11 Reasons You Should Start a Business Networking Group

A few months ago, I began wondering whether I should start a business networking group. After hours of brainstorming its benefits as well as the steps to start a business networking group, I decided to move forward with the idea.
 
 
As a certified public accountant with a responsibility for marketing my firm’s services and bringing on new clients, I wanted to find additional ways to help the firm meet its growth goals. I’m certainly not alone in these desires; many professionals have the same sales and marketing goals and desires.
 
When I started in public accounting after college, any sales or marketing efforts frightened me. I was too much of an introvert to be involved in those activities. However, my perception of sales (as well as my personality) have done a 180. It’s now the most enjoyable part of my daily routine.
 
Following are 11 reasons why you should start a business networking group.

 

Less Time-Consuming

 
Sales and marketing efforts take time. There’s no getting around that. Sales rarely just fall in your lap. You need to expend time and energy to achieve the success you want. 
 
Even though it will take time, starting a business networking group will not take as much time as joining certain existing business networking groups. Some of the largest groups require one-on-one meetings with other group members on a weekly/monthly basis. That really requires a lot of time.
 
Also, having others in the group referring business to you takes a lot less effort and time than finding those prospects all by yourself. 
 

Less Expensive

 
By starting your own business networking group, you decide on the cost structure. Frankly, I recommend you start the group for all of the reasons listed here. Notice you will not see earning direct profits from the group as a reason.
 
Most networking groups charge annual and/or meeting dues. That is understandable only if the group has to pay to use the space where they meet or have food and drink catered. You don’t need to have those costs if you start your own group.
 

Better Membership

 
The most important benefit of a business networking group is the membership. When you start a business networking group, you choose who the members will be. Following are a few recommendations for choosing participating members:
 
1.  Select only two or three people with whom you already have relationships. Meeting with people you already know well will reduce the impact of being in the group as you should already have a referral relationship with people you know well.  
 

Ask two or three of your current circle of influence to join you. Once they agree to be founding members of the business networking group, ask them to bring one name with them to the first meeting. Vet those prospective members among the group and then have the person with the relationship ask them to join. Once that new member joins, go through the same process to continue growing the membership.

2.  Limit the members of the group to one per professional specialty. For example, only one member can be a financial advisor. 
 
3.  Decide one a good maximum limit for membership. You could determine this based on space at the location where you will meet or number of professional specialties you want. You may also just pick a number, i.e., 10, and see how that works before asking whether the group members whether more should be invited to join.
 

You Set the Time and Place

 
The times at which networking meetings occur is likely one of the biggest reasons people won’t attend. It’s difficult for certain people to make it to an early morning meeting, lunch meeting or a meeting after work. 
 
When you start a business networking group, you get to decide on the timing that best works for you. Since you will decide on the time, you’ll know what time to tell each of your prospective members when you ask them to join the group. 
 
The location of the meetings should be somewhere centrally located for the founding members. You want it to be easy for each person to get to. 
 
Naturally, as time progresses and the group matures, the day and location can change. 
 
To make participation in the networking group easier for everyone, the group should meet on the same day of the week/month, e.g., second Thursday of the month, at the same time and at the same location.
 

Ability to Learn from Other Professionals

 
Since the networking group will be composed of different professional specialties, you’ll have the ability to learn from each of them as to their areas of expertise. 
 
For example, a residential real estate agent can teach you about all aspects of the house selling process, including how to stage a residence for sale, improvements for which you’ll get the highest return on investment, times of the year to sell your home, etc. 
 
Hopefully if you decide to sell your home in the future, you’ll use the person in your group as your agent. Even if you don’t, you’ll know the questions to ask an agent.
 

Ability to Learn Marketing/Sales Tips

 
Different professions use different methodologies when selling their services. Some professionals are well-versed in the use of social media, internet marketing, cold-calling, etc. Ask each member of your business networking group to share their sales process so each member can determine if any of the steps in that process can help them.
 

Help Others by Giving Referrals

 
Referring prospects to the group members is important because you will likely not receive any referrals if you don’t.  Before you refer someone to a group member, be confident in that person’s ability. When you refer a friend to that professional, your reputation is on the line. 
 
