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Spiderman on the Wrong Bus

Posted by Andrew Baird on March 24, 2011
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I had one of those funny moments last night – you know ones where you have a look at something your kids have done and…

Just have a big old laugh

There was Spiderman sitting on the LittlePeople bus, looking totally like a fish out of water. Completely out of place.

Spiderman On a Bus

Then it got me thinking, you see for a long time I was Spiderman. I was the odd man on the bus.

Certainly no-one told me I was the odd one out – and I don’t even know if anyone else knew it, but I felt that way. You see I was looking to go somewhere different with my business, I wanted to have an amazing business, and the people around me didn’t seem to want that. And I was desperate to find people who did.

You see I believe you make things easier for yourself by hanging out with people who want the same thing as you. People you can bounce ideas off, people who can inspire you, challenge you, push you. People you can turn to when you’re stuck, and people who support you in going for what you want.

I don’t know if you’ve had the same experience as me, but being a business owner who’s going for it, who wants to go out there and help a lot of people and yes make a lot of money can seem like a very lonely road.

But here’s the funny thing, the more clear I am on what I want, the more it seems to turn up. So the more clarity I gained on the people I wanted around me, the more they started showing up in my life.

And hey if this sounds a little bit weird or woo woo, then I’m going to say whatever. I care about results, I care about what works, and I’ve seen this work time and time again. So today I am blessed to still be Spiderman, but now on my bus I have Professor X, Ms. Marvel & The Silver Surfer.

Who do you have on your bus? Is it who you want or not? If not, define exactly who they are, and keep your eyes peeled – they’ll turn up.

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4 Step Process to MIYB

Posted by Andrew Baird on November 30, 2010
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Wow what a busy month it has been – I’ll tell you about it quickly so I can cover MIYB and how it can help you.

I started the month with the release of the last videos in our Business Profits series and spending three days at a Wealth Mastermind at Couran Cove Island Resort.

This island resort is amazing and I’m looking forward to going back there with the family, it’s located on South Stradbroke Island and the only way in is by boat.  Once you’re on the island you have free bike hire to get around; from the surf beach to just to cruising through the bush.

While there I got to spend time with a ton of business owners working on their businesses to make more while working less, some of these guys have been in the mastermind group for 4 years and have got great results.  From selling their businesses and taking time off to increasing their profits by a factor of 8 times.  Exciting stuff!

I got back to my business fired up with ideas for what we’re going to do next year – and happy with the big things we’ve done this year.  And it got me thinking how I could help you sooner in your business, so if you’re interested in cashing in your business, or increasing your profit next year – then this is the blog post for you.

I’m about to give you a simple 4 step process to Mastermind In Your Business (MIYB) – and I want you to actually walk through this now.  Just quickly jot down two or three ideas for each section, this gets your brain thinking and gets you in action to moving your business to where you want it to be.

A Four Step Process to Mastermind In Your Business

Step 1: What do you Want?

Work out precisely where you want to go in your business, how many hours do you work?  How much money do you make?  Who do you help in your business, who do you want to work with?  What is different from how your business is now?  It’s okay if you don’t know HOW you’re going to do it, first work out WHAT you want.

The more precise you can be here the better – and make sure it’s achievable for you.  You don’t want to set yourself up to fail – but don’t think too small either, you want your outcome to excite you.  Maybe you want to make an additional 50% profit and work 10 hours less a week by July 2011.  Work out what it is YOU want.

Step 2: Create Space for It

In order to get what you want you need two types of Space:

- Strategy

- Action

Strategy Space is where you work out HOW you’re going to achieve what you want.  This is looking at the big picture and the details and working out what needs to change to get there.  Do you sell different products?  Do you have different systems in place?  What is it that you will change to achieve the desired result.

And you need to work out specifics of what Action you will take to make these changes.  Now if this gets you thinking  ”I don’t know how to change it, or even what to change?” then don’t worry we’ll cover that in Step 3.  Write down exactly, step by step, what needs to be done to move your business to where you want it to be.

Action Space is time you set aside to put your strategy into action, to make the changes to shift your business to where you want it to be.  You should have a list prepared from your strategy time of exactly what needs to be done and you simply focus and complete the list.  If you hit any roadblocks in putting the strategy into action you’ll see how we handle those in Step 3 and 4.

The fact that you need space to change your business may seem obvious but it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of our business so you need to specifically set it aside and schedule it in.  I know it’s one of the things I struggled with in my business, and I can also tell you doing it makes a massive difference to your business.

Step 3: Ask for Help

In the mastermind process you will come up against problems that you’re not sure how to solve, this is where you need to ask for help.  And no this is not a subtly designed sales pitch to get you to call me – I’m simply telling you it’s okay to ask others for help AND you should do this.

In the mastermind that I attended in Couran Cove they get together multiple times during the year, either in person or on the phone to help each other.  To listen to each other’s problems and offer potential solutions, or to critique their sales copy or marketing campaigns.

In my business I have the following people that I ask for help or advice:

- Expert Accountants (I have a number that I use, not just one)

- Accountant

- Mentor

- Business Coach

- Mastermind Group (3 high achievers in business I asked to Mastermind with me)

- My Network

I’m not calling these guys every 5 minutes because I can’t make a decision or I need a crutch to lean on – I call these guys when I’m stuck and I need help.  In Australia/New Zealand we have a great “I can do it” mentality, and this works for and against us.  It’s great that we believe we can do things (it helps us do them ;) ) – but we shouldn’t let it stop us from asking for help.

