The Ability to Triumph Begins with You.

Where does your workday begin?

If your business operates in an office space outside your home, you know all about commitment and passion and how challenging it is to keep your dream alive. If your actual space is in the basement of your home, most days are filled with visions of where you want to go next. But if your office space is simply the kitchen counter, your challenge may be the hardest, as dreams seem to come and go before they are even fully formed.

But nonetheless, you ARE working. Every once in a while, success catches you by surprise, as you begin fantasizing about the possibilities of this business. You imagine financial freedom within the walls of something that began as a hobby, a passion, or a need to make a difference and suddenly you get excited, filled with emotion and adrenalin…and then…something happens.

For most women, there is a voice that convinces you this will never be anything more than a hobby. Sometimes it comes as you realize the school bus is about to arrive, that dinner hasn’t been made, or that you still need to food shop before everyone gets home. It is then that you will have to decide if you want it more than you fear it.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” Oprah Winfrey.

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When Oprah Winfrey decided to leave a life of abuse and begin a life on her own, she was 14 years old. “You become what you believe,” says Oprah. “You are where you are today in your life based on everything you have believed.” Oprah’s unwavering belief in her abilities is what drove her to focus all of her life’s energy on reaching her objectives.

These belief factors lead her to success:

  • A goal-oriented focus.
  • The ability to overcome diversity.
  • The ability to recognize and seize the opportunity.
  • A sense of responsibility to others.
  • The courage to follow her passion.

Today, according to Forbes magazine, Oprah was the richest African American of the 20th century and the world’s only Black billionaire for three years running. Life magazine hailed her as the most influential woman of her generation. In 2005, Business Week named her the greatest Black philanthropist in American history raising more than $51,000,000 for charitable programs.

“The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant – and the success will naturally follow,” Oprah says.

This let’s work toward being significant…Together, at The Women’s Lab, January 29, 2017.

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All Entrepreneurs Should Start the New Year with these 3 Tips.

Now that the New Year is in full swing, it’s time to head back to the office to create fresh, smart, and effective ideas that will grow your organization.

Regardless of the size of your company or the industry you’re in, if your goal is to increase profits in the coming year, you will want to focus on these topics now.

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  1. 100-Day Plan.

The 100-day plan has become a tradition for newly elected American Presidents. The plan consists of achievable short-term goals that adhere to a President’s long-term vision for the country. Entrepreneurs should write their own 100-day plans to advance their organization’s productivity and profitability. The plan should establish 100 tasks, requiring business owners to consider the specific steps and resources that are needed to bring them to fruition. While there’s a time and place for visionary long term planning, the 100-day plan allows entrepreneurs to design and pursue attainable objectives and start the year off with a burst of energy. When the 100-day finish line is reached by mid-April, entrepreneurs will know if they should be celebrating or if they need to readjust their calculations.

  1. Declutter

Having clutter in your work environment is costly, unproductive and simply a challenging way to start each morning. Money is lost in missing files and documents, clear thinking is lost in an unorganized space and a sense of balance is lost in the chaos the clutter causes. And while a complete clean up of your company’s workspace seems overwhelming, it is a necessary task. To make it happen, set aside a Saturday when your team can come in, rent a dumpster and high capacity paper shredder, and destroy unnecessary documents, presentations and files, and toss out old equipment, brochures, books, product samples, and other unproductive items. Once your space has been cleaned and organized, consider a cloud-based backup system that allows for fast and convenient recovery of your organization’s electronic files and a system that accounts for every thing in the office having its’ own space. Simple things like labeling shelves or drawers will help make this new organization sustainable. The decluttering will not only allow your team to operate more efficiently, it will also help your office to look more streamlined and professional.

  1. Fire the person you know you have to fire.

Maybe you’ve tried to intervene to help turn things around, or you’ve ignored the problem in hopes that it would eventually take care of itself. But however you’ve handled the challenge of having weak members on your team, you know that they’re there and that they’re dangerous the to the health of your company. If you didn’t have the heart to do any purging during the holiday season, the time is now. The costs to your company in reduced productivity, low employee morale, additional supervision, damaged client relationships, and lost revenue that are caused by misplaced employees can be as high as $190,000 per year, so make a decision now to either remedy a situation that’s fixable — or to clean house.

* Lyneir Richardson (contributor)