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5 Tips to Protect Your Business from Natural Disasters

5 Tips to Protect Your Business from Natural Disasters

When putting together your business plan, did you include a section on how you will deal with natural disasters? While this is something that most of us don’t want to think about – and something that will likely never happen – it is still important to be prepared for anything. If you are not prepared, it could mean the end of your business, depending on the type of disaster and the amount of damage it causes. Even something as simple as hail can cause an extreme amount of damage.

The first thing you need to do is identify the risks in your area. For instance, if your business is located in an area where there are frequent earthquakes, this is what you need to focus on for your disaster plan.

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Here are some additional tips to help you prepare your business for natural disasters:

1. Choose a Team Leader

You should have a team in place that deals with all of the details when there is a natural disaster. It is also important to choose a team leader, and that person must be someone that your employees already look up to and will follow in the case of a disaster. This is not a job that is only done when there is a disaster. Your team leader will be responsible for many tasks, including creating a disaster recovery plan, regular meetings with employees, disaster training, learning how to identify commercial property damage, filing for insurance claims, etc.

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2. Identify Resources

You, and your disaster team leader, must be aware of all of the resources that are available to businesses in the event of natural disasters. These can include insurance companies (you will need to get an insurance quote for disaster coverage), a lawyer or advisor, government organizations, etc.

Some of the best resources for you to know about for protection after a natural disaster include:

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3. Look at the Big Picture

When you and your team leader are putting together an emergency plan, you need to look at more than just the area you are in. Other things to consider include where customers are located, where suppliers and vendors are located, etc. You will need to have backup plans in place in case any suppliers are in an area where there is a natural disaster. Basically, your disaster plan should include what to do when the businesses and people you deal with are in areas where there are natural disasters.

4. Keep the Phone Lines Open

In the event of a natural disaster, it is important that your employees are safe, even if that means that they are not going to be coming into work. Make sure that you have a complete list of all your employees, customers, suppliers, etc., including contact information, and update that list regularly. Keep a phone line open in the event of a disaster, so employees can call in to find out what they are expected to do. Create a “phone tree”, which will help to cut down on the overuse of telephone lines.

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5. Don’t Stop Working

Just because you and your employees can’t go into work, it doesn’t mean that all work has to stop. There are likely all kinds of jobs that can be done from just about anywhere. Figure out the things that you and your employees can do from any location in the event of a disaster. That way, business isn’t going to slow down too much. Also, when you give your employees something to do, they are going to be more confident that the business is safe and that they have jobs to go back to following the disaster.

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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