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In this e-book … · What’s it all about?

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· So what defines a ‘winner’?

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· What’s all this got to do with marketing?

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· Habit One

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· Habit Two

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· Habit Three

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First published in Great Britain 2013

· Habit Four

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· Habit Five

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· Habit Six

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· Habit Seven

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· The choice is yours …

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· About the author

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· What people say about Vanessa Lanham-Day

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Contact the author: ontrack@cproject.co.uk

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The seven habits of super-successful small business owners All business owners start out with a dream of being successful. We all had a vision of more financial security; the freedom to work less hours, spending more time on holiday, or with the family; or even just more time to ourselves. But very soon, the reality becomes the freedom to work 12 hour days, 7 days a week, spending less time with the family and finding holidays are a rare treat! So what makes the difference between those who do 'make it' in a tough economy versus those who seem to struggle; making a reasonable living but, in reality, they are only just getting by? I’ve worked closely with business owners for the last 25 years as I’ve run my marketing business CProject. If I could predict – in advance – the winners from the losers I would be more than wealthy by now. The fact is, you simply can’t. Many talk a good game and, on the face of it, seem to do many of the right things; but still success doesn’t come. Others – often the least likely – seem to fly after only a few pointers in the right direction. You can hardly see them as they head off in an energised cloud of dust!

Doing versus talking about doing Before I get into the detail of the Seven Habits, I think it’s only right to pay homage to the original ‘7 habits’ author, Stephen Covey (ie. the brilliant ‘7 habits of highly effective people’). It’s more than possible that you have read this excellent book; and maybe Michael Gerber’s ‘e-myth;’ Tony Hsieh’s ‘Delivering Happiness; or even Napoleon Hill’s ‘Think and Grow Rich’. What I’ve noticed about people who are ‘playing not to loses’ is that they have often read all the books but aren’t doing any of the ‘stuff’. They certainly plan to; when they are bigger, have more money, have more staff, when it’s not just them doing it all, after this next project, next year – sometime soon. Oh yes, definitely! People who ‘playing to win’ do tend to just get on with it NOW. And what I hope for you in this book is that it gives you some simple daily behaviours that you adopt NOW. Please look at the 7 Habits and ask yourself honestly, ‘do I play to win?’ Or ‘do I play not to lose?’ The results you’ll get are SO radically different you will be astonished. The choice is yours.

Disregarding all the basics (like their business idea being ‘right’, there being enough of a market or niche for their products, and getting the pricing right all of which are absolutely vital!) there is something fundamental afoot here. You could have two identical business models and two different business owners and the results would be chalk and cheese. I wonder why? From my experience it comes down to a number of key personality and attitude traits – and resulting behaviours. A respected colleague described his view to me earlier this year and it absolutely hit home (thank you Martin!); he said “it’s the difference between people who are ‘Playing to win’ versus those who are ‘Playing not to lose’ “.

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You can characterise a ‘playing to win’ type from someone of the ‘playing not to lose’ quite easily. They do things with an energy and commitment that is guaranteed to make waves and make success far more certain. This book is about the characteristics that I have observed that separate the ‘winners’ from the ‘playing not to lose-ers’. The BIG question is – which one are you?

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So what defines a ‘winner’?

What’s all this got to do with marketing? I write and speak on the subject of marketing. And I can see – at face value – that talk of a winning mind-set and daily work habits may not seem to have much to do with marketing; surely that’s all about websites and advertising? So let me explain. I love this definition of being an entrepreneur …

Before we look at the ‘habits’ in more detail, let’s at least consider the nature of what it means to ‘win’. I had the pleasure recently to meet with Sir Chris Hoy, our champion cyclist and Britain’s most decorated Olympian, at a talk he was doing. If we are looking for traits of a ‘winner’ we don’t have to look any further! In his talk he gave some interesting insights into the nature of winning. He was certain it had nothing to do with pre-destiny. Whilst he accepts he was born with the right ‘fast twitch’ muscles you need to be a sprinter, he was clear that his success was mostly down to the extraordinary commitment he made and the quantity – and quality - of the effort he put in. When he was just 15 he said he wanted to win Olympic Gold; he remembers now that the goal seemed laughable – he was no better than any of the others in the junior squad but he was the only one who defined the BIG goal. In London2012 the cycling team was known for its strategy of the ‘aggregation of marginal gains’. For example, they took their individual beds everywhere – hence never having their sleep compromised by the fixtures and fittings available. The ‘hot pants’ they wore until seconds before the ‘off’ to keep muscles warm, and so on. Individually none of these make the difference but if you add up all the 0.1% improvements and the difference is measurable; when he won his first Gold Medal it was by a margin of 15mm and it doesn’t take many 0.1% gains to make that level of difference!