When giving referrals, ALWAYS give your group member’s contact information to the referral rather than the other way around, unless you receive direct permission from that referral. 
 
Any good salesman will want you to give him the contact information but resist the temptation unless you have express permission.
 

Receive Referrals

 
You decided to start a business networking group primarily to build your business. You want referrals. That’s the reason everyone else joined too – to build their businesses. 
 
If you want to receive referrals from your networking group members or anyone else, you MUST do what you say you will do. You cannot allow a lack of expertise or action jeopardize the referrer’s reputation.

 

Top Three Reasons to Start a Business Networking Group

 

Be a Part of the Success of Others

 
Helping others succeed in their business, relationships or life in general should be more important to you than building your business. You will experience more joy from helping a friend than from selling more services. 
 
You can help your group members succeed by referring prospects, helping them with their sales funnels and even being a sounding board for personal difficulties. The more you help someone succeed, the more you’ll succeed.

 

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Build Close Business and Personal Relationships

 
Even though I used the term sales several times within this article, I don’t believe in sales. Instead, I believe in building relationships. My goal is to create trusting relationships with people I meet. 
 
People do business with others they know, like and trust. It’s easy to know a lot of people. It’s also easy to be liked by others. The most difficult part is to be trusted. Once you become a trusted resource, your business will grow like crazy. 
 
When you start a business networking group, you’re giving yourself the opportunities to build close relationships that carry over from business to personal in nature. Become friends with your group members. Learn about their businesses but also learn about their families, their hobbies and their goals. 
 

Be a Positive Influence

 
Each person has the power to influence others. Call it your super hero power. You can influence people for good or you can influence people in bad ways. You choose which you will do.
 
By starting a business networking group, you’re creating a circle of influence. You might be just the person that group member needed to talk with about a failing relationship, difficulties with finances or even to answer spiritual questions. 
 
Be vulnerable in these relationships. By this I mean to answer questions freely and have open discussions without reservation or fear of embarrassment. Be direct but not too direct. You could end up being the most important person in his/her life.
 
Have these 11 reasons convinced you to start a business networking group? If you need help starting your own group, please contact me. I’m happy to help however I can. 
 

9 Reasons to Buy a Tailored Suit Before You Think You Can Afford It

For years I didn’t buy a tailored suit. Instead I purchased suits off the rack at large department stores or men’s suit shops. And thus, for years, I wore lower quality suits that didn’t fit correctly. I knew the suits did not enhance my personal brand to be the trusted professional I desired. That was acceptable because I couldn’t afford a tailored suit…so I thought.
 
 
Then, several years ago I convinced myself to buy my first tailored suit. A representative from Tom James in St. Louis had connected with me on LinkedIn so I asked to meet with him. After meeting with him and seeing all the details that go into a well-tailored suit, I was sold.
 
It took a while for the bespoke suit to be made to my specifications. The wait is the only drawback I can think of to buying a tailored suit. When it was finished and I put it on for the first time, the feeling it gave me was incredible. 
 
It may sound a little metro sexual of me to openly talk about the feeling I got by trying on my first tailored suit. That’s okay. 
 
Ask any woman who cares about how she looks and she will tell you how important it is to feel good in what she wears. Men are no different. We just don’t talk about it as openly as women do.
 
Business professionals want to look good in their suits or business casual attire but they don’t believe in spending “that much” on tailored clothes. Following are nine reasons why you should buy a tailored suit, even though you think you can’t afford it.
 

Reason # 9 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
Quality products last a long time. Plain and simple. 
 
Remember that green steel refrigerator your parents had when you were a kid. It was in the kitchen for more than 20 years. That’s because it was built with quality materials through a quality process. It lasted for what seemed like forever.  
 
A tailored suit that is built just for you, will be the same. It will last for much longer than an off-the-rack suit that doesn’t fit. 
 
Since it will last longer, you won’t need to buy new suits as frequently. Therefore, you’ll end up spending less by buying a tailored suit.
 

