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5 lessons from happy business professionals

Machen MacDonald

The quality of our life is in direct proportion to our ability to handle uncertainty. Think about it. The more certain you are and the more confident and in control you imagine yourself to be, the less stress you experience. The less stress you experience, the more room there is to experience your joy.

Here are five things to remember that will increase your certainty and happiness as a business professional.

1. Have a plan. In today’s world, there is so much, moving so fast, it may not make sense to have a full-blown business plan as it may be obsolete once it comes off the printer. However, taking the time to plan out your next best actions is critical. Once you have thought strategically about what the best use of your time, energy and resources to be, you can then direct your energy and focus on doing what must be done. As the Nike slogan promotes, “Just Do It!”

2. Remember in each moment you get to decide. In any given moment you can decide on what you choose to think. You can decide on how you want to be in a situation. You can decide what to do next.

3. Create and direct supportive environments. Limit or eliminate clutter and outdated materials and tools that get in your way of performing at your peak. Remove or minimize distractions and interruptions. If your email or facebook tends to be a time-suck, turn it off and allocate only a predetermined amount of time toward it.

4. Craft your “Just say no” elevator talk. Many professionals know how important it is to know what and how to say what you do that is unique, how your clients benefit from working with you and why the person you are speaking with must consider working with you, too.

What most professionals fail at is saying “No.” They fail only because they have not thought about how to say “No” with grace and tact. By not saying “No” you can end up losing the over-commitment game. Have some fun with saying “NO”… “I very much appreciate your thinking of me. My current commitments prevent me from acquiescing with your request. Do keep me in mind for future endeavors.” Or it can be as simple as, “I’m sorry, but I just don’t have time.”

Take time to craft your “No.” If you do so you can then say “Yes” to the requests that are right for you.

5. Do well with and by your employees. If you have employees, you understand the territory you must navigate. The quicker you understand that business owners and entrepreneurs think and behave differently than the majority of employees, the quicker you will reduce your stress level.

Expecting employees to have the same passion, pride of ownership and vision as you do can be a challenge. The saying “slow to hire and quick to fire” can serve well. You are the leader and there is no such thing as a bad hire. You must assume responsibility. Take the time to select the ideal employee. Remember item No. 2 above.

As a business owner, you must decide if you are going to deal directly with your employees, if so, which ones and on what level. In that decision, you must also set your intention of either being the victor or the victim. Many business owners allow themselves to be pushed around by their employees. Perhaps it is best to hire a manager or human resource professional to deal directly with some or all of the employees.

This week, select one of the lessons above and shine some heat and light on it in your business.

Make it up, make it fun and make it happen!

Machen P. MacDonad, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley. He can be reached at coach@probrilliance.com and 530-273-8000.

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