Dieters know very well the “moment of choice” when you’re looking at a menu and choose to make the right choice rather than get the Bloomin’ Onion for the table. After making the Bloomin’ Onion mistake one too many times, I ordered the shrimp cocktail appetizer instead. Less calories, better protein. It felt really good. The scale liked it, too.
So what is happening during that moment of choice, and how can we apply it to our business? Use the bad CEO/good CEO example: When the bad CEO is whispering in your ear, “It’s only one little scratch; no one will even notice it”, the good CEO is saying, “Should I list it and call out the scratch, or donate it?”
Always opt for being the good CEO. It shows your character. It only takes a moment to decide to do the right thing. Start recognizing those moments. Order the shrimp cocktail.
How many breaks a day do you take? What do you do on those breaks? In some businesses, you take your snack and meet your co-workers in the break room at designated times. In others, you are allowed two rolling breaks a day.
You are a business owner, so you get to choose. What should we be doing on our breaks? Pick two of the following:
Numbers 1 and 2 are the right answers, because 3 and 4 involve work and possibly anxiety. Take at least 2 breaks a day, and totally get away from anything that even resembles work. It will serve you well.
Some of Entrepreneur Magazine’s contributors recently offered their favorite tips for success. One quoted Richard Branson, who says his biggest motivation is to keep challenging himself. He treats life like one long university education where he can learn more every day.
I love this. I get bored so easily. Many business owners think being bored is simply a byproduct of work. Not necessarily!
Learning is growth. You should read every day, and when something strikes your fancy — such as new and exciting technologies or systems for small businesses — do a little research, and learn something. It will keep you alert, and it could help your bottom line.
Happy New Year, my entrepreneurial friends. I’ve missed you during our holiday break. Mine was stupendous! We had a little of everything: family drama, good food, fun times, lots of laughs, some tears, and tons of joy.
Take this time to think about 2017; then write down the changes you would like to see in yourself, your family, your community, your country, and your world for 2018. Try to find a way to be a part of the solution.
You don’t have to solve all of the world’s problems but you could begin with doing something for someone in need; helping your child’s school with a project; feeding the homeless; voting…you get the drift. These little moments in your life add up when we all contribute. Happy 2018!
1. Stay fit and healthy: 37%
2. Lose weight: 32%
3. Enjoy life to the fullest: 28%
4. Spend less, save more: 25%
5. Spend more time with family and friends: 19%
6. Get organized: 18%
7. Will not make any resolutions: 16%
8. Learn something new/new hobby: 14%
9. Travel more: 14%
10. Read more: 12%
If you want happiness for a day, says an old axiom, go fishing; if you want happiness for a year; inherit a fortune; if you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. So for my New Year’s resolution, I’m going to help others more. That’s it. Hope it gives you food for thought.
How many hours a week do you work on your business? We now know that the law of diminishing returns kicks in if you work too many hours. It turns out the traditional 40-hour work week is the bingo!
After the industrial revolution, labor-based companies began experimenting with reduced working hours, which back then were usually more than 10 a day. In 1914, Henry Ford cut his employees’ workday to eight hours. It increased productivity and worker well-being so much that it became a national mandate soon after that as part of the New Deal.
So for your own well-being and that of your business, try for 40 hours, but work no more than 50 hours per week.