Reason # 8 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
You are one of the best at your profession. That’s doesn’t mean you’re one of the best at everything you do. You may be stylish but still could use some advice.
 
A good tailor or haberdasher can be a tremendous source of advice for you. Not only will he/she make sure your tailored suit fits appropriately, he/she will keep you up on the trends and styles and what color, fabrics and types of suit should be in your wardrobe.
 
Want some free advice without going to a haberdasher? Check out Real Men Real Style for some legit advice.
 

Reason # 7 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
Buying off-the-rack suits is a huge hassle. You have to drive to the store, try on different suits to see what fits and feels good, get them measured for certain tailoring (nothing even close to bespoke tailoring though), leave and then return to pick it up when the suit is finished. That’s all assuming you don’t need to go to multiple stores to find what you want.
 
That is a lot of time you don’t need to spend. Buying a suit from a company like Tom James reduces the hassle because the haberdasher comes to you. He/she can come to your house, your office or anywhere of your choosing. 
 
When the suit is built and ready, he/she will bring it to you to try on. If there are any adjustments that need to be made, he/she will take it with them, get the corrections made and bring it back to you. You don’t ever have to step out of your home or office.
 
Now that is convenient!
 

Reason # 6 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
How many times have you gone shopping for clothes but couldn’t find exactly what you wanted? With bespoke tailoring, that problem goes away. You get what you want.
 
Of course, you’ll get the right fitting suit (which is obviously a better option that buying off the rack). But you’ll also get the following options, plus whatever else you can imagine:
 
a. Types of fabric
b. Style of print
c. Linings
d. Types of buttons
e. Pockets
f.  Name labels
g. Vent types
 

Reason # 5 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
This goes without saying, a fully tailored suit made to fit your height, weight, width, shoulder slope and every special thing about your body type is going to look better than an off-the-rack suit. 
 
Period.
 

Reason # 4 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
If a bespoke suit fits correctly and looks great, it’s going to feel good too. There’s no point in looking good if you don’t feel good about what you’re wearing. 
 
Speaking from experience, any time I put on one of my tailored suits, I feel like a million bucks. It’s just a feeling that comes over me that I’m meant to be in the suit and my day is going to go even better than planned. Everything will be right with my world that day.
 
Add a French-cuff dress shirt, stylish cuff links and tie and freshly polished Allen Edmonds shoes to top off the look. There’s not much better.
 

Reason # 3 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
People notice a sharp dressed man. Think about it … you do too. You might not desire to be made a spectacle because of how well you look, but you want certain people to notice you.
 
It’s almost impossible to overcome a negative first impression. A tailored suit (at least one in a classic style and design) can almost guarantee a good first impression.
 
Let’s say you finally got an appointment with your number one prospect. When you pick your suit and tie out the night before in anticipation of your meeting the next morning, are you going to pick the suit from when you were 20 pounds heavier or the one you had made the month before?
 
You’re going to pick the one that gives you the best opportunity to make the sale. Standing out in a good way definitely won’t hurt that effort!
 
 

Reason # 2 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
If you’re a millennial, your dedication and loyalty to your employer and career are in question on a daily basis. The generations in front of you don’t believe you take anything seriously.
 
Buying and wearing tailored suits, is a way to show your dedication. You wouldn’t spend more money than needed for a bespoke suit unless you planned on wearing it frequently.
 
Besides, your bosses and clients admiring your professional demeanor (which includes your look) can do nothing but have a positive impact on your career.
 

Reason # 1 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
And finally…the number one reason why you should buy a tailored suit.
 
You can afford it!
 
Just because a tailored suit is more expensive than one off the rack does not mean you can’t afford it. 
 
Consider a tailored suit a major purchase. Plan and save for it like you would a beach vacation. There’s a big difference between a beach vacation and buying a tailored suit though – you only get to experience that vacation for a few days. The suit will last forever. 
 
To be frank then, you simply cannot afford to not buy a tailored suit. The benefits to your self-esteem, earnings potential, career and influence are unlimited! 
 
