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How To Succeed With Your Remote Workers

2 MIN READ

Owners who ultimately succeed with their remote workers believe from the outset that they have skills, the expertise and the passion to build a business that can grow exponentially. They have always wanted to build a business that makes a difference.

Success with your remote workers comes down to nailing five essential ingredients. When you bring these five elements to life your team will be motivated, inspired and ready to work!

Ambitious Vision

Having an ambitious vision is absolutely vital. There are many business owners that are happy to play a smaller game but that is not the case for business owners who want to make a real difference. You started out with that ambitious idea that you might be able to beat the odds to create business success. It’s that determination that will push you through every stage of business growth.

Culture of Change

Things simply can’t stay the way that they are if you want to achieve the big dreams you have for your business. This means that you and your remote workers need to embrace a culture of change. Foster a deep love of finding better ways to work, creating more efficiency, and optimising the way work gets done. Embracing change means that improvement will always be at the center of the business ethos.

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“The empires of the future are empires of the mind.”
Winston Churchill

Expert Support

If you knew how to solve all your business problems yourself you would be miles ahead of where you are now.  Calling on people that can help you with their expert knowledge is essential. Get advice on how to automate and streamline your business. Seek support with managing your remote team well. Find people to fill the gaps that you haven’t been able to fill. Experts will help you get you where you want to go faster than going it alone. 

Strategic Tools

Those experts will help you use strategic tools. You might access off-the-shelf tools, like website plugins, apps or new workflow technology that you can simply plug and play to create improvement. However, developing unique in-house tools will amplify your remote team’s performance and accelerate your business growth. Get help to build customised checklists, workflows, templates, management resources. 

Consistent Application

No change ever happened overnight. Applying these improvements consistently is the only way to get your remote workers invested and moving in these new ways.  Embrace the new way as the new normal, then push forward to make sure no gaps have been left. Allow no exceptions or workarounds. This new process-driven way of doing business is here to stay.

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How To Set Quality Business Goals

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Goal setting in business is the holy grail of success. As they say, what gets measured gets improved. If you can quantify the current performance of you and your team, you can then begin to track how things are improving or diminishing over a period of time. That’s where Performance Goals come in. Not all businesses operate in the same manner, so not all Performance Goals will be equally suited to all companies. 

When you’re setting goals with each member of your team you need to understand the type of goals that will be most helpful for creating accountability and enhancing performance. 

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“Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.”
Napoleon Hill

Setting Lag Goals

Lag goals are usually results-oriented, meaning their achievement comes directly from your routine business activity. Lag goals are easy to measure but not as easy to improve or influence. These goals target outcomes such as the number of sales made or the amount of revenue produced. 

Setting Lead Goals

Lead goals measure what is actually being done in the here and now. They are easier to influence or improve because they deal with immediate progress and show the likelihood that you will reach your aims.

To put it simply, the difference between lead goals and lag goals is the difference between counting the number of workouts you do and counting the number of kilos you lose. The workouts are directly within your control, while the weight loss is something you cross your fingers for in hope. 

When you’re setting your business goals, be clear on the difference between lead goals (which target your daily and weekly routine activities) and lag goals (which target the results or the output of that activity).

 

Goals Should Be Countable

Performance goals are lead goals so they must always measure countable, finite things. Tracking subjectivities like feelings or experiences is best done using survey ratings, or by tracking a tell-tale action at work.  

Quality Goals Solve Problems

Performance Goals are most valuable when they are focused on solving specific problems in your business such as improving your sales, revenue, accuracy, and customer satisfaction.

Direct Your Business Goals Towards Your Company Mission

Make sure some of your Performance Goals relate directly to how you’re going with fulfilling your company mission and vision.

Track Progress Of  Your Achievements

Your Performance Goals should also track your progress towards keeping your company promises to your staff and also your customers. 

Make Your Goals Sustainable

To make your Performance Goals sustainable, set up routines to track and measure performance, then routines to review the data. 

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How To Keep Remote Workers Accountable

2 MIN READ

Remote accountability is the secret sauce of modern business success. Your business workplace is unsustainable if any member of your team has a problem with being accountable, even if they work well. Some of your most difficult workplace conflicts arise will when your excellent performers go rogue. I call them cowboys. These are your superstars who refuse to yield to guidance. They fail to recognise that the health of your team and its systems have to be the first priority of a vibrant, growing business.

