Take the Shot
Written by: Adrienne Yeardye; Immersion Coaching
You’re a deadeye, Baby. You can’t miss.
“Are top American executives focusing enough on product improvement? I think the answer is no. Spend less time on finances, less time in meeting rooms, spend less time on PowerPoint and more on trying to make your product the best it can be.”
(Apparently) Elon Musk said this at a conference a few weeks ago, and it sure does resonate. I don’t think like a man by any stretch, but this year’s goals require me to borrow that kind of single point focus. They require me to also maintain that level of self-confidence.
I don’t think I am alone in that – and it’s not just about business. This is where women differ dramatically in how we set goals and then reach those goals. We don’t compartmentalise in the same way; we don’t want to. We also don’t forge forward alone as easily either – and again, because we don’t want to. It’s far more natural for women to move forward as a group.
We learn from each other, and we take that information back to this great collective library so that we can all draw from it, so that it gets easier, lighter. We can make more out of something when we each take a piece of it, and focus our efforts on the whole. An individual business is like that too – there is something collective that moves towards a single purpose, product or offering.
So what does that really mean to me, if this year is about single point focus and product development? It’s simple: my energy is the product; I’M the product. As small business owners, professionals, friends, partners, Moms, and family members, women are the centre of their universe. It’s a big job!
In my world, when I am coaching small business owners, I teach that the number one essential nutrient in our businesses (again for women, this is home life too) is ourselves. It’s our bodies, our minds, and our spirits.
Single point focus for me this year, on the road to achieving my goals, is to let my body govern the speed and the next steps. For me, a balanced body creates a balanced mind. This ripples out into all my decisions and becomes a stable foundation for my emotions. An athletic coach would call this “power endurance.” You can’t run a business if your body is not running optimally. It’s that simple.
I’ve been in business a long time. In 2021, product development is essential, and the best predictor of success. I trust that.
How can you use what I’ve learned over the years, in your own way, to be certain you do not miss out on your heart’s desire? How can you put your body at the centre of your universe?