Step 4: Measure and Refine

At regular points during putting this into practice in your Action Space you’ll need to review what you want, where you are, what has changed and are you on track?  Is it working?

It’s okay if it’s not, taking action (as long as it’s not a fatal action for your business) is better than trying to come up with the perfect plan for your business.  You want some strategy and some action.

There’s a great story in Red Dwarf about one of the characters studying for an exam.  He spends all this time drawing up the perfect study plan, but once he’s finished drawing up the plan, he’s used up a lot of time in the plan (drawing up the plan) so he has to draw a new one.  This continues until he only has a few hours left to study for the exam and he continually fails! The point is – have a balance between strategy and action.

You measure and refine where you’re at, but don’t change directions all the time. Often in business you need time to build mass and momentum – but try and be certain you’re not flogging a dead horse and headed in completely the wrong direction.

If you’ve built a mastermind group around you (as I have) then you could get together with them to discuss how you’re tracking.  Often an external viewpoint will be much clearer than your own – put together the best group you can, and getting advice is not about removing responsibility, it’s about opening your mind to new, different possibilities.  About getting the best action to take – not the best one you know.  About solving problems in the best way possible.

And that’s the four step process.

I hope you’ve made some quick notes on what you’d like to change in your business and some ideas on how you could do it, and people you can ask for help.  If you’ve scheduled time for strategy and action (or you already have this in your business) then congratulations you’re well on your way to shifting what is possible for you and your business.

I really hope you follow through with this process and use it to improve your business – let me know if you do as I love to hear about people winning in business.  Finally keep an eye out on the blog because we’ll have another free training for you in December.  And this is going to be something special, something out of the box – so keep your eyes peeled!

Andrew.

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Calendar Photos Round 1 – Snap

Posted by Andrew Baird on August 19, 2009
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Last year we made a calendar for some of our Amazing Business clients to say thank you for working with us and playing full out.

One of them had the query “Where did you get all those photo’s and are they all yours?”  So I thought I’d do a series of posts with the photo’s and the story behind them.

Pukeko

Pukeko

This cheeky fellow hangs out in Tahuna Torea which is a nature reserve near where we live, they are such beautiful birds and we love spotting them with Rylan and going Pukeko, Pukeko!

Coconino National Forest

Coconino National Forest

On one of our visits to the States we got to visit Coconino National Forest in Red Rock County.  We had great fun going for walks in this wilderness reserve – virtually no man made elements allowed by law which makes for an amazing real wilderness feel.  Fortunately we had our walkie talkies with us because we got a little bit lost on one of the trails because they were so subtle due to this very restriction.

The Cascades - Vanuatu

The Cascades - Vanuatu

These are The Cascades a series of wonderful waterfalls in the tropical paradise of Vanuatu.  They had such an wonderful aqua blue colour to them and exciting spiders I kept spotting on the sides of the paths – no we didn’t include a photo of these guys.

I hope you enjoyed these photo’s as much as we did going on our trips and taking them.
Andrew.
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What a Difference a Week can Make

Posted by Andrew Baird on April 08, 2009
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So I arrived back on Monday from a week in Australia, I had a good break and an exciting time both with the people I caught up with and the events I attended.  But this post is actually about what happened at home while I was away.

We often think that people stay the same and don’t change, of course this isn’t true – and if you’re hanging out with the right people it’s definitely not true.  In the case of kids though we all take for granted that they change over time, and boy was this true of my son Rylan (almost 3) while I was away.

I would call my wife Kim and Rylan while I was away so I kept up with what they were up to, on the Sunday before I came home I called them to see if they were ready for me to come home.  I spoke to Kim first and then she put Rylan on, I asked him “Are you going to come and pick Daddy up from the Airport?”  The reply came back crystal clear “Yes, but not Today, because today we’re going to see Vanessa and Jeremy and the Horsey and the Doggy!”

Wow, to think it was only a year ago he started putting sentences together, and my being away had given him a real concept of today, and tomorrow.  Which is great for managing our lives, but can cause us to be forever reaching for something that’s out there, instead of being happy with where we’re at today, right now.

When I was met at the airport it was Rylan who spotted me, “There’s Daddy!” and he ran up to give me a big hug.  Not only was he taller he was also more excited to see me than the presents I had brought – these changes just keep getting better and better!

Of course I let him know how proud I was of him, and how well he had looked after Mummy while I was away.  This is something we often forget with the people around us who are growing and changing, do you compliment them and let them know that they are changing for the better and helping make the world a better place.

I hope you do, and remember if you haven’t been you can change it right now by giving someone around you some positive feedback.  And if it’s you who’s been improving, then I salute you too!

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In Australia Next Week

Posted by Andrew Baird on March 27, 2009
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I’m heading to Australia for a week from Monday 30th of March.

Main purpose of the trip is to attend as a guest at Brendan Nichols seminar Stacks of Money.

But I’ll also be doing some networking, enjoying the sunny Goldcoast obviously AND meeting with my Million Dollar Mastermind Group.

We set this group up late last year when we all attended a seminar together. From personal experience this is a great way to implement what you learn on a seminar. Plus it gives you the opportunity to mastermind and work on each others businesses.

So far we’ve been exclusively running tele-seminars so this is our first live get together for a half day workshop. I’m really looking forward to this taking the group to the next level.

Talk soon,

Andrew.

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