“It’s about being prepared to live a few years like most people WON’T … …in order to live the rest of your life like most people CAN’T.” To have a better quality of life than simply being employed it is, ultimately, all about the money. Not as an end in itself but in the freedom and choices it affords. For example, having the freedom of being able to work with fewer, high-quality, higher-paying clients, versus dozens of poorer-quality customers who value – and pay - you less, leaving you with little time for anything else. The time for money trap. Or having the certainty of a residual income giving you the freedom to take longer holidays to spend time with your kids, or your ageing parents. The quality of your income cannot be left to chance. It defines the quality of your lifestyle and your freedom of choice. And the only way you’ll get this right is to start to think like a ‘marketer’ – rather than like a ‘doer’. Doers tend to ‘do’ first and spend any time left over on marketing (there usually isn’t any by the way). In contrast, marketers do their marketing first, because they know this is the only way they can improve their potential for income and hence secure the future of their business for themselves and their family. And for their customers too.

In terms of being a business owner, the lessons are easily transferred. About being REALLY clear about what your gaol is. Being prepared to put the hard work and the hours in. Lots of marginal gains. And having 100% the right mind-set.

And to think habitually like a marketer – you most definitely need to ‘play to win’.

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Habit One

Using empowering language Energy creators say ‘I can’, ‘I will’, I want’ – energy vampires say ‘I’m not sure’, I can’t’, ‘that’s not practical’. Energy creators ask questions – ‘How can I make that work for me?’, ‘How can I make this better?’, ‘What techniques are they using that I can adopt?’ Energy vampires tend to make statements; ‘That won’t work for me’; ‘I’ve tried that before’; and ‘That’s not how it works in my sector.” Language is VERY empowering as your subconscious believes everything it’s told. · · · ·

So, if you say ‘I can’t’, guess what happens. Try saying ‘I can’ and notice the difference. If you say, ‘that’s not relevant to me’, how much will you learn and develop, I wonder? If you just ask ‘how …?’ guess how hard your subconscious will work to find an answer for you.

You CAN adopt the habits of an energy creator and you CAN ‘check’ yourself if you spot vampire habits coming on! You CAN use empowering language and you CAN get into the habit of asking empowering questions. These are learned behaviours that will give you radically different results. And make sure you ask those around you to tell you – quickly! - when you fall into bad ‘vampire’ habits!

I’ve made this habit number one as it’s so fundamental. Being an energy creator underpins all the other habits of people who ‘Play to win’. I’m sure you know precisely what I am talking about when I mention an ‘energy vampire’. Some people just DRAIN you. You can find them at home, in the office or in the pub. They always have a good reason why it won’t work; they’ve tried it before; there’s not enough time; or it’s just not possible for them. You want to throw yourself off a cliff after 15 minutes in their company! Energy creators, however, are always inspiring and see solutions rather than problems. They always have plenty of ideas, they never say die and are always up for a challenge. Energy creators are good people to spend time with.

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Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Vince Lombardi What does it mean to be the best? It means you have to be better than the number two guy. He's a loser—that’s why he's number two. Jarod Kintz

You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do every day. Jason Mraz

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Habit Two

My website isn’t working … Just recently a business owner complained to me that his website ‘didn’t work’. He had a Google AdWords campaign running with the aim of gathering data by getting prospects to sign up for his ebook. He was getting lots of hits on his Ad and a good ratio of ‘click throughs’ but no-one was signing up for the book; hence his assertion that his website wasn’t working. We looked at his website homepage to try to understand the problem. My immediate observation as that the most visible sign up box was for an earlier campaign he’d run; you had to scroll down quite a long way to be able to input your details as there was no mention of the e-book on the visible part of the website at all. It took just a few basic tweaks to the layout of the home page to significantly improve the chances that people who clicked through from the advert would take up the offer of a FREE e-book. For me, a far more useful response would have been …

No-one ever said running a business would be easy. The economy has been tough in recent years. The banks haven’t always been there with the cash when businesses have needed it. And the weather! I’m guessing if you were running a beach chair hire business in Cornwall over the last few years you might consider you had something justifiable to moan about. I’m not saying there aren’t outside factors that will have an impact on your business. What I’m saying is that the most important thing is how you respond to them.

