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  • Winning at the Game of Business


    Posted July 06, 2016 by Eden Lovejoy

    It’s a serious game isn’t it?  Family security, personal mental and physical health, the livelihood of our employees, all rest on our winning the game of business.  And there are so many moving parts and pieces.  The economy, getting message to market, new competition, the challenge of finding the right people for the team.  Every single day business owners around the world are facing these challenges, some days with excitement, and some days with dread.  What’s the difference between those two days?  I’ll tell you this, it’s not the stuff that makes those days different, it’s how we’re looking at the stuff.

    Each and every day I see the world through the lens of my own perception  When I’m not in a good place personally, the challenges of Winningbusiness ownership are overwhelming, and I’m not able to creatively and productively solve the day to day problems I must overcome to be successful. When I am in a good place, I can respond rather than react, stay in the solution and find a way over, around or through whatever obstacle is in my way.  Winning the game of business happens first in my head, then in the world. Here’s my top three strategies for keeping my head straight to win the game:

    • Keep an eye on the big picture and your business goals. The framework for my business is the mission (why I’m in the game), vision (where I want to go), and values (how I want to work with others on the way).  When I keep this framework in front of me, every action and direction is easily prioritized and decided, conserving energy and eliminating confusion.
    • Stay in the present. Yes, I have to plan for the future, but equally important is that I keep my emotions in the present moment.  9% of stress is in worrying about something that is not happening right now.   I have a choice, I can be stressed, upset, anxious, angry and afraid and do the next indicated thing, or I can just do the next indicated thing.  All of the energy I invest in the emotion of what could happen is not available to me to take action towards what I want to have happen.
    • Remember, there is no right or wrong, there is only the lesson. Of course I want certain results when I make a decision or head in a particular direction.  When I hire someone, when I launch a new product or service, when I invest in a new marketing strategy.  And I love it when it works out the way I have planned.  The trick is to have a great personal strategy for when things don’t go the way I want.  Will I be discouraged and beat myself up for a failure, or will I recognize that I’ve learned something from the experience and apply that lesson to my next opportunity?

    In the end, the game of business is all about flexibility, resiliency, stick-to-it-iveness, creativity and drive.  Those things come from personal strength and focus.  When I keep my eye on the big picture, don’t invest energy in things that aren’t happening yet, and value every experience as a step toward success, I am winning the game of business.

     


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