Doing What It Takes

rose color glassesIt’s just after 8 pm and this day is winding down. In the winter months the sun sets just after 5 pm and those hours after dark seem to pass by oh so fast. As I am about to close up for the day after working almost 12 hours I remembered I wanted to finish just one more blog post.

Today was one of those days where I want to get so much of what is on my mind and in my plans out and ready for editing. Some may think an entrepreneur is someone who gets up when he wants, works every now and then, and has a large bank account.

Last week I recall one of those online quotes that we put up on Facebook, talking about how an entrepreneur is someone who will work 80 hours a week to avoid getting a 40-hour-a-week job. I got many replies saying we are dedicated people, or it’s always going to be that way and people should understand the price we pay.

Today is our last day in the week of keys you need to unlock your success in 2013. This is the final key I’ll give this week. It’s not that I work all the time, not that I put in long hours, not that I am more in love with my work than with my family. And I do not consider this to be a sacrifice either.

The key is entrepreneurs do what it takes. No matter what the deadline is, we get up and get the work done. When planning for my radio show that aired yesterday, I got a call from my guest for the week, who had come down with the flu. I know what it’s like to go on the air when you’re sick and I would never ask one of my guests to do that.

I jumped to the phones and found someone to make it a great show no matter what. This week I have started the planning for my live events for 2013. That meant I had to make a motorcycle ride up to meet with planners for one event, and it was a cold ride.

My wife and I do not own cars; we borrow her dad’s car every now and then, but for the most part we take our bikes. Yes that means when it’s 22 degrees out and we have a meeting we get on the bike and ride.

So as we finish up this week, let me ask this: do you do what it takes to succeed? Those people who do are the ones who have this key, and yes this key unlocks success.

If you want to succeed this year it’s time to do what it takes. My challenge to you today is to do what it takes. Make a list of events you will attend, then go reserve your spot to attend them. Get yourself started on a reading list, or mailing list of blogs and information that is in line with were you want to go.

I did just that in 2012 and now I have a successful blog, radio show, and successful clients. Take action and do what it takes to succeed. Coming to one of our live events is a great way to get started.

RockStar I’m Tim Gillette. Are you ready to live your dream? It’s time to make a change and make 2013 the year you rock.

Take Out Your Keys to Unlock the New Year

Hope & Change The Dude For the first time since the 1970s, Dick Clark will not be here to ring in the New Year on the ABC “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.” This year we lost Dick Clark and it will not be until tonight that so many will miss him for the first time.

It’s like it was a tradition to have him there to wish us “Happy New Year.” Even when I moved to different time zones it seems like it was a “must-see” event to watch the ball drop with Dick Clark in the Eastern time zone.

Think back to your favorite memory of New Year’s Eve. Maybe it was watching it on TV; maybe it was some special thing that you did at your church each year. As a child, we attended an event at our church till midnight to ring in the New Year. That has great memories in my mind. It was a tradition in our neck of the woods.

But times have changed. Just like Dick Clark will not be here this year to count down the clock and watch that ball drop tonight, our family is also missing someone. This is the second year our family is ringing in a new year with out my dad. It was two years ago today that my dad passed from this earth.

Just as the world will have a new beginning with the change of a year, or the clicks of a clock, we have a new era of someone else to lead our Rockin New Year’s Eve ball drop, and we have a new time in life to move on without our dad.

I want to use this week to talk about that idea, how it’s time to take out our keys and unlock the future that we have kept locked away for so long. Stop talking about someday, saying we will get to that whenever. Well it’s the beginning and it’s time to take out your keys and unlock the new world you are going to create.

I will be doing the same, taking out keys and unlocking creative potential in my own life and business as well as those I am asked to help. In 2012 I hired two new coaches for myself to help me change my business and make it that much more profitable and to make my life that much more fulfilled with joy of each day.

I want to challenge you to take out the keys that are inside of you and open the door of your future. We all have keys inside us that open the doors of success, what is your key and what door of success will it open for you?

RockStar I’m Tim Gillette. It’s time to get the keys to open your business success in 2013.

Plan to be a Responsible Entrepreneur

In the past month I have spent time on the phone with my coaches. One is working with me to make changes to take this business to the next level. With my other coach, we discussed ideas for joint ventures in 2013.

I was surprised when we started talking about joint ventures to find out that she was planning out her 2014. She had most of her ventures planned for 2013 already. I know many just read that and asked, “Who has business planned out that far?”

I wanted to take this week and create a theme of the responsibilities of an entrepreneur. Many of us think of the entrepreneur as that person who is free to do what they want; they do not have to schedule; they get to do what they want when they want.

Well I want to share this week the five things that responsible entrepreneurs need to do. The first thing is they must be planners. They have most of the year planned out; they have direction; they know where they want to go. They plan to make their goals come true. They are prepared when people ask questions to say “yes” or “no” based on the plans they have made.

If you are a responsible entrepreneur and want your business to be around this time next year you should have plans. My other coach teaches to have a two-year plan for your business if you wish to be successful.

How far ahead have you planned? What are your plans to be successful in the next two years? Today’s challenge is to write out a plan for your next year. Do you need help in getting your plan right for the next year? If you do, we can help. Sign up for one of our RockStarSuccess101 events.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do. Are you ready to make changes needed to become the RockStar in your world?

Successful People Around You

The middle of the week has arrived and that means that our theme of setting up your environment is halfway done. Monday we introduced the idea that the world around us – our environment – makes the difference in our success and yesterday we talked about our home being set up for success. Today let’s take it to a higher level.

For the past 20 years no matter who I was working with, even when I was in the auto industry, there were several areas I would say that could predict the success of someone five years down the line. Among those things were the books or things they read; what they did with the time they had; how they used the money, tools and seeds they had been given. But there is one especially important thing and that is the people they hang out with.

As a young teen I was given the advice from my parents and those who wanted to see me succeed in life to never hang out with the wrong crowd. When it comes to our friends we spend our free time with, or those we choose to form partnerships with, the idea of keeping positive people who can help build our world is important. Focus on building friendships that can only help you get to the places you want to go. Keeping a friend around who is always looking out for you is great.

And it’s not one-sided, not just about what people can do for you. Too many times in life we can chase people who we need to help us and forget about those who we need to help. But then I have met people who are all caught up in the path of finding those that need the help and not having someone to hang onto to keep them up.

Building relationships is the word we want to use here. In many cases I am building relationships and helping people who may someday surpass my success. Someday I may need to reach out to them to get back up. I once heard that you should have two kinds of people in life: those who are mentoring you to make you better, and those you are mentoring to help them be better.

In the many outings that I attend and the places that I go to speak, I meet so many people who are looking for me to help them out. I am all too excited to help them. After all, the mentors in my life were quick to grab my hand when I needed it most. When I was building my last car wash business. I had a close friend who I speak of often. His name was Richy and, at the time, he had many small companies and ideas floating around, but was co-owner with his brother of one of the bigger packaging companies here in the Dallas area.

Rich taught me the meaning of helping. He was always telling me ways to make my business life better. At the same time I was meeting with three other people in the car wash business helping them get through the tough times and find the niche of clients that kept them working. We all build those relationships to keep us moving forward and to keep us humble.

But let’s talk about one more set of relationships: Family. Most of us have several people in this category of relationships.

Mate or partner. This is one of the most precious of partnerships and relationships you have. You fell in love and joined your lives together. For the most part you are on the same page, but as we discussed yesterday with setting our house up for success we have to consider each other and make it our life together. For Gwynne and me, it’s not hard. We fit together very well, but we still have different tastes and from time to time, to set our lives for success, we must compromise and come to a mutual agreement to keep that relationship strong. After all we grew up in different worlds and met and combined worlds.

Kids. If you have kids they are one very important relationship for you. If yours are younger, you need to spend some time doing what may seem like strange things they like to do. As they get older, you must mentor them and train them to go out into the real world and be able to handle it. Also realize they may grow up and become different than you are. I am still reminded of my Dad and his extreme politics. While I have some of his beliefs, other ideas I think he was too extreme on. Which brings me to my last family members.

Parents. In our house Gwynne’s father is part of the home we share. The joys that make his life are a big concern to her as he is not as young as we are. We have many great times together sitting down to play Scrabble many evenings, having him join us in different activities we do, attending events we all like together. The other part is my mom. She also is widowed now, but off serving on a mission trip overseas which she wanted to do. Our parents are not going to be with us forever. Like the relationships we build in mentoring, I often would talk to my dad about how to handle life. Remember, our parents experienced it once before; use their knowledge to set up your future for success.

In life we will have many relationships. There are those built on friendship to help us become RockStar success stories. There are those that will get cut short due to their time being up before ours. Each person you meet today is part of the environment of success you need for your tomorrow. So build those relationships; they will last longer than homes, jobs, or things.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and Love those you share life with. Build relationships that take you to a RockStar life.

A Peaceful Home

Good Tuesday morning to you. It’s day two of Environment Week and there is a question I want to ask: is everything working well for you in your home?  Is your home the place you cannot wait to get back to each day? Many people don’t think about how important their homes can be to their success, but let’s think about this for a moment. If you were living in a home with no peace and you could not get enough rest each day, how productive would you be in your world?

A recent commercial for Holiday Inn Express focused on the concept of getting restful night’s sleep. It showed people being able to do things that they are not trained to do and then saying “I’m not the pilot of this plane, but I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night and got a great night’s sleep.” The commercial brings about a point that I wanted to make today: How much further could you go towards your goals if you started each day rested and went to work with a peaceful mindset?  How well could you perform any duties you needed to if you had less stress at home?

To keep your life a success, no matter what kind of home you have, you must build your home it to be that place you cannot wait to get back to. If you live in a home like we do you, with eight people sharing five bedrooms, you may have to find your corner of the home to build your success. I have three simple steps for making your home your peaceful and productive place.

1.  Set up your own comfort zone. I said there are eight of us currently living in the house but two of them are moving out soon. With that move, we are working to create a better office space for me as well as opening up space for our Couchsurfers and family guests while still meeting the needs of those of us who will continue to live here. We are setting up our patios so we can all have an outside relaxation place. The key is I work from home I but do not want to carry my work in every part of the home. So we are working to set it up spaces that are for the entire family, spaces that are just for us, and spaces that are just for work. No matter how you set your home up it must be set up to work for you.

2.  Learn the settings of color and decoration. When it comes to my personal decorating taste, it is not what most would expect from a long haired biker guy. I love to have my space clean neat and looking like it was professionally decorated. When I moved in with Gwynne it was tough to get used to the color. Her bedroom had a combination of five colors. She is a colorful person and we are working on a combination for repainting before our wedding. She wants eggshell white, with a stucco faux finish. We will be very close to that with maybe an accent wall for my taste. The thing is it will be a combination of us both, making our room a place of peace and harmony for both of us. When you set up rooms in your home you must keep this in mind. You might want to hire a decorator or perhaps have a Feng Shui expert come in and make it yours. If you share the space, you must make it work together, which takes me to the last point.

3.  Keep your home a peaceful place for all that are living in it. I spent years renting rooms, so I learned to deal with others’ living situations. The best arrangement in those days was the three plus years I lived with my roommate, Jannie. We had our own areas, but also had common living areas. In our home here, we also have common living areas and private personal areas. We all work on different schedule so the house could have activity going on just about 24 hours a day. But we’ve set it up to be quiet during certain times, no matter what, to accommodate those who have set work schedules. So you have to set your home up to work with all whom live there to have the peace they need.

Setting your home up to give peace, as a place for you to rest, is what will help you in building that success you want in 2012. After all, we need to rest sometime and if you are never at a place to get that rest you are keeping yourself from success.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time for you to live your dream to love what you do and those you share life with. Set your home up for peace in your life to be the RockStar in your world.

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