It’s time to advance your business, raise your profits, and improve your life
What a beautiful time to start to A.R.I. Meaning, start to Advance your business, Raise your profits and Improve your life. Every day is a good day for this. And it’s your choice. You can choose to let your business stagnate (translated, “Die”) or you can choose to advance to the next level. You can choose to be glad you make any profit at all during these tough economic times, or you can decide that it is time to explore other methods that will raise those profits to the point where you can run your business and start to create your dream company. And then there’s your life. Usually and unfortunately, the last horse in the race. With all the problems and financial woes you have, your lifestyle doesn’t always jump to the front of the line. But it should. Without a successful life, you will not have a successful business. It may be time to shift your focus and your thinking. Let’s look at each area in more detail.
The first thing to do is advance your business
It is proven, and largely ignored, that if your business is not growing, it is dying. There is no in-between. You are either on one side of the fence or the other. And it is a lot more fun, and more profitable to be on the growing side. When you are advancing your business, you will be happier, your staff will be happier, and all of your associates will be happier. As you improve your business, through better organization and implementation of new ideas, you will be helping many other people. The ripple effect is very subtle, but very real. As you concentrate on advancing your business, with your main focus on helping others, you’ll find that the money will come.
There are better times ahead. We are already seeing signs that the recession is receding. Now is the time to prepare – not when business is going full blast again. You can start now, by continuing your education, by putting systems in place, and by creating a company culture that will make your business a brilliant light in an otherwise gray and dim environment.
You are the leader. Don’t expect someone else to take up the slack. “The buck stops here” is an important lesson to learn early on. And sometimes the lesson is a tough one. But the sooner that your learn it the better. If you think you can delegate all of your business to others, and have them shoulder the load, think again. In order to grow it is imperative that your learn to delegate. But do this so that you can run your business – not run away from it. When trouble brews, it won’t be your supervisor who takes the ultimate blame.
The end result of advancing your business will lead to a more comfortable lifestyle, better conditions for your employees and trades, happier customers, and a business that stands out from the crowd.
You must raise your profits
It is so much fun to dream and talk about making money. To dream about things you will buy and places you will go when you make your fortune. It’s great to get with your friends and swap tales about what you will do when you get rich. It is entirely another matter when it comes to actually making that money. Making that money takes a lot of planning and implementing. It takes time and it takes patience. And it is your duty to make money. That’s right. It’s your duty – not a pie-in-the-sky dream. To live a full life you should help all those around you in the best way possible. And you can do more for others if you have money than you can if you don’t. To quote Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, “…before we can accumulate riches in great abundance, we must magnetize our minds with intense DESIRE for riches, that we must become “money conscious” until the DESIRE for money drives us to create definite plans for acquiring it.” Dreams are nice, but planning and action makes it happen!
How are you going to get rich? First, I suggest you read Mr. Hill’s book. Next, keep learning. Go to seminars. Read magazines. Follow outstanding leader’s writings on the web. Look at other businesses that are similar to yours and learn from them. Create a solid, exemplary company culture that takes your company to the next level. Market wisely, studying costs and returns on your investments carefully. And by all means, start a system that lays out in great detail, how your company runs on every level, and how your staff and trades are expected to conduct themselves. Think outside the box and create an innovative company that is different from all the rest, and better than everyone else too.
If you do this, in an orderly fashion, you will create a system that will govern your company and keep it on the straight and narrow. More opportunities will show up for you. You’ll gain momentum, and soon you’ll be on the other side of the fence, where the grass is greener and the air is fresher, and life gets better and better.
Last, but hardly least, improve your life
Why in the world would you want to improve your life??? Maybe to live a longer, fuller life. Maybe to be more active and alert. With improvement you could be stronger, more virile, more attractive. You could prepare for the future in the best ways possible. You could contribute to those around you and to the world at large. And that’s just for starters. Improving the way you live helps everything about you, and benefits everyone you associate with.
In a nutshell, you can improve your life by being more dedicated and more disciplined to that which matters to you. Everyone of us has room for improvement in our diet, our physical activities, and our mental state. As these disciplines become a part of your life, a habit so to speak, you will become focused like a laser beam. (Which brings to mind another book that I recommend by Lisa Haneberg, called “Focus Like a Laser Beam: 10 Ways to Do What Matters Most“. This book helped me be a lot more productive with my time.)
An easy way to remind yourself how you are going to achieve self-improvement is by remembering the Four E’s. Eat, Exercise, Educate, and Enjoy.
Eat – Our diet is another piece of the puzzle that is often overlooked. With all the various activities and events and unscheduled reactionary duties, you may be eating anywhere and anything you can get quickly. Our diet has a huge effect on how we feel and how much energy we have. What we eat is closely correlated with how we feel and how productive we are. Make a point to research your food and eating habits. Make some changes and see how it affects you.
Exercise – Even though you may be “running” all day long, you may not be getting the right exercise, such as aerobic exercises that work your heart, and yoga or Pilates that keep your core muscles strong and your body limber. Long hours in front of the computer and days spent driving can take a toll on your body. For instance. most of our bodily fluids have a “pump” associated with them, and take care of movement of these fluids from our bodies. Yet our lymphatic system depends solely on our movement to move the lymph (clear fluid) in our body. And the lymphatic organs are very important to our immune system. Keep this is mind and move around every hour or so. Make this a habit. More and more people are beginning to work standing up at elevated desks instead of sitting all day. Use the gym on a regular basis. Buy a treadmill for those nasty days when you can’t or don’t want to get out. Find a partner to keep you accountable, and work out with them.
Educate – Mental exercise is equally important. Continue to learn. Read magazines, attend seminars, take up a hobby and learn something new outside your field of expertise. Listen to podcasts while you drive. Recently I was introduced to Stitcher Radio, an app you put on your phone that allows you to pick podcasts on any subject in the world, and listen to it on your own schedule. Podcasts are very educational, and fun too. So while you are driving, walking, exercising, or cooking, listen to some worthwhile podcasts and keep those little gray cells alive and happy.
Enjoy – “All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy.” You could also say it makes Jack a workaholic, irritable, unproductive in a certain sense, and not a lot of fun to be around. You were put on this earth to enjoy yourself and others. Not work incessantly. Your family needs you, your friends need you, and most importantly, you need you. Take the time to enjoy your family. Make a point of setting time aside for vacations and weekend trips. Go to conferences and make those journeys into a vacation with a little work mixed in. Taking time off will actually make you more productive and definitely more creative. You deserve this time off. When you look back over your life you will always remember the times you spent with your family and friends and all of the places you travelled to. Which brings us back full circle to advancing your business, raising your profits and improving your life.
When you concentrate on these three areas, you will find fulfillment. You will be happier, along with your customers and your associates, and you will be paving the way to a successful future.
Wishing you the best of fortune, Randall
Coaching remodelers to new heights!
Randall Soules founded his remodeling company in 1978, which he and his wife ran for over 30 years. Due to his great success with this system and his love of teaching others, Randall has created a 12 session series called the Scientific Remodeling System, teaching others about how to run their remodeling company successfully, and to have a better life. Without a successful life, you won’t have a successful business. In the 12 sessions he weaves personal stories, practical advice, step-by-step how-to’s, and philosophy into the equations of systems. The sessions are divided up into three main parts starting with Sales, then Production and finally Marketing. They are easy to read and are full of valuable information and scripts, with templates and forms sprinkled in. If you are even mildly interested in improving your company’s profit margins and customer satisfaction, and in turn reducing your own stress, take a moment to learn more at ScientificRemodelingSystem.com. You won’t be disappointed. It will be one of your best investments ever.