Just Take Baby Steps To Business Success

You can own a successful business if you’re prepared to build your business a step
at a time. Take one step, and then another, even when you have no real idea of how
you’re going to get to your destination, beyond the next step.Taking baby steps involves faith, but faith isn’t something you have. It’s something
you do. Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg says: “faith is about realizing that we
don’t have to be defined by the circumstances we find ourselves in. It’s seeing that
our lives are a lot bigger, filled with far more potential than we usually imagine… we
can step into the unknown and make a new beginning.” (From the article “Finding
the Connection” in The Oprah Magazine, September 2002.)So how do you do this?=> One: Decide on your destinationIf the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, you need to decide
where you’re headed.Sometimes we’re so scared of failing, that we don’t make that initial commitment,
that decision. We never say: “This is what I want”.Decide. Right now. And write down your decision. Buy a small notebook, or open a
new computer file. When you write it down, both left and right parts of your brain
take notice.If you feel nervous, reassure yourself that all you’re going to do is take baby steps.
One teeny step at a time, just whatever feels right for you in the moment. You won’t
ever ask yourself to do anything you are not capable of doing in the next moment.=> Two: Wait for your intuition to guide you to the next stepThere’s a voice inside you, which is your intuition, that nudges you along, a step at a
time. Your intuition whispers, it doesn’t scream, and it’s not negative, or afraid.Your negative inner voice is the Spoiler. The Spoiler says: “you can’t; you shouldn’t;
you won’t; it’s too hard; you’ll never get there; who do you think you are?”The knack to handling the Spoiler is recognizing it when it chirps up. Here’s a cute
imaginative exercise to muffle the Spoiler.Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the Spoiler. What does it look like? Is it
big, with a bulging head and massive eyebrows, and — what’s your image of the
Spoiler?When you can see the Spoiler in your mind’s eye, imagine it shrinking. It’s shrinking
until it’s tiny. It fits in the palm of your hand. Now pick it up and pop it into a jar, or
a box. Something with a lid. Screw the lid onto the jar, or close the lid and lock it.Now the Spoiler’s gone. You can’t hear it any more.With the Spoiler gone (you may need to repeat the disposal exercise each day, or
several times a day for a while), you can hear your intuition. Let’s call your intuition
your Director.You can picture your Director in your mind’s eye if you wish. Or you can listen for
him, or her. Your Director pushes. Sometimes I ignore my Director, but she’s
persistent. She nags. She nagged me into creating a blog (Web log) years ago, when
blogs were still considered weird by the mainstream.If you’re thinking that all this imaginative stuff is a mite odd, remember your brain
is divided into two halves, the left and the right brain. Your right brain isn’t verbal. It
thinks in images. Always. Whether you know it or not, and whether you care or not.
If you can become aware of these images, you can get your left and right brain to
work together more harmoniously. (If you’re interested in images, Carl Jung called
them Archetypes. To learn more, read popularized books on Jungian psychology.
Fascinating stuff.)=> Three: Remember that everything’s changing, all of the timeChange is frightening. However, everything’s changing. Nothing stays the same. So
you might as well go with the flow.Change doesn’t have to be bad news. It’s excellent news. It means that your
business will NOT stay the same. It will change, and all the myriad tiny things you
do each day do make a difference. They’re cumulative.Take action to steer your business in the direction you want it to go. If you want
more sales, do more marketing. Follow up with your contacts. Follow up with past
clients. Do at least five marketing tasks a day.When it seems that nothing’s happening, remember that it is, because everything’s
changing and you can’t stop change.You especially need to remember that everything’s changing when everything is
going well in your business. You can’t stand still. So if everything’s going well, keep
paddling in the direction you want to go. If you don’t, you may find yourself sliding
over a waterfall.=> Four: Listen to your resistance, it has meaningWhen you resist something – say marketing – your resistance means something.
Don’t just assume that you’re a lazy so-and-so and dump a heap of negative
thoughts onto yourself.Take a pen and some paper, find a quiet spot, and ask yourself some questions.Ask:* why aren’t I (doing whatever it is that you’re resisting)?* what am I afraid of?* what do I really want?* what should I do next?Answers will come.That’s all it takes to take baby steps to business success. So go ahead. Take one
small step.

