How shall we come out of this coronavirus stuff? I will leave any thoughts about the national response to this question with the responsible authorities. But, how shall you and I come out of this drama?
What an opportunity for a business mindset, everything is going to be different than before the crises. How can you use your personal vantage point to leverage a profitable enterprise coming out of this mess? What are you personally good at? How could you make a business out of a product or service that you are uniquely qualified to develop and offer to customers or users?
The door of opportunity has never been so wide open as it is right now in 2020, how exciting. Many types of services and businesses have totally failed their customers, have you experienced that, I have. This opens the door for businesses with INTEGRITY!
As a business coach I can help you discover and launch a new enterprise. Business capital is readily available and is cheap. All one needs is a unique product or service and any of those that makes the customer first, will win.
How about you, would you like to explore this further in free coaching session? No strings attached. No commitment just exploration.
Meaningful careers are becoming more and more limited. Going forward you will need to create your own career. For many, the idea of becoming their own boss is exciting, while for others it is an intimidating thought and then for others they won’t want the responsibility, which category do you fall into?
Large companies providing a safe home like a parent for a child will become more and more extinct. They will continually expend people for enhancing the bottom line. The incentive for companies to take care of their employees until they are ready to retire, is a thing of the past. Everything is about lowering costs, bringing on automation, and carrying as few obligations as possible. A view towards social obligation and being a good citizen has lost it’s value for a bottom-line oriented only company. To these companies a customer is seen as a means to an end, profit! This leaves in our society a void that someone with an entrepreneur mindset will figure out how to fill, and develop a successful business along the way.
As I write this my wife, Gail, and I are in Toulouse, France. We are staying with Gail’s daughter and husband. Suzy and her husband Jean-Francois have invited us into their home for the duration of French confinement due to the coronavirus, COVID-19.
Suzy is one that enjoys the quality of local businesses for bread, meats, fruit & vegetables, hair dresser, specialty clothing shops, etc. She says that when the nonessential businesses reopen after lockdown, she will pay them beyond what they are asking for their products and services to help make sure they stay around. Suzy is one who values personal attention and high quality service. What room we have in our society today for high quality products and services. Some people are looking for the cheapest price but not all of us are. Some of us truly appreciate, and are willing to pay for, outstanding and exemplary services.
On the other hand, Gail and I had purchased our air travel ticket for a French 3-month visit back in December 2019. We arrived In France on January 10, 2020 for a lengthy visit with family and some tourist activities around Southwest France. In the middle of March we were hit with COVID-19 and a national lockdown. British Airways started cancelling our flights and changing them to illogical new schedules. For an example a reschedule from Toulouse to London arrived 3 hours after our USA flight was to leave Heathrow. BA customer service was impossible to reach by phone and the message online said you must phone if you don’t accept the changes to your flight. This went on and on multiple times and became more and more illogical with yet further changes even more disconnected and more illogical. The only remedy available to me was to cancel and accept a travel voucher for travel we will need to take before January 2021, not likely. So really and unethically, British Airways have hoodwinked us out of our money through no fault of ours but rather to selfishly protect their own corporate bottom line. I could go on about this incident in much more detail but I suspect my point has been made. Through cost reduction decisions, avoidance of handling the customer’s problem, and automation, BA failed miserably.
What an opportunity for someone to step in the void and run an airline that made the customer king. What product or service could you offer your community that could make pleasing customers the goal? Could it be a small baked-good product delivered fresh and tasty. Could it be a service to help older people with understanding new technology, could it be a plumber that honors his word?
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Coronavirus has introduced FEAR, FOOLISHNESS, and FAITH. As I write this blog, Gail & I are quarantined and in house lockdown with our daughter and husband in the South of France. No one can predict when we will be able to return home to the USA. Each flight rearrangement we have made has been cancelled. Fortunately for us, Suzy and Jean-Francois are cool-headed, well-informed, and unselfish in their concern for our vulnerability based on our ages. No fear here, no foolishness here just calm with practical approaches to being safe.
How are you, or you and your family, handling this crises? There is no excuse for not being well-informed. Today we have constant real time communications keeping us up to date on the situation we are facing and on what the best practices are for keeping us as safe as possible. I HOPE YOU ARE TAKING THIS SERIOUS AND DOING ALL YOU CAN TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. This moment requires discipline, hard work, unselfishness, and a mentality for surviving in the long haul.
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Larry Anderson, ACC, CPLC (Review my coaching credentials here)
The overall concept of having a Life Coach or Business Coach is to help YOU discover YOUR heart’s desire and help you implement a plan to make it a reality.