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38 Quotes on Change to Motivate You to Change Your Life Today

 
Do you want to change your life? It’s a simple question. You either answer with a “yes” or “no.” I don’t have an official study to prove it, but I assume more people would really like to change their lives than those who are perfectly happy with where they are.
 
People on the lower end of the financial spectrum believe they want to change by having more money and material things. If only money made people happy…
 
There are plenty of well-to-do people who would love to change their lives. They may have all the money they need but their relationships are wanting or their health is lacking. 
 
Regardless of your social status (lower, middle or upper class), you can always change your life for the better. Once you improve your life for what you wanted, there will still be something else to improve.
 
The trouble for most people isn’t identifying what they want to change. Instead, it’s actually making that change a reality. Impactful change requires specific and consistent action. Change cannot be achieved just be thinking about. You have to make the decision and then do something specific.
 
This article is not designed to help you identify those specific and consistent actions you must have to change your life. Instead, this will provide quotes on change by those who have made a significant impact on the world through their actions.
 
At the end of the list, you’ll see my five favorite quotes on change to help motivate you to change your life today. 

  

11 Quotes on Change by Authors/Journalists/Playwrights

 
“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.”
– Peter Senge –
 
  
“There are three constants in life…change, choice and principles.”
– Stephen Covey –
 
“Things do not change; we change.”
– Henry David Thoreau –
 
“After living with their dysfunctional behavior for so many years (a sunk cost if ever there was one), people become invested in defending their dysfunctions rather than changing them.”
– Mashall Goldsmith –
 
“Everyone things of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
– Leo Tolstoy –
 
“Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.”
– Nikos Kazantzakis –
 
“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.”
– Sydney J. Harris”
 
“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.”
– Tim Ferriss – 
 
“When in doubt, choose change.”
– Lily Leung –
 
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
– George Bernard Shaw –
 

2 Quotes on Change by Actors/Actresses

 
“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”
– Keri Russell –
 
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
– Robin Williams –
 

6 Quotes on Change by World Leaders

 
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi –
 
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are sure to miss the future.”
– John F. Kennedy –
 
  
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
– Winston Churchill –
 
“It is not strange…to mistake change for progress.”
– Millard Fillmore –
 
“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”
– Woodrow Wilson –
 

3 Quotes on Change by Business Leaders

 
“Change before you have to.”
– Jack Welch –
 
“Risk is a part of God’s game, alike for men and nations.”
– Warren Buffett –
 
“Change brings opportunity.”
– Nido Qubein –
 

10 Quotes on Change by Speakers/Philosophers/Educators

 
“All great changes are preceded by chaos.”
– Deepak Chopra –
 
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
– Wayne Dyer –
 
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.”
– Jim Rohn –
 
  
“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”
– Confucius –
 
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
– Reinhold Niebuhr –
 
“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”
– Viktor Frankl –
 
“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
– Margaret Cousins –
 
“One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment.”
– Robert Quinn –
 
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
– Margaret Mead –
  

5 Best Quotes on Change

 
“When you are through changing, you are through.”
– Bruce Barton –
 
“We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change.”
– Henry Cloud –
 
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
– Maya Angelou –
 
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
– Jim Rohn –
 

8 Simple Ways to Get Noticed More Often on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an extremely powerful tool for researching people. You can search for people by title, expertise, company and name. LinkedIn will even show you people with whom you might like to connect. 
 
That’s great for you researching other people. 
 
 
Can other people find you during a search? Does LinkedIn identify you as someone that person might want to connect with? Do you or your activity show up in that person’s feed?
 
You can make getting noticed on LinkedIn much easier by taking certain deliberate actions. For the remainder of this article, you will discover eight simple ways to get noticed more often on LinkedIn.
 

How to Get Noticed on LinkedIn

 

1. Share and Comment

 
As with most social media platforms, the like (thumbs up, heart, etc.) function is overused. Sure, it’s nice to express that you like someone’s post. To get noticed, however, don’t just like a post, share and comment on it as well.
 
If you share a post, add a comment to it to express why you are sharing it. The person who originally shared/wrote the post will get notified of your share. They may get notified if you like a post as well but popular influencers turn off that function because it would be too overwhelming.
 
