After 17 weeks of NFL regular-season games and three rounds of playoff games, the best teams have emerged for the Super Bowl—the Seattle Seahawks being one of them.
And I can’t help but wonder if their success has to do with the experiment that’s been taking place.
You see Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll is doing things a bit differently.
Inspired by a previous failing, being fired in 1999 as head coach for the New England Patriots, this new approach is based on a “do-over” list Carroll made while rebuilding his reputation as a college coach.
In part, this experiment revolves around player characteristics and the challenges they face.
Interestingly, I noticed that entrepreneurs exhibit similar characteristics and face similar problems. For example, NFL players are highly competitive. They often feel isolated and alone—and need someone to talk to. Their health and sleep can be affected—and as a result their mental well-being can suffer.
Similarly entrepreneurs often want to be the best at what they do; feel isolated and alone; and face sleep deprivation worrying about their business, often neglecting their health in exchange for reaching success.
The thing is… it doesn’t have to be that way. Seeing these similarities, Carroll’s list inspired my own entrepreneur “do-over” list.
1) Make time to interact with successful entrepreneurs. Being an entrepreneur can feel lonely at times. Even though you may have a lot of friends and family, working in isolation, along with friends and family often not understanding what you are going through, can make you feel alone.
Interacting with highly successful entrepreneurs who are living the lifestyle you want helps remove that lonely feeling. This gives you someone to talk to who “gets it” and can inspire and motivate you.
Don’t know where to meet successful entrepreneurs? Traveling to conferences and/or joining mastermind groups are two of the best ways to meet the right people. No matter what your plan is though, do whatever it takes to get time interacting with other entrepreneurs. Also, you’ll get more out of face-to-face interactions and phone conversations because you’re more likely to establish a solid connection that will grow.
Tip: GKIC is full of like-minded entrepreneurs and a great community for meeting successful entrepreneurs. You’ll find our most successful and wealthiest entrepreneurs at our semi-annual events, Super Conference℠ and Info-SUMMIT℠ and as members of our coaching and mastermind groups. You can also connect with entrepreneurs at GKIC Chapter meetings and on our GKIC members’ only social site. (Not yet a member? Receive 2 months free membership and $633.91 worth of moneymaking information here.)
2) Do whatever it takes to put systems in place that automate your business. If you don’t have reliable systems in place that will give you predictable results, you will always be running yourself ragged. Systems that automate your business allows you to work less and earn more, allowing you to live life on your terms while giving you time to take care of yourself.
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3) Take care of your health. It won’t matter if you reach your business goals if you’re not healthy enough to enjoy the freedom and wealth you’ve created. Plus sleep deprivation, unhealthy eating and lack of exercise are not the best formula for breakthrough thinking.
Tip: Avoid “entrepreneur overload” by taking short daily breaks. Breaks might include some exercise or relaxing with a good book. This can be just what you need to improve productivity, come up with new ideas and can actually be the solution for giving you more time in your day.
4) Do better than you’ve ever done before. Anthony Robbins said,“Do what you’ve always done and you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” You don’t have to improve everything in your business all at once, however, you should pick something you will do better this year such as getting more customers or increasing the lifetime value of your customer. No matter what you choose, pick something measurable that you will do better at.
Tip: Once you’ve picked what you want to get better at, don’t reinvent the wheel. Find a proven model to emulate and use that as your guide. Don’t be afraid to ask other successful entrepreneurs what they would recommend.
Bonus tip: Take the time to learn techniques that will help you tap into your full potential such as speed reading. Being able to learn faster and retain information better can help you achieve your goal while freeing up your time.
5) Keep up on business trends. Don’t assume or think you know it all.
Just because something is working well today, does not necessarily mean it will continue being effective. Not knowing what is going on can cause you to fail.
By keeping informed of what is working, what’s not working and business climate changes that can affect your business, you can avoid engaging in something that is no longer working and/or make changes to your business to keep ahead of the curve.
Tip: Don’t copy what other businesses in your niche are doing, unless you have proof that what they are doing gets results. Learn by finding out what the top 1% are doing.
Learn from these “do-over” tips to get better, bigger and faster results and avoid the inevitable failure that is linked to ignoring them. I’d love to hear what would be on your “do-over” list. Please leave a comment about what you’ve do differently now than when you started.
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