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“You get a culture of entrepreneurship after you have successfully changed the accountability system so that people can use a better process.”
Eric Ries

When Things Go Wrong With Remote Accountability

Over time, when business owners or managers fail to address the problem in their employee’s accountability, the result is frustration, underperformance and distrust that drags the entire company down. In this environment, businesses see a drop in product and service quality, productivity, worker retention, and overall employee wellness.

When you get it right, accountability offers valuable rewards for everyone in the team. It allows each member to enjoy an enthusiastic, progressive work environment. In workplaces like this your remote workers can be fully liberated to personal ownership, and enabled to perform consistently satisfying work.

How To Nail Your Remote Accountability

The trick with making accountability work as a positive force in your business is to nurture a culture which empowers people to be accountable for themselves. Embrace a supportive, encouraging culture where your remote workers are inspired to pursue their best. Foster an attitude which understands mistakes as a temporary part of the learning process. Approach errors as a chance to take ownership for yourself and the system instead of blaming people when things go wrong.

Your ideas about accountability can make or break your company culture. Your personal beliefs will certainly play a powerful role in creating your management approach. It’s really important that you deconstruct any negative ideas that you’ve got around this whole area, because your ability to set up successful strategies for accountability will directly determine the output you can achieve in your business. Reflect on these questions to make things work for you and your team on the accountability front:

Improve Your Remote Accountability

1. What is your earliest memory of being held accountable?

2. How do you define “being accountable”?

3. How do your ideas of accountability influence the way you run your business?

4. Why do you think accountability is important in your workplace?

5. What would happen if people were not held accountable for their work?

6. Who would be most affected if people were not held accountable for their work?

Now, go ahead and create a clear definition of the idea of accountability to present to your team:
At [BUSINESS NAME] accountability means …

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How To Choose What To Offer In Your Business

2 MIN READ

Choosing what to offer in business is often one of the biggest strategic challenges business owners face.

Over the years you’ve probably tried lots of different ways to take your services to market. It’s likely you have developed plenty of different packages and taken on a multitude of different projects or clients to keep the cash flowing in the right direction. That flexible responsiveness is essential in the early years of your business when you are testing the market to see what works. It will also be essential to your ongoing success as market needs and available technologies continue to change and improve. But when you’re working to bring the best out in your remote team, there’s a need for restraint.

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“I wanted to figure out why I was so busy but I couldn’t find the time to do it”
Todd Stocker

A business without a clearly defined focus on what they offer and how they deliver it simply can’t grow. If you’re chopping and changing on a whim your business is reactionary, impulsive and directionless. A business like that waters down their reputation and confuses the message they take to market. You can’t experience the big growth you want if people are confused about what you do.

It’s also impossible to manage the operations of a business that keeps changing or has too many different tasks going on. If you expect your remote team to be able to work with confidence and independence, you will strategically eliminate all the noisy, frantic, unnecessary tasks from their days and give them clear and specific boundaries about what they need to do and how they need to do it.

To be plain:
One of the best things you can do for your business is to reduce how much is being done, and simplify how those things are done. Five of the best ways to do this:

1. Work with a coach to clarify your core message and refine your offerings
2. Stop delivering packages that don’t make you real money
3. Limit the amount of time you work to dramatically highlight your real business priorities
4. Use a process map to cut out the inefficiencies that waste time and money
5. Get clever with automations to eliminate repetitive tasks

“Freedom is people realising they are their own leader.” Diane Nash

Leading Your Team Starts WIth Leading Yourself

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Leading your team well starts with you rising to the challenge of leading yourself. It’s a vital starting point for everyone in leadership, but especially for those running a business. Rates of anxiety, depression and burnout are horrifying for business owners. It’s a fact that 82% of entrepreneurs face burn out at least once in their career.

Leading yourself in strength and autonomy is a life-long mission that will have new mountains unfolding at every step of the journey. We could spend months on why it’s so important to nurture yourself, and how to keep reaching new heights of your own potential. But let’s focus today on some essential reminders to keep you on the straight and narrow of your own self-care. This is the only way you will experience increased success in leading your team.

“Freedom is people realising they are their own leader.” Diane Nash

Establish Routines That Serve You

Take a look around the landscape of your “normal life”. Honestly evaluate how you’re going with managing the areas that are key to fulfilment and well-being. Boldly ask yourself if you’re happy with the state of your health, your relationships, your mindset and mood, your financial management, your business growth, and other areas that are important to you as a person. Build the systems you need to grow your business sustainably.

