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First things first, I like to have fun with people and what I do. I am a personal business coach. Yes, I have received training and been coaching since 1983. I have gone through and continue to happily go through more personal development. Personal development and its quest for personal growth, more often than not, are the missing links in the chain of business and personal success.As Warren Buffett once said, "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." For more information please visit- Self Improvement Coach in Houston Texas

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

From The Business Coaching Chronicles Success Comes In Creating Your Crowd

Success for Maximus, the Roman general who was forced to become a gladiator in the movie The Gladiator, came when he won the crowd.  Too often self-employed business owners are looking for that one big client that is going to push them over the top and on the road to great success.

Very often what they miss is that success is many small, positive steps accumulated over a period of time.

Success Comes One Challenge At A Time

In The Gladiator, Maximum, portrayed by Russell Crowe, had been banished fromRomeand had become part of a traveling gladiator group in what is today Spain.  In a way, the gladiator circuit was the forerunner of what is today the Ultimate Fighting Championships.

Maximus hated being a gladiator.  One day, he was talking to the leader of the gladiator group who was very high on Maximus’s feats as a gladiator.  But Maximus was despondent.  As he said in reference to being a gladiator it was “either kill or be killed.”

The leader pointed out that Maximus had succeeded in overcoming every challenge and that his presence enhanced his gladiator group.

Success—Win The Crowd

Still Maximus was depressed.  He had no exciting vision of the future.  Every day was going to look the same as yesterday and today.  As a personal business coach one of the big challenges of being a self-employed business owner, entrepreneur or solo professional is to continually have a vision of the future and future success that excites you.

Without that vision your business and your life becomes a slog through the mud.

As a despondent Maximus sat there the leader started to tell his own story.  He too had been a gladiator.  He had done well.  And, he had done well enough that he and his troop were invited toRometo perform in the Colisseum in front of the Emperor.

If a gladiator survived the Emperor would turn to the crowd and give a thumbs up sign and the crowd would cheer.  If most of the crowd was cheering then the Emperor would grant the gladiator his freedom.  The leader then told Maximus that his gladiator group was going toRometo perform before the Emperor in the Coliseum.

Maximus got excited.  He now had a vision of future success.  He knew his abilities and that he could perform well in the Coliseum and win his freedom by winning the crowd.

Success Is Not Overnight

As in the case of Maximus, small business success is not overnight.  Running a small business or starting up your own business is not like making instant coffee.  You have to do more than add hot water and stir.  You must keep the water hot, keep stirring and of course, add coffee as needed.

To have the small business success and small business growth you desire you must have many small successes.  But without a vision of what a successful future will look like it is hard to stay motivated and focused.

Once Maximus got his vision of success for the future his focus, motivation and energy all ramped up.  Do the same for yourself.  Get your vision of success.  When you do every day will have meaning.  The excitement will return because every day is moving you closer to your dream.

And with each new success and each new customer or client you are working toward winning your freedom.  When you have enough individual successes, then those turn into a crowd.  You will win your freedom to have the business and life you want when you win the crowd.  Now that is success.

Action : You May Talk The Talk But You Must Walk The Walk

Action is the most important key to success.  Think about it.  Whether you are a self-employed business owner, entrepreneur, solo professional or an individual you are ultimately measured by your results which come from the action you take.

Action—It’s The Start

There is an old saying that states, “Learning without application is nothing.”  As a personal business coach I had a client who was a phenomenal learner.  But taking action was another story.

He would talk the talk.  But he would hesitate to walk the walk.  In a way, he was always tieing his shoes which kept him from walking.  Sometimes he would almost start something.  What was holding him back?  His fear of failure was great.

As a self-employed business owner he had experienced some good success.  The problem was that his business was growing and he wasn’t.  And, if he didn’t start taking some action things were going to go negative very quickly.

Action Cures Fear

There are many times I have been reluctant to take action because of my fear of failure.  But when you are running asmall business or starting up your own business you have to develop a mechanism to overcome that fear and to take your business and you to the next level.

The key for me is to remember the following.  I also got my client to memorize this.  “You are not judged by the number of times you fail, but by the number of times you succeed. And the number of times you succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times you can fail and keep trying.”

Take action.  It is the only way to overcome fear and it is part of the process for success.  You will find out what works and move forward.

Action Is The Bridge Between Involvement And Commitment

Very often I see people confuse involvement with commitment.  Commitment means taking a course of action and holding yourself and others accountable for the results.

Involvement is talking about action and results.  Involvement, more often than not, is the first step to commitment.  But only with action will you create the bridge between involvement and commitment.

Action Is The Bridge Between Strategy And Implementation

Smallbusiness success has many strategies.  But without action they are just that, strategies.  In a way, this is just another variation on involvement and commitment.  Action is the bridge between strategy and implementation.

My client was great at strategy and short on implementation.  As he turned his thinking around some amazing things started to happen in his business.

He started to regain positive momentum in many areas.  His employees were happier.  He was happier.  His fear was no longer a mad dog driving him into a corner.  His desire to take action and taking it became the mad dog that was driving his fears into a corner.

His self-esteem increased.  He was more likeable.  His employees started to see him as a leader instead of someone who was afraid to do anything that might bring progress.

Yes, action cures fear.  It is the bridge between involvement and commitment, between strategy and implementation.

Most important is the fact that action is the key to having a better business and a better life.  Take control of your business and life.  Talk the talk but make sure to walk the walk. Take action.