There are a number of things that you can purchase that will in-turn benefit your business.
Technology, office supplies and even investments can all make your company a better business. However, one thing most people haven’t considered as a business and life boosting purchase is a brand-new Lamborghini.
While it may sound ridiculous to buy a new sports car to benefit your business, there are actually several benefits to making an investment in one of these vehicles.
The Lamborghini is an attention grabber
If you drive around in one of these cars, everyone you meet is going to want to know how you made enough money to afford that car. If you are operating in the right business model, this can be a powerful lead generation tool.
A conversation starter
From the moment you start driving around in this car, you will notice that anyone who sees a Lamborghini in person will immediately start fawning over this vehicle. Subconsciously, their opinion of you will be elevated.
No matter where you are going or who you are meeting with, an attention grabbing car such as this will be a conversation starter.
This car will help you generate new business
So much so, in hardly no time the car will start paying for itself.
That may not seem like a huge benefit, but less trunk space, means less clutter piling up in your life and less groceries, so you can start eating less and eating better.
The Lamborghini is a notorious gas guzzler and not very comfortable to drive
Chances are when you have the option of driving or walking, you will be making the healthier choice to walk a few extra feet.
Parking this vehicle is tough
If you have a car this nice, chances are your worries about people keying it will increase. There is no better motivation to keep you in the right areas late at night than that.
It will glean interest online
If you want attention on social media, all you need to do is share a picture of your car.
Achievement that inspires
A car like this can be great inspiration for your colleagues, customers and students. Let them know what they can achieve if they follow your lead.
Earn the good times
Being an entrepreneur is hard work, and it takes a lot of grinding and dedication. As a successful business owner, you deserve to treat yourself and have a little fun in your life as motivation to keep working, after all, you have earned it!
If you are really looking to develop a successful, attention grabbing business, then the benefits of a Lamborghini may be just what you have been looking for.
While some of these tips may be less serious than others, they are all worth considering as you look to grow your business in a way that will help you stand out from the crowd.
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
Will You Make The Right Decision?
Our lives are an accumulation of the decisions we make, both big and small. Improve your decision-making process, and you’ll improve every aspect of your life and business.
“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.” — Paulo Coelho
Much of what I do in coaching is to help my clients gain clarity around the decisions they make. Every day we must make hundreds, if not thousands, of decisions. Some of them are big and will have a dramatic impact on our personal and business lives. Others are small and made automatically without us paying much attention to them.
No matter how big or small a decision is, it pays to have a clear intention for why you are choosing a specific course of action.
After all, our lives are an accumulation of the decisions we make. The small and the big ones.
1. The Values Link
Society has conditioned us to think of success mostly in terms of achievement. This means that when faced with a decision about your future, you should take the option that would potentially deliver more money, more certainty, and more stuff.
I have often spoken to clients who think they want something, but it turns out to be a temporary infatuation. Once the emotional high wears off they realise that the shiny object was merely a distraction.
So, one of the best things you can do is to first create some distance from the decision you have to make. However, this is not always possible. In such cases I talk to my clients about the Values Link.
Essentially, we are trying to see which decision will link best to your values (current and future). I recently met with a great business coach to discuss potential collaborations. Our coaching differs in many ways. One of the key ways is that he has an awesome office where clients come to meet him and I do all my coaching digitally.
Leaving the meeting I had some office envy. I immediately started looking at To Let signs and googling office spaces to rent. I could see in my mind how my office space would look. Leather chairs. A wall filled with books. A tray with crystal glasses and premium whisky.
When the emotional high died down I realised it was not what I wanted at all. Conducting all my work digitally is exactly what I want because I value my freedom and mobility. This is not to say he doesn’t value these things, it just means that we prioritise and action our values differently. Be aware though that making decisions in this manner requires you to know what your values are.
2. Visualise the future
Visualisation is a great tool with many applications. Something I often ask my clients to do is to spend time visualising the possible outcomes of the decision they have to make.
I am not talking about a quick glimpse of what it may look like. I mean immersing yourself in it and feeling it.
What does it feel like when you have unhinged yourself from a certain commitment? What does it feel like when you have a new opportunity in front of you?
Try and visualise yourself into a day in the future and feel what it feels like. Sounds weird but you should try it!
3. Binary is boring
Many of us think that a decision is choosing between X or Y. In reality it could mean choosing between X, Y, Z, A, or B.
There is a paradox here. Research has shown that we make better decisions when we limit the amount of options we must choose between. However, do not limit yourself unnecessarily.
Use this paradox to your advantage. Take the time to be creative before making a decision and create as many different scenarios as you can. Create extreme versions of the decision, look for the middle ground, look at it from above and below. Generate possibilities.
Once you have done that, eliminate as many options until only the most useful ones remain. You do this by linking it back to your values and by checking the decisions against other criteria that you have determined.
Decisions that count
Decision-making is your most powerful tool for creating a bright future.
So, take care of the decisions you make, and they will take care of you. Remember above all to bring intention to every action and decision and watch the magic happen.
Make A New Start In 2019
It’s nearly the start of a new year, and possibly a wise time to take stock of your life. Whether you are ready for a complete change or just want to take stock and empower or tweak one or more areas of your life.
People fall into a rut whenever what they do on a daily basis doesn’t align with their true highest values and offer satisfaction and meaning. A rut is a by-product of not giving yourself permission to go after what you truly want in life. The result? You feel trapped in something that is not fully gratifying and fulfilling.