Build Relationships That Lift You Up

Jim Rohn says we are the sum of the five people we spend the most time with. I’ve found this to be so literally true that it has made me quite ruthless with the way I manage my calendar. Your friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances all leave a deposit as they move in and out of your life. Make sure you’re filling your mindset bank with ambition, learning and encouragement.

Defend Boundaries For Fulfilment

It’s all too easy to let things slide. To say yes to a small thing when you should have said no. To compromise on choices with your health, time, finances and general well-being. Only you control your choices, and only you have the power to say no when there are more important, valuable things to take care of. Your life will be defined by what you say no to.

Embrace Change With Every Part Of Your Being

If you want to enjoy different outcomes in your business it means moving away from the old into the new. It will take some bold steps to learn new skills and some clever thinking to resolve problems that will arise along the way. But the life you want doesn’t exist in how things were, or even how they are now. Every single thing you have ever wanted can only come when you create change. This is how you can achieve new freedom in business.

Guard Your Outlook

Feeling afraid, pessimistic, unworthy and overwhelmed are all normal human responses to hard times. But none of these feelings are the absolute truth. They’re real because you are feeling them, but they’re also fleeting. They can be dealt with by reminding yourself there are greater truths of success, ambition and empowerment that you can bet on. How you see determines what you see. 

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Managing Your Inbox With These 5 Steps

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Managing your email inbox means more than simply staying on top of things. With your inbox clutter-free and in control, you and your team will enjoy greater productivity and clarity at work. It might take you a while to get on top of your inbox and bring your emails down to a level that you’re personally happy with. Along the way, developing more productive habits for managing your inbox is the essential step to building sustainable, healthy email habits. 

It’s entirely normal to feel overwhelmed when you open your inbox each day. People spend about 28% of their workweek dealing with emails, which equates to about 13hrs of low level, reactive work that rarely results in progress. Only 38% of the emails in the average inbox are important and relevant to your core business. This means the rest of all that administrative bulk is nothing more than noisy junk that needs to be cleared efficiently before you drown in the quicksand. That feeling is not imaginary. Research has proven that it takes an average of 64 seconds to recover from an email interruption, which erodes away your peace and sense of control in your work.   

Let’s simplify this for you by setting up a simple system to respond more decisively to all those messages. The next time you open your inbox, choose which of these five categories apply to each unopened email and respond accordingly. 

Delete

Is this email essentially junk that you simply don’t need or want to read? This is an easy decision to make: Delete that email forever! 

You’re best also to decide this point if you ever want to receive this email again from this sender. If not, take 10 seconds to unsubscribe from this sender, or create a filter to automatically delete the email the next time it hits your inbox.

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Delegate

There will be emails that need to be dealt with, but not by you. Create a simple process to put that email on someone else’s desk. You could forward the email to a team member with a quick message to instruct them on how you want the matter handled. Or, if you’re comfortable with giving someone else access to your inbox, you could create a folder for them inside your email account. Then when they log in they can head straight for the folder with their name on it and get busy dealing with the messages you saved inside. Mastering the fine art of delegation is simple with more tips here.

Delay

Reducing the feelings of desperate urgency that can arise when emails come in is an essential benefit of managing your inbox well. When emails come in they reflect the sender’s agenda, which does not always align with your own. Set up ways to deal with matters when it suits you. You might ‘star’ emails that you plan to deal with later at a set time each week, or put them in their own ‘Later’ folder to be opened at a scheduled time that fits with your schedule. 

Reply

Many emails in your inbox can be cleared with a simple, quick reply. Bounce emails back to the sender with a super short response which keeps things moving and off your desk like a hot potato. Using templates if you can will make this process even quicker for you and your team. 

Keeping these emails short and sweet is key. Don’t be drawn into lengthy, unnecessary stretches of dialogue when replying to emails. The less time you spend typing, the faster you can move on to more important things in your day.

You might also want to think about including a message to explain your preference for brief messages in your email footer. If your core values permit this approach, you can write up a friendly statement like this for your email footer:

Thanks for your email. You might notice my reply is short and sweet. We do this on purpose. It’s not that your message is unimportant. It’s that we just love to keep things moving here at [BUSINESS NAME]. Spending less time in our emails is a big part of that. We appreciate doing business with you and hope you understand. 

Do

The last category of emails is the most important for you to work with. These are the ones that require you to take substantial action. They will be the emails related to ongoing projects, client work, supplier arrangements, business partnerships or other matters central to your business growth. Processing all your other emails quickly and efficiently will give you the time and headspace you need to do this ‘real work’ hidden away inside your inbox. 

