Positive differences to the way you operate
No matter what business or industry you are in, chances are that money is tight, competition is fierce and you are not achieving your aspirations. You probably have a website, your marketing, you may even blog, and do everything you can to stand out. Making positive differences can only be accelerated when you do things differently.
You probably don’t want to own an expensive motor cruiser or go on a world trip for twelve months. It doesn’t really matter about the size of your organisation or the size of your dreams, all you want to do like everyone else is to make positive differences to your current situation.
There are many things you can do, but the important thing is to become action orientated. Here is a list of activities, any of which can make a positive difference. Select two or three today and start to make a positive difference to your work and your life:
- Develop a positive attitude towards your future.
- Become action orientated.
- Adjust your lifestyle to suit your aspirations.
- Ensure your values are congruent with stakeholders.
- Learn more about planning and budgeting.
- Look for breakthroughs with innovation.
- Create something new.
- Create a business model that works.
- Look after your health and well-being.
- Acquire entrepreneurial attributes.
- Learn to cope with change.
- Take your family on a short break.
- Develop objectives, strategies and actions that work.
- Develop your capacity in building a quality business.
- Improve your systems and processes.
- Celebrate your little successes.
- Scope the nature of ongoing programs to develop the business.
- Put your business into an ‘Investor Ready’ status.
- Manage growth carefully.
- Practice agility and flexibility.
- Develop the succession plan.
A positive difference could require some research
What are your interests outside of your work? Whatever your interests may be, don’t neglect them. Even if it’s just a half hour of your day, it will break up your routine and leave you feeling accomplished and refreshed ready to make positive differences somewhere in order to accelerate your dreams.
Read everything you can for new ideas:
- About your industry.
- About your market.
- Read outside your industry.
- Read about life, and how to make a positive difference.
Don’t invest all of your time and energy into building your business and trying to make a positive difference. It’s easy to lose focus on making a positive difference on what is really important to you, your family and your business. Don’t spend all your waking hours thinking of nothing but how to make a positive difference to your business without spending time on how to make a positive difference to the person who runs the show, you! This is sometimes easier said than done – you need to break that urge or you’ll become a workaholic. Sure, read the most important industry books, blogs or research, but read other stuff too. The surprising thing is that reading things outside your industry will give you ideas and open up new opportunities.
Are you longing to make positive differences in the world? If so, do these behaviours match your own? How are they different? https://goo.gl/bTga8B
Help people to feel they matter
What does it take to make positive differences in the world? It can take the form of just about anything, but the end goal can have a big impact. A few minutes of volunteering to a large organised effort can give you the opportunity to make positive differences in someone’s life and should not be taken for granted.
Perhaps the greatest calling in life is to help other people. Engagement, energy levels and commitment rise when people feel they matter. So, starting today put aside some time to help other people in your community who are less fortunate than yourself.
- Be genuinely interested. Listening skills help you to show a genuine interest in people. Be more interested in the people than in what they can do for you.
- Make them feel safe and secure with you. Remove barriers and distractions. Let people know you respect them and you want to help them, or their cause.
- Engage in discussions about ideas and opportunities for them. They don’t need to know about your problems.
- Try setting out a written plan of action for them.
I have always found that when I help other people, my stress levels lower, and before long ideas flood into my head. Trust me it will happen to you as well and all the problems and frustrations you were worried about will dissipate. You will almost immediately see real actions you can take to make positive differences to your organisation, and do it while you are helping someone else.
“What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life but in other people’s lives”. Oprah Winfrey
“That’s the beauty of coaching. You get to touch lives, you get to make a difference. You get to do things for people who will never pay you back and they say you have never had a perfect day until you’ve done something for someone who will never pay you back”. Morgan Wootten