The Business Edge Blog

December 20, 2012

The 4 Presents I Would Put Under Your Tree This Christmas

Christmas Presents

If you own or manage a business there are 4 presents that I would put under your Christmas tree this year. Successful business owners would agree that if I could box these up and put them under your tree you would be well on your way to growth and prosperity.

Present  #1: Clarity

Clarity of your Vision, Mission and Values.  A clear vision of who you are, what you are and what you stand for is at the core of every successful business.    Of the four packages under your tree, this present would be the largest one.   It is the foundation upon which everything else in your business is built.   Before you open any other gifts, open this one.   Until you establish clarity for your business it is hard to move forward with a purpose.

Present  #2: Focus

Focus on what matters most. As a business owner you probably feel like you are being pulled in 10 different directions at times.  Once you have clarity you can begin to focus on what is really important and what path you need to be on to reach your goals.  Stopping to analyze if what you are doing is the most important thing for you to be doing at that moment will help you to prioritize and decide which of those directions you are being pulled is the right one to focus on.  Decide what your goals are, then write down the action steps you need to take to get there.  Set achievable goals in terms that you can measure progress along the way.  Define dates for reaching the goal and identify who will be responsible for monitoring progress in a fun way.  Think of the charity’s Christmas stocking thermometer billboard with a clearly defined goal and updating along the way to clearly show what has been achieved and how much more work needs to be done.  Find something that works for your goals.

Present  #3: Momentum

Momentum to achieve your goals. Avalanches start from one small section of snow breaking away from a slope.   Something causes the first section of snow to break away. Focus can be the start of the tremendous growing force in your business.  The focused momentum that you start ignites excitement in your employees and customers and is contagious.

Present  #4: Accountability

Accountability for success. Your fourth present is the one that can sit in the back of the pile and get overlooked.  If you don’t open it and implement it with the other 3 presents, all the presents may as well be packed up with the Christmas ornaments and not be looked at again until next year.  Without accountability, all the gifts and all your work can lose their luster and end up collecting dust on a shelf somewhere as a partially implemented project.  You have great intentions for the year, but without accountability the year flies by and before you know it the Christmas tree is up again and the year is almost over.  This may be where you are right now as 2012 is ending.  Don’t let it happen again in 2013.


As you open the gifts under your tree this year, remember that you can give the biggest gift of all to those that are most important to you – a thriving growing business that fulfills your dreams and theirs and makes a positive impact on the world.

Let me know how I can best help you achieve your dreams for your business in the comments below.


February 21, 2012

Who Will You Be By February 21st of Next Year?

You Get To Deicde!

I found an interesting exercise recently.  There were 2 steps, but as I share this with you I’ll add a third.

STEP 1:  Scan your cell phone Call Log to determine the 5 people that you talk to the most.  Are these people who help you grow?  Do they really listen to your ideas and help you in your decision making processing?

STEP 2:  Look at the books on your nightstand or in your briefcase – not the ones collecting dust, but the ones that you actually try to find time to read.  Are they books that will help you grow, or help you grow your buisness?  Do they stretch your mind and teach you new things?

The point of the exercise I originally read was that we will be the same person this time next year as we are today except for the people and the books that influence us.  Here’s where I add my own STEP 3.

STEP 3: Look at the choices you make on a daily basis.  Are there other choices that would help you move forward to being the person you would like to be by this time next year?

I’ve come to realize that the small choices I make help me to move forward to becoming who I want to be.  I can choose to be upset at the person who travels in the lane that is closed ahead until the very last moment, or I can smile and wave them in ahead of me.  I can be upset by the way the dishwasher was loaded or the way the laundry is folded, or just be happy that someone other than me did the loading and the folding!

Who do you want to be by February 21st next year?  Are the people you are spending the most time with helping you to get there?  Are the books you are reading taking you there?  What about the decisions you will be making for the next 365 days?  Stop and think about the choices you can make that help you move forward……sometimes it means taking a deep breath and looking hard for other options – but even that is good for you!

Try the 3 steps above and tell me what you find!  I look forward to hearing how you will be different by this time next year!         Holly

July 27, 2010

The Top 5 Benefits of Working With a Business Coach

A popular question prospects ask when considering hiring a business coach is…..”What will I get from working with you?” 

The following Top 5 Benefits are taken directly from comments made by my clients on what they have received from coaching together.

First – Clarity.  We take the time to create an image of your ideal business situation.  Who is your ideal client?  How many do you need?  Where can you find them?  Once things are defined we know where we are going.  It’s not just putting out fires and working hard each day, it’s working toward something we can envision.

Second – Values.  What are your values?  Can you actually write them down? The most successful business owners incorporate their values throughout all they do, including their business interactions.  Once you articulate your values you can instill them in your business and if you have employees, ensure they conduct business the way you would.    

Third – Goal Setting.  What are your goals?  Are they to grow your business, improve profits, or ready your business for sale as your exit strategy?  Once you know your goals, you know where to focus.    

Fourth – Milestones.  How do you get from where your business is today to where you’d like it to be?  In achieving most goals there are steps to take along the way.  These are called Milestones.  They are the stepping stones to get to the ultimate goal.  When you know the next milestone, you know more preciously where to step when options, distractions and detours are placed in front of you.

Fifth – Balance.  My clients tell me they acheive better Balance in their work and in their life.  I can see they are less stressed.  They know what they want to achieve, they know what their values are which guide them in their decision making, they have set goals, they know the next step to take, and they sleep better.  Priorities are in line.  I see them relax and enjoy work and life more.

Do any of these resonate with you?  I’d be happy to talk to you about your issues and how business coaching may be a benefit.

May 12, 2010

Achieving Your Goals

You have probably heard of paralysis by analysis – where we spend so much time looking at all the angles and all the details that we get stalled right where we are!  This is the #1 reason why people don’t achieve their goals.  Part of the reason analysis paralysis occurs is because we become too hesitant to take action toward our ideas or dreams. Once we look at the “realistic” side of things, our natural fears and hesitation take over. And that’s a good thing! It has stopped many of us from acting unresponsibly.

Unfortunately, it also keeps us from taking ANY risks. Pulitzer Prize winning author, Annie Dillard, said, “If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

Most of the great achievements in life started out simply as a dream. When people are able to turn their dreams into goals, and their goals into actions, amazing things happen! Here are some ideas for doing exactly that.

  • Write down the dream. (Then place it where you’ll see it often.)
  • Think of all the steps/people/objects needed to fulfill the dream.
  • Jot down short term and long term goals to achieve all those needs.
  • Take it a step at a time.
  • Keep believing.

One of the most tragic things in life is to see an unrealized dream. As an entrepreneur, you already know that this doesn’t have to be your fate. Be willing to dream a little more, and see what you can do with the world!

Assignment:   Start writing down your dreams and goals.  Look at the written words often and continue to flush out what it will take to fulfill your goals.  Determine what you can do each day to move forward.   Call me (815-985-3652) and set up an appointment to talk about your dreams and goals and we’ll work on the details so you can make them a reality. The first session is complimentary!

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