Today, people have never been more connected in history.
But with an abundance of technology and an increasingly fast-paced world, it’s incredibly easy to get swept up in our everyday activities.
We can lose track of what’s truly important in our personal and professional lives.
You know the feeling: head down, buried in your work.
Gotta finish one more thing. Send one more email. Respond to one more text message.
The to-do list can seem never ending.
That’s why it’s critical to develop a practice that reminds us of what’s truly important.
Former NFL linebacker and entrepreneur Matt Mayberry believes we ALL need to sit ourselves down and as these important questions regularly.
Unfortunately, most people will never ask themselves these questions.
They’re too scared.
If you’re willing to ask yourselves these questions, you put yourself in the very small percentage of people who consciously work to improve themselves.
But it requires honesty.
So don’t worry about what you may or may not have accomplished yet. You’ve still got plenty of time.
And ask yourself these three important questions:
1. “Where am I?”
Taking the time to ask yourself where you currently are in life is incredibly important. A huge majority of the population never even stops to analyze where they are right this moment and if that’s where they truly want to be.
Please don’t fall into that trap.
Start asking yourself on a continual basis where you currently are in life and answer that question honestly. One of the hardest things to do is to admit that you aren’t where you want to be or that you have been doing it all wrong leading up to this point.
However, do you know what’s even much harder to deal with?
2. “Where do I want to be?”
This question is all about digging deep within yourself and discovering what your true passions, goals and dreams really are.
Where do you want to be professionally? Where do you want to be financially? Where do you want to be in your personal relationships? Where do you want to be in your health journey?
3. “How am I going to get there?”
All three of these questions are vitally important to ask yourself, but this last question can exponentially change the game for you. This question also happens to be the one that most people end up never asking because it requires a whole lot of work and actually getting up and doing something after you take the time to answer it.
Everything that I have ever been able to accomplish in my life has been a direct result of constantly asking myself this particular question, writing down every possible thing I can think of, and then taking massive action to execute everything that I wrote down.
You can read more over at Entrepreneur.
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Business: the five key departments (gears)
By IE Business Daily
on March 10, 2017
By Mark Maes
Success for a business owner can be difficult to achieve. Many business owners don’t fully understand the complexity, opportunity, and responsibility that exists in business.
They didn’t envision being business owners or corporate leaders. They started off simply being good at their craft, or being passionate about the service that lead them in their particular direction in business. Being fully prepared or trained was not even on their radar. Resultantly, many business owners end up on a tread mill, working hard, long hours, day after day, never accomplishing their desired goals and dreams of success. This condition is most often related to misunderstanding of their own capabilities or simply not having mapped out the entire dream, with effective controls and measureable goals for the long range.
Business is made up of five key departments (gears). The size and type of a business doesn’t really matter; they all have 5 departments. At Maes and Associates, LLC we take it a step further and teach that business is much like a machine, which requires oil. That oil is your people, and the culture your organization breeds. The five gears/departments are:
- Finance & Administration
- Brand and Company Growth Management
When leaders embrace these five departments (gears), the outcome is success and greater control of their business and its management.
The greatest asset a company can ever have, is a passionate work force or team.
When you implement the High Five Priority Business Mapping in your organization or business, you empower your vision, people, and resources, shifting the load of responsibility and performance to the positions and people you intend. This changes the culture (oil) of your business, by your specific design, from reactive management, to proactive management, and increased performance.
Imagine being in complete control of your business, accomplishing the goals and dreams of your desires. You can! We have all we need to accomplish all we desire. We simply need to identify the dots, connect them, and make the effort required. High Five Priority Business Mapping gives you the structure, processes, and methodology with which you can be specific in identifying goals and resources necessary to accomplish them per your plan, on your schedule.
People in general want to succeed. Many just don’t know how, or what their success looks like. We don’t know what we don’t know, so, many adults stop seeking education and training exactly when it becomes most necessary. You start a business but have never been trained in all the critical factors involved. The CEO Position is the loneliest position of all. No one and nowhere to take your questions, troubles, fears, and concerns to. The buck stops with you. You don’t need to go it alone. High Five Priority Business Mapping is the way. It is the fabric of success. We are tactical and thorough in our assessments. We are strategic, detailed, and service oriented in our implementation and training. We work alongside your people, teams, and leaders, utilizing the product and its great benefits for your business, enhancing both your culture and performance. Every part of the High Five Priority Business Mapping system takes a multitude of flow, condition, and variation of business into consideration in order to align those variables with non-negotiable constants. What gets measured gets improved. Start with the end in mind. Goal. Plan. Execute. Reward Performance.
Be Deliberate! Identify and accomplish your desired goals.
If we may assist, please call on us to help. It’s what we do.
Mark Maes is the Principal at Maes and Associates. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.