If you don’t want to share the post with your followers, but want to express something to the person who posted it, comment on it. Make it a worthwhile comment too. Simply writing, “Great Post,” “Terrific” or “Totally agree” is just about the same as “liking” the post. If you are going to comment, add to the content. Make your comment valuable to the other readers.
 

2. Curate Content

 
What does it mean to curate content? It means you share content from others that is posted somewhere besides LinkedIn. 
 
When you read an article on, let’s say, Inc.com, that is relevant to your followers and consistent with your personal brand, curate it. Share that article to LinkedIn and any other social media platforms that make sense.
 
The majority of content I share on my LinkedIn feed is curated from sites like Inc.com, SwitchandShift.com and LindseyPollak.com. Almost all sites have social sharing buttons on them to make it easy for you to share.
 
When you share those articles, be sure to tag the author, if possible, in the comment you add to the share. 
 
In a later article, I’ll share some easy ways to curate content.
 

3. Write Pulse Articles

 
Pulse was originally released for selected LinkedIn influencers. Now, however, everyone has the opportunity to public articles on LinkedIn’s blogging platform.
 
Once you publish the article, and tag it appropriately, you can monitor how well it performs by using the statistics within the platform. Just like blogs, people can comment and share it as well. 
 
You will, of course, want to share it multiple times to your followers.
 
If you want to publish on Pulse, you can get to it from your homepage on LinkedIn. Click the “Write an Article” button at the top of the homepage, as seen below.
 

 

4. Update Your Profile Often

 
Your profile can get outdated quickly and you won’t even realize it. Update it often so it is always up-to-date. 
 
Updating your profile often is a good strategy for getting noticed on LinkedIn. The platform has a setting that when you update your profile, your followers and connections will get notified. There are two methods for activating this setting. 
 
The first is in the Settings function. See the screen shot below
 
The second method is easier and can be seen when you are in the “Edit Profile” mode. When you are editing your profile, simply toggle the switch at the right to the “Yes” position if you want your followers to see your update.
 
 
I’ve made the mistake about leaving this setting on when making certain profile settings. You can read all about that LinkedIn snafu by clicking the following link:
 
 

5. Look at Others’ Profiles

 
One of my favorite aspects of LinkedIn is to see who looked at my profile. If it is someone I haven’t talked to in awhile or someone with whom I’d like to connect, I’ll send that person an email or a LinkedIn message.
 
If you want to get noticed by a specific person and don’t have the ability to connect with him/her, look at his/her profile. Don’t just do it once. Do it a couple of times a week for a few weeks. After that, send that person an email, an inMail or call him/her on the phone. 
 
The simple act of looking at that person’s profile will make your name recognizable. 
 

6. Continually Add Connections

 
Naturally, the more connections you make on LinkedIn, the more people will notice you – those people with whom you connect. Your followers and other connections will see when you connect with someone new, depending on their preferences for what they see in their feed.
 
Connect with more people, more people will want to connect with you and then you’ll be able to connect with even more people. 
 

7.  Participate in Groups

 
LinkedIn used to permit a user to join only 50 groups. Fifty may seem like too many to you but it really isn’t. Of the groups you join, you’ll discover several will not be worth being a member. The activity won’t be that great.
 
That doesn’t mean, however, there aren’t some very good groups to join within LinkedIn. 
 
Groups are not as valuable, or as easy get the value from, as in the past. You can still find some, though, that will help you get noticed. To get noticed in a group, you need to be active.
 
Most groups have turned into linkfests. Don’t participate in those. Be social. Comment on other members’ posts, ask questions, be human.
 

8.Use Keywords in your Profile

 
LinkedIn is a gigantic search engine. No, it’s not as big as Google or YouTube but it’s still big. Better than those other two sites, LinkedIn is specifically for business professionals. 
 
What keywords should you use in your profile? That’s simple. Use the ones that people would use to find you. 
 
Use the name in your profile that you believe people would use to search for you. Use it multiple times in your profile. If you google your name, your profile, if written well, should be one of the first search results.
 
Also use terms related to your profession, (CPA), your position (manager) and services provided (audits). 

