22 Dec

Postive mindsets are key to goal achievement

One of the most common reasons why some people don’t succeed in achieving their goals is that deep down inside they are telling themselves “I can’t do it”. People can be their own worst enemies and sabotage a perfectly good and achievable goal by telling themselves they cannot do it.

So much energy is wasted on coming up with the most creative reasons for not achieving. “I’m not clever enough. I’m not good enough,  I’m not fit enough, young enough, experienced enough, rich enough.”  The list goes on.

I hear this type of negative talk often. People believe that if they justify why they cannot achieve something then its okay to not work towards a goal. All that the negative speak and excuses do is set you up to fail, or make it very difficult to succeed. Why do people put themselves through this type of stress? Is it to have the last word, “I told you so” after you failed or is it to stay in their comfort zone?

A postive, motivated and enthusiastic mindset is one of the essential traits to have in order to achieving our goals. The will to succeed. The journey that takes place between establishing a goal in the beginning to actually achieving it at the end can be very long, lonely, frustrating and bumpy with many obstacles, road blocks and distractions.

Here are some tips on how to successfully achieve your goals:

  1. Ensure that the goal you set out to achieve is your own goal and that you are clear on the purpose of why you are achieving this goal.
  2. Be realistic about your goal deadlines and understand that there will be many lows in your journey before the highs of success kick in. Yes, be realistic.
  3.  Positive affirmations can be labelled as being “fluffy” at times, however, what affirmations do for you is that they focus you and gently force you to think positively about your goals and what it takes to achieve them, even if you are not feeling very motivated. By implementing this practise on a daily basis you build a positive routine into your day. Take 10 minutes a day to implement this essential habit. You will thank me.
  4. Surround yourself with supporters. You may be the most positive individual that you know, but it helps to have people around you who believe in you and who can support you when you need it. They could be family, friends, colleagues, a club or networking group. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals to make the journey easier.
  5. Hire a coach. This could be a sports coach, life coach or business coach. Partner with someone who will hold you accountable, keep you on the straight and narrow, remind you of why you want to achieve the goal and challenge you.

Just think if your energy was channeled towards achieving the goal instead of thinking up excuses of why you can’t do something, how much would you actually accomplish?

Need assistance? Contact Nicole at nicole@tikumu.co.nz for professional coaching.

08 Dec

Preventing operational blindness

Have you ever experienced operational blindness? Where you are so focused on your business that you fail to see the biggest most glaringly obvious gaps in your business, that unfortunately every other person including your competition can see.

Unfortunately this is a common occurrence in many businesses and if not addressed can negatively impact your business.

How do we fall into this situation and why does it happen to us? Simple. When exposed to the same environment day in and day out we naturally become accustomed to it. The same behaviours that are practised everyday, whether they are good or bad, set a precedent and lay down the norms within your business for how “things” get done and how decisions get made.

So how can you prevent operational blindness from happening in your business? Think about implementing the following initiatives.

1. Take a break and step outside of your business

This is easier said than done, especially if you are a passionate business owner and want to be involved 24/7. Your passion for your business can be your biggest driver, but it can also be your Achilles heel. By taking a break, this means that you consciously decide to take a holiday every year. Getting out of the daily work routine for a few weeks and forcing yourself to think less about your business. By doing this you are able to break the operational blindness cycle and return with fresh eyes and a more objective view point of your business.

2. Have an objective party evaluate your business on a regular basis

Someone who has your best interest at heart and the most crucial point here is, someone who is not emotionally attached to the business. They should also not be spending every day in your business, as they too could become blinded by the everyday norms and routines. If you are part of a franchise business, then your field service manager or regional manager is the perfect person for this role. Welcome this person in with open arms as they are there to help and assist you.

A fresh set of competent eyes in your business is invaluable and an initiative that you should  continuously practise.

3. Be open to customer feedback and complaints

This can be the hardest thing to do, but one of the most priceless resources you can leverage in your business. Another way of viewing this, to help the medicine go down a bit easier, is that your customer’s negative feedback is free information you would probably have spent thousands of dollars on gathering  if you had conducted a formalised customer survey initiative.

Your customers are telling you, for free, that your business needs to improve. Customer feedback is probably the most untapped business resource you have at your disposal. Be prepared to listen to their comments before trying to justify your actions.

4. Talk to your employees

Your team are a wealth of information. They are the ones working at the coal face the majority of the time. They can tell you exactly what’s happening and not happening in the business. Keep yourself regularly updated with their feedback so you can act quickly to rectify undesirable situations from taking place.

Another way to keep your ear on the ground is to actually spend a day job shadowing your team members. See the true colours of the business through the eyes of an employee.

5. Work with a coach

If your aim is to eliminate operational blindness or to implement any another changes within your business, in order to grow and develop, then bringing a coach on board is ideal to assist you with moving through this change process.

Coaches provide you with a non-judgemental space to brainstorm ideas. They help you cut through the clutter and assist you with defining your key goals and action plans. They are there to support your decisions and help you stay accountable to yourself and your business. Change is hard, why do it alone?

Need assistance? Contact Nicole at nicole@tikumu.co.nz