According to the Small Business Administration, 85% of all businesses fail in the first 12-18 months. And statistics show that over 50% of all marriages fail. On top of that, a recent Gallup poll shows that up to 33% of all Americans are not satisfied with their jobs..
BUT what do these three things have in common?
The answer lies in these Success Planning Webishops.
You can run a successful business, have a long-lasting, happy marriage and be more satisfied with your job just by doing the simple steps in these Webishops!
Where are you going? When will you get there? Do you see a bright future, but are not sure how to develop the path that will take you there? Are you walking step by step, going through each day just because the alarm woke you up, but have no idea where you are going?
Then this Webishop is for you!
Design your successful life by taking the simple steps outlined in this newest Webishop, Designing and Developing Your Strategic Vision.
What motivates you? What gets you out of bed? What passion fuels your day? If you do not know the answer to these questions, watch the Why? Webishop. Why is the cornerstone to having a more successful year than you have ever known before.
Are they written down? Why is this important? Find out in this Webishop. Discover how core values can simplify your life, make decisions easier, and help you down the road to a more successful future.
What are you doing? Do you have a clearly defined mission for your business, career, marriage, life? Is it written down, and do you follow it? Do others around you know what it is and buy into it? If designing a mission seems daunting to you, then this Webishop is for you!
Design your successful life by taking the simple steps outlined in this newest Webishop. It's time to Proclaim Your Edict.
Coming in June.
Just in case there is someone that thinks these Webishops are a magic pill, these Webishops are intended to help you have a better life, but there is no guarantee that you will.
The decision to have a great life is completely up to you.
(This is a transcript of the Success Begins with Why Webishop. go to www.webishops.com and look up Success Planning to watch this Webishop )
Success Begins with Why By Dr. Ty Belknap
Well, hello everybody, and welcome to the first Webishop in the Strategic Success Planning series. This Webishop is on Why. And, even though this is the first Webishop, you don’t have to watch them in order. It will make more sense if you do, and it will make things easier though. It’s better to know why you do something before you work on your vision, mission or even the strategy for what you are doing.
Knowing Why is very important. Or, What is Your Sizzle? Think about a sizzle that you have heard recently. Maybe it was vegetables sizzling in a pan or a slice of meat sizzling on a BBQ, whatever it was, the sound of a sizzle brings out an emotion, an enticement, doesn’t it? It’s a lot more than just a sound. It can make your mouth water, it can make you hungry can’t it? Oh, and if you do get hungry by my talking about this, feel free to grab something to eat. I’ll be here when you get back.
So, think of your sizzle. And, your sizzle is really your Why. It’s what you are passionate about. And, you need to be careful about the sizzle. You want to make sure it really is Your Sizzle. I’m talking about the difference of you motivating yourself versus others motivating you, like a positive motivational speaker or guru (or coach, as they now call themselves). These people sell sizzle. They sell a very compelling, very passionate story that really gets you motivated. Have you been to one? When you leave, you are so motivated that you feel like you can move mountains. But the reason the motivation doesn’t last long is because it’s their story, it’s their sizzle. It’s not yours. You want to find your sizzle. You want to find your own story. You want to really define your own why.
Why are you doing what you are doing? What is the reasoning behind it? Your story is You Why. And It’s a good thing to write it down, because you can’t effectively tell other people your story unless you know exactly what it is. And, it’s way too often that people say “Oh, I’ll do it later.” But this is not a seminar, it’s a Webishop. That means this is a Webinar/Workshop. Workshop means taking action now. 80% of the people will never take action. Be one of the 20% that achieves success.
There is an interesting correlation I learned from my the Economic Development department of the local government (and this is true across the country). 85% of all small businesses fail in the first 12-18 months. And 85% of all small businesses do not have a written plan of success; their why, vision, mission, strategy and target market. I don’t think that is a coincidence.
Of course, this isn’t just about business. Your why could be about your family, about planning a family or about your personal life. Why are you going down that road? Maybe you need to turn onto a new road? It could be about business. It could be about a career path (or new career path). Why are you in the job you have? Figuring out why is very important.
When you think of why, is the first thing that comes to mind dollar signs? For many people it is, at least on the surface. But, money actually generally has little to do with why. Money is just a means to an end.
It you see dollar signs, I encourage you to ask yourself what’s behind the money? What will the money give you? You might say that you want to be a millionaire. Why would you like to be a millionaire? So I can have a million dollars. What will that million dollars get you? Your why probably won’t be money, it will be what that money will buy. Maybe it will be a better house, a more secure lifestyle, retirement, vacations or something similar. Whatever that why is, you may find that money is in the middle of they why, it’s not the source. Because, if your only goal is the accumulation of money, then you will be the richest person in the cemetery and someone else will spend your money. So, you may as well spend it yourself.
Really get behind that. And here are some good questions to ask yourself:
Why am I doing what I am doing?
What’s behind that (especially if your first answer is $$)?
