Have you ever noticed that there is not one single athlete in the history of sports who has been part of a championship team and then has then gone on to win another major championship in another sport?
Tom Brady hasn’t won the World Series.
Jon Lester doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring.
Michael Jordan tried to cross over in sports. After winning his NBA championships he took a shot a Major League Baseball. But even one of the greatest athletes of all time couldn’t make it work. Michael is one of the most talented, disciplined and competitive fellows out there but he couldn’t make it to the top in two areas. If he couldn’t do it in sports, why do you think you can do it in business?
Success is a matter of focus
We see it everywhere in our world. Those who reach the top do so in one area. Michael Jordan focused on basketball and won six championships. Bill Gates focused on software and became the world’s richest man. Mother Teresa focused on lepers and became the word’s best-known philanthropist. Is it any wonder that most senior level executives get to their position by climbing up the ranks in one industry?
As an entrepreneur, the same rules apply to you. Until you learn to focus your ideas and align your energy and resources, you will forever be weakening you ability to achieve.
Working too hard for too little money
Too often entrepreneurs are faced with just that situation. They start a business and are full of energy, ideas and plans. In fact, some of the best traits of entrepreneurs are their wonderful creativity and drive. Unfortunately, these strengths are often their downfall.
Many entrepreneurs are victims of “bright shiny object syndrome.” This insidious malady is characterized by chasing new ideas and opportunities every time they appear. Its symptoms are overwork, lack of sustainable profits, a frustrated workforce, and a lack of freedom for the entrepreneur. In short, it makes work much harder than it has to be.
Doing things the hard way
Imagine a group of people using a long rope to pull a heavy object up a hill. If the people are pulling at different times (lack of focused energy) the object won’t move. If they are pulling in even slightly different directions (lack of alignment), the object won’t move.
Your business is no different. If you aren’t focused on a single vision and your team isn’t aligned with that vision, you cannot fully succeed. The result will be huge amounts of effort to make incremental forward progress.
Stop chasing profits and start attracting them
The secret to profit is a matter of focus and alignment. When you have both focus and alignment, your profits will soar and clients will begin seeking you out, instead of you having to chase them.
Focus is about choosing a single vision, bringing clarity to your decision-making. When this happens you will always know the best places to spend your time and money for the best result.
When you focus your energy and resources, you’ll achieve alignment in your business. Everyone will be pulling in the same direction, creating a force that is far greater than the individuals involved.
Alignment = Freedom
The beauty of alignment is that it does two things for you.
First, it moves your business forward faster than anything else. That generates huge amounts of profit for you.
Second, alignment buys you freedom. When everyone in your company knows exactly what to do, you don’t have to be there to direct things. And, when you have plenty of profit, you have the money to go other things you enjoy.
Find your focus and get your freedom
If you are tired of getting by, settling for or making do, then make a decision to change it.
Make time TODAY to get focused and find your freedom.
Laura Posey is Chief Instigator at Simple Success Plans. Her driving mission is to show entrepreneurs how to double their business while taking more time out of the company to make a difference in the world. She is an avid traveler and is always looking to connect with readers around the world.
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