What’s on my mind. I hope you like this

My stream of consciousness right now – a variety of topics – please grab something out of it that resonates with you:

What friend have you not spent time with in a long time? Even if you plan it for a couple weeks out – call or text them today and set-up a breakfast or lunch. Get it on the calendar. It will give you balance and it will recharge you.

Have you (lately) told your spouse/significant other/or a family member thank you for everything they do for you?

I was reminded during a coaching call this week that achieving financial success is not what this life is all about. The person I was talking to – their business is more organized and profitable than it’s ever been – and he’s never been more empty. If you’re experiencing this – talk to someone about it (reach out to me if you aren’t sure who you can talk to.) If this isn’t you right now – take a little time to make sure that all of your energy and view of success in life isn’t just tied to your business and money. (I’ve had this conversation more than once with folks the last couple months – so that’s why I’m sharing it with you.)

Struggle with getting things done? Join Remodelers One A Week – set a clear S.M.A.R.T. goal each week and have a group of people (including me) encouraging you and holding you accountable.

Macro Patience. Micro Speed. What this means is in the macro – the long-term – be patient. Good things take a long time to make happen. But on the micro – be fast. In your day-in and day-out work – work fast, hard, and get things done. Pulling hard from both of these ends – (Micro speed and Macro patience) is how a great business gets build (hat tip to Gary V for this lesson.)

What are you reading and learning about right now? If the answer is nothing – change that. You need to keep learning and reading in order to continue to grow (as a person or in business.)

To go from not working out to working out sucks. But we all should be working on our health in some form/fashion, right?

Why do your clients choose you over others? Just spend a little time thinking about that and getting clear with it. If you don’t know, ask your clients. This is helpful to keep top of mind during your sales meetings.

I watched a little one minute video from a speaker yesterday. He said, ‘Right before you get on stage repeat this three times: I love my audience. I love my audience. I love my audience. A little corny? Yes – but it gets your mind and focus where it needs to be.’ I think a variation of this is smart to do before you head to a new prospect meeting or existing jobsite visit.

I think it’s foolish that a lot of clients don’t find the time to dig into their Job Costing like they should. Spend some time looking at your Budget vs. Actual on that job you just completed. So much to learn by doing this!

Remodelers AutoPilot is very valuable for a residential remodeler who focuses on kitchens, bathrooms, and additions. Saves time, makes you money, differentiates, helps you follow-up, solves your stay-in-touch with previous clients. It’s good. And I’m working hard to continue to make it better. I’ve also set it up in a way that it doesn’t require a ton of your time get customized and ready to roll for your business (myself and my team do 90% of the work.)

Slow down. Just slow down. Whatever you’re doing – slow it down a notch or two and be a little more aware of what your doing and what/who is around you – by slowing down you’ll do better work.

‘I know I should be working on that – but I just don’t have the time’ – don’t let that come out of your mouth.

What’s a trip that you’ve always wanted to take? It’s not going to accidentally happen. Want to go out west for a month? To Europe? To Israel? To a cool hiking place? Even if you put it on the calendar 18 months from now – start saving/planning for it. Otherwise, you’re going to be 80 and it will not have happened.

Have kids? Take them out of school for a 1/2 day sometime and just do something fun. That memory will far outweigh anything they would have learned in class that afternoon. Will probably be something they remember when they’re 40 years old.

Stories sell. Tell more stories.

Your employees are very, very valuable to your business. Especially in this busy 2017. Act and lead them accordingly.

Tim Duncan was called Mr. Fundamental. Nothing fancy or flashy. And he’s a Hall of Famer. Don’t underestimate the results achieved from just doing the basics really well.

Someone sent me this recently: “I’ve heard the phrase ‘work to live, not live to work’ … no doubt I should start to take heed!”

I recently started Journaling. Hand written in a little binder. Something crazy happens when you put pen to paper vs. fingers to keyboard. Try it. Just write whatever you’re thinking about. Faith, family, business, life, etc.

If you’ve read this far – why don’t you print this out and highlight the ones you’re going to do something with or that you want to be reminded of?

If that stack of magazines/papers have been sitting on your desk for 6+ months and you haven’t touched them – Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Just pick the stack up and throw it away. Clear it off your desk and give yourself one less pile to go thru and think about. Ah, that feels better already.

Do you get busier when your business does better? Better have a strategy for that. That’s part of what I do for my clients.

The initial phone call you have with a new prospect is the most important moment in your entire business and process. I’m going to do a free training/webinar on this topic soon. I’ll tell you more about it in the coming weeks.

Never Begin The Day Until It Is Finished On Paper. AKA: Plan your day out before it begins.

“We could all use a little coaching. When you’re playing the game, it’s hard to think of everything.” – Jim Rohn – reach out if you need a little coaching and help.

All those people are right. These kids grow way too fast. There’s no way Piper is 9 already! Soak it in every day.

What’s on your mind? What was something that struck you in the list above? Shoot me a quick note – let me know you’re there.

That’s probably enough for now :)