors focus on the past and present – often taking much time to analyze and rationalize. Sometimes their real dreams and aspirations do pop up, but they quickly hush them by finding excuses: “The time is not right,” “I am not qualified enough,” “The competition is too fierce.”

Are Winners Born or Made?

I genuinely believe that anyone can be a Winner – Yes – you, too! It doesn’t matter how much, or how little you have already achieved; it is a matter of making the decision. Even if you have been in the survival mode for the last few decades, you can decide that your time has come.
Don’t settle for less than you’re worth!
Come off the bench and play your game!
Stop dreaming and start acting!

The Past Does Not Equal The Future

I love that sentence by Tony Robbins! It helped me on so many occasions – when I fouled up, when I lost some big contracts, and when I thought my love life was over.
You too can decide that the future will be different – it is never too late, no matter how young or how old you are!
You can always turn over a new leaf.
You can decide that you will be the Winner – from now on!


How GREAT is Your Business?

What do I mean by “a GREAT small business”?
A company, regardless of its size, that gives its owners GREAT lifestyle!

If you take a closer look at the entrepreneurial world, you’ll quickly realize that a great deal of small businesses fail – leaving their owners frustrated and stressed-out, or even burned out and broke. And over eighty per cent of the companies that survive are mediocre – they don’t generate enough net profit for their owners. Those are facts, and most people seem to accept them, which is the first step towards making those gloomy stats.

As a business coach helping entrepreneurs to develop GREAT companies, one of the first questions I ask are:

  1. “What is your definition of a GREAT company?”
  2. “How GREAT is it already?”
  3. “What do you focus on now to make it even GREATER?”

I only work with Clients who have very high expectations, and who want to make it to the 1% of the most successful people in their area, for whom having a GREAT business is one of the top life priorities. Why am I so selective? Wouldn’t it be easier to coach anyone who reaches out to me? Because I know that if you are not really driven, almost obsessed about your business, you’re likely to make those stats. You can try to fool yourself, and other people around you, but you will give up.

Creating a GREAT company is a marathon, it will probably take longer than you think, and longer than most people are willing to persevere. So you need to set your standards bloody high and just refuse to accept any other “Plan B”. I personally hate compromises, as I believe they usually give pathetic outcomes. Just imagine: your partner wants to spend a long weekend at the seaside, while you would prefer to go to the mountains. If you compromise – you end up in Luton, which, according to a Cobalt Recruitment report heads the list of the ugliest UK towns! (Hope no-one from Luton is reading this!).

As an entrepreneur, you don’t need to compromise – you can decide what a GREAT company means to YOU – you don’t need to take into account what other people think about, or what they believe is possible or not, as most probably they are wrong!

So, over eight per cent of business owners get it wrong on at least three counts:

  1. They don’t define what a GREAT business mean to them.
  2. They don’t make making their businesses GREAT their top priorities.
  3. They are satisfied with mediocre results.

Please note, that by “satisfied” I don’t mean that they like the results they achieve, they accept them. And you either accept something, or you change it – otherwise you want to have a terraced house in Chelsea, end up living in a council flat in the worst part of Luton, and bullshit yourself that it is absolutely fine!

A GREAT business has nothing to do with its size. In this context size really doesn’t really matter! I have worked with many entrepreneurs whose goal wasn’t to develop a large company that would employ dozens or hundreds of people. They wanted to keep their businesses small and highly profitable. Other business owners aim at growing larger companies that become desirable workplaces. There is no “right or wrong” approach – it all depends on your definition of a GREAT business.

What do all GREAT small business have in common – regardless of their size?

Their owners reach their goals and live their lives the way they like: generating enough net profit, having enough time and energy to do things they enjoy, and – in short – not having to do anything, but CHOOSING to do things they want.

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.

How GREAT is YOUR Business NOW?