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8 Key Roadblocks to Achieving Your Goals

8 Key Roadblocks to Achieving Your Goals

Insights from Success Principles Trainers As we move through the days and months of our annual cycle we might start asking ourselves “Why am I struggling to reach my goal?” Being a Jack Canfield Certified Success Principles Trainer, and author of the Book, ‘The FUNdamentals of Business Success’, I love to discuss with other trainers … Read more

2024 Decorated Apparel Industry Outlook

Navigating 2024: Trends and Opportunities in the Decorated Apparel Industry

As 2024 unfolds, we are nearly four years past the onset of the COVID pandemic, a period that has seen transformative shifts in various sectors, including the decorated apparel and personalized gift industry. These years have not only witnessed a departure from traditional methods but have also ushered in new, innovative approaches to better serve our customers in the evolving landscape of the personalized apparel industry. Despite the challenges that remain, each obstacle presents unique opportunities for growth and innovation. In my conversations with numerous industry professionals on the 2 Regular Guys Podcast and through my work with Our Success Group supporting hundreds of small businesses, I’ve gained insights that shape my forecast for the decorated apparel trends 2024 and the broader personalized products community.

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How can I Spend More Time Working ON my Business?

How can I Spend More Time Working ON my Business?

As we work to create a growing business, we often find ourselves caught in a relentless cycle of day-to-day tasks, leaving little room to step back and view the bigger picture. The concept of working ON your business, rather than getting bogged down working IN it, is a transformative mindset that promises not just growth, but a rekindling of the passion or zest for why you started your business to begin with. “I don’t have time for that,” you might think, or “Isn’t that just diverting from crucial daily tasks?” But what if I told you that finding time isn’t about searching—it’s about creating? And it’s not just beneficial; it’s non-negotiable for your business’s growth and your fulfillment.

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Why Spend Time Working ON Your Business

Why Spend Time Working ON Your Business

Ready to talk about an uncommon mindset that I believe is a FUNdamental topic that every business owner must understand? That mindset is the distinction between working ON your business and working IN it. I want you to understand why you must make the distinction and why you must find a way to commit time to work ON your business, not just always in it. This distinction might seem subtle, but it can be the game-changer in how you approach your business and, ultimately, how successful you become. Share in the comments your thoughts on working ON your business versus working IN it. Do you make time to work ON your business currently? If not why? Do you see the value in working ON your business?

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Building Success Through Integrity: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs

Building Success Through Integrity: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs

A practical guide for entrepreneurs about integrity? This might be what you are thinking. Shouldn’t all business owners have integrity? However, integrity is often perceived as a moral compass. For a small business owner, I argue that it’s a lifestyle or way of operating for those who really want long-term success. The term has its roots in the Latin word “integritas,” which means ‘wholeness’ or ‘completeness,’ and extends to the concept of integration. Integration also has its roots in “integritas,” which is also about harmoniously melding values, principles, and actions. But how does this abstract idea translate into the practical sphere of business?

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True Costs of Your Business

True Costs of Your Business

Maximizing your profit while still being competitive all begins with knowing your true costs.  Over the many years I have spent chatting with decorators at trade shows and helping small businesses, I have found that people struggle to set prices because they don’t have a good cost basis to rely on.

Overcoming Quitter’s Day

Quitter’s Day is the second Friday of January each year. Quitter’s Day is set aside to recognize those who set new year goals and fail to achieve them. The tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions began 4,000 years ago with the ancient Babylonians. The idea for Quitter’s Day is to encourage and support those who have given up on their New Year’s resolution or goal to try again and ultimately succeed. Research has shown that people quit their resolutions for the year, and many good intentions are abandoned in about 2 weeks. Because this is only 3% of the entire year, which seems so tiny, it made me wonder why so many people want to improve their lives, businesses, and communities, yet for all our best efforts; we run out of willpower in only 2 weeks.

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Do Sweat the Small Stuff

Do Sweat the Small Stuff

Yes, you read the title correctly, I’m saying sweat the small stuff, not DON’T sweat the small stuff. In this column, I want to talk about how little things can make a big difference. By focusing on the small stuff, not only will it improve your business, but it will make your lives easier. You will not be constantly faced with huge daunting tasks or attempting to make large changes in your business.

3 Principles – Believe

3 Principles – Keep Score for Success

“3% Of People Have Measurable Written Goals for their Life, Also 3% of the Population Owns 90% Of the Resources in the World” – Jack Canfield

Keep Score for Success

It is in our nature as humans to reach for something and to go for something better than where we are at now. It is how we became the dominant species on the planet and according to a study by Cameron Anderson of the University of California, Berkeley and John Angus D. Hildreth of Cornell University we actually strive for superiority. This nature makes scorekeeping very important as it gives us the push to grow that extra inch, sell the extra box of girl scout cookies or do that extra lap. The act of keeping score encourages you to eat right, ask one more friend and work harder each run. The scorekeeping is not a way to point out failures and cover your butt. Instead, it is meant to stimulate us to have more wins and get closer to success each time.

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3 Principles - Be Willing to Pay The Price

3 Principles – Be Willing to Pay The Price

“If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it would not seem wonderful at all” – Michelangelo

Be Willing to Pay The Price

We all know an overnight success right? Wrong! Even the successful people or companies that seem to show up out of nowhere, have built what they have and have been exactly where you are at right now. What they did differently is they paid the price, lived through the pain of failures, took big risks and made it. The harder they worked, the more they risked, the faster they got there, but they still had to get there. So, you have to be willing to pay the price. You have to put in the hours when you don’t feel like it. You have to have hard conversations with people holding you back. You have to make that big investment that deep down you know is going to help, but it makes you sick to your stomach to think about. You have to be willing to pay the price and accept possible failures as nothing more than a learning experience.

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