“How do you manage your business with such confidence?” I’ve been asked many times. You know I love quotes so here are 3 great ones I chose to start off this post and set the tone of what it takes me to keep this up:
1. “To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.” – Benjamin Disraeli
2. “Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.” – Samuel Johnson
3. “Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.” -David Rockefeller
If you want to develop a successful business, it is crucial to invest in knowledge and expertise, have a firm belief in yourself and be focused on what you are setting to achieve. Here are five simple steps to manage your business with confidence:
1. gain a better understanding of your thoughts and beliefs and the impact they have on your results – are you passionate about your talents? do you believe you have somnething of value to offer? Do you believe you deserve to be paid (well) for it?
2. develop your skills (either build on your strongest attributes or work on the weaknesses that hold you back the most) – in personal development AND business development
3. organise your tasks in order of importance and urgency and deal with the ones that are both urgent&important FIRST. Then reward yourself with something simple that makes you feel good, before tackling anything else
4. stay on top of your craft, know it well, be an expert, learn 3 new facts a day (if you’re passionate about what you do in your business, this one should be a piece of cake)
5. surround yourself with people you respect and trust who also do all of the above. At least one person who has one of your weaknesses as one of their strength. (if you invest wisely in your business and personal development, you are bound to meet the right people for you)
As your confidence in yourself, in your knowledge and in others grows, you will naturally become more assertive, more productive and more performant in your business.
Oh, step 0. is to begin by assessing where you are now: on a scale from 1-10 (1=lowest and 10=highest), how confident are you and how confident do you want to be by [date]?
Now you know why I’m always “working”. Well, I’m not, I just love what I do! One more quote for the ride home? There you go:
“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.” – James Allen