Successfully managing your email inbox is a journey, rather than a destination. Be patient with yourself as you get busy clearing the bulk of your email overload. Be realistic about what you can actually achieve. Avoid falling onto the trendy trap of shooting for Inbox Zero. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

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The Myth Of Inbox Zero

3 MIN READ

Successful inbox management in business is a modern-day miracle! Gobal business continuing keeps on accelerating its online migration at a rate of knots. So this has left many owners with inbox overload. I struggle to cope with the thought of hundreds of emails sitting there stressing you out. It is completely unfathomable for me to imagine how you could sleep at night with upwards of five, six, ten, twenty thousand emails choking up your inbox. It almost makes me break out in a cold sweat just thinking about it. 

Setting a standard you’re happy with, then diligently working that standard as a routine part of your workday is fundamental to your effective business leadership. At Operation Verve, we have a rule of no more than 30 emails being allowed to occupy our inboxes. Implementing this limit in your business will help you too. It keeps your current jobs front of mind without getting lost in the backlog of other messages hiding what’s really important.

The idea of “Inbox Zero” is a trendy ideal you might fantasize about as an owner. If this utopian approach is on your business wishlist, you’re going to love the tips coming up in my next article. Stay tuned! 

However, your inbox management probably falls waaaaay short of this unrealistic goal. There are several reasons to let yourself off the hook by questioning the Inbox Zero ideal:

It’s a misunderstood concept

Inbox Zero is a management concept developed by productivity expert Merlin Mann. The theory aims to allow people to clear their inbox entirely. In its original conception, the Zero in this idea never referred to the number of messages that should be left in an inbox. Instead, it’s about the “amount of time an employee’s brain is in his or her box.” This notable difference casts doubt over the literal way people interpret the Inbox Zero concept. 

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“Good order is the foundation of all things.” Edmund Burke

Unrealistic goals can be detrimental 

To strive for a goal and never achieve it undermines your confidence, motivation and momentum. It’s the depressing feeling of not losing the weight. Blowing the budget.  Staring at the book on your bedside table for a month. When you set a goal and come up short, you risk receiving the destructive message that you’re not capable of success. Chasing the ideal of literally no emails in your inbox can be a pipe dream. You might be setting yourself up for an inevitable failure that was never realistic or valuable in the first place. Successful inbox management for you is about setting goals you can sustainably achieve for the long term.

Out of sight equals out of mind

As a successful business leader, you have lots to manage at once. When you have multiple pots on the boil at any one time, it’s important to keep those pots in plain view. The last thing you need is to be lured into a false sense of security. Avoid the risk of an empty inbox making things look complete in your business. If there are jobs to do in your inbox, keep them where you can see them. Otherwise you risk forgetting important items, or keeping people waiting with projects that need to be done to advance your business. 

Instead of shooting for the stars with Inbox Zero, why don’t you set more realistic aims to manage your incoming emails? This will happen by building a more sustainable system for yourself. Successful inbox management in business is just one foundational aspect of getting things pumping overall. In my next article, I will show you 5 simple steps to stay on top of the mayhem in your emails. If you set up a daily routine for working those emails you’ll find your blood pressure returning to normal as you plough through your messages. I can’t wait to share!

How do you protect your business from employees?

3 MIN READ

Protecting your business assets must be a high priority for all owners on a good thing with their products and services. However, when your priority shifts to become focused on guarding against your own employees, you have a problem. This is like a red flag of dysfunctional culture waving an urgent alarm that things are not ok.

This is a question I saw posted on social media recently. A real question from a real business owner. The assumptions implied in the phrasing of this question are a concern to me. If you have a culture based on opposition, suspicion and defensiveness you have a foundation for a very unhealthy company. If you’re asking these questions you won’t get far with ensuring confidence and investment from your team.

This business owner thought they had a problem with their staff. But what they really have is a problem in their culture. Instead of asking the best way of protecting your business assets from your own employees, why not ask:

“How can you create confidence and security for your team whilst harnessing your operational IP?”

“Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first.”
Angela Ahrendts

THIS is a question worth answering! My quick thoughts on the matter:

Protecting Your Business Assets Starts With Establishing Ownership

Of course, the protection of your most valuable assets is essential to business stability. Make sure your team members understand from the outset that all operational knowledge, resources, tools, inventions and developments are ultimately owned by the business. Not by you personally, or by them personally. Documented this in your team employment contracts, signed and dated by you and your staff member. A clause like this does more than protect your company’s operational IP legally. It sends a message to every member of your staff that it’s all for one and one for all at “Team You!”

