Thursday, July 21, 2011

Coaching Business Builder - 1% Rule

Coaching Business Builder Tip – The 1% Rule

It’s really easy to fall into the trap of overwhelm. For the last decade I’ve worked with businesses globally in the start up and growth phases. Especailly as a solopreneur working by yourself it may become easy to think that you have to do everything today. What happens when we lose the focus? Very diffuse energy.

I like to talk about the 1% rule. Think about one of the key areas you would like to take some focused action on in your business, which you feel is important at the moment.

Consider what you would like to have accomplished in this area by August 31st. Write it down.

Now think about what the 1% step would be to move you towards this goal? What is that one step you could take today, right now, to move you forward towards the goal. Write it down and schedule it in your calendar for a specific timeslot today.

Here’s an example – I want to have a new blog up and running by August 31st.

Today’s 1% may be to spend 10-15 minutes brainstorming/MindMapping on all of your ideas. Tomorrow’s 1% may be register a blog site. The following day’s 1% may be to start drafting an article.

The 1% rule can be really helpful in chunking things down to more manageable tasks, rather than spinning our wheels trying to get our heads around huge activities. Over time the daily 1% adds up.

Ask yourself:

Where would the 1% rule benefit your business right now?

What 1% project would you want to take on?

What does your 1% look like today?

Have a great week,

Jennifer Britton, PCC, CPCC

Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010)

Host of the Group Coaching Essentials program (6.75 CCEs) and the Group Coaching Intensive (15 hours)

1 comment:

Karen Larkin said...

This is great Jennifer! Thanks!