"The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it." - Ray Kroc, McDonald's
Entrepreneurs are inevitably on the way to somewhere "better" than where we are today. We want better income, better visibility and ALWAYS better results.
The tragedy, most entrepreneurs don't invest enough time to discover where we are right now - and how we got here.
Famous actor, comedian and humanitarian Bob Hope said, "I've always been in the right place at the right time. Of course, I steered myself there.
Do you know your current location, how you got here and which road to take next?
GPS Coordinates for Your Current Location
Let's just say you are headed out the door to meet a new client. You're headed to a boutique hotel but you've never been there before.
Any modern day wanderer simply plots in the address to the handy map on their phone, or the GPS system in the car for detailed directions. But, you have to know where you are NOW, first.
G = Gauge
Your current life is a gauge of your past experiences and the beliefs you have about those experiences.
You've either let them propel you forward or hold you back. Whatever the result, they have helped create your current location.
Brooke Castillo (known primarily as a weight loss coach) talks about the power of beliefs and how they create an environment around us. What you believe today shapes your world.
If you are not where you want to be, there's a reason for that. And it likely is a result of your thought patterns.
Face it, if your gasoline indicator is on full - you know you can get anywhere you want within the next 350 to 400 miles. Half full? You start to wonder where you can buy more fuel. A quarter tank or less and you'll start looking for a station.
But we rarely consider that our thoughts and beliefs are just like that gas tank indicator.
Consequently, when we are filled with optimism and hope - we take on the world. When we are discouraged or fearful - we barely wiggle out of our chair.
Where is your gauge sitting right now?
P = Pace
Pace is an interesting word. It is define as a measurement of your single step when walking or running. Or it can describe the metered movement of a story's plot line. It is also an adjective to indicate polite disagreement.
The term steady pace conjures up images of someone or something that won't slow down. Yet it also means maintaining a speed to keep you from wearing out or wearing down too quickly.
Slow. Quick. Jerky. Uneven. All are words used to amplify PACE.
Because you are the speedometer, you have a pace of life that determines how quickly - or slowly - you move toward your destination. Though you may dislike the movement of the world around you - and within you - it is your choice.
Getting back to our meeting analogy. Let's say your appointment is at 3:00 pm. You have to know how long it will take you to arrive at your destination. If you don't, you will obviously arrive too early or too late. Your location NOW determines the pace you must travel to arrive at the optimal time.
Bill Gates said, "Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”
Understand the pace of your life. Correctly identify the factors involved in reaching your desired destination (children, job, parents, financial indicators). You can either STEP UP the pace, or create a STEADY pace. Most importantly, continue moving toward your destination.
Remember there are always road hazards. So, give yourself a break if you don't move as quickly from this location to the next as you would like.
S = System
You engineered a system which keeps you in your current location.
You may not like it, but you are definitely supporting it's existence. Every factor of your life creates your current system. In no particular order, consider these elements:
- Sleep Habits. Are you under or over sleeping?
- Eating Habits: Is food fuel or is it comfort?
- Fitness Habits: If you were in a zombie apocalypse, would you survive?
- Education or Re-Education Habits. Readers are Leaders. Learners are Earners. Compare the amount of time you read to the amount of time you engage in tv, internet surfing, or gaming.
- Spiritual Development: The Bible is filled with wisdom to build your life. A daily dose of spiritual truth keeps you looking up and out.
- Financial Stability: Money is a tool. When it becomes your master you have less choices. Sound financial education is a must for any entrepreneur. "His master replied, 'Good job! You're a good and faithful servant! You proved that you could be trusted with a small amount. I will put you in charge of a large amount. Come and share your master's happiness.'" Matthew 25:23
- Time Management: Can you say no, or are you a victim of Tyranny of the Urgent? When growth and advancement are your goal, you must learn to keep track of the time that is SPENT and the time that is INVESTED. Do you know the difference?
- Resource Development: Resources are anything in your life that can be developed: relationships, skills, talents, property, etc. Invest more time in these areas of your life and business.
In conclusion, your world is a result of your current system. Want a different location? Implement a new system.
Identifying your location is just the first step to creating a comprehensive plan to move your business and life forward.
I've identified 3 more steps, and that's how I created my own system of progress - the LAMB System. LAMB stands for Living At My Best. My goal is to help every entrepreneur be able to say, "I'm Living At My Best!"
Every day is a journey. There are road hazards and unexpected detours. Often, when we slow down a bit, we discover hidden oases to refresh and renew our soul. Joy isn't found at the destination - it is revealed in the process.
Until next time...
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