Here is a quote that speaks to the process…”
It’s scary to make major changes, but we usually have enough courage to take the next right step. One small step and then another. That’s what it takes to raise a child, to get a degree, to write a book, to do whatever it is your heart desires. Regina Brett
As we approach 2020 are you asking yourself; “Why not now?” or “What is holding me back from reaching for my dream?”
I have space for a few additional clients at the very reasonable rates listed on my website (here). Once these spaces are taken I will be increasing my coaching fees because of limited time availability. I would absolutely love to help you move from procrastination to stepping into your heart’s desire. We will do it together, no need to fear. We will do it step by step.
I heard a powerful sermon preached many years ago which spoke to being a pioneer or a settler. In this BLOG I want to use this metaphor of PIONEER versus SETTLER to challenge someone who may be reading this and thinking it is too late for me, my time has come and gone. To that thought I say “hogwash” don’t let negative thoughts highjack your potential at any age. The real question has to be HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT!
I know a young man who had a very safe and cushy job but couldn’t let go of his dream to have his own company. Many people advised him against leaving a well paying position with tremendous benefits for a risky dream. But he listened to his own heart and went for his dream. In three short years his new company is successful, he and his family are doing well, and he keeps right on dreaming and his company keeps on growing leaps and bounds.
I know a man in his seventies who retired from a corporate career but rather than lay back in a hammock in the tropics, he embarked on a whole new career. This new career is flourishing and he has found the challenge of learning something brand new to be exhilarating, exciting, and even physically, emotionally, and relationally exciting. There is fresh new life after retirement.
Sometimes finding yourself out of work is a blessing in disguise, as they like to say. So whether forced to do something new, or just following a dream, or looking for a fresh new life; Pioneering, breaking a new path, leaving the mediocre herd behind can be an exciting time.
What about you, have you a dream or a need to try a new and challenging path? Well I am here to help, it is what I am all about, helping others discover a strategy for realizing a dream.
How easily are you able to say no when it is a diversion from what you had planned to be using that time for?
If there is ONE THING that keeps one from accomplishing his or her plan, it is allowing other people or other events to be a distraction to accomplishing your own carefully developed plan.
What makes us so vulnerable to buy into costly interruptions? Do ringing or vibrating phones interrupt? Do text messages or email dings interrupt? Do wonderful and well-meaning friends drop by or make contact to do some fun thing in the exact timeframe you had planned for developing your business, or work on the book you are writing, or have a bit of solitude, etc., THEN DON’T ALLOW IT TO HAPPEN. Are you going to be in charge or are circumstances going to dictate to you?
I love the Warren Buffet quote in this opening image! The important question truly is AM I GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL? I answer that question with YES I AM so will mostly say NO to outside distractions!
HOW ABOUT YOU, what will you do with this POSSIBILITY GENERATOR? WILL YOU SAY NO?
Yesterday morning at 10:30 AM I looked up from my busyness and couldn’t believe my eyes, there was a large schooner in full sail going past the mouth of Port Clyde harbor. We now summer in my restored family home in the little fishing village where I was raised, Port Clyde, Maine. The view in this photo is from our living room picture window (this is the true meaning of picture window).
I thought WOW, how good You are Lord to provide this special moment which is exhilarating and uplifting!
Are you TAKING TIME to stop and smell the roses or notice God’s handiwork at various points in your day?
I don’t know about you, but I struggle to stay focused on and actively engaged in pursuing my desired and set goals. Obviously, and also like you, I have the best of intentions and fully expect to be reasonably disciplined and work steadily towards achieving those goals, but life happens and much of it is unplanned. There are continual interruptions from just this life happening or also from my own thoughts drifting or even me allowing others to decide what is more urgent. How frustrating when I arrive at the end of another month and see how far I fell short from pursuing my own life goals.
What is the answer to this continual dilemma? Well, I answer it this way by making sure; 1) I have a well-defined and written down plan, 2) a good calendar/reminder tool (software today), 3) and finally and probably more importantly, an ability to say no to very well-intentioned ideas or activities that come from many places but interrupt my ability to achieve my written down, well-stated and planned goal.
How frequently I find my coaching clients struggling to keep attention on their ultimate and desired prize. A coach is an indispensable tool for guidance in staying the course in achieving your ultimate dream of life. What do you want your life to be like? If you don’t decide what you want your life to be like and pursue it doggedly then circumstances will take over and determine your direction.
What is it you want to achieve for yourself over the next 6 months or over the next 6 years?
How are your New Year’s resolutions doing? Is it time to hit restart? If your anything like me you had the best of intentions but busyness and other people’s sense of urgency have robbed me of my original initiative. Sit right down, refresh your goals and start over! It isn’t too late, the last train hasn’t left the station.😉 Don’t let someone else set your agenda! Need help, www.alongsidecoach.com
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