Here are some tips to help you make a new start…
1. Work out what is truly most important to you
When your daily actions do not align with your highest values, you won’t be eager to get up in the morning. So what could you wisely do? Be sure you know what your top three highest values are – what is truly most important to you. For example, ask yourself:
- What energises you at work or at home?
- What is it that you love doing each day that also serves others?
- What do you always find money for and to do?
- In a social situation, what do you most frequently desire to talk about?
- What are the top three goals you’re persistently keen to achieve?
Pay close attention to what you are inspired by and what you spontaneously do each day and you will discover what you value most. Creating a life around your highest priorities and strategising your day in such a way to fulfill that is powerful.
2. Learn from your past reactions or actions
Although it’s unwise to dwell on the past and beat yourself up about any previous decisions, it is wise to reflect on what has most and least worked for you and view your previous actions as helpful feedback content for refinement. This can help you identify what might work more effectively for you in the future. For example, if your personal relationship is tense at the moment, is may be because you are projecting your personal values on to them and unwisely expecting them to live outside their own highest values. Or they may be doing this to you. Or you both may be doing this to each other.
If this is the case, perhaps it would be wise to ask yourself how is what they are dedicated to serving you and how is what you are dedicated to serving them? If you ask and answer those questions 20 times each you will end up with more communicative dialogues and less alternating monologues and tension.
If you applied for a new job and didn’t get or land it, take a look at what you might have done to get such a result, and what refinements you can do differently next time to help you get your desired outcome. Be honest with yourself. Then, think about how a different more refined outlook or action could help you achieve your desired outcome.
3. Learn to be SMART
SMART stands for goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. You can apply these goals to both your personal and professional lives.
For instance, instead of setting a goal such as falling in love this year, rather consider a more likely or attainable goal. Subscribe to an online dating website, or ask your friends to set you up with someone. You could also join new groups and activities where you can meet new people. Or simply prioritise your actions, do what you love and live authentically, which is most attractive to someone who will match you. Then measure your success in attaining your goal by how many new people you meet and how productive and inspired you are.
Set realistic goals with actions you have true control over.
Set achievable goals, not improbable or unlikely ones! An example of an improbable goal is deciding that you’re going to win the lottery for wealth building purposes. Instead of this, which has a very small chance of coming true, why not look at your financial house and get it into order? Budget to save money to achieve your goal of having more, and also budget to spend money on appreciable investments more than depreciable consumables. Serve more and earn more so you can save more and invest more.
Also, don’t set yourself a radical goal to lose half your body weight in an unrealistic time frame – this may be unwise, unhealthy and unrealistic. Rather set yourself a more realistic goal of say, losing a kilo every week or fortnight, something that is more probable. Be realistic with your goals, rather than trying to achieve something unattainable. And don’t expect a quick fix. Rather set yourself smaller, more achievable goals, and then, when you meet them, you’ll feel more inspired to continue to expand them further.
Anxiety And Fear Are Superpowers: Embrace Them
Think that your fear and anxiety hinder your potential as an entrepreneur? It’s time to think again.
Nothing drives us to succeed as powerfully as the emotions of fear and anxiety. They are the true superpowers that define the entrepreneur. They can inspire change, define concerns and transform business ideals. Of course, as with anything in life, moderation is key. Too much of these emotions and you can be crippled, too little and then you may not be fully aware of the challenges that lie ahead. But a normal amount of anxiety is an opportunity to challenge yourself and take your business to the next level.
Want to know why? Here are three excellent reasons…
Reason 01: Answering the questions
Fear forces you to ask questions. Do I want to do this? What if that happens? How do I fix this problem if that does happen? What if I fail? These are serious questions and they can make you feel as if you’re about to tame the world’s largest dragon but what if you turned them on their head? What if you looked at these questions as opportunities to plan ahead? Stop looking for the bad, it may never happen, instead look the monster in the eye and name it. Then you are in control and prepared for what the future brings.
By recognising your fears as legitimate warnings of reasonable concerns, you are giving yourself the opportunity to prepare for the future. That is the power of fear.
Reason 02: The next step
Often companies are held back by fear. They deliver only what their business started out doing, not evolving alongside their customers or providing customers with what they want. A great analogy is when someone walks into a store to buy a 14-inch drill bit and the business owner sells him a 1/4-inch drill bit. They’re still selling a drill bit to the customer, but it isn’t the right one and won’t solve the customer’s problem.
Fear can stop a business from transitioning and this can hold you back. Recognising that this is a challenge for your business will allow you to look at your offerings with a fresh eye and challenge yourself. This is very important, especially in today’s market where people and businesses are being disrupted all the time.
Reason 03: What you’ve been told may not be true
The ancient story of Icharus flying too close to the sun has been driven home across fable and tale since the dawn of time. Everyone is told – don’t fly too high or you will run the risk of failure! The reality is that the story was designed to stop people from trying too hard because the higher you fly the colder it gets. Your wings won’t melt, they will be just fine no matter how high you go. So, try, spread your wings and you will very likely discover that you’re only just starting to embrace your potential.
The way forward
Set a goal you would like to achieve and write down what concerns you about it. Verbalise these concerns. You will find that when you verbalise fears you end up finding ways of preventing them, or fixing them. When your fears have names, they become easier to manage and control and they become tools to help you take your business forward into a bolder future.
Fear isn’t your enemy, it’s your weapon…
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