One of the most dramatic
changes you can make in attaining your most important goals is to change your
daily routine. Set your alarm, one hour earlier and establish your own power
hour. Some call it their golden hour.
you read the biographies and autobiographies of successful men and women, most
often you will find that they rapidly increased their success when they
established their power hour and a new routine.
of faith know how to begin their day with prayer. A power hour allows you adequate time to give
thanks, meditate and jumpstart your day. Inspired answers will come as you sit
calmly in your new private time. Even non-believers benefit from the power hour
by practicing positive thinking.
hour sets the tone for the day. It prepares your mind and sets you up to focus
on the most important tasks for the entire day.
anything that is truly worthwhile in life requires discipline. Establishing and
maintaining your power hour is a sacrifice. Moving outside your comfort zone is
when we look closely at super-successful people, we recognize that their extraordinary
accomplishments are the result of thousands of ordinary accomplishments that no
one recognizes or appreciates.
will hand you an award plaque for your discipline of a power hour. Nonetheless,
within three weeks of making this lifestyle change, an award plaque will seem
trivial amidst all the benefits realized from your daily power hour.
As a young boy, I enjoyed watching and helping my mom
during canning season. Mom would transform tomatoes and spices into ketchup and
then pour the mixture in small jars. We always had a jar of homemade ketchup in
As I grew older, I noticed that my friends had name brand
Heinz Ketchup with their meals, and I thought the bottle was far-more
sophisticated than my family’s homemade ketchup. I thought we were just being cheap,
and I’d even ask mom to buy the Heinz Ketchup.
What I learned was that my parents were being smart by
preserving their capital. In their economy, having lived through the Great
Depression and WWII, you didn’t waste money. My folks weren’t just saving money
on ketchup, they were leaving me and my brothers “Financial Footprints,” to
follow in life—SMART! And, by the way, I wish I could express how much better
mom’s Ketchup was than the commercial, chemical-laden, national brand.
We sometimes like to our lack of certain opportunities or advantages growing up for the fact that we have not reached our full potential in life. But the reality is, any person from any beginning is capable of greatness.
Freddie Figgers’ story is proof of that. In 1989, he was abandoned in a Florida dumpster, just hours after he was born. He was eventually discovered by a random passerby who called the police, and was then taken to the hospital. He was eventually placed in the foster care system.
Sounds like a terrible beginning with all odds stacked against him, right? Well, yes. But that’s not how the rest of his story would go.
Have you claimed your FREE, traffic-driving
Google My Business page? According to Forbes, “56% of local businesses are missing out on one of the
biggest super moves to get seen on Google: claiming their Google My Business listing.”
If this is you, you need to stop everything and get
this done because it can help you be seen on the first page of Google for local
searches. And since the first page captures the majority of traffic and clicks, how
much money, customers, leads, etc., are you missing out on by not having your
Google My Business listing claimed and optimized? Below are the specific steps
I’d recommend every business take to ensure they are visible to their ideal and
1. Go to business.google.com, click “manage
now” and follow the prompts. It is
important to fill out every single section in its entirety to have a complete
business listing. Fill out as many categories that apply to your business.
Also, make sure to include the correct phone number and website. I cannot tell
you how many times we see the wrong phone number or URL in a Google
2. Fill out your business description. This is an opportunity to set your company apart from
others. Make sure to highlight your services that match the business categories
you’ve selected. I’d also suggest having a great “no-brainer” offer
that makes it easy for potential customers to decide to use your product or
service (e.g., “Try us for only $1”).
Upload photos, videos and/or a virtual tour. A virtual tour can be a great way to show potential
customers the experience they can expect from your business. However, you
should only do a tour if you have a storefront that you are proud to show
off to the world. Photos (make
sure they look good!) can show customers you and your team, action photos
of your product or service in action and, of course, more cat photos! (Joking
about the cat photos.) Also, video
testimonials can be uploaded to share previous customer experiences. This leads
me to my next point …
4. Get reviews. This is super important for both your Google My Business
ranking and your potential customers. How many times have you chosen to go to a
certain place due to the reviews? Make sure you are intentional about getting
objective reviews from your customers. Make this a focus for you and your
entire team to get a review from everyone that uses your services. Never stop
getting reviews. You can also respond to reviews from your Google My Business
dashboard to show engagement with your customers. A great way to ask for
reviews is to inform your customers that you are always looking for feedback
and ways to make their experience even better, so any comments would be greatly
It’s much easier to see as you mature, however, the reality is that most people stress needlessly as they overthink a decision. Learn to step back and pause—really pause. And, take a deep breath. Sometimes a five-minute walk outside is enough to destress. Then, with a simple and calm sense, make the decision or take the action you were pondering. Good or bad, right or wrong, making the decision alone will give you a boost. And, you can always change course. There is an awesome world of second chances swirling around you.
that creates trouble for your company is the kind that is caused by ill
intentions towards an individual or group. This type of gossip can be harmful
to productivity and tarnish the culture of the work environment. If left
ignored, this negative gossip can cause employee turnover, poor morale and
disruption of workflow.
leader, model the behavior you want to see in your people.
Understanding the role, you play in the creation of office
gossip is the first step towards eliminating its harmful effects. If you
regularly whisper secrets to your team, it’s likely others will act the same
way. Model behavior to others that makes it clear which behaviors are
acceptable and which are not.
its introduction in 2005, the video sharing/social media site YouTube has become an
indispensable advertising and marketing tool for businesses in every industry, of every size to promote their
products to prospects and customers. … 300 hours of video are uploaded every
facts to consider
Video marketing can fit just about any kind of
YouTube is the second most popular online search
Video is considered the most engaging form of
Keywords are less expensive to target customers vs.
Lenz Entertainment Group is on call to help you
build or grow your YouTube Channel. We create and upload graphics in line with
your business brands to establish a professional image for your YouTube Channel—all
at an affordable, one-time rate. Plus, every video that we produce for your
company, we will upload to your channel at no charge, making sure you have a
professional description and the ideal tags to optimize search engine traffic.
With 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day
this is a potential roadblock for small businesses and large corporations. It’s
a “Brain Drain,” in that the baby boomer generation has the combined knowledge
and experience that is valuable to share with the younger generations.
Consider using mentoring
as a bridge. It is a win-win solution
to any perceived clash between Boomers and Millennials is to make a priority of
encouraging mentoring relationships. Many millennials value coaching and
instruction. In a world where they can no longer count on a single employer to
shape and structure their career, younger professionals are actively looking
for such guidance.
Instead of “Brain Drain,” set up a mentoring
bridge between the generations to keep your company on solid ground for future
Good communication is a tool that needs
sharpening. And, the ability to express your thoughts and ideas using clear, concise
language never ends. A common error is to use too many words without editing.
Professional writers express it this way, “writing is rewriting.” Reviewing
your work to shorten your instructions, script or opinion.
Words mean things and when we truly take the
time to review our work, we discover better words to use that deliver the goal
of our communication.
A good illustration of this process is the famous Mark
Twain quote: “If you want me to give you a
two-hour presentation, I am ready today. If you want only a five-minute speech,
it will take me two weeks to prepare.”
leaders having an incredible sense of being able to improve themselves
and their team members without defaulting to prove themselves. Each of us have watched hundreds, even thousands of
people waste countless hours trying to prove themselves to others rather than
spending those same hours improving themselves, their performance and their
get better much faster by focusing on improving rather than proving. We
also contribute and learn far more by sharing than by hoarding.
Don’t prove yourself;
improve yourself – and then openly share with others!