 

Do You Have to Do All of These?

 
Of course you don’t have to do all of these every day to get noticed more often on LinkedIn. Each will help but some will only help a little. 
 
You don’t have hours to spend each day, even each week? Do you have an hour each week? Sure you do. Break that hour into 10 minutes each day and you get six days of activity.
 
Pick a few of these to do. If I did just three of these 8, I’d curate content, share and comment on articles and set my profile up with keywords. With keywords, you can do it once and leave it for a while. Then you would only have to take two actions each day. 
 
LinkedIn is a valuable resource but you have to know how to use it. Having a profile is not enough anymore. Use LinkedIn to help create your personal brand. Use it to help you show how much you can help your clients.
 
Question for you: What other ways have you found useful to get noticed on LinkedIn? If you have questions about LinkedIn, please reach out to me via the contact page.
 

9 Mistakes People Make Daily Before They Get to Work

Everybody makes mistakes every day. Some mistakes people make are minor; some can affect the rest of your life.

A wonderful quote from the recently deceased Muhammad Ali says it quite succinctly:

I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.” 

mistakes people make

In essence, just because you make a mistake, that doesn’t mean you are not capable of having a positive influence on someone, or even yourself. If you learn from a mistake you made, it’s not in vain. You can use it for good and make the future better.

Why We Make Mistakes

People make mistakes all the time. I make mistakes several times a day. How often do you make a mistake? If you say not very often, you’re probably not being honest with yourself (that’s a mistake).

Most mistakes people make are not really mistakes. You didn’t accidentally rear-end that car on the highway. You tell yourself it was a mistake but, in reality, you make the decision to be scrolling through your Facebook feed rather than paying attention to the traffic around you.

Science backs this up. A study from Princeton University discovered the brain is able to process information correctly but struggles when that information contains errors, or “noise.” 

Your desire to flip through Facebook is the noise that made it so your brain could not react quick enough when the driver in front of you hit his brakes.

We make mistakes, in most cases, because we choose to take a particular course of action. 

Focusing on the proper action will enable you to keep from making those “mistakes.” 

Mistakes People Make at the Beginning of Each Day

Now that we briefly touched on the “noise that causes us to make mistakes, let’s look at some mistakes people make on a daily basis. Most importantly, we are going to look at mistakes made in the morning, before people even leave for work.

There is some credence to be given to starting the day off right. 

We say often, when someone is in a bad mood, that he woke up on the wrong side of the bed. The side of the bed may not particularly matter but other things that person did in the morning certainly had an effect on his mood the rest of the day. Let’s look at nine mistakes people make each day:

1. Hit the Snooze Button

Raise your hand if you’ve ever hit the snooze button when your alarm goes off in the morning. Yep, we all have at some point. This is a mistake we make that causes a ripple the rest of the day.

 

If you set your alarm, get up when it goes off. I know sometimes that is easier said than done. Sometimes you just feel like you need a little more sleep. I’ve been there too…far too often.

I’ve realized, however, that my days go much better when I wake up with my alarm. Have you noticed that too?

There are several things you can do each night that will help you improve your sleep so you feel rested when your alarm goes off in the morning. 

The morning will come

2. Leave the Bed Unmade

Productivity experts will tell you to make your bed first thing every morning and it will increase your productivity for the day. It is partially based on having good habits that lead to success. It is also partially because it’s a simple productive task you can accomplish before anything else. 

Leave your bed unmade and you won’t have that first “small win” in the morning. Make it and start the day off right.

Here is an article with 24 reasons why you should make your bed everyday.

3. Wait until Morning to Iron and Choose Your Clothes

I’ve always been particular about ironing my dress shirts. I don’t even take my clothes to the dry cleaners to get washed and pressed because I got tired of having to always touch them up when I got them back. 
 
So, I iron the dress shirts on Sunday evening that I will wear that entire week. Also, many years ago, I started setting my clothes out the night before. Saving the time for that decision making process in the morning means I can sleep in longer and decrease the potential for mistakes. 
 
