5 Easy Tips From The GPS Girl: Directions for Performance SuccessCarolyn Crummey
How do we get it all done?
What do we do to stay focused on our destination?
When we are feeling truly overwhelmed where do we put our attention?
We are human beings so we are going to complicate things even when we are aware we are doing it. I’m always looking at how I can make my business and my life more streamlined, more efficient and yes, simple.
Here are five of The GPS Girl’s 44 Directions for Performance Success. These are to be worked toward over a 12 to 24 month period to support you delivering your very best performance level in your business.
1. I can describe the outcomes for my clients in one sentence.
Nobody cares what you do. They do however care deeply about what working with you or your business will provide for them and their company. This is something we are always working on. Even when we identify the key outcomes we provide for our customers and clients, this is something we will continue to fine tune over time. Keep digging deeper with a focus on outcomes and your business will soar.
2. I am using professional photographs taken in the past 12 months.
I don’t think I know anyone who loves having their newest professional photographs taken. It can be confronting and uncomfortable. Facing that fear and getting to the other side of it has many benefits. Whether you have a public persona or you are the face of your company, having current, good quality professional photographs says a lot about your opinion of yourself. Take a look at the photographs on LinkedIn. You can see the difference between a basic social media snapshot and the result of a professional photo shoot. You will walk taller when you have a picture that represents the very best version of you.
3. I use Quickbooks (or an equivalent), my accounting is up to date and taxes are paid.
“But I’m not making much money yet.” Poor excuse. Start as you would like to continue, and be absolutely certain you know where every penny in your business is going. Being impeccable with finances even when the numbers aren’t what you would like them to be takes away the uncertainly. This provides the kind of confidence money can’t buy. You might have all of your financial systems humming along already, but if not make it an absolute priority to put these in place over the next 12 months.
4. My business cards are on excellent quality stock.
This says you mean business. I know dollars can be tight in the pursuit of business success but every time you hand over a business card you are demonstrating the worth of your business and your opinion of yourself. It might be better to have no business cards than to have thin, wimpy cards and to be apologizing for them – which is inevitably what happens when we aren’t proud of our materials and we know they are supposed to be of higher quality.
5. I let go of disappointments quickly.
When something doesn’t go as planned we can become frustrated, upset and disappointed. We can become stuck in that energy for hours, days or months. Sometimes we will write off an entire year wondering what might have been. Are you able to “recalculate” and keep moving ahead in a reasonable amount of time? There is no straight line to entrepreneurial success. If you are able to build the ability to let go of disappointments, to move through that energy and keep moving forward you will save yourself suffering and be able to continue your momentum. This direction for business success might just be the most valuable quality to develop as you continue toward entrepreneurial victory.[author image=”https://smarthustle.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/karen-jacobson.jpg” ]Karen Jacobsen is The GPS Girl®, an entrepreneur who moved in 2000 from Australia to New York with a suitcase and a dream. Karen gives directions as the speaking voice of “Australian Karen” in over 400 million GPS and smartphone devices around the world. A professional speaker, singer and voice-over artist, Karen travels the world speaking and performing concert-style keynotes to groups who want to be able to “recalculate” and give their best in business and life. Karen has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, NBC Today Show, CBS Early Show, Inside Edition, NPR, The New York Times, NY Daily News, Glamour Magazine, and was named one of People Magazine’s Most Intriguing People. Sharing the bill with Norah Jones, Neil Sedaka and Christopher Cross, she has performed The Star Spangled Banner at many major sporting events including the New York Jets game at Giants Stadium. Karen Jacobsen currently serves as President of the National Speakers Association-New York City and is still figuring it out on a daily basis. For more information visit thegpsgirl.com. Connect with her @thegpsgirl on Twitter and Facebook.com/thegpsgirl [/author]