System Access Should Only Ever Be An Inside Job

Secure all your business logins in an online service which stores sensitive information securely. We use 1Pasword in our team, but LastPass is another popular solution for you as well. Using these encrypted storage tools offers more than the protection of your logins. It guards your staff against the fallout of losing logins or having them fall into the wrong hands. It creates efficiency with faster access procedures, and it creates security for the data being protected. Password software also makes offboarding really efficient in the sad eventuation that a team member needs to leave. You can simply remove their access from the company password service and they’re free to move on.

Build Safe, Accessible Systems On Solid Tech Foundations

I worked with a company in 2019 who still used a local server to store their company business. This old technology is not as secure or efficient as migrating to cloud-based data storage. All your data can be protected by encryption as well as unique logins and access rights for each user. All your data usage can be tracked by many services. This means you see who has been accessing data, when they did it, and exactly what they did. And all data is then made available from anywhere in the world. Storing your company data in the cloud increases efficiency and accountability. Most of all, it celebrates a culture of transparency which keeps people on the same team, without compromising on security for your company.

Protecting Your Business Assets Is A Team Effort

Involving all team members in the development of operational processes is a perfect recipe for engagement. When people are involved in creating the type of workspace they want to work in, their personal investment into the company soars. Make sure they understand just how much the company values their input, and use the task of process documentation as an opportunity to celebrate and reward their knowledge. Then secure this documentation behind encrypted logins, stored centrally in the cloud for fast, safe, shared access.

Above all else, the development of a safe, invested workforce starts with positive leadership coming “from the top”. If leaders at the executive level use language which undermines the positive, invested culture of teamwork and collaboration at work, it will follow that the team will operate in kind. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy you never want to see play out in your company.

Yes, security is important. Especially as time marches on bringing with it new threats and concerns at every turn. But implementing effective security measures does not mean developing a culture of mistrust and fear. Your employees need those security measures just as much as your company does. Just remember the power of your language and the influence that you have as the leader of your company. It’s always the little things that lead to the creation of a healthy, positive company culture.

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3 Ways Resilience Blocks Business Growth

3 MIN READ

Resilience for business owners is usually something people think of highly. Pushing through hardship to emerge victoriously is celebrated by successful business owners everywhere. It is certainly an asset to be able to battle through challenges in business. Surviving tough times is an essential aspect of business success, but is it always a positive thing?

Don’t get me wrong. You should be genuinely proud of the way you have grown your business, holding on with white-knuckled determination to make it through. Like all your peers, things have not always been easy for you in business. But you have prevailed. Every win you’ve enjoyed has been possible because you gritted your teeth and decided to battle through. You chose to forge a pathway of success right through the eye of the storm.

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” Nelson Mandela

Resilience is essential for business owners intent on achieving increasing levels of success. However, there is a risk that the pride you take in your ability to push through could be holding you back. Let me explain …

Resilience focuses on survival instead of growth

When you’re battling it out in the trenches of adversity, making it out alive is the name of the game. You need to harness every resource you have and direct all your efforts towards overcoming the threat. It is vital that when tough times come, you have the strength, tenacity and determination to survive. This approach itself is not a problem, but it can’t draw you on to greater heights.

If you’re a survivor you need resilience, but if you have the visionary aspirations of a leader you will rise from strength to strength to build a legacy others only dream of. This is how you can lead your business away from the battler phase through to wide open spaces of lasting influence. Shifting away from the survival mentality empowers ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results in their business.

A dependency on hardship can become an identity problem

Business owners should take pride in their resilience. In fact, often this resilience becomes a defining attribute of the person themselves. When you pride yourself on being the one who pushes through, others will notice. You will inspire others to keep fighting through their own tough times, and you will likely inspire yourself. These are all good things.

But if the story ends there, you will always be tied to the battle, and you will inadvertently create a model for others to stay tied to their battles too. If you ultimately see yourself as a battler, you will always be drawn to battles. As a result, you will never be free of those battles. You will never rise above to access freedom, abundance, and true wealth. How you see changes what you see. Lift your vision beyond the trenches. Do away with the drama. Don’t look for what you can achieve by winning the fight. Instead, look outside the fight altogether. Imagine what life could be like if you weren’t caught that cycle any more.

Resilience attracts battlers

“It’s great to see you! How have you been?”