Get specific. For instance:
Why do I want to work for a large corporation and make a minimum of $85,000 per year? (Of course, tailor this question to fit your situation)
A why could be: “Well, when I was younger, my parents didn’t have great jobs. We moved around a lot. We didn’t have a lot of things we wanted, and I don’t want that for my kids.” Or “I don’t want that for me.”
That is a great why, but you notice that it’s really about stability at the core.
Some people will want to make a certain amount of money because they want to travel. Or, they may want to make money so they can help others less fortunate.
Those are all fantastic whys. So, when you ask why you are doing what you are doing, ask what’s behind that. And, if you have a habit of not reaching your goals, if you are having difficulty figuring out what your why really is, ask yourself if limiting beliefs are stopping you.
As a coach, I love helping others shatter their limiting beliefs. And, now you get to hear about my why. I had some severe limiting beliefs. And it took decades to shatter them. I did it mostly on my own, but with some help from some people who mistakenly gave me advice (meaning, they were not intentionally trying to give me advice, but I took what they said to heart). I didn’t have anyone specific to go to for help, though.
I want you to know that, if you are having trouble with limiting beliefs, I would be happy to help you work on shattering those. No guarantees, of course, but I will do everything I can.
So, are limiting beliefs stopping you? And if you change your beliefs, what would be possible? One of my favorite questions to ask is: “If there were nothing to stop you, what would you do?” Or, “If you were to change your beliefs, what would be possible?”
And, of course, what am you passionate about? That could lead directly to your Why. What gives you energy? What gets you out of bed in the morning? I know a person who dreads getting out of bed, but only Monday through Friday. Now, Friday is not so bad, but Monday’s are the worst! He loves getting out of bed Saturday and Sunday because he doesn’t have to work. Monday through Friday he dreads getting out of bed because he has to work. He doesn’t like his job, but it pays him very well.
My thought: Would I really want to be at a job that I hate, no matter how much it pays? Actually, I’ve been there. I left the job within a year, I couldn’t keep working at a place that had different core beliefs (go to www.webishops.com and look up Success Planning to watch the Core Beliefs Webishop) than I. Some people can do that, I cannot. It saps my energy. I have to do what I love to do, even if I get paid less to do it.
What saps your energy? This is another thing to look at while developing your why. As you determine the things that sap your energy, you will see things that are not your why, and knowing what is not your why will help you get to the core of what your why is.
What give you energy? What gets you out of bed? What makes you look forward to the next day? That could be a part of your why.
So far this has been more on a personal perspective, but each of these #Webishops is geared toward not just personal, but organizations, teams, people with careers, executive managers, business owners and family structures as well.
If you look at the average large corporation chances are the people that work there know what their particular job is, and they know what the corporation does. For instance, a person in a cotton factory may make cotton balls. When asked what they do, they can confidently say that they make cotton balls. Their job is to make sure the cotton balls are as round as they can be (or whatever). The person next to him may make the bags that the cotton balls go into. She knows what she does and how to do it. And, it is important for the people in an organization to know how to do their particular job. If they don’t know what they are doing, the product or service will not be done well.
It is also important that they know how to do what they do. The person who makes the round cotton balls, there is probably a machine that actually does it, but he may need to constantly configure the machine so that the ball is round enough, and just the right amount of material is being used. If a person does not know how to do what they are doing, it’s definitely a training issue (or possibly time to free up that person’s future).
Most people in most organizations know what they do, and they know how to do it. But, most people in most organizations do not know why they do what they do. Most people just do it for the paycheck. This is very common in businesses where you have a second or third generation person running the company. I’m going to pick on Ford. Ford motor company became a great corporation. Henry Ford did a good job growing his company. When he passed away, and his heirs took over, the company didn’t do as well. They didn’t have the Why that Henry had.
Organizations very often struggle with generational issues. When the generation that figured out the why either lets go of the reigns, retires or passes away, etc., and the next generation comes in, they quite often do not have the same why. And, if they don’t figure out their own why, a why that ties in with the original, then statistically they are not going to last. There will be exceptions to the rule, but that is generally what happens.
For instance, if you make pencils because your father made pencils, not having a solid why may not destroy the corporation because people still need pencils.
But a good example of the opposite happing, look at the Iron Man movies. Tony Stark, toward the beginning of the first movie, says something to the effect that his father did it, he is doing it now, it works, so let’s keep doing it. But he is talking about weapons of mass destruction, and he didn’t have a solid why. So, when one of his own weapons changed his life, he changed his tune and decided not to make weapons anymore. Yes, this is fantasy, but it is a good point. Tony Stark’s company took a huge dip when he announced he would no longer make weapons. He created a new Why that he could live by, and he changed the company that he was running because of that.
Changing the Why may change the company. But if you are the person running the company, that’s okay because you have to have your own why.
If you are having trouble figuring out your why, or if limiting beliefs are blocking you from being the best “you” you can be, contact me, I would be happy to help. You can go to www.mycoach.life, or call 424-COACH-55 and schedule an appointment.
Thank you for taking the time to read (or watch)this, I hope you have an Amazing Day!