Business Champion! Wow! Sounds impressive! Sounds like someone who, no matter what challenges he faces, can transform a business and promote its growth. Someone who can always make the right decision despite the emotional roller coaster. Someone who can inspire, empower, and guide others to success. Right?
Well, in my opinion, that’s not necessarily who you have to be to become a business champion. According to my definition, if you are able to consistently give your best effort and use the strengths and talents God has given you to achieve your business activities, you are already a business champion and hero.
So in this post, that’s the definition we’ll use as we talk about your business and how to win in it. With that in mind, I’m going to discuss and define six different things to look at with regards to being a champion. I’m really excited to share these six elements with you because incorporating them into your life is bound to have a positive impact. Here we go!
Focus on the activity at hand. In other words, look at the business activity that will put you in a position to get the results you want, and then give it your best efforts. This activity could be making a certain number of sales calls, getting up at a certain time to begin cranking out emails, or doing something with marketing.
Or maybe a business activity such as having meetings with your team members to focus on them and their growth plan. In any case, focus on that activity. It’s all about focusing on the right business activity while giving it your best, consistent effort.
Now, give me a chance to explain myself here, because I don’t mean this literally. I definitely believe in taking time off to relax and whatnot. What I mean by the term “never take a day off” is that you shouldn’t do so unless it’s planned and intentional.
When you choose to work, when you are working, don’t ever take a day off.
Many people go to work, but they’re really off. They’re off mentally, physically, and in other sorts of ways, and as a result, they really don’t do much during that day. So if you’re going to take a day off, do it. Make sure you don’t engage in any business activity that day.
There are so many people who are unproductive and have wasted days. As such, you should never take a day off unless you’re genuinely taking a break to relax. You have to consistently give your best effort whenever you’re working.
Want to become a business champion? Resist the urge to coast. This is somewhat connected to what I said about never taking a day off. Some people just kind of coast through a season and give their minimum effort. Please don’t do that!
Consistently give your best effort at all times. Don’t give in to the temptation to slack off. I’m not talking about going crazy or overboard. Just make sure you do the things you need to do and that you do the best you can with them.
Celebrate your results. This applies even to the small ones. Business champions need some affirmation that they’re on the right track. So if you make a call and get an appointment or presentation because of it, celebrate that in a small way. Celebrate the little wins!!!
Oftentimes, we only celebrate the big wins, and that makes sense to a certain extent. After all, we need to have big wins, make money, and do things to have great success. However, it’s also true that we need to celebrate the mini-wins and find ways to have satisfaction in knowing that we’re winning along the way. In short, make time to celebrate the small victories.
Compete with yourself. This is kind of what we’ve been talking about throughout this whole post. Of course, I definitely believe in outside competition as well. I think it’s great, because other people help you get better.
Yet at the same time, I think the reality is that all you can do is the best that you can do, and so you have to compete with yourself on a day-to-day basis. You have the ability to be better than your previous self, to be better than you were the day before, to be better than you were the year before. At the end of the day, you are a true champion who always comes out on top.
Record what you’re doing when you find success. When you’re being a business champion and consistently giving your best efforts, record and document what’s going on in your life and business that’s allowing you to get there.
Maybe you’re going through a period where you’re getting great sleep or exercising regularly, or perhaps you’re consistently giving your best effort because you have great relationships outside of work. Or, it could be because you’re always on time and fully prepared for your coaching sessions with your business coach.
Whatever it may be, I think it’s important to document and record what you’re doing during that time of success. When you slide out of champion mode and become less consistent (perhaps you’re coasting), sometimes you’ll need to refer back to this sixth step, where you documented your success.
Doing so will allow you to recall what you were doing and get back to those practices that will allow you to be a champion again. Keeping this in mind, recording can be an absolute must if you want to give your best effort all the time.
I know there can be a lot of different views in terms of what a “Business Champion” is, but that’s not the point of this post. At the end of the day, I just want to encourage you, regardless of your belief or definition, to consistently give your best effort. That can only result in positive outcomes for your business.
That said, I know that it’s not always easy being a small business owner. If you need small business help, sales coaching, or assistance with anything else that comes with being a small business owner, we at EntreResults can help. We specialize in business consulting and business coaching, among other things, and have helped thousands of entrepreneurs reach their full potential. Feel free to give us a call or send us an email!
In the meantime, go out, take action, and have a better than amazing day.
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