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What’s going on here – why am I not getting the response I want?

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Is my advert targeting the right people? With the right proposition?

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Is the landing page the right response to the advert?

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What are my analytics telling me? Is it a mobile device or browser issue?

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Does my e-book have a mega compelling title that would make it a no-brainer for my target clients?

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Could I make the sign up any easier?

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How are other people who successfully collect data this way doing it?

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What can I learn from them?

I found it incredibly illuminating that his first reaction was to ‘blame’ the website.

After all, no-one will ever be as passionate about making your business work as you are and if you don’t take responsibility, it’s going to be a tough road ahead.

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Embracing mistakes and failure

Habit Three

The economy isn’t your fault. Nor is the direction of the Jet Stream across Europe, or the state of the international banking system. Taking responsibility simply means you accept that no-one can respond to it except you. Getting it right first time is a pipedream – things can and will go wrong but you simply need to learn from your experiences and build your expertise. People who ‘play to win’ routinely do. They embrace the learning that mistakes and failure bring. They see it as an opportunity. A stepping stone towards success. A little piece of knowledge that you take on board and that brings you closer to your goal. People who ‘play to not lose’ always want to mitigate their losses – and a great way to do that is to stop as soon as potential failure looms!

Do you know a ‘busy fool’? Someone who works hard all the time – often for very long hours – but never seems to get closer to what they want to achieve?

It’s a trait that’s very easy to observe in others but altogether less easy to observe in ourselves. And in my experience, a majority of business owners routinely suffer from some – or all! – of the following … I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas A. Edison

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Poor email management: Responding to emails drives their day. The fear of becoming overwhelmed with an overflowing inbox means they allow emails to continually interrupt their daily work. They actively check their email on their mobile devices when they are away from the office.

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Poor phone management: Accepting random phone calls that interrupt the work they are doing. Fear of missing out on a potential customer. Wanting to respond to customer queries instantly.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho, the Alchemist

Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavour. Truman Capote

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Time for money trap: Working direct with clients most of everyday, with no time allowed for development. Their prices are usually set so they don’t have a choice if they want to pay the mortgage. Micro-managing customers and staff: Overseeing day-to-day customer work – chasing up suppliers, visiting customers, helping with packing an urgent order, jumping ‘on the tools’ to reduce a backlog. Getting VERY involved in the day-to-day issues and not allowing others to take responsibility.

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Lack of book-keeping: Dealing with book-keeping matters rather than employing a book keeper in order to save money.

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Poor technology choices: Spending hours fiddling around with software they don’t understand using equipment that’s not up to the job.

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Sporadic marketing efforts: They work on their marketing and business growth - but usually at the end of a busy business day or at weekends. There is no regular pattern. They just don’t have the time and they are not that clear on what they should be doing, even when they do have the time.

Does this sound familiar to you? I’m simply suggesting you have a choice. People who ‘play to win’ make sure they have time to work ON their business and not just IN it. People who ‘play not to lose’ often worry about the cost of outsourcing and will aim to minimise their outlay.

Winning strategies for working ON your business For our ‘winners’ this means making some tough choices about how they spend their day. They value their time and treat it with respect. ·

Email management: They recognise emails as their most dangerous ‘time vampires’ and have a strategy to prevent them playing havoc with vital development work. o They routinely go ‘offline’ and switch off mobile devices – and dedicate specific parts of the day to managing emails all in one go. o They educate customers, suppliers and staff that they will get a proper response within, say, 4 or 24 hours. o They divert more important emails to someone who can respond quickly or into an alert system so they are interrupted only for urgent matters.

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· Phone management: o They delegate call answering to an assistant, or a call answering service (again, with an urgent alert system). o They set start AND end times to calls with EVERYONE. o They schedule call backs rather than taking calls randomly o They DON’T routinely give out their mobile or direct dial number.

· Time for money: o They value their time and expertise and set their prices so they don’t have to work over-long hours. o The know they are giving better customer service in this way and are more likely to secure the future of their business for their customers to use long into the future.

