Friday, December 28, 2007

2008 No More Excuses...

Editorial: 2008 No More Excuses
By Tammy Taylor

"2008" No more excuses and no more procrastinating. You need to make a Plan of Attack!
Become more successful, do better nails, be more organized, build your business and make more money.
All these wonderful things can happen now; but only if you get started. If you already started, that's great and you are on your way. If you haven't started, then today is the day!
Get out a pen and paper:
1. Write down 5 things you have learned from me in all the years you have known me; from watching my videos, reading my articles and website, and my "Guide to Manicuring & Advanced Nail Technology".
2. Write down 5 goals you want to accomplish in the next month.
3. Write down 5 goals you want to accomplish in the next 6 months.

After you have written down the goals you want to accomplish in 1 month and 6 months, number them (1-5) in sequence of importance, #1 being the most important.
Here are some examples to get your creative juices going:
1. Clean out your station.
2. Follow up on all new clients.
3. Sign up for a Tammy Taylor Workshop.
4. Make client cards.
5. Start promoting your Specials packages.
6. Perfect the smile line on your Pink & White acrylic nails.

Today I want you to write down the start of your Plan: Just a couple sentences on how you are going to begin each goal starting with goal #1.
You must have a Plan even if it is not perfect, because if you wait till then, you will never get started. Remember, a "Plan" can only be perfected as you go because so many things change daily in our family and our business. ("We have to adapt our Plan daily to keep it going!" Tammy!)
If you are waiting for perfect timing or until you have enough money to get started, you could be waiting forever and wasting today. Just take little baby steps every day, diligently working your Plan, and in 6 months you will look back in unbelief as to what you have actually been able to accomplish.
I have been in the nail business 25 years, since I was 18 years old, and the years have flown by even though some times it has felt like I was going in slow motion and going uphill. Even though it felt like I would never get ahead, I kept diligently working my "Plan" with a capital "P"; Not a capital "P" for perfect but a capital "P" for "Plan!"
Taking baby steps every single day, I just kept plugging along and some times, even feeling like a plow horse, but I never gave up. Now I look back over the last 25 years and cannot believe what has been accomplished. I get so excited and it makes me want to do even more over the next 25 years.
Now, take a look back at all of your accomplishments and you will see there are a lot more positive accomplishments than what you might think. How to do a full set of nails is a HUGE accomplishment. My first set took 8 hours and they all fell off, but now I have the world's record for the fastest set of nails in less than 20 minutes. I am so glad I didn't wait until I was perfect to do another set of nails, or I would still be waiting, 25 years later.
Now, look at your 5 goals for this month and start your Plan with a capital "P": Today! Take baby steps every day, diligently working your Plan.
Start right now and remember: Never Give Up, And Never Give In!