4 Secrets to Staying Focused

When you are dedicating yourself to achieving a specific goal, you must promise yourself to use the time you’ve blocked off for in ONLY working toward that goal.

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve blocked off time to work on that big project but you find yourself unmotivated, confused and generally unfocused?  You’re trying to remember if your son or daughter has a ride home from school, dreading an afternoon meeting or what you’ll eat for dinner tonight. 

Some call it ricochet rabbit–your mind is “Bing,”Bing”,”Bing” all over the place and pretty much everywhere but on your project.  Instead, the cursor blinks on your blank computer screen and feels like a mocking purgatory.

1–First, take a deep breath.  Know this is perfectly normal, everyone feels this way at some point. 

2–Make a list of everything that needs to be done for this project to be complete. If it’s a new product, the product has to be created, marketing materials need to be produced and the right audience needs to know about it.  What’s your role?  Do you need to research the product so you can write a fact sheet or a brochure?  Write down everything that needs to get done for that project then rank them in the order they should occur.  If you’re familiar with mind mapping this is a great technique to use for clustering all the associated tasks. 

Break the project down into individual tasks and then break those into smaller, bite size chunks. For example, you need to write a brochure–who’s the audience for the brochure?  What should it highlight?  If you’re introducing a new product for dentists for example, look at the key benefits of the product–will it save them time?  Does it make an activity easier?  What’s in it for them? 

3-Set a timer–at eggtimer.com you can set a timer on your computer that will alert you when your allotted time is up. Or, you can set the timer on your cell phone.  Tell yourself for the next 30 minutes, you’ll truly focus on the task at hand.  When your mind wanders–and it will!–bring it back by reminding yourself of your time limit. 

4–Shut out distractions for the duration of the time you commit to focusing on the project at hand.  That means close the door.  Turn off your emails, pagers, cell phone and land lines. Have a snack and drink at your desk so you don’t feel the need to get up for that.  If you have staff, tell key people you are not to be interrupted for the duration of your project slot. 

Here’s my own favorite “gotta get focused” trick.  I drink 2-4 cups of Ginkgo Clarity tea (double bagged of course).  Either this herbal concoction is really effective or my mind just convinces me I’m more focused because of it.  Hmmmmm…?

I hope you will start implementing some of my tricks for staying focused.  If you feel overwhelmed and need help prioritizing,  I’m never more than a phone call away! (215) 292-4947. For more great business growth tips subscribe at https://www.ParamountBusinessCoach.com

QUESTION: How do you get focused when you’ve got too much to do? Please share your comments below:

About Yoon Cannon: Top business coach Yoon Cannon has helped thousands of small business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and sales teams achieve dramatic results in growing your business. Over the past 20 years Yoon has started 4 successful companies and sold 3 of them. She offers fresh insights as a seasoned business growth expert. Yoon delivers proven process for your sales, marketing and management development.  Grab free valuable gifts and resources at https://www.ParamountBusinessCoach.com  To book Yoon to speak at your next event email: YoonCannon@ParamountBusinessCoach.com To schedule a complimentary business coaching consultation call (215) 292-4947. 

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How to Do Mind Mapping to Grow Your Business

Reader’s Question: I’ve heard you speak at a recent conference and you mentioned map mapping as a technique you do in business planning. Can you explain more about how to do mind mapping? — Frank Rosen, San Francisco, California

Yoon’s Answer: Great questions Frank. Yes, I was referring to mind mapping to help you clarify how to reach your BHAG –big, hairy audacious goal. So, what can you do today to make progress on your biggest goal? What’s holding you back? If you don’t know, take some time and write your goal on the top of a piece of paper.

Next, write down everything you can think of that you’ll need to do to accomplish this goal. Then, put them in order. If you don’t know where to start, that’s a starting place. Write down everything you think needs to be done. Where can you get more information? Can you do some research online to get a better idea for what you need to know? Can you enlist the help of a mentor or coach?

Sometimes it helps to mind map an idea, especially if it’s really messy. If you don’t know what a mind map is, here’s how it works.

1–Take a piece of paper and write your idea in the center. Maybe you want to make more sales or close more clients.

2–Then, you can write “close more clients” in the center. From there, you’ll draw lines radiating out from the center and write down every way you can think of to make this happen. Maybe it’s making more phone calls or becoming more visible in your industry. Write down everything.

When you’re done, you may have a messy piece of paper, but you’ll also have completed a terrific brainstorm and can now use th

Mind Mapping to Grow Your Business

is to create an action plan for yourself.

Here’s what it’ll look like.
You can do it on paper or use mind mapping software like www.Mindmeister.com–the choice is yours. What’s important is that you make a plan for your success and take action!
Try your hand at mind mapping and share your results below.

