The Days Matter!

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I was listening to a podcast earlier this week, where Carrie Wilkerson, The Barefoot Executive, was the guest. It was an informative, entertaining half hour. One thing really stood out for me. She was talking about getting on track with her 2017 goals, and sticking with them.

She said,

“The Days Matter”.

I wasn’t sure where she was going at first, but she soon explained giving a fitness/health example.

When you have yearly goals, it’s easy to put off something until tomorrow, next week, or even next month for that matter. “I can do that later”. I’ve personally battled that many times on my fitness journey, and during my career.

I’ve caught myself saying, “Well I’ve still got XX days until that vacation to the beach. There’s still lots of time to get in shape. I’ll just do that tomorrow.”

In my business, I’ve caught myself saying things like, “I’ll write that blog post tomorrow, or connect with more people tomorrow, or improve my online presence next week”. Next thing you know, I’m spinning my tires and not moving forward.

We can all talk ourselves out of doing something in a few seconds, with a seemingly good excuse. Come on, you know you have too!

I believe Carrie’s main point was annual goals are too far out. The time frame makes it easy to put off until later. My wife is reading the book, “The 12 Week Year”. And I think that is a similar philosophy.

When you are working on fitness, a business, things around the home and your personal life, having “must do’s” every day should be part of a consistent schedule that you adhere to.

This type of thinking has been around forever, just Carrie’s take really hit the spot for me. I hadn’t worked out since before Christmas, and it was really starting to wear on me. I’m back now, and looking forward to sticking with it going forward.

The days do matter, and if you take each 24 hour period very seriously, you’ll reach your goals much faster!

Let me leave you with this,

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Do You Paint A Picture With Stories?

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When I was travelling for work recently, I finally started reading the latest book by ex-National Hockey League star Wayne Gretzky. I flipped to the back cover before I started reading. A quote struck me instantly,

When I think of online business and branding, stories are such a powerful way to convey messages. I consider myself pretty lucky, where I realized this early on and have always incorporated stories in to much of what I do.

Think of the most powerful lessons that you have learned over the years. Were the basis of those teachings statistics and stuff? Perhaps. More likely the things that were most memorable were derived from stories shared.

I just LOVE LOVE to convey my message via stories. Don’t ever be afraid to tell them. More often than not they will resonate with people, and get a conversation going.

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Simple, Simple, Simple! Got It?

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I’ve been thinking about the simplicity in teaching people about concepts and ideas over the past few days. I often refer back to one of my favourite quotes.

 

 

People are busy. They are seemingly running all the time.

They are consuming small, bite-sized pieces of information non-stop throughout the day.

When they want to learn something, complex, confusing information leads to overwhelm, and frustration in the topic(s) trying to be understood.

I’ve had very good discussions online lately with key contacts about:

  • Processes that I incorporate daily in my online business
  • Leadership
  • Building a following on websites

One common theme really resonated with people as we dove deeper in to the subjects.

Simplicity.

Keeping it simple.

They LOVED that about my line of thinking.

Throughout my 9-5 career, and online “lives” I’ve found a “secret sauce” that works for me over and over again.

Find out what works, get systems in place and repeat as required.

 

These are not earth-shattering, revolutionary things.

Just key things that I implement in my daily work.

Easy right?

It can be. But as people start to struggle with teaching things (or learning themselves) they tend to quickly abandon those ideas and start to complicate it. That’s when the wheels can fall off.

Click this link to see a blog post of mine that focuses on simplifying your social networking activities.

 

Do you see some, “Duh Tim, everybody knows that” points?

 

There’s an argument that some of the points are so basic it’s almost embarrassing that I mentioned them.

Are you sure? Because how many people are not incorporating those tips in to their day to day social networking.

 

Quick self-check – Are you?

 

I’ll leave you with another great quote that I refer to often,

 

 

I’d love if you took a moment to comment on how you could simplify your work, and/or life in general as 2016 comes to a close, and we look forward to 2017.

 

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Just In Time Learning vs. Just In Case Learning

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A few weeks ago, I was driving around for work, listening to a podcast. Chase Reeves was talking about the concept of “just in time learning“, vs. “just in case learning“. I almost had to pull my car over to the side of the road. The comment hit me like a tonne of bricks.

For many years as I was learning online business, I was an “information collector”. Any resource I could get my hands on, I would either save to my laptop, or print and save it for later. As you can see from the picture above, I have a lot of information that I may use some day! Don’t get me wrong, it is a great idea to collect information to potentially utilize in your business in the future, but this much? Yikes! As I reflect upon why I kept so much stuff, I truly think it was a stalling mechanism. I was afraid to take the leap and start my business, and continually keeping information for some day made me feel better.

As I progressed and started to build my website, I was more dialed in to what I needed to do, and started to do much more “just in time learning“. If I needed some information, I sourced it, and would take action immediately. I felt much more fulfilled moving things forward with those action steps, rather than the inevitable delays that I had been incurring previously.

There is a tremendous amount of information out there as you start or improve your business, but you don’t need all of it. Be selective. I won’t admit how much time I spent copying transcripts from our of my favourite podcasts to my laptop. Much of that information is very helpful, but I did not have to waste all of that time archiving it. I could have just sourced it as I needed it.

Just in case learning” certainly has its place, but “just in time learning” is where it’s at. If you are confused by the two, ask yourself the simple question,

“Will this information help me take action now, or am I stalling and delaying doing what I really need to do?”

You certainly need some of both, but the feeling of accomplishment moving your business forward is much more rewarding.

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The Heart Of The Matter

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I first picked up a pen and paper in February of 2010. I had just started a new job, after losing the previous one three months earlier.

I fell in love with the idea of creating an online business, making it rich as fast as I could, and relocating to an island paradise. I’m still not sure what made me think that could happen, but I thought that way for a while. Then a heart-to-heart conversation with my wife made me realize that was unrealistic.

Once I had that reality check, I started to write as often as I could – sometimes a few times a week, sometimes less. I really enjoyed writing about sales and leadership, and kept a few other business ideas in a “For Later” file. I was hesitant to launch a blog. Who the heck would care what I had to say? I was just a regular guy, with no expert status, no nothing. I kept writing, and in the interim starting to meet many fantastic people on the social media channels that I had joined (LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter).