Hey everyone. Donald Burns the Restaurant Coach here with another episode of the Restaurant Prescription Podcast. I wanted to say thank you to everyone who listens and all the emails I receive about the show. Now, some people have written in and asked me for some episode with a more of a Q&A format. So, welcome to our new format called Ask the Coach. Now don’t fear, I’m still going to have expert guests on the show, we’re just mixing it up to give listeners more information and more ways to maximize your potential. If you follow any of my blogs out there you know my mission is not to just have an impact on your restaurant, I want to leave a dent!
So, let’s jump right in.
The first question is from Lewis in Chicago.
How do you find the time to write so much? I want to write a blog for my business, yet I find it hard to get motivated or creative. Any ideas?
Lewis, I love this question because it spills into so many other avenues in life and in business. If I only waited to write when “I felt like it” I would still be staring at a computer screen with only a few words on it. I can write for 5 blogs and manage 6 brands because I put myself in state by doing the activity. I schedule time, sit down and just start writing. Don’t wait until you feel like it, put yourself in the environment and get yourself in state, then the emotion comes out.
Not sure what exactly state is? State is energy and as we know energy is everything. There are ways you can change your state and I work will all my clients on showing them ways to manage their state consistently. If you don’t manage your state then you are not in control of your life or your restaurant.
Here are some simple ways to change your state. The first thing you have to understand is that emotion comes from motion. Get up, move around. Whatever state you are in right now, you have a certain physiology going on. If your bored, there is a certain way your body will be. If you are fired up about something your body will be a certain way or pattern You have a pattern for every mood you get in. Here is the secret: most people let their emotions control their body and it’s true on some level that where the mind goes the body follows. Most don’t understand that it also goes the opposite way too. Put your body in the action you want and your brain will follow. You’re basically tricking your brain and it really works!
When I find myself not in a peak state I do a couple different things to get my going.
One I turn to music. I have a couple great playlists that trigger great feelings. Everyone has a few songs that as soon as you hear them, just trigger those feel good emotions and change your state. You know when your driving in the car and that song comes on from high school, suddenly you are taken right back and those emotions start to flood your brain and it will change the physiology of your body.
Another way I change state is bouncing. Now don’t laugh. In my office a have a rebounder trampoline and when I feel I need a little energy surge, I take 5 or 10 minutes and rebound. I’ll put on some music, set my timer and just move! Before a seminar or workshop I’ll bounce for a few minutes before just to make sure I am at my peak.
If you don’t manage your state, it’ll will manage you. I can tell you right now that what separates the successful from the unsuccessful is the ability to manage your state consistently. Waiting to be IN THE MOOD is like waiting for all the lights to be green before you drive down the street. Get your ass up, change your state, and start. You’ll see that things will start to change when you apply constant effort and action. You just need to make a decision to take action.
This next questions come from Ken out in San Jose, California.
Sometime I feel like my plate is full and I am just at my limit. Do you have any tips to help me out?
Yeah, Ken I do. Get a bigger plate. Seriously. Get a bigger plate. If you think your plate is full, your setting limits on yourself. I actually had a similar discussion the other day with a client. He said his plate was full and asked if I ever felt like that? I said never. He looked at me funny and said, You never feel like your plate is full. I said, Okay maybe about 5 years ago I did and I made a change in my mindset, I just started thinking bigger. You see, I don’t think of my life as limited to the size of a plate. I think more along the lines like it’s an airfield and I have multiple runways to fill up.
So, in my vision it would take about a million full plates to fill my airfield.
So if you’re stressed or you feel your plate is full, then what are you tolerating? What are your allowing to go on in your restaurant that you shouldn’t. What are you putting up with? Get a piece of paper out and write them down! Be honest with yourself because what you put up with, you end up with. You would be amazed at what human beings can do and how far people can push beyond normal levels. Most restaurants settle on being average. They just stop short. They started out running to win the race and along the way they got a leg cramp and gave up. When things get tough, the tough get going. Stress is a choice. Yes, that’s right stress is a choice. Nothing has any meaning until you attach one to it.
William Shakespeare said it best, “There is nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Stop setting limits for your self. If you think your plate is full or you’re burned out, then you’re just selling yourself short. That is why coaching is so effective. As The Restaurant Coach, I don’t see you or your restaurant for what it is now, I see it for the potential is has. All restaurants have potential. You can buy the same ingredients from the same vendors as the most successful restaurants in your market. You have access to the same talent pool out there. You have the ability to market your restaurant on social media. Most just stop putting in the effort. And contrary to popular opinion, good things do not come to those who wait.
Good things come to those who make a plan and take action every damn day on it.
If you do not have your goals written down, you need to start there. Trust me, there is clarity in writing things down. Next, make a commitment to make one goal happen in the next 30 days. I’m not asking to get them all done, just pick one. You want to get some momentum going. Then, after you pick out one, write down three action steps you would need to take to get you one step closer to that goal. Now, schedule those tasks on your calendar.
When you think about it, it’s a dream. When you talk about it, it becomes possible. When you schedule it, it becomes real!
Do something today that your future self would benefit from. You have to plant the seed of greatness today and tend to your field of dreams before the harvest comes in!
To wrap up, I want to say thank you to the fans that listen and a special thanks to those that write in, ask questions, and truly want a better life and restaurant. It’s available to you, you just have to be willing to reach beyond your comfort zone and take consistent action.
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