Yes, the holidays are here, which means time for family, fun, and relaxing. But this time of year also excites me business-wises, as it’s a fun, creative time for planning for the new year ahead, too.
I’m particularly excited about 2010 after having recently completed a three-day seminar with wonder-trainer Doug Nelson, of Peak Potentials. Doug shared some amazing insights on personal missions, entrepreneurship, financial freedom, and much more. (I have it on the skinny that he is working on a book—more details to follow soon.) Here are a few of Doug’s insights that I found particularly energizing, and which I want to share with you:
Everything is one thing—energy. Do you want more sales? More revenue? A better business? Expend more energy on marketing-related things. How? Begin by creating a written marketing plan with goals, time lines, and tactics. Then create daily—and I do mean daily—marketing-related activities (even something as simple as scheduling a lunch with another professional to discuss each other’s business).
To achieve new heights, get uncomfortable. Our mind wants to keep us safe, i.e., in our comfort zone. We must continually push to move beyond our comfort zone to continue growing and thriving. What would be a risky move for you in 2010? DO IT!
How you do anything is how you do everything. What is marketing? EVERYTHING. How you answer the phone. How you schedule lunch meetings with clients or colleagues. How your email signature looks, and the information it contains. And so on. Look at every interaction as a form of marketing yourself or your business. I know this can make many uncomfortable; just remember, if you are providing a valuable service, at a fair price, why not make this known to people with problems, looking for solutions?
The first 10 people who send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “2010 Marketing Jump-Start” in the subject line, I will spend 30 minutes on the phone at no charge helping you craft your 2010 marketing plan.