The Secret to Plotting Your Path to Success

Ask anyone to describe today’s modern female entrepreneur and you’ll hear words like “confident” and “innovative” and “creative.”  Just like men, women entrepreneurs use these strengths to achieve economic independence through self-employment.

In fact, today’s business women are flocking to the entrepreneurial world.  However, they’re doing so for very different reasons than men, mainly because they have very different priorities.  Modern female entrepreneurs want to harmonize their personal and business lives, bringing both of them together to form a company based upon their own personal values, aspirations, and goals.

When a woman is completely in love with her dream of a fabulous life and career, nothing will stop her from achieving it.  Consequently, women who are passionate about their businesses are very good at finding the best information, tools and support to help make their dreams become realities.

For me, one of the best tools for defining the pathway to your dream is mind mapping. Mind mapping is a dynamic graphic process that can unlock hidden potential is your brain.

There are entire books written about mind mapping, so I’ll leave the actual details of how to do mind mapping to those authors. But I would like to discuss how and where it works, because it’s just…well…amazing!

Mind mapping challenges, stimulates, entices, and delights the mind.  And it’s not just for planning your business. You can use it to explore every area of your life where you want clearer thinking, improved learning or enhanced performance.

The design of a mind map resembles a tree with spreading limbs.  Key words are arranged in a colorful, branching design that shows relationship and flow between actions and ideas.  Because this structure is fairly free form, thoughts are gently encouraged to spread in all directions, naturally moving and defining the creative process that is necessary to develop the path to the end goal.

I personally use mind mapping in all areas. Whether it’s planning a new social media strategy or determining which home project I want to tackle first (my new kitchen is still the winning choice!), mind mapping can help me define the next steps to take to reach my ultimate goal.

I truly believe that to achieve success in business, you must give as much attention to yourself as you do to the business.  Using mind mapping to plot your personal growth as well as your business journey can achieve some powerful and positive results.

As a coach, I used mind mapping to help my clients gain clarity and balance in their lives. As a human, I use mind mapping for the same reason.  Using a mind map is the ultimate way to create a successful growth strategy for both life and business.

Are you still feeling stuck after using mind mapping?  Give me a call or drop me a line to discuss where you are blocked.  I’m certain that I can help you navigate your current issues and design an extremely effective plan for your future.

The Great Lessons of Boiling Water (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this post, we mentioned that the concept of “a watched pot never boils” can be equally true of a new business.  Even if we don’t see the ultimate payoff of a large and sustainable profit, there are other factors that indicate the health of a business.  In other words, you don’t need to see water boiling to know that it’s getting mighty hot.

Show me the money!

Women start businesses for many reasons, but ultimately, making a profit is the prime motivator.  How to track the profit can vary according to the design and needs of the business.  For instance, profit can be tracked on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly basis.

Tracking your daily profit over longer period (such as one month or one quarter) can show your financial viability and vulnerability during that longer time period, revealing patterns of ebb and flow along with any problems contributing to the fluctuation.

Tracking the daily profit also establishes patterns of past behavior, and it doing so, it helps identify problem areas earlier rather than later.  Early correction of mistakes, errors or faulty processes will result in a significant savings over a period of time.

Costs per Sale

Another great parameter to measure is the effectiveness of your advertising.  By using codes or other tracking methods, business owners can track the sales resulting from particular marketing methods and campaigns.

Tracking these factors not only results in knowing which marketing efforts were successful, it also allows you to measure the cost effectiveness of the sale itself.  In other words, you can determine if the cost of the ad was covered by the profit made by all the units sold by that ad. Determining the costs per sale lets you compare costs and also helps target you’re marketing effectively.

Market Growth Rate

The market growth rate can be defined in several ways, but generally it tracks the amount of sales growth from a specific customer group within a certain period of time.  This business metric not only lets you see your performance as it relates to your competitors, it also expresses the general performance of your product or service.

The important thing to remember is that these are all indicators.  When assessed individually, indicators can’t always predict the success of a business. However, when indicators are considered as part of a larger picture, you can predict the success or failure of a business based upon the collective story they tell.

That symbolism of the water pot still holds true when considering indicators.  If the pot is seated evenly on the stove, if the heat is turned on high, if there is water in the pot—if all of these are present at the same time, we can surmise that the water WILL boil, usually when we least expect it!

If you’re having difficulties defining your own performance indicators, please get in touch with me.  I have years of experience in helping companies track these indicators, and I’d love to help you find your own.

My dream is to help you realize your dream, especially if your dream is a successful entrepreneurial business.