On The Mats – Picking a Fight
If you’re a business owner, guess what? I’m here to pick a fight. Let’s go and find out what about.
Hi all, it’s Nathan McDonald from Black Belt Business, and you heard me right: I’m here to pick a fight. I’m here to pick a fight in regards to that little voice in your head that says that you can’t go get your goals and plans, that you can’t achieve it, that you’re not good enough to actually be earning whatever you want to earn – to not enable you to actually have all that time with the family. Because reality is, in small business, it’s really hard to actually get that time and money we need to have the lifestyle that we want. And that’s the fight that I want to pick: with that little subconscious – or that little voice – that sits there and goes, ‘No, you can’t do this’ so we’re going to [pow!] it out to the ground to make sure you can hit your goals and make sure you get all your plans in place for this year.
Get Your Plans Moving Forward
So it’s the beginning of the year; you’ve set your tasks, you’ve set your plans. You may have New Year’s resolutions, you may not do them because you never achieve them; you may not have some plans for your business. But reality is, we do need plans moving forward. And I’m not talking about wishy-washy plans; we’re not talking about the dream boards up there that say ‘Right, I want the Ferrari,’ or anything like that. Reality is, I’m here to actually help get those plans implemented and in place. And it’s really simple to actually achieve your goals. It really is. Everyone makes it so complex. Everyone thinks about the next 12 months. Well, I’m going to challenge you. A lot can happen in 12 months; a lot can happen in your business. Work is going to get in the way. You are going to allow yourself to let work get in the way. So I want to give you a couple of tools now to actually ensure that you get your goals.
You Deserve What You Tolerate
So one of the first tools that I want to give you is a statement, and it is a really simple statement. And are you ready for this, because sometimes it can be very confronting: You deserve what you tolerate. If work is running your life, then you deserve that. If you don’t have enough money in the bank account then you deserve it. Why? Because you are tolerating all of that. You’re tolerating all the people and all your suppliers and all your customers dictating to you. It’s now time to take control. You deserve better than that, and I can guarantee that you will do it, because you don’t want to tolerate what you deserve. So let’s go and take this first point of getting your goals. If you’ve got goals in place, go and set some time in your diary to achieve it and make sure you do it. Don’t cancel that appointment for anything; don’t go and deserve what you tolerate – in terms of having work and life dictate to what’s happening with your life. You want to make sure that you’re actually focusing on those goals and plans. You know, every time you wake up in the morning you should be thinking about that goal; you should be thinking about that plan.
You know, when I was getting my black belt in martial arts, the thing that I woke up with every morning was ‘what can I do today to ensure that I’m taking that next step forward?’ It was on my mind consistently: in the shower I was practicing techniques – and I now that sounds funny, but that’s what I was actually doing. I would walk down the hallway and grab my wife and put her in a joint lock as I was walking down the hallway. But you know what? I got that goal and it was one of the top best 3 things I’ve done in my life. So this is where it’s important that if you’ve got a very good goal for your business, that’s what you should be focusing on. Every time you go and do something in your business, any task that you go and do, you focus on it. You know it’s actually associated with getting to that next point. And if it’s not, maybe you need to actually go put it aside.
Plan For the Next Few Months
The next point I want to bring up about your goals is don’t think about 12 months in the future. Everyone talks about having a 12-month plan or 2 years or having these dream boards and all this wishy-washy stuff. You know what? It’s all too fluffy. Who knows what’s going to happen in 12 months’ time? Why don’t you start nice and simply? Why don’t you just have a look at the next 2-3 months?
Make One Goal for the Next 4 Weeks
Even 4 weeks: let’s say you’re not good at getting goals. How about you have one major goal for the next 4 weeks? And that might to be increase sales, that might be putting a new marketing strategy in place. That might be putting a new team member on. It might be anything, but just choose one. And then start the journey that way: just choose one thing that you want to get done in the next 4 weeks. And the way I work with my clients is really simple: we have the next 3 months planned out. That’s it – the next 3 months – and in those months we might have 4 or 5 strategies that you can do every single week to actually achieve what you need to achieve. And it just makes life easier breaking it down to that, because after 3 months you can re-assess and go, ‘You know what? We’ve got more money in the bank account, we’ve got a bit more time, what is the next stage to the business?’
You know, it’s really funny. I do know someone who wanted a Ferrari – next to meeting their goals and all of that, and you know what? They eventually got one, but they hated it. It didn’t drive well; they didn’t like driving it. It just didn’t suit them. Reality is, they had been dreaming about that Ferrari for so long, they finally got it, and it just wasn’t what they were expecting. And this is what happens in your business or your life too. So reality is, if you look at the next 3 months it’s going to be a lot easier to achieve the stuff in the next 3 months and then you get to re-assess and take those next steps for the future, and then keep moving forward that way.
And the last point on to get your goals and to get your plans in place is really, really simple, and that is accountability. At the end of the day, we beat ourselves up because something doesn’t get done. We have that little voice telling us we should go deal with our customers a lot more than we deal with us. Well, you need to pick a fight with that little voice and go, ‘No. I want my goals. I want my plans. I want to get this done.’ and you have to have that accountability to say ‘No, this is what is going to get done’. And if you can’t do that you do need to get someone to hold you accountable, because – you know what? It’s ok letting ourselves down. We’re not holding it to anyone; we let ourselves down, we don’t hurt anyone else. Good human nature tells us that’s an ok thing. It’s not ok! Stop letting yourself down! Stop deserving what you’re tolerating! It’s now time to go get that done, so have the accountability in place to go and smash those goals.
So guys, Nathan McDonald here from Black Belt Business just giving you a message about picking fights and going to achieve the goals that you need to go and achieve for your business. You deserve it; I know you deserve it. You deserve to be amazing our there, and if you’re struggling with building any of these plans or if you want a plan template, give us a call or just drop us an email at the email address below and we are more than happy to send you the templates to really help you achieve your goals. And if you need the accountability, we are happy to give that to you as well.
Well, that’s it for today in another On the Mats episode. My name is Nathan McDonald, I’m an Aussie, my passion is business and my message is global. Have a great day, guys, and talk to you soon.