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The Amazing Power of Accountability

I found myself saying to Keith, “OK, I’ll go to the gym 3 times a week, starting on Friday.

And since that time, almost three weeks ago, I’ve gone eight times. I do a one-hour circuit using the gym’s weight machines.

I’m already feeling stronger, more energetic, and sleeping better.

Sounds easy, but I’ve been resisting exercising for more than a year and the closest I’ve gotten to the gym was in my thoughts.

What made the difference?

The promise I made to Keith, my co-coaching partner.

It’s amazing how being accountable to someone else can make all the difference in taking action.

Several times over the past couple of weeks it looked like a good idea to skip my workout for the day. I was tired, sore all over and the sofa was looking really inviting.

But the thought of saying to Keith, “I missed a session,” (with some lame excuse) reminded me of my promise and got me off my duff.

When you’re working at growing your business, there are things you just don’t want to do.

Your doubts, fears, and uncertainty of what you should do, how to make it work, and why it might be a futile effort, keep you from jumping in.

This can happen if you’re brand new in business or have been at it for decades

Often the most effective way to take action on some marketing activity you’ve been resisting is to make a promise to someone else.

By being accountable to another person until you can get over the resistance hump, you can catapult yourself into action and create tremendous forward momentum.

If you promise your spouse or a close friend that you’ll take an action it’s a lot easier to renege on your promise because you know they won’t call you on it!

Here are some thoughts on how to set up an “accountability system.”

1. Pair up with someone else and be accountable to each other. This is what I’m doing with Keith. We both need support in various areas of our lives and businesses so we make promises to take action and hold to our commitments.

2. Join a support/mastermind group. This is a group of perhaps four to six business owners. Be careful that this group doesn’t devolve into a “commiseration group.” The key is to make promises for action and hold each other accountable.

3. Hire a professional coach. When you’ve paid a coach to help you clarify your direction, create plans, and take action, you’re much more likely to move things forward. It can be the best investment in yourself and your business that you can make.

When you start with an accountability system, there are a few things to consider.

1. Focus on actions that build skills. I’ve done speaking and presentations throughout my career. When I started, I made the commitment to make my next talk better than the one before. I didn’t just go through the motions, instead, I became a great presenter.

2. Choose marketing activities you can do weekly. For me, this is writing a weekly eZine article. Whatever it is for you, perform that activity like clockwork. I’m now in my 22nd year of writing and now it comes naturally, with little effort.

3. Don’t make promises that are too big. This has been my pattern with exercise. A few years ago I joined a Cross-Fit gym and burned out in three months. It was just too hard and intense for me and my body was always in pain. Instead, you should…

4. Keep stretching yourself. If I’m lifting the same weights in six months as I am today, I’ll never build my strength. The key is to increase the difficulty of your promises incrementally. On the other hand…

5. Don’t make promises that are too small. If you promise to “make one outreach call per week,” you’ll never build enough skill and momentum to excel at it.

A client quoted Michelangelo to me last week:

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

Ultimately, making promises in your business and then getting support in sticking to those promises is the key to not only success, but to personal growth and fulfillment.

I recommend you set up your accountability system as soon as possible.

Bringing Your Sales Potential To Far Greater Heights

If we pushed hard enough to actually reach, sustain and pull into a far higher level – we might actually find that our perception and vision for our lives changes significantly.

It’s almost as if we do not care that our lives and worlds as a whole completely and totally rely on good manners and just having a good heart – though our minds in general aren’t too bad whatsoever.

I am not talking about making reality and this world better through our products, goods and services – but it can certainly help to twist and shift our minds and personal close up lives into a very obviously different direction in general.

If we really truly want to change and that desire and deeply seated want to become the best of ourselves very soon and over time, then we merely need to focus and enhance our mental image of what we truly want out of this life – and for far too many people this simply gets lost in the hustle and bustle of what intense emotion and very narrow but raw buying decisions means for us all.

Few can say why they make the thought noises that they do, or even the buying actions that leave them breathless in very curiously different ways.

Nothing gets worst – nor even better, than to say that we have what we own in our lives, only because mass media influence got to us, and mistakes happened which led us to buy certain things.

That will lead us certainly into madness and sadness of a very different variety, and a lot of the world won’t like or enjoy where we are headed and why things feel the way that they do in general.

It is a general vision and perceptual change overall that we must sustain higher level of vision based goals in order to push and pull into ourselves deeper.

That might actually produce goals that are incredibly and intensely better and deeper than what we have ever fully and technically reached for – so we have to focus very curiously and ravenously deeper, but it’s not about depth at this point.

We have to accept that our money based decisions come from something far simpler and more subtler, but still psychological and default kind of regular – almost plain and bland, which is not a bad thing.

The bottom line is that if you aren’t sold by this very sentence on this very idea of growth and personal discovery – I just have one more thing to state to you.

Reasons Why You’re Better Off With Removable Decals and Stickers

Decals and stickers are generally not reusable, which means you only get to apply them one time. I’ve seen some persons try to re-use decals, but the cost in time and energy attempting to reuse adhesive graphics is simply not worth it.

With that in mind, it’s simply a waste of time, and as they say, “Time is money.” However, if your stickers have removable acrylic adhesive, it’s not as complicated and messy as you might think it would be, if you have the right type of decal. Read on further to understand what I mean.

