I had a fabulous opportunity to speak at a real estate office today to a great bunch of people. As I was preparing for the presentation, it dawned on me that I’ve been scrambling, and have been scrambling for so long I forgot how not to scramble. And I wasn’t the only one; the real estate agents as with most business owners have been scrambling ever since the down-turn in the economy.
Now that the economy is opening up it’s like “where was I when I was so rudely interrupted by the tough times?” With all that scrambling to make ends meet we’ve lost sight of some foundational blocks. The first three blocks are:
I – Intention
A – Action
M – Money
If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never know if you’ve arrived; or how you’ll get there. Intention is all about vision, where you want to go and be. Setting your sites on where you want to go makes getting there easier. The more clarity and detail you have about what you want the easier it will be to achieve it.
Thinking about what you want is wonderful, but it won’t get you there. You have to put some action to it. Not all activities are created equal. Activities that are in direct alignment with your vision will make the goal more attainable. Any support activities that can be delegated will allow you to devote your time and energy directly to achieving your Intention. Whenever you get confused as to whether an activity is the right activity, just ask yourself “Is this activity in direct alignment with my vision?” If it is, great, otherwise determine whether or not you want to take a detour on the way to your goal.
The reason we use dollars is because it’s easier to carry than chickens, goats, and cows. When we dealt in livestock we had a completely different relationship than we have with money. I grew up in a household where it was inappropriate to discuss money. There was no discussion of budgeting, savings, planning. I was taught by omission that money was to be ignored. Therefore, I had a relationship with money that was less than helpful. When you’re a business, money is not something to be ignored. Revising my view of money to one more of a tool, a tool to be used to create things that I want, enabled me to attract money not to push it away. It is also necessary for me to know how much money is coming into and out of my business. This allows me to forecast and budget for growth. I encourage you to review your relationship with money and revise it as necessary to help it achieve your goals.
Now that the economy is starting to open up it’s time to get back to basics. Use these three building blocks as a foundation to get back on track with your business and your goals.