The World Lost a Mammoth Friend: A Tribute to Stephen R. Covey

Guest Post by Jay Abraham

Note from Rich: Jay was closer to Stephen than I was, so I think it’s fitting this tribute come from him…

Stephen R Covey Of 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Dedication Obituary
Stephen Covey, 1932-2012

Stephen R. Covey, author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” died unexpectedly on Monday. The world is saddened by his passing, but has been blessed these 79 years by his life.

He was a friend, but even more, he was a true benefactor to the betterment of our entire world. An obituary in USA Today started out by calling him “A force of human nature…”

They talked about how his “seven habits” have been woven into the emotional wellbeing of multimillions of people’s lives – in almost every walk of life – from self-help to the corporate boardrooms of big businesses.

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3 Quick Strategies to Banish Distractions and Finally Get Focused

In my last post, I explained what a lack of focus and distractions can do to your business.

I also gave you a few questions to help you self-diagnose yourself as unfocused.

But the truth is most entrepreneurs know if they suffer from a lack of focus.

In fact, an overwhelming number of my own BGS clients come to me because they have problems focusing. These clients know they are allowing distractions to steal their time and ultimately stop them from having the kind of success they want.

So if you find yourself struggling to focus in your life and your business, trust me you’re not alone.

But What If You Could Change… Right Now?

What if you could banish those distractions from your thoughts and attention while you’re working on any project, how much better would your business be?

How much more could you accomplish?

How much more certain of your goals and decisions would you be if you were able to give every one of them your full, undivided attention?

I’m willing to bet a lot. Virtually every one of the thousands of entrepreneurs I’ve worked with in my career have all agreed. Once they were able to re-master control of their attention and focus, things started happening in their businesses as if by magic.

They got a new level of clarity about their goals and objectives. They accomplished more, faster. And seemingly with less effort.

Instead of being tired and worn out at the end of a long day, they were actually energized and ready for more.

The benefits of controlling your focus are obvious. The “how” to take back control when it starts to wander isn’t.

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Warning: A Lack of Focus Can Kill Your Business

To accomplish any objectives you set, you have to focus. Plain and simple.

Specifically, you have to be able to focus on the things that are essential to your business.

That’s what separates the opportunity seekers online from what I call “strategic entrepreneurs.”

The opportunity seeker is in a virtually constant state of un-focus. He’s scouring the internet landscape trying to find out “what else can I do?” “Where is my next opportunity going to come from?”

The strategic entrepreneur, on the other hand, focuses on the essential. An entrepreneur is constantly asking: “what’s the least I can do to make my vision of success a reality?”

Big difference.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or an opportunity seeker, you are constantly assaulted by opportunities and other distractions vying for your attention.

So it’s absolutely vital that you learn to think like a strategic entrepreneur and learn to focus. I’ll show you how. But first, a quick test to see if this applies to you…

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3 Deceptively Simple Questions that Make Millionaires Online

Right now, if I asked you “what’s your overall business strategy?” would you…

1) Look at me confused and say nothing
2) Fumble your way to a semi-coherent answer
3) Or, would you easily answer the question (as if by rote)?

Sadly, if you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’d end up in group 1 or 2.

And that means you’re needlessly sacrificing profits, while working more than you need to.

Don’t believe me? Give me two minutes and I’ll prove it to you…

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Finding What Works for You: How to Out-Think Your Procrastination

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about ways to out-think procrastination here on the blog.

If you missed my previous blogs on this, you can check them out below.

Distractions and Procrastination: And How to Avoid Both
Another Strategy to Out-Think Procrastination

But the truth is, my procrastination takes on different forms on different days. So I have many strategies to get around it.

And what works for me, may not work for you.

So today, I want to wrap-up this procrastination series with another quick way to think your way around your procrastination and get things done faster. But I also want to talk about how to find which strategy will help you out-think your own procrastination. Let’s get started…

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The Right Way to Test: A Step-by-Step Process to Start Testing Tomorrow

Rich gives you a protocol for testing your marketing effectiveness. This protocol can be used across the board from your emails, to your webinars, and your sales pages.

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Another Quick Strategy to Out-Think Procrastination

I just flew back from Paris, where I was on vacation with my family.

You could call it “working vacation” because I was still in contact with my team while I was there. I was also traveling with my usual pile of books, so I may have a book recommendation or two for you here on the blog in the next couple weeks.

But I don’t want to talk about my vacation today. I want to talk about what happened just before I left for Paris. Because last Thursday, just hours before my flight, we hosted another live webstream here in the office.

This livestream was for a small, intimate group of our prospects. On the livestream, Tom Beal (the President of Strategic Profits) and I talked about how to get around your obstacles in your business. If you missed it, don’t worry, we’ll be doing plenty of other livestreams in the weeks to come.

But one of the things we talked about on this livestream was something I’ve mentioned here on the blog before. It’s an idea I want to expand on today — the idea of “out-thinking your flaws.”

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How to Walk the Entrepreneurial Path of Uncertainty

Rich discusses why chasing security in your business can often lead you down the wrong path and how you can embrace uncertainty to become a happier business owner.

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Then subscribe to this podcast on iTunes or check out the webclass I just posted.