The Preference for Easy to Remove Decals and Stickers

Here are the top reasons why you are better off with removable decals and stickers:

1. Easy removal of artwork – or graphic design replacement or modification.

The utmost reason why one would seek a removable decal is for an obvious reason – easy removal. And this is not because of the intention to reuse the item. At least, that’s not usually the case. It depends on where and how you are going to stick your decal. You can stick them on walls, car windows, laptops, and etc. If you place them on walls, for instance, there will come a time that one would want to replace an old graphic with a new theme.

For example, you have a nature-themed wall; you posted wall decals of trees, animals, body of water, or the like, on your used-to-be empty wall space. And after some time, you want another theme, maybe a marvel superhero theme. You remove the old nature-themed graphics, and replace them with superhero wall stickers.

reusable and removable stickerFor personal use, decals and stickers are usually applied for fun. Car owners decorate their automobiles with stickers printed with cool graphics to enhance the look of their cars. This is the same with bicycle and motorcycle owners.

People may decide to change the graphic designs they want, thus replacing the stickers at the same time. This means that the longevity of their usage is based upon the owner’s choice. Taking that into consideration, it is only rational to go for removable decals and stickers.

For an indoor environment, wall decals can bring a boring wall to life. Removable decals come in handy not only because one might want to change the graphics in time, but because one would also want to preserve the integrity of the wall itself. It is very difficult to remove a permanent wall decal without tearing off the wall paint. The choice of opting for the removable type is predicated upon such consideration.

2. Easy repositioning.

You can easily reposition a removable decal if you are not satisfied with its initial placement. The thing to keep in mind is that these items are pressure-sensitive. The more pressure you apply upon installation, the more securely they adhere.If there is an intention to reposition the material, or you are unsure of your first choice of placement, only apply light pressure so it will be easier to remove and reposition.

3. Flexible Print advertising media.

Let’s say you have a store and you post a window decal that advertises promos on your selected items. Promos are often seasonal, so it’s likely you’ll replace them with new ones, when the time comes. Why would you opt for a permanent decal?

And it’s not only applicable on promos. In advertising, you don’t make one campaign and that’s it. You update your advertisement every now and then. Large signs, banners, or billboards advertising products and services are going to be replaced after a certain period of time. Advertising agencies always come up with fresh ideas, and they implement that by updating your ad campaigns from time to time.

Hence, if you are opting for sizable or large format stickers and decals, it only makes sense to go with the removable printed displays. When you decide to put up a new advertisement, you will have no trouble removing the old one.

4. Clean and not messy upon removal.

Sticker labels are commonly removable. Notice those labels on brand new furniture, appliances, or gadgets; you can normally take those off with ease. And you’ll rarely see glue residue on the items once you remove the labels. You know why? It is because the adhesive from a removable sticker comes off with it once you strip it off. This is optimal for the consumer.

I remember some time ago, when I bought sandals at a particular store, that they had placed the foot size labels on the top side of the sandal soles (the side you step on). When I removed the labels, sticky adhesive residues stayed on the surface. That was definitely not something one would want to step onto.

And it applies to all products out there. Nobody wants to have their new cellphone, new camera, or new appliance, mucked up with sticky adhesive.

5. The idea of reusing the decals and stickers.

In general, I really have no idea why some people would want to reuse decals. Why would you want to reuse these items? They are disposable items, especially if you think about having to deal with glue residues the moment you take them off. Once you replace them, chances are you’ll get rid of them, not reuse them.However, due to the fact that people are searching for information about reusing decals and stickers, let me give you my thoughts on this one.

Typically, vinyl stickers and decals are not reusable. With time, any type of decal with back-adhesive has the propensity to lose its adhesive property. Also put into consideration that the moment you remove it, it leaves an awfully undesirable adhesive residue. Given these facts, one cannot expect the material to be as sticky as it is supposed to be.

Think about this, if a decal has been stuck for months, or a year, would it make sense to still reuse the item? Remember, it loses its adhesiveness as time goes by, plus, it would be tougher to remove one that had been stuck for a long time. This concept doesn’t only apply to permanent decals. Removable type decals, after a year or two, are as tough to strip off as permanent decals.

And one more thing, forget about the adhesive feature because you won’t be able to reuse a sticker with tears upon removal. So, be sure you got it off right to begin with. But then again, even if you have successfully taken it off, it might already lose its adhesiveness. However, if it hasn’t been too long since you applied the removable sticker, the adhesive might not be completely lost and you could still reuse the sticker.

Nevertheless, if you really want reusable printed graphic displays similar to decals and stickers, you might want to check out static clings. They cling onto smooth surfaces even without an adhesive.

6. Get installation right if you fail the first time.

If you are into DIY (do-it-yourself), and you would rather install decals on your own, removable types come in handy when you fail to do the installation properly on your first attempt. Remember to prep the surface by cleaning it first. Make sure it is clear from dust, or any sort of dirt, and you let it dry. After that, you are good to go.

If you are not a pro in decal installation, you can either ask someone to do it for you or you buy a type of decal that suits your installation skills. Removable decals and stickers would be the perfect fit.

Conclusion

If you have a hard time peeling your stickers off, and you notice glue residue upon removal, what you have is a permanent sticker. Permanent stickers are difficult to peel off. The back adhesive remains stuck on the surface and won’t come off with the sticker unlike removable decals.

Removable decals and stickers are designed for specific applications. A buyer who purchases them already knows how and where to use them. The top reasons delineated above are predicated from the fact that these sorts of printed items could be removed with ease and without having to deal with messy adhesive residue.

Barry Brown has been in the Sign, Banner, Decal and Display Business for over 20 years. It isn’t what he thought he’d do with his life, but he says he knows too much now to do anything else!