· Managing customers and staff: o They respect the value of customers absolutely - but never to the point where they put their own business goals second to their customers. o They make sure there are staff and systems in place – in house or via suppliers and virtual resources – to support customers properly at all times. o They will never play ‘doormat’ to demanding customers and would even sack those that abuse their time. o They step back and delegate responsibility – but monitor results.

· Book-keeping: o They are willing to pay for someone with proper experience to do book keeping for them – and in less time! o They recognise that the cost compared to the value of their own time is negligible.

· Technology: o They are willing to pay for someone to support technologically-driven services, recognising the potential time drain these can be and that others are better qualified to do the job in less time. o They invest in the right equipment and aren’t hostage to a computer that routinely fails or doesn’t have the capacity required.

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Focused marketing efforts: o They have a clear plan of action regards their business growth and marketing, are totally committed to achieving the deadlines they have set themselves. o They break it down into manageable chunks and are committed to getting the work done. o They will often make public commitments to make sure they have to follow through. o They work on business growth and marketing EVERY DAY. o They focus on the activities most likely to bring them the results they want when they are fully energised and at their most creative. o Only a serious crisis will divert them. o They have procedures in place to deal with other matters while they are working ON their business.

I don’t like to do just the things I like to do. I like to do things that cause the company to succeed. I don’t spend a lot of time doing my favourite activities. Michael Dell

Habit Four

In business, people who ‘play to win’ are focused on their all-important numbers. Their need to measure where they are at, at any point in time, is paramount. Knowing how well something is working is the launch pad to making it even better.

The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it. Shoppenhauer

People who play ‘not to lose’ are much more likely to be woolly. Not 100% clear on how much money they made this week, or last or even 6 months ago. They don’t really know what they are spending, don’t know what their return on investment (ROI) is, and have no idea how efficient their marketing process is.

Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life. Alan Lakein

There are some really key milestone numbers that you need to know if you want to drive your business forward…

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. William Penn

Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week. Charles Richards

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Where are you right now in terms of turnover, profit or customers?

The key is in not spending time, but in investing it. Stephen R. Covey

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How much can you afford invest to achieve your goals?

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What’s the BIG goal? And what level of turnover (or profit, or customers) will you need to achieve it? Knowing where you want to get to is CRITICAL.

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How much can you afford to invest in bringing on a new customer?

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What are your lead conversion rates? In other words, do you know how

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How much are each of your marketing pillars costing you?

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Which ones work the best in terms of ROI?

Playing not to lose usually means that ‘fog’ invariably wins over clarity with vital business information. When you know the answers to the questions above you will be in a far better position to ‘play to win’; and you’ll be able to focus unequivocally on getting to where you want to be.

'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?' said Alice 'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat `I don't much care where' said Alice `Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

You got to know your numbers. If you don’t know your numbers, you don’t know your business. Marcus Lemonis

Your numbers run your business. The most successful business owners, the rock stars, are all over their numbers. They can tell you how much profit they made last week. They can tell you how that compares with their projections. They know the latest profit margins on all of their products. They can tell you which product sales are slumping, and the best of them can even tell you exactly why! Nigel Botterill

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What do they say? “Rule 1: Customer is always right. Rule 2: If Customer is ever wrong - reread Rule 1“… Too many business owners have only a cursory understanding of their customers. How many times have business consultants told me their market is ‘SME business owners’ … really? Is that the best you can tell me about who will buy from you? Ask people to try to drill down and narrow their options and it’s hard work. They seem afraid of narrowing their market for fearing of missing out. The net result, however, is the considerable likelihood of appealing to no-one at all. A disaster. Understanding – truly understanding - your target customer is critical. When you know what their likely age is, where they might live, what cars they drive, their favourite programme, how many kids, their job etc. Suddenly you know how to talk to them. You start to get the feel for the issues in their life – their aspirations and fears – and where what you can do for them really fits in. And that’s when you can start to build a valuable relationship with your customer. Vanessa Lanham-Day ©2013

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Ask yourself, with your marketing…

Habit Six

· Do you ‘get a customer in order to make a sale’? · Or do you ‘make a sale in order to get a customer.’? The difference is critical. With one you focus on building lifetime loyalty. The other, it’s all about the sale today. Rather than focus on the costs of just one sale, you focus on what you are prepared to invest – your money and time – to keep a customer for life. It is 100% what informs how companies like Apple, Disney, Dyson - and all the other much-loved brand names - work.

