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Focus on the Good

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For me, one of the hardest parts of gardening is the reality that not all plants will grow. If I plant 20 seeds, there is a good chance that only 18 or 19 will sprout. And even more likely that only 15 or 16 plants will survive transplanting and grow to maturity.

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Committed

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Should you be committed? Oh wait, perhaps I need to rephrase this question. Do you have the commitment necessary to grow your small business into the business you see in your dreams?

I want to be clear: everyone’s vision of the future of their business is different. Although, there are certain themes I hear repeatedly:

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Why do You Measure what You Measure?

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In 2011 I had the opportunity to hear Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, speak at the World Business Forum in NYC. Personally I love Starbucks. I am addicted to Chai Latte’s, especially the lightly sweet version. And Starbucks is one of my favorite places to read, write and relax…and to meet with people. When I’m traveling, I always look to see if there is a Starbucks in the area.

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Us vs. Them is a Losing Game

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A common method used to rally the troops is to identify a common enemy that all can agree to hate and unite to defeat. This common purpose makes all other differences small in comparison.

Over the years, this militaristic approach has been adopted by many companies and corporations. The united enemy is usually the competition. For instance, the company my father worked for was number four in market share. One year the vision and all strategies centered around the goal of becoming number two.

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The Power of the Paradox

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“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald.

A paradox occurs when you are able to achieve what appears to be two contradictory goals at the same time. For instance, to see the big picture and also analyze the details is a paradox. Similarly, so is to envision the future and act on it now.

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Is Your New Year’s Resolution a Good Goal?

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I once watched a webinar presented by Patrick Thean, CEO of Gazelles Systems entitled ‘Is Your Annual Plan Helping You Double Your Business?’ At this time when so many people are setting New Year’s resolutions, I found the topic particularly apt.

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Don’t Sweep it Under the Carpet

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As a young child, when asked to clean my room it was not uncommon for me to do the least amount of work and sweep the dirt and dust under the bed or carpet. At first this was a fine solution. I quickly finished the dreaded chore and was back to playing. And then one day my mom looked under the bed. Needless to say, it was a game changer in my home.

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