What Is Your Mission?

As an entrepreneur it is important to always stay challenged, and continually learning new skills.  Especially when you are mentoring others to grow their business, and leadership skills as well!  How you coach and mentor others is how they will coach and mentor others.  Before you know it you have an entire culture centered around a belief system YOU created, good or bad.

That said, I am currently enrolled in a Coaching Program.  When you hear coach I am sure most people think of sports team.  Well this is a different area of coaching, but honestly the same principles apply!  I am referencing coaching for business and leadership growth.

In fact I recently read an amazing book on leadership, written by a former head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Smith, and Bestselling Author of The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon.  I strongly recommend you read this book TODAY, as I have looked at my business in a completely different way.  I am excited to see how you analyze your business, team, and strategies after reading.

Gordon, Jon., Smith, Mike. You Win In The Locker Room First:7 C’s to build a winning team in sports, business, and life. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015. Print.

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Smith, shares stories of strategies, winnings, and YES, even losses.  He reflects on the strategies that brought the team big wins and those that brought big losses.  As a leader it is so important to analyze both wins and losses and the path you took to get there.  Understanding the path good or bad can help you avoid next or repeat next time.

In Chapter 1 on page 16, Smith, references a phrase, “Focus on the Root not the Fruit.”

Want to take a guess at what that means? ( Please leave comments on this blog below to start a discussion.) 

MY idea of what, Smith, was referencing. Just like briefly discussed above, you must understand, the ROOT of how you got where you are (the FRUIT or end result).

Smith, mentions how, “Success can be your worst enemy if you allow it to change your culture and approach.”  Well that is certainly a strange thought isn’t it!?  Success should be a good thing right!?

Of course success is a great thing, when we remember our, “Roots.” Why you started your business, what your mission is, what the goals are, why you are here.

Success can sometimes lead us a stray from these important values.  The focus suddenly turns to the win (Fruit) which is the end result rather than the path (Root) that gets you to the win/loss (fruit).  Before you know it your entire team and culture is focused on winning ONLY, rather than the “Root.” Once you have lost your mission, you have lost your purpose.

Losing your purpose can be a scary thing, you may start trying strategies that burn you or your team out just for that win.  You may even start going against your code of ethics to bring in the win.  This can alter your character and lead to major burn out.  It is crucial to remain centered on your, “Roots.”

Success will always follow, because you will  measure success differently.  Success might look different to you when you remain focused on your mission/purpose.

For example: You may find yourself thinking, “Wow, great job team we may not have won the game, but we played with heart, we played with passion, we played with dignity, and everyone of us left better than we started. Thank you for playing like a unified team, and working hard!”  Rather than, “We didn’t win, practice 7 days a week until the next win, that is mandatory.”  This leads to burn out.

I can remember a time where I as so focused on getting to a final number that I wasn’t taking the time to get to know new team members, and their “Why for starting their own business.”  In turn I had no personal relationship with any of my team members and I lost them just as fast as I gained them.  Simply because I lost my focus of, “Why I was here.”  To share an opportunity, like I had to build a home based business, giving families an opportunity to spend more time together.

Getting to know my team and their purpose, helping them achieve their dreams and goals, is ultimately what gets me where I want to be.  This to me is winnning.

Which coach are you more inspired and motivated by?

I encourage you to reflect back on why you started your business, what is your mission? 

  1. Reflect on your biggest accomplishment.  
    1. What were you or your team focused on?
    2. How long ago was it?
    3. Has there been repeat wins?
  2. Reflect on your biggest loss.
    1. What were you or your team focused on?
    2. How long ago was it?
    3. Has there been repeat losses?
  3. Where did you or your team lose focus on your root/purpose?
  4. What steps can you take to refocus yourself and/or your team?
  5. In what area of your business can you use this reflection exercise to refocus your business and bring back the purpose/mission?

I am so grateful for the principals I gained from reading this book and reflecting on my business.  Of course everything above is my opinions and personal experiences.  Please share yours with me as well, with a comment.

I hope you too will find motivation, and inspiration from the above text and this blog post,  reflection exercise!

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