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How to overcome the fear of planning

Some people are born planner; some live on the edge of their seat. I’m a planner. I like to think ahead, have options, and be ready for possible outcomes.

What holds people the most from planning is fear of not getting what they want. Before starting to plan, think about the following questions; be honest with yourself.

Are you afraid to fail your plan? 

Failure is not an option. I get it; no one wants to fail. Unfortunately, many of us fear failure because we’ve failed at something in the past.

A way to beat failure fears is to simply train your mind to visualize everything you want from your plans. Consciously visualizing your plans will better help your sub-conscious mind to remember what it is that you want to accomplish.

Do your plans involve everything you want?

When I want something, I write it down and think about how I’m going to get it. Writing things down helps validate my thoughts.

It doesn’t matter how unrealistic it seems to you; there’s a way to accomplish everything you want in life. Remember that whatever you put out in the Universe will come to you.

Does your plan include your business and family?

When I think about my business, I think of what it will do for me and how it would affect my family in the future. Always consider business and family the same. They are part of your future.

It’s important always to ask yourself these questions. Doing so will ultimately lay out what it is that you want in life. Losing the fear, writing things down, and making your family part of your business will help you create balance and enjoy a happier life.

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What NOT to do at networking events

One thing that I tell my clients when they struggle with attending networking events is not to expect to connect with everyone they meet. If they want to make the best out of a networking event, they need to set the goal of making valuable connections without expecting anything in return.

When planning to attend a networking event:

✔Set your expectations to meet a couple of people and get to know them.
✔Pay attention to one or two specific detail about the person
✔Follow up with them and mention what you remember about them.

If you mention something that you remember about them, they’ll know you were listening and will appreciate it. It’s about paying attention to details to start building that trust.

If you think networking is just for people who run their businesses, think again. All of us have a network of people we rely on and relate. We might use their services, get referrals from them and ask for assistance when seeking a job. I call this cross-pollinating.

It is vitally important that we build relationships with the people in our network so that we can obtain useful tips and advice. If you don’t nurture your network, you might find yourself without resources or references when you most need them.

So, expanding your network and building trust is a win-win situation. As you meet new people, you would want to continue that relationship-type to build a strong community.

Building a trustful community is essential to your success. To have a useful network, you must develop and nurture the relationships and focus on how you can help your network before you consider taking from it.

Givers get. You don’t just take from your network; you also give. The secret is the more you give, the more you will get back.

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How to build stronger business relationships

When I think about meeting new people, I don’t think about what they can do for me. I think about getting to know them. If I sense that they are struggling with an issue, I offer my help. However, not everyone will connect with you right away or ask for advice. The best thing to do is listen so you can begin to build their trust. For me, this goes for both business and life.

One essential activity in growing a business is building relationships. Many people think they can go out to networking events, distribute their cards, and the clients will come flowing in. It may happen like that, but not likely.

It takes time, energy, and effort to build trust and a network. Through building that network, you build relationships with people who know you, trust you, and will do business with you.

I’ve been to networking events and observed how some people “walk the room” by stopping and introducing themselves then moving on to the next person within minutes. When I first started my business, I was doing the same.

Then, I realized that networking like this is a waste of time. Unless you’re willing to build your network, get to know the people, and perhaps see how you can help them, you might as well stay home.

I believe in giving without expecting anything in return. Well, the same applies to networking. You give the person your undivided attention, you listen and get to know them. At the end of the conversation, you’ll feel better about yourself, have built rapport with them, and have started a trusted relationship.

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How to identify your core assets

When I started thinking about what type of business to start, I took time to consider my values, passions, past experiences, education, but most importantly, I thought about all the skills I have that could have a positive impact on someone’s life. I call these core assets.

Having a business degree and background was a plus, on the business technical side. What really mattered to me was people’s skills. How I treat people, how I make them feel, how I can help them solve their problems.

Once I created my list of core assets, it all came together. I realized that I was meant to teach people based on my analytical, planning, and problem-solving skills, my top three skills.

Today, I’m able to teach others how to take an inventory of their assets through self-assessment so they can apply it to their ideal business and everyday life.

How to identify your core assets

A self-assessment will help you learn more about yourself, choose a business, reevaluate a current business, a career, move on with an idea, and determine your interests.

Your core assets are:

✔Your values – what is important to you in life?

✔Your passions – what do you enjoy doing day in and day out?

✔Your skills – what are the things you have learned to help you do certain tasks?

If you struggle with taking inventory of assets, one way to solve the struggle is by performing a personal SWOT – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats analysis.

A SWOT analyzes a person’s skills and external factors to determine which factors are favorable or unfavorable to them or their goal.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What do you do better than anyone else?
  • What tasks do you usually avoid because you don’t feel confident doing them?
  • What new technology can help you?
  • What obstacles do you currently face in your life?

Aligning your core assets will create harmony between you and your business because you are maximizing your abilities.

You are most likely to succeed in life if you make the most out of your abilities. If you need help, consider hiring a business coach or mentor to help you put it all together.

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