“Oh, it’s been tough. I’ve got problems with my staff, delays with my suppliers, and my daughter is 16 going on 35. Need I say more!”

“Yes, I know what you mean. I’ve been working late all month fixing mistakes my staff made, and I’ve got stock stuck on a dock because of a strike. And my son… suspended for two days because he just can’t keep his mouth shut. I’m hearing you.”

Does this type of conversation sound familiar to you? Like attracts like. If you’re wearing your tough times like a badge of honour, chances are you’ll find others who approach life exactly the same way. Jim Rohn says you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. Take a look around your circle and honestly evaluate the attitudes your closest people have. Then, pause to consider the effect this might be having on you and your attitude.

At the end of the day, resilience will get you through almost anything, so it is vital for business success. But it is only ever useful amidst hardships. Isn’t life meant to be a little better than that?

How To Achieve Business Freedom

3 MIN READ

Business freedom is a motivating driver for the vast majority of owners. Having the freedom to make choices with your time, relationships, health and finances is a goal that keeps most business leaders pushing through. No matter how much hardship or adversity they face, many owners will keep chasing that pot of freedom goal at the end of the rainbow. Where others would fail, those set on freedom are determined to prevail.

I wonder though … have you thought much about the relationship between freedom and control? As you pursue increasing amounts of freedom, you may have noticed the correlation. It takes dedicated hard work to persist through challenges, and disciplined focus to keep your eyes on the prize. You need to harness all your resources and strategically mobilise them towards the achievement of your aims. Controlling your attitude, schedule, finances, workflow and attention are all essential aspects of gaining freedom.

“Freedom cannot be bestowed — it must be achieved.” Elbert Hubbard

Business freedom allows you to throw off the shackles of obligation, constraint and expectation. However, there is a directly related value in embracing the benefits of control. Working hard at freedom in these five areas will allow you to reap boundless rewards of liberty.

 

Business Freedom Is You At Your Best

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” Albert Camus

Self-control is foundational to business freedom. Indeed, freedom in all things comes down to your ability to manage yourself and your choices well. Choose who you want to become, then take powerful strides to make that person alive each day. Developing maturity in conflict leads to harmony and positive influence. Growing in your ability to manage your own wellness results in a long life of energised zest. Aspiring to become your best self relies on you making responsible choices. This will allow you to be who you want to become in any given moment.

 

Freedom Relies On Independent Thought

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” Socrates

You cannot possibly enjoy freedom is your mind is not your own. In this way, empowering yourself to increasing liberty is about finding your own highest thoughts. When you dedicate yourself to learning you gain a stream of sharp insights to make wise decisions. Surrounding yourself with intelligent, empowered people who share your values will help with this too. Setting clear boundaries in your social life, and making firm commitments to your own improvement will enhance your freedom as nothing else can.

 

You Can Choose Freedom Responses

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom” Vicktor Emil Frankl

I urge you to read “Man’s Search For Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl. The pages of this book show you how to make freedom choices better than any other I have read. You will see truths that continue to become evident in daily life. Your freedom starts with your mindset, which creates the attitudes you bring to your daily life. Regardless of hardship, opposition or deficit, you can respond to every situation with a freedom mindset. It won’t always be easy, but the journey will define you. If you get it right, you will access untold power to make positive impacts on all those around you, simply by being truly free.

 

Business Freedom Comes From Hard Work

“Shovel today’s challenges for your tomorrow’s freedom” Aniekee Ezekiel

Yes, life is tough. Today might be one of the toughest you have faced so far. You may feel like you are facing limitations and setbacks at every turn. But the only way out of these constraints is working right through them. Decide to engage your full self in resolving conflicts, developing strength and advancing your position. Avoidance only takes you off track. Even amidst the most overwhelming adversity is the opportunity to breakthrough in resilience. Work hard to be your best, learn better ways, and make positive choices. This is the key to freedom.

 

Discipline Is Key To Freedom

“Discipline will put you on the path to strength and health and intelligence and happiness. And most important, discipline will put you on the path to FREEDOM” Jocko Willink

Being disciplined is not a trendy habit or a sexy concept. Ideas of self-control, strict self-management and regimented routines are rarely connected with conversations of freedom. However, real freedom relies on discipline, and this is especially true in business. You might know the experience of working hard to increase your sales, expand your workforce, or finally get some long-overdue time off. In my experience, I have found that freedom in business does not magically appear. Business freedom is the reward that comes from a ruthless dedication to being consistent in the little things which lead to big results.