Your Business Is an Extension of You

biz-extensionHave you been having a tough time getting your business to be profitable? Or perhaps you’re experiencing some difficult financial pressures.

What do you think is causing the problem? Circumstances? The economy? Someone else’s actions? The weather?

Here’s a clue: Your business does not exist separately or apart from you. You create it from ideas and actions stimulated by your thoughts, beliefs and emotions. In other words, your business is an extension of you.

Factors affecting your business

There are actually many  of factors, aside from your business and financial skills, that contribute to your business outcomes. These include, but are not limited to, your:

  • Ambition
  • Personal energy
  • Confidence about your knowledge and experience within your chosen field
  • Willingness to take risks and make mistakes
  • Communication skills
  • Discipline and determination
  • Personal motivators and values
  • Capacity to make effective decisions
  • Self-Concept
  • Thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.
  • And so much more

These factors are all about you.

If your business isn’t working the way you had hoped it would, looking at these factors and making some adjustments can help you move your life—and your business—in a more positive direction.

For example, if your communication skills aren’t fabulous and people don’t “get” what you are trying to say, with some help, you can learn to express yourself in a more effective manner.

Your Personal Energy Matters

The sum total of how you present yourself to the world greatly contributes to your chances for success—or failure.

Think about this for a moment.

Imagine a person who feels depressed or dissatisfied and perceives himself as a victim of circumstances or of other people’s chicanery. More often than not, he blames other people, the economy, or even the weather for his failures.

Now imagine another person who has a positive self-image, a joy of life, who sees every potential obstacle as an exciting challenge and feels in control of her destiny.

Who would you bet on to be successful in a business venture?

YOU Control Your Destiny

Some elements of your personal energy are genetic. Others you have total control over, such as how you fuel the cells of your body-mind and how you treat other people—and yourself.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • How willing are you to examine your personal energy and how you present yourself to potential clients in order to improve your business outcomes?
  • What habits are you willing to develop that can raise your personal energy levels so your business reflects health and vitality?
  • Are you willing to get help from someone else who can work with you to develop a rational strategy to improve your personal energy and keep you on track?

I have been watching CNBC’s program The Profit in which Marcus Lemonis, a successful entrepreneur, helps failing family businesses turn into profitable ventures. Invariably, at the core of the business problems is the business owner. His or her willingness to change themselves is what determines the success of the turnaround. (Watch full episodes here.)

Over the years as a coach helping entrepreneurs and professional practitioners build their businesses and fix their finances I’ve learned that success requires a lot more than just developing new business and financial skills.

What matters is the entrepreneur’s willingness to look within and see how their personal energy is affecting their business outcomes.

If you would like to learn more about how you can improve your personal energy and your business outcomes, register for the upcoming webinar 5 Selfcare Tips that Can Boost Your Bottom Line.