Monday, October 27, 2014

2015 Business Plan

Hello all,

"2015 Business Plan"

It is that time of year to focus on finishing 2014 as strong as we can while preparing to kick some %#@ in 2015. Having a solid business plan is a necessity you can't do without, what is your budget, marketing plan and where will your leads come? Some questions that need to be answered in order to prepare for the new year. This year the office will like to offer it's help in two ways, feel free to pick the one you will be comfortable with.

1- On November 5th Mark will be having a training on business planning in Potomac at 10:30 during his agent round table. He will be covering the basics everyone should know. You can also schedule with Mark to have a one on one to review your business plan for the upcoming year. We are calling this a softer approach to looking at business planning.

2- For those of you who would like to take it a step further I have attached the Tom Ferry business plan work sheet. This will be a harder look at not just your business plan but your overall business. I will be having one on ones with anyone who wants to go down this road, you will need to be honest filling out the sheets and have an open mind.

Get with Mark or I individually to schedule your one on one, the sooner the better.

Enjoy your coffee,

Monday Morning Coffee
"You've failed many times, although you may not remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn't you? Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat? Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot. R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on. English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books. Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs. Don't worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try." 
~ Full-page ad published in the Wall Street Journal by United Technologies
There's a wonderful story in "Chicken Soup For The Soul" about a 4th grade teacher and a funeral. The teacher had her students fill a sheet of notebook paper with all the things they couldn't do. They wrote furiously for quite a while filling their paper with "I can't do ten push-ups," or "I can't kick the soccer ball past second base," or "I can't get Debbie to like me."
The students were then instructed to fold their papers and place them into a shoe-box at the front of the room. The teacher then tucked the box under her arm, and invited the students to follow her out into the playground. There, they each took a turn at the shovel and dug a hole four feet deep. The box was placed in the hole and quickly covered with dirt.
The students then held hands while the instructor delivered a eulogy in memory of "I can't." In it, she noted that "I can't" was survived by his brothers and sister, "I can," "I will," and "I'm going to right away."
"I can't" is a close relative to most of us, yet maybe with a little extra effort we can finally let him go. It won't be easy since he's been such a close relation, yet maybe by dwelling on his brothers and sister and their importance to us - we can!
Remember the unforgettable line from "The Little Engine That Could"? "I think I can - I THINK I can! I THINK I CAN!" Don't forget the last line of our quote for the day. "Worry about the chances you'll miss when you don't even try!"

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