I guess right from an early age we are encouraged to conform. Certainly parents and teachers generally prefer conformity to wacky ‘off the rails’ thinking! But all the biggest and bravest – and most successful – entrepreneurs have always happily stood out from the crowd. There is simply no money in being the same as everyone else in your sector.

A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us an opportunity to do so. Mahatma Gandhi

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But it’s an easy trap to fall into. If you are an accountant, you may well be tempted to create a brand that seems to conform to the agreed ‘standard’, saying the same things in much the same way as all your competitors. There is a sense of validation in being like all the others. Mark Twain wrote powerfully about the foolishness of following the crowd well over a century ago; and his words still resonate today.

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Mark Twain once said... “Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” “The majority in your business, industry or profession are wrong about most – if not all – of their beliefs about how to be successful in that business, industry or profession. “That’s a difficult truth to wrap your head around, but this fact doesn’t lie: 95% of them earn a great deal less than 5% do. Only about 1% becomes rich through their businesses – compared with at least 20% to 50% who barely eke out a living or fail. EVERY population divides roughly into 1%, 4%, 15%, 40% and 40% groups. Many more at the bottom than at the top.

Our ‘winners’ and our ‘playing not to lose-ers’ are both defined by the phrase …

“No-one has ever done that before!” … it’s simply a matter of how they respond.

To put it bluntly, it means that … · · · · ·

Generally, only 1% are rich Just 4% are prosperous 15% are doing well 60% sustaining only mediocrity – in financial terms, heads above water but barely and 20% are doing poorly or failing

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80% of businesses in your sector are achieving mediocrity or worse.

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Therefore, when you decide to follow what others in your sector are doing, be VERY careful who you model yourself on.

People who ‘play to win’ take brave decisions, embrace change and are prepared to stand out from the crowd. People who ‘play not to lose’ are afraid of standing out and prefer to conform and prefer the feeling of ‘safety in numbers’.

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Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Cecil Beaton In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. Coco Chanel If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same. Jonathan Davis

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Habit Seven

Perfection is not all it’s cracked up to be – it’s often an excuse for procrastination and delaying tactics. After all, the brilliant campaign that hasn’t quite been finalised can’t ever fail and you can continue to tell yourself that you are onto a winner. People who play to win would much rather know they’ve got it wrong so that they can learn from the experience and make the next version more powerful and effective.

Being mega-powerful with your time People who play to win simply get more done in the time. To the outside world they are prolific … ‘how do they get it all done?’ They just think the way they behave is normal: · · · ·

they know what they want to do they know why they are doing it they know when it is needed … they J.F.D.I.!

People who play to win are DOERS! They just ffff…flippin’ do it in fact (if you’ll excuse the polite-ism!). That’s not to say it’s OK to send stuff out that’s badly thought through, or full of errors. It just means you need to get on with it. After all, the ‘not as good as it could be’ sales letter that’s landing on doormats is 100% better than the ‘ever-so nearly perfect one’ that’s still sat on your desk.

The trap of perfectionism Ask someone who ‘plays not to lose’ for their thoughts on your sales copy and they’ll point out your grammar errors. Ask a ‘player to win’ and they’ll suggest ways you can tweak your offer to make it even better.

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If you feel like there's something out there that you're supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it. Wanda Sykes

Throw caution to the wind and just do it. Carrie Underwood You have to lift your head up out of the mud and just do it. Teri Garr

The most important thing is to just do it. If I work at a higher level I have responsibility to do better than what I've done before. Sometimes the best happens - beyond possibility. Just do it. LeRoy Neiman

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The choice is yours … Remember what I said about being a winner at the start of this book? Sir Chris Hoy and the aggregation of marginal gains? His commitment and dedication to being the best he could be – and the effort he put in to achieving his goal. His was not the ‘easy’ path – and nor should yours be. Nothing that’s worthwhile comes easy. Any one of these habits may be hard for you to take on board – we are all resistant to change to some degree. But what is certain is that if you change nothing – nothing is going to change!

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So ask yourself honestly – do you play to win? Or do you play ‘not to lose’. Are your daily habits so embedded that you are driven by other people’s agendas rather than your own? Or are you on a path committed to making every one of your days powerful and effective, another stepping stone to achieving your dream business?

