“Ninety percent of all those who fail are not actually defeated. They simply quit.” – Paul J. Meyer
If you’re using the economy as an excuse for not growing your business this year, think again. Sure, it’s easier to grow a business when money is plentiful. But when spending shrinks, the truly successful separate themselves from their peers and keep their businesses growing.
These people are Leaders who see even the most challenging situation as a problem to solve. They look for answers and then take action. If you’re a leader, you can make your business more successful in almost any type of economy by getting the knowledge you need to grow your business.
Now is the time for leaders to concentrate on providing absolute clarity, focus and optimism to your teams. And remember, everyone is a leader (true leadership is not a job title). It’s the time to focus on staff morale and skill development. It’s the time to be in regular contact with your customers and clients. It’s the time to sharpen every marketing and sales tool that you have at your disposal. Now is the time to be preparing for the economic upturn that is around the corner.
I call the other group the Blamers. They’re unfortunately in the majority. In tough times they are looking for someone or something else to blame for their problems or misfortune. Blamers let themselves get stuck. Blaming others and looking for excuses is a way to avoid fixing something that’s broken. They don’t accept the challenge of tougher times and are therefore at its mercy. They’re continuously moaning about how tough times are.
It’s very easy to be successful in the good times. Circumstances and challenges are a great revealer of what people are truly capable of.
Are you a Leader or a Blamer?
“If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence.” – Richard DeVos, Amway Co-founder
John Lloyd is a business growth strategist, award-winning marketer, speaker, trainer, columnist and author of the book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times.
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