For me, picking a suit, dress shirt and tie don’t really take a lot of time. For you ladies though, you know how many outfits you go through each day before you make the final decision. Select your outfit the night before and reduce that frustration in the morning.
 
Iron at least the night before and pick out your clothes as well. You’ll give yourself one less opportunity to make the mistake of running out of time in the morning.

4. Don’t Rehydrate

Your body dehydrates over night. The best thing you can do for your body is to drink a tall glass of water first thing in the morning. 
 
Rehydrating does several things for your body. I’m not going to list them here because the best resource possible is a master class podcast by Shawn Stevenson (the Sleep Smarter author from above). You NEED to listen to this episode. 

5. Deprive Your Body of Proper Nutrition

Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It certainly can be if that’s what you believe. Regardless, depriving your body of the nutrition it will need to conquer the day is a huge mistake people make frequently.

You don’t have to have a huge breakfast to provide your body the nutrition it deserves. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time either. 

A quick and easy way I get my nutrition is by making a smoothie. A little almond milk, avocado, kale, frozen berries, hemp protein and almond butter and I’m good to go.

 

Many days though I don’t even have a smoothie in the morning. More often than not, I choose to start my day with a concentration of healthy fats instead. It’s become pretty popular now but I follow Dave Asprey’s basic recipe for Bulletproof coffee. You can find his recipe here.

If you don’t want to take the time to blend the butter into the coffee, you can just use straight grass fed butter. It won’t be as good and you’ll have to stir your coffee continually, but it will still work.

Healthy is merely the slowest rate at which one can die

6. Leave the House with No Time to Spare

You’ve planned everything perfectly and you should make it to work right at starting time. Perfect…until an accident backs up traffic so bad that you’ll be 30 minutes late.

Leaving the house with just the right amount of time to make it to work is a rookie mistake. Leave early. Give yourself some extra time. 

When traffic backs up and you still have plenty of time to make it into work, you’ll keep from getting stressed and ruining the most productive hours of the work day. 

The solution is simple: Leave for work earlier than you need to.

7. Not Expressing Gratitude

Brian Tracy, the great sales trainer, speaker and author says, “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

Don’t just be grateful for the big wins and successes in life. Be grateful for the apparent small things in life such as waking up in the morning, having a reliable vehicle to drive and the love of your family. 

When you get to the point that you always have an attitude of gratitude, your days will be filled with so much more joy. You will encounter less stress and be less stressful to others.

8. Get Upset with Traffic

People that have a high level of inner peace, do not worry about the things they can’t control. In fact, they don’t even worry much about the things they can control.

Instead, they let the things they can’t control just happen. It doesn’t get them too worked up. 

Imagine being stuck in a traffic jam on the way to work in the morning. You hear on the radio that there is a multi-car accident a few miles up ahead of you on the highway. What are your thoughts? 

Are you worried about being late and how inconvenient it is for you?

Or, are you grateful it’s not you in the accident and you say a prayer for those involved?

Use the extra time you have by yourself to your advantage. Spend the time praying, meditating or simply sitting in peace. You can’t control the traffic but you can control how you react to it.

9, Arrive at Work Right on Time

The final mistake people make before they get to work each day is getting to work exactly on time. The mistake is not understanding what it means to be on work in time.

If your shift begins at 8 a.m., you should be in position ready to work at 8 a.m., not strolling in the front door of the building at 8 a.m. Arrive early enough that you can have your cup of coffee in-hand and computer booted up before it’s time to start. 

Your employer pays you for your full effort the entire day. Give the company what it pays you for. Besides, arriving early will reduce the possibility of stress due to traffic or other inconveniences in the morning.

Repeating Mistakes

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” 

Mistakes are like this too. It’s typically okay to make a mistake one time (even though as we learned at the beginning it really wasn’t a mistake, it was a choice). Don’t repeat your mistakes though. 

As Will Smith’s character Hitch says in the self-titled movie, “Begin every day as if it were on purpose.” 

Have a plan for each morning and be intentional about everything you do. Don’t be so rigid that you add stress but do things on purpose. When you are intentional about living your life for yourself, you will make fewer mistakes, be happier and more successful.