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The Future Never Comes

IStock_000005154440XSmall How often have you put off doing something that would be beneficial to your life or small business?

Maybe it was starting a new coaching or training program. You justified waiting by thinking, “I’ll wait until ___ happens before I commit to it.”

Or perhaps it was waiting for a future time to read a helpful or inspiring book. “Once I get ____ done and my schedule is clear, then I’ll sit down and read this book.”

Of course there are many other examples. The point is that waiting for a future time to take action that can help you grow, learn, expand or change today hampers your progress in both business and in life.

“I know I really would find meditation beneficial to my health and well being but I just don’t have time to sit down and do it right now. But once ______ is done, then I’ll be able to meditate.”

You can also exchange the word “meditation” for the word “exercise.”

I put that one off for a while. Then I realized what I was doing and started a 45 minute a day exercise program. Guess what? I feel better both physically and mentally for having taken this important step.

Even things that are proven to enhance your health and well being are often put aside for a future time that never seems to come.

Instead of waiting, just for today, find one thing you’ve been putting off for a future time.

Get started with it. Block out 15 to 30 minutes and begin.

Then tomorrow do the same thing again. Set aside 15 to 30 minutes to take the next step.

Repeat until the accomplishment is achieved.

Realize that anything that is important in your life can be accomplished the same way.

For example, my friend Jeff Fagin is the leader of T. Harv Eker's group in Phoenix called the 2% Club.

Jeff asked everyone who is committed to achieving financial freedom in their life to read Harv’s excellent book, The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, to prepare for an upcoming 2% Club Phoenix meeting.

I’m sure Jeff heard the members groaning when he hit the email send button. “I don’t have time to sit down and read this book. I’m really busy.”

So Jeff suggested setting 30 minutes aside each day to read the book. At the end of a couple weeks (or less) anyone can finish reading the book. Plus, it’s a great book so it’s enjoyable, educational and inspiring to read.

Anyone who follows Jeff’s recommendation benefits. Anyone who waits for a future time to come misses out.

When the future time for the meeting becomes the present moment those who didn’t read the book will miss a great educational experience from the Money Master, Jeff Fagin.

It’s like that with everything in your life and business.

When you wait for a future time to act that future time never seems to come. As a result, you miss out on a rich and rewarding experience you could have otherwise enjoyed and benefited from.

So the question is, what are you waiting for today that is keeping your from living a fuller and happier expression of your life in business?

The Power of Passion in Business

The next entry in my interview series called The Power of Passion in Business is with Bruce Leadbetter, Founder of 360 Adventures and 360 Team Building.

BruceLeadbetter2WEB  Bruce's passion is a a great fit for entrepreneurs who are looking to gain greater trust in their innate abilities as well as develop stronger leadership skills.

His work encompasses everything from creating adventure experiences like canyoneering, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking or other customized adventures to team building for innovative companies who are looking to create a positive and powerful workplace culture that promotes continued personal growth and leadership development.

You can download Bruce's interview to share with others at http://bit.ly/a9xi7L or listen to it right here by clicking the player below:

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Learn more about Bruce Leadbetter and 360 Adventures at http://www.360-adventures.com

Learn about Bruce's work with innovative companies who are looking to create powerful and positive company cultures at http://www.360teambuilding.com

Here's a little background on The Power of Passion in Business.

I created this series to provide ideas and inspiration on how powerful and effective passion is when used as a value-sharing, business-building/sales and marketing element. 

Passion is vital to entrepreneurs because most people in business have a hard time selling and promoting what they do in general. However, when passion is added to the mix, even the most introverted people will scream their offer from every roof top they can find.

The reason? They have to. The passion is so strong in their hearts that they have no other choice but to share it with others.

In this interview you’ll meet a passionate entrepreneur named Bruce Leadbetter.

I met Bruce at a gathering of like-minded people called The 2% Club, which is a group formed in Phoenix, AZ to reinforce the ideas of best selling Secrets of the Millionaire Mind author T. Harv Eker.

I found that Bruce’s passion was a great fit for entrepreneurs who are looking to gain greater trust in their innate abilities as well as develop stronger leadership skills.

Listen to and enjoy this installment of The Power of Passion in Business featuring 360 Advenures and 360 Team Building Founder, Bruce Leadbetter:

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And learn more about Bruce Leadbetter and his work with adventure seekers and business leaders at:

http://www.360-adventures.com/

http://www.360teambuilding.com


Adding Heart and Soul to Your Small Business

HeartLowRes In today's world, business as usual is usually no longer enough to create the result you’re hoping for.

Instead, being authentically you, having a true desire to impact the lives of your clients and prospects and sharing your hard won knowledge and true talent is the way you'll attract interest and build a following (now called a Tribe).

It all starts by showcasing the heart and soul of your personal brand (you).

Here are the first the steps to take to bring out the true and authentic you in business.

Step # 1 is awareness. How does the value you've created impact the lives of others.

If you don’t have the words your clients use to describe this value ask them. Don’t guess or rely on your own opinion.

You can easily see your authentic self through the eyes of another person. Growth is not possible without input from others.

Step # 2 is realization. Is your work really a passion you feel from your heart or is it a way to make money you invented in your head?

It’s important to realize that thinking from the heart brings out your greatest creative potential.

If the value you provide is strictly a money mechanism you are probably not using the full range of your talents, knowledge and passion in business. If that’s the case, get help to see a broader perspective.

Step # 3 is strategy. How will you spread the word (marketing)? Who has a reason to care (niche)? Why should they listen to you (created value)?

Strategy and the related tactics are where educational or content marketing comes in. That’s one place social media marketing can soar.

It helps you spread the word to a large group, build a Tribe and begin to position yourself as a thought leader in your niche; whether that niche is local, regional, national or international in scope.

It goes without saying that without action the heart and soul of your personal brand is never heard.

We live in a physical world governed by the laws of physics. Thoughts and intention only become tangible when physical action moves them forward to create a physical result.

So understand the methods you’ll use. Know the reason a Tribe of people will follow you.

Then start attracting them with your passion, talent and knowledge, which is the foundation of your authentic personal brand.

Once you have a new client, care about them. Educate, communicate from your heart and make a difference in each of their lives. Be committed to their results more than the money you earn from the interaction.

When you do, referrals will be forthcoming. The more people you impact in this way the more people will talk about you. That’s really the untold ‘secret’ of word of mouth marketing. 

When the value you provide comes from the heart, rather than from the ulterior motive of profit, it will be seen as authentic (because it is).

Then a Tribe will gather around you to gain the value you provide. When they do, you’ll be one step closer to accomplishing your heartfelt purpose in both your work and your life.