The parallel between children and business never ceases to amaze me. In this installment from the Business Lessons from Children series, we’ll introduce one very simple, yet often overlooked approach to get what you want in business.
Let’s dive in.
The Approach… Ask And You May Receive
Yes, success in business can be that simple… ask and you may receive. Be willing to ask for what it is you want.
Kids do this all the time. They flat out ask for what they want. No overthinking. They see a toy, they want that toy, they ask for that toy. No filters… No obstacles… No red-tape. They see it, they want it, they ask for it… it’s that simple. Imagine what your business might look like if you acted more in that capacity.
Children tend to live in the moment… carpe momentum. Bless them! We can learn from that. Somehow, as adults have shied away from that approach to life.
Now I’m not espousing an exercise in either recklessness or gluttony here. Kids can be a bit whimsical at times. What I am suggesting is that we stop overthinking things and maybe be a bit more aggressive in asking for what we truly want. Remember, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. So take the shot! Ask and you may receive.
Want a referral? Ask for it!
Want a sale? Ask for it!
Want some help? Ask for it!
Worst someone will say is no.
Now I highly recommend that you earn the right to ask in the first place. Again I’m not suggesting being reckless and overstepping boundaries. You are no longer a child and may not get away with that type of behavior.
So… interested in increasing the odds of getting what you want in business? Read on.
3 Steps To Increase The Likelihood Of Getting What You Want In Business
Identify What You Want (and Why)
Get crystal clear on what it is you want to have happen (and why). What are you looking to manifest in your business? Set clear intentions. Write it down. Tell others about it. This establishes your commitment to it.
Believe You Can Have It
Get your head straight. Whether you believe you can have it, or you believe you cannot, you’re right. Your attitude and beliefs will influence your results.
Clear the Path To Make It So
Now that your head is aligned and in the game to win, it’s time to take aim.
Who has the ability to help you get what you want? Have you properly earned the right to ask them? If not, what needs to happen to earn that right?
Create what I call a “short-list” of names you can ask. Avoid spraying and praying here. Think sniper rifle, not shotgun approach.
Ask away. Be direct. Don’t beat around the bush. Be clear, concise and respectful. It’s okay if they deny your request. Don’t make them wrong over it. Don’t take it personally. Use it as a springboard to raise your game to the level it needs to be to get them to approve your request in the future.
Final Thoughts: Get What You Want In Business
Don’t ever be afraid to ask for what you want. Surface that inner-child as needed to give you the courage and strength to get what you want in business.
Remember, if you don’t ask, you’re likely not going to receive.
Want More On Ask And You May Receive?
Here’s a video I shot back in 2014 for Online Marketing Muscle on the subject. For the most part, it’s just as relevant today as it was back then. Take a peek.