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So what could you start doing differently – from today onwards …?

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About the author: Vanessa Lanham-Day

What people say about Vanessa …

Vanessa is founder and managing director of OnTrack Marketing, a Surrey-based marketing consultancy that was formed in 1988.

Vanessa is one of the most engaging, fired up and passionate business and marketing speakers I have heard on the circuit. She is very inspirational and not surprisingly she is already the leading Business Growth Advisor. Andrew Smith, ASM

Vanessa started out in insurance marketing and, as well a including significant portfolio of leading UK insurers, the business developed a strong reputation with many major businesses – Colgate, BOC, ICI, Pirelli and Zeneca, for example. In the 90s, Vanessa’s reputation in the financial sector continued to grow, particularly within the burgeoning Certified Financial Planner community, along with many other professional business-to-business practices, an interest that continues to this day. Despite enjoying working with client businesses on their marketing, there is nothing quite like doing it yourself. When an opportunity for a 50% stake in the retail arm of a national knitwear brand came up, Vanessa jumped at the chance. From 2004, Vanessa’s marketing skills grew the High Street retail business and added a successful international e-commerce arm, quickly growing sales to match 25% of the retail operation. In 2011 she accepted an offer to sell her share of the business back to the manufacturer who wished to build on the internet success. This coincided with her decision to join forces with Nigel Botterill and she is now runs the very successful Surrey Entrepreneur’s Circle. In December 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Business Growth Advisor of the Year and continues to be a leading light for the organisation. In addition to her marketing work with clients, and mentoring of local businesses, Vanessa is becoming increasingly well-known on the speaker circuit for her passionate marketing talks. CProject’s passion is ‘Inspiring and empowering you to fulfil your marketing potential’ and it is certainly what Vanessa loves doing most.

Vanessa is the most valuable asset ... challenging, inspiring, motivating and supporting you on your business journey. Debbie Walker, Passport to Change Vanessa's incredible enthusiasm for what she does, the energy she puts in to the business and the results she achieves; I defy anyone to not get some good ideas as to how they can move their business forward! Keith Hern, Keith Hern Photography From the moment I met Vanessa she has had a huge, positive impact on my business and I've seen it grow month on month ever since. I can't afford not to use Vanessa. She always delivers. Her enthusiasm is infectious. Her advice just works. Gavin Thorn, Gavin Thorn Photography Vanessa helped me develop my ideas and simplify my message in a way that really engaged with my target audience. I had very tight deadlines to meet and my goodness, Vanessa kept me on track and delivered! No longer do clients ask for client testimonials or delay decisions. My report fees have increased both in number and size and increasing my bottom line by £30,000 this year alone. When Vanessa says ‘she has never missed a deadline', she means it! Mike Marigold, Montgomery Charles

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Open minded and responsive, Vanessa's marketing background gives her the tools to think outside of the ordinary and challenge convention. Tim Ostle, Charterhouse

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Vanessa is one of the most dynamic people I know ... with the energy, commitment and skills to drive any project forward to a successful conclusion. To top it all, she's great fun! I would happily put my trust in Vanessa for any project; if she doesn’t have the answer she will go and find it, learn it, or create it. Keith Thomas, Sightline Vanessa's enthusiasm plus high energy creates a very positive atmosphere. She is very effective at influencing people to think through their business challenges and options. Lyn Etherington, Cape Consulting Vanessa’s input has had a significant impact on our business and we'll continue to tap into Vanessa' knowledge to help take us forward. Well worth the investment. Jean-Claude Vacassin, Forme & Function Vanessa is the sort of person that seems to have vanished from these shores- someone who doesn’t ask what's in it for her before she does anything. I hope she stays this way, which is her unique competitive advantage. Wilson Ng Vivacious, interested and interesting, Vanessa’s impressive list of contacts and network brings extra value to any project which needs additional support as well as the creative services that she provides. You have been warned. If you work with CProject Ltd it is almost inevitable that you are going to have a thoroughly enjoyable time in great company and achieve outstanding results. Adam Workman, Wheelers Solicitors Vanessa consistently produced work of a very high standard, thinking outside of the box and exceeding our expectations. Catherine Kirk, Pirelli Tyres

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