After a three week staycation, we got back to back to business as usual in January, back to the trenches, and back to being crazy busy with new projects — But we’re never too busy to keep learning! If you want to be a leader, you must continually improve your skills and take your future into your own hands with action.
Above is a photo I snapped of the kids on the Sutter’s Fort cannon crew! Natalie is in fourth grade this year and since she is learning all about California history and the California Indians, I took the kids to the California State Indian Museum — and lucky for us it was also a special historical re-enactment day at Sutter’s Fort. The kids loved it, they learned new things (like what a thunder mug is), laughed a lot, and Natalie brought back some great information and souvenirs to share in class.
The schools no longer have the budget to take students on fields trips like they did when I was a kid, so now it’s up to the parents to provide the hands-on learning experiences that come only with experiencing history first hand. We have to be proactive and take education into our own hands and take action.
Surprise! Business works the same way — You must be proactive!
January 24-26, I was in Los Angeles to co-lead a weekend retreat for Today’s Innovative Woman with entrepreneurs and friends Joy Chudacoff and Cathy Alessandra. I was so excited to be surrounded by 20 women who are choosing to be proactive about growing their businesses in 2013, choosing to create a plan of action, and choosing to go big — and the weekend didn’t disappoint!
By taking action and registering for the retreat, these awesome women committed to improving their skills, focusing their mindset, and accelerating their success. From the kick off cocktail party to the final goodbyes, these women blew me away. The passion they shared for their businesses, their drive to keep getting better and to keep learning, and their commitment to doing whatever it takes was inspiring. By being proactive and taking their learning and the future of their businesses into their own hands, I know they will reach their goals faster.
What are you going to take action on this year?
I challenge you to make THIS YEAR your best year in business EVER by taking massive action, improving your skills, and truly being the leader in your business. Not quite sure where to get started? Here are a few ideas:
- Instead of being “in the dark” about how your website works, learn about it! Learn what it can do, what’s possible, and how it works. You may not be doing the actual work, but this will help you communicate with your team more effectively.
- Instead of saying that someday you’ll master social media and actually have a strategy, start now! You don’t have to create a giant strategy for every network at once. Just start with one network, make a plan, and stick to it.
- Don’t get stuck in the information gathering and research phase for too long — and don’t put off taking action to opinion shop until the cows come home. Reach out to an expert, get help, and take action.
- Don’t say, I can’t afford it. Don’t say, I wish I could, but it’s too expensive. Instead say, Yes! I’m committed to playing big. Then make a plan to earn the money needed to do it.
- Don’t keep ideas of what you want to do this year in your head. Get them out of your head and onto paper. Even if you’re not ready to create a plan to achieve the goals, write them down and put them somewhere that you will see them often. Remember, what you focus on will expand!
So, just as I made the proactive decision to visit historical sites and further my kids’ education, I want you to be proactive in your business to improve your skills and accelerate your success!