There have been so many challenges flying around social media. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge raised millions of dollars. My kids got to sneak up behind me and dump ice cold water over my head while I was writing my donation check. Then their is the 7 Day Gratitude Challenge, where people post the things they are grateful for each day. Studies show this has long lasting effects on ones happiness, even after the challenge is over and the postings stop. There are 30 day dieting challenges, 90 day workout challenges, 10 day cleanses, and many other worthy endeavors. All of which are great and the people that accept these challenges are impacted in a very positive way. Sometimes physically and sometimes emotionally.
However, there have been no challenges that drive our businesses. Until now. Introducing the 10 Day New Business Challenge. For the next 10 days, I challenge you to go all out with your business or project, advertising or recruiting, new customer generation or an intense focus on creating value for your organization. Whatever you think would have the greatest impact on your business. Perhaps it means getting up earlier or simply putting more into the hours you are already working. Maybe it's adding in 5-10 extra phone calls after each event in your day. I'm not saying you should neglect everything else that's important in your life. I'm saying sit down, right now, with a pencil and paper and put together a plan that will create some serious new business over the next 10 days. What would that look like? How would you feel about the accomplishment? When was the last time you were all in and went all out? What if you really let yourself get into it for 10 days straight?
No short cuts.
No snooze alarm.
10 Days of giving your best YOU to your business. What momentum would you create for the months that follow? How would your capacity increase? How would that impact you financially?
Talk to the ones you love and ask for their support in this adventure. Plan time for them too, but ask for their okay to let you crush your new business plan for the next 10 days.
I proposed this idea to several of our managers and they loved the challenge. The idea of giving their very best to grow their business. Each one of them came up with different ideas on how to do it, but the beauty of it is that the ideas are their's and their's alone. We are always more excited about executing our own ideas than someone else's. Not to mention, we can do anything for 10 days. So, it's go time. Time to crush it! Let your heart lead the way, fire up your soul, and watch the impossibilities vanish. You'e got this.
Need more? Check out Crushing a Really Big Goal.
John Wasserman is author of the book No Shorts, Flip Flops, or Sunglasses: How to get and Make the Most of Your first Real Job
by John Wasserman
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