If you have more questions about mind mapping post your questions in the comment box below. Here’s to Your Success!

Yoon ~

About Yoon Cannon: Top business coach Yoon Cannon has helped thousands of small business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and sales teams achieve dramatic results in growing your business. Over the past 20 years Yoon has started 4 successful companies and sold 3 of them. She offers fresh insights as a seasoned business growth expert. Yoon delivers proven process for your sales, marketing and management development.  Grab free valuable gifts and resources at https://www.ParamountBusinessCoach.com  To book Yoon to speak at your next event email: YoonCannon@ParamountBusinessCoach.com To schedule a complimentary business coaching consultation call (215) 292-4947. 

 

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Superman’s Motivation – Do You Have It?

Note From Yoon

small ant carrying a leaf

Sometimes it’s those little things in life that speak loudly on the big lessons worth learning. 

I noticed this tiny little ant who was carrying a piece of food that was bigger than his own size. He didn’t seem to slow down his pace even though the temperature was scorching hot on this summer afternoon. He didn’t even pause when I watched him occasionally slip into the crevices of my porch floor. He was one motivated ant! 

It reminded me of the immense power that motivation has on us. As business owners we are bound to occasionally lose our footing and slip into those crevices of setbacks.

The right motivation can empower you with the strength to keep moving forward to your goal. Read today’s blog article and please share your comments and questions on how you can stay in peak motivation. 

Here’s to Your Success~

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Superman’s Motivation – Do You Have It?

motivationThe world knew Christopher Reeve as a Super hero. He could leap tall buildings in a single bound as he righted injustices.

Then, in real life, he fell from his horse and suffered a spinal injury that left him paralyzed from his neck down. He could have felt sorry for himself for the rest of his life. But, instead, he confined his sorrow to a good cry each morning and then got on with it.

“In the morning, I need twenty minutes to cry,” he said. “To wake up and make that shift, you know, and to just say, “This really sucks”…to really allow yourself the feeling of loss…still needs to be acknowledged.” But after his long, hard cry each day, he would tell himself, “And now, forward!”

Reeve operated his wheelchair by blowing through or sipping on a straw. Yet he still traveled around the country speaking at Commencement addresses, directing movies and was a spokesperson for finding medical cures for quadriplegics.

He was determined to not to let the very real obstacle of being paralyzed keep him from living a life worth living. He can be an inspiration to all of us. (more…)

Stress Coping Strategies for Business Owners

Yoon Answers Reader’s Question:

 “How do I cope with the stress of being a small business owner in this terrible economy?”

     –Harry Robbins, Austin, Texas

Answer: Harry, you can’t change the economy, but you can change the way you respond to the stress. Strategies and tactics are only one component of your success. The other 50% is greatly impacted by your mental frame of mind. Here are 3 quick tips on keeping a positive mental frame of mind in this negative economic slump.

1. Change how you think. What you think affects how you feel. How you feel affects how you behave. In today’s tough economic conditions you want to be careful your business decisions are not simply emotional reactions to the stress you are experiencing. Before you can give yourself new, stress reducing thoughts that energize you need to first be keenly aware of all your old, stress inducing thoughts that immobilize.

2. Change your results by changing your questions. Before brainstorming for all of the answers first try brainstorming for all of the questions. The right question can open the door for coming up with the right strategies for your business to navigate through the stress. Stress is often from not being able to see your way out. The right questions will help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

3. Find trusted sounding boards. One effective way to clarify your thoughts is to speak them out loud to someone you trust and respect. But, most small business owners are isolated and often do not have a designated sounding board who will listen and help evaluate the quality of your thoughts. Target candidates you can ask to be on your advisory board. Seek out a mastermind group. Hire a business coach. Collaborate with others.

Many people are familiar with the popular law of attraction theory. But, in order to be a positive attraction you need tools to help you cope and manage those negative worries, stress and anxiety that naturally sweep in during difficult and challenging situations.

QUESTION: What are your best stress coping strategies as a business owner? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.

About Yoon Cannon: Top business coach Yoon Cannon has helped thousands of small business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and sales teams achieve dramatic results in growing your business. Over the past 20 years Yoon has started 4 successful companies and sold 3 of them. She offers fresh insights as a seasoned business growth expert. Yoon delivers proven process for your sales, marketing and management development.  Grab free valuable gifts and resources at https://www.ParamountBusinessCoach.com  To book Yoon to speak at your next event email: YoonCannon@ParamountBusinessCoach.com To schedule a complimentary business coaching consultation call (215) 292-4947. 

 

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