Tertiary Education and the Building Manager

As you may be aware, the role of the facilities or building manager has evolved immeasurably in recent years. This continued evolution of industry highlights the increasing need of tertiary training for practising facilities and building managers.What are the advantages of Tertiary qualifications?There is certainly credibility to the sentiment that experience cannot be circumvented; however with the maturity of the facilities management industry sector comes a real opportunity for candidates to gain invaluable exposure to the most current methodology and practising frameworks through formal training and education.In addition to ensuring your asset is managed in accordance with the most effective methodology and operating techniques, it is imperative to ensure your asset or business is equipped in these areas.What qualifications are necessary to ensure the highest calibre of candidate for my business/asset?While there is no one specific qualification that will ensure your management is at the forefront of industry practices, there are a range of formal training options available to candidates in order to ensure a professional approach to the facilities management discipline.Traditionally the sector hosted a range of former tradesman filling these positions, however as the skill set required evolved in areas such as account keeping, financial management, IT, asset planning, risk management, security and emergency management; these particular candidates generally evidenced a skill set shortage in order to adequately complete the tasks required. This shift highlighted the necessity for additional education and training.In addition to equipping candidates with skill set required, educational providers align themselves with peak industry bodies to ensure candidates are afforded the most current and conclusive information in industry.What are the disciplines that a facilities or building manager may require formal education?There are a myriad of correlated disciplines in the built environment that facilities or building managers need to a working understanding of to operate efficiently.Examples of these are areas are:- Facilities Management;- Project Management;- Occupational Health Safety and Environment;- Environmental Sustainability;- Engineering;- Construction; &- Valuation.Further the accessibility to educational providers is now more than ever attainable with a multitude of courses and delivery methods available to managers at all levels of expertise and experience.For those in the strata space or part of an executive committee, there is a legislative requirement pursuant to the strata Schemes Management Act (1996 – SECT 113) to ensure that you have engaged the services of a suitably and professionally qualified candidate.STRATA SCHEMES MANAGEMENT ACT 1996 – SECT 132) An owner’s corporation must ensure that any person employed to assist it in the exercise of a function has the qualification required by this ACT for the exercise of that function.With the ever increasing emphasis on ‘green’ initiatives or environmental sustainability in the built environment, it is now imperative for practitioners, building owners and managers to align operations with the most efficient and modern frameworks available.We recommend that you enquire with your existing management to check the on the suitability of your existing candidate.

UK Air Freight Company Services And Revenues Are Increasing

In 2004 it was estimated that the UK Air Freight market was worth £726.1m and most of this was attributed to international services and the domestic service is very limited as it is dominated by road transport operators.British Airways which offers an air freight service as a by product of its passenger operations are the biggest provider of air freight capacity, but non-scheduled operations are beginning to grow quickly as well.There are a number of positive influences in relation to the UK air freight companies and these are as follows:-1. Growth in world trade and the chance of new markets opening up to businesses in the UK.2. A reduction in the price of air freight rates as a result of competition between the various air freight companies.3. The need for people to move goods around the world faster and more reliably.4. The change in manufacturing processes which require the widespread adoption of just-in-time working practices.Also the services provided by UK air freight companies have become an integral part of the efficient operation of the UK’s economy today which is less vulnerable than some other markets due to recession.Many of the UK Air Freight Company services can offer such things as door to door services as well as the more typical arrival airport only variations to many parts of the world. These companies are also likely to have specialist systems set up in order to handle hazardous commodities for some customers and will usually have an extensive network of agents around the world to ensure the smooth clearance of goods through Customs, as well as being able to deliver the goods almost anywhere that a customer wants.Also many UK air freight companies have benefited from the growth in passenger travel as this now increases the amount of cargo capacity available. Because of this a worldwide network of cargo services has been created that offer the customer more ways to get their goods to the destination more quickly and efficiently.Although the UK air freight company service market took a down turn after the attacks on the US in September 2001 but growth has resumed again and more people are looking at this as a viable way of transporting their goods efficiently and quickly.