Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Did You Know That Your Business Is a Reflection of YOU?

Did You Know That Your Business Is a Reflection of YOU?
By Donna Toothaker
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There is a saying that goes, "how you do one thing is how you do everything." This is especially true in business, but it also applies to your personal life and relationships. How you treat people, including your behaviors and actions toward others, crosses over into every area of your life.

If you are someone people can count on, you will most likely be dependable in business relationships as well. The same is true if you do not meet your commitments and obligations. It's unlikely that the same person will be diligent and responsible with friends and family, and then unstable and careless with work. Even though certain things are out of your control, it's likely that your level of success is probably a strong reflection of the inner you.

This is because everything around you is a mirror of what is happening inside. This means that if something is not working, take stock by going inward and seeing what life is reflecting back. It's never too late to change and make a new commitment to yourself!

• Want great clients? Be a great client. If you want clients who honor their promises, you have to honor YOUR own commitments. If you want people who respect and value your time, you have to meet deadlines and value others' time as well. The same goes with attracting clients who communicate regularly and pay on time. Notice what you're doing both in your business and outside of it, and make positive changes if you don't like what you see.

• Let go of relationships that aren't working. It's helpful to surround yourself with "cheerleaders" who are on your team and invested in your success. If a friend or loved one is tearing you down or behaving badly, this sets the stage for clients to do the same. Don't tolerate bad behavior. Instead, find people who are supportive and treat you right.

• Clean up your space. If your office is messy and cluttered, your business will probably be the same. This is also true with disorganization in your personal life. If you are always playing catch up, this problem tends to spill over to everything else, causing disharmony. Schedule time to organize your office as if a client might stop by for a meeting at any time.

• Change how you feel. The emotional state you're in most often is the one you'll default to in work mode. This is a reason why personal development and coaching is so helpful, as it can help you flip a switch. If you're stuck and frustrated, doing things like taking classes and getting out of your comfort zone can translate into positive changes across the board.

• Go toward success. Consider that the most challenging clients and situations may be the ones that have the most to teach you. Think about those times when you've worked hard to make a significant change and all of the rewards that followed when you focused on success. Everyday life presents big and little challenges, so choose to show up for everything in a BIG way.

Remember, your actions in all areas of life contribute toward your success. Make sure you are living the reflection of what you want to see in your overall experience.

Donna Toothaker is CEO, founder and coach of Step It Up VA Coaching. These highly sought-after VA coaching programs have been created for established, successful VAs who wish to create the 6-figure business of their dreams. Visit http://www.stepitupva.com to receive the free report, Top 3 Mistakes to Avoid in Creating a 6-Figure VA Business.

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