A lot of business owners are running hard just to keep their business at its current level. They feel harassed, overtired and stressed out. Taking their business to the next level seems impossible.
You might be struggling to keep your business running, working 12 hour days (or longer). Is it a constant hassle to motive staff, pay bills, do sales calls and keep your eye on the cashflow? Systems and procedures might be lacking, or if they happen it’s by default rather than intent. It’s hard to find enough time to run your business, let alone develop it.
The truth is, you’re not going to find enough time to do it all. So start spending your energy thinking about something you can do.
Focus On Your Target
If you want to achieve predictable and consistent results, you need to focus on the right thing. Know what your target is and take careful aim each time.
In business, good target shooting requires a vision that you can aim towards. You need to know what your business will look like when you’ve hit your mark. Without the vision, nothing you do in your business will make much difference. You can make small changes, you may even see some good results. But if there’s no vision, your business will never become a GREAT business.
The Most Important Job
What’s the most important job a business owner has? Taking care of clients? Making sales calls? Advertising, managing your employees? All these things are important – your business won’t function without them. But your most important job is developing your vision. Then communicating it with your staff and consistently moving towards it.
You may already have a vision for your business. But your employees aren’t buying it and no one’s helping you achieve it. It’s time to stop and take a good look. Does your team know and understand your vision? To help you hit the target they must know where it is or what it looks like. Engage your people in your vision – communicate and share your vision. Let everybody know what it is and what you’re up for.
Have A Plan
It’s one thing having a vision, but you’ll need a plan if you’re going to head towards that vision. Having a strategy will help keep you on course. There’ll be times when you’re developing one system and more problems will show up. They’ll seem more pressing and important than the one you’ve started working on. You need to stay with your vision and stay with your strategy.
Remember, you can’t do it all – but you can take a bite. Ask yourself – “what needs the most attention in my business right now? “. Identify what is the most important and what will make the most difference and get working on that. But don’t lose yourself in it. Allocate some time and do it regularly.
Eating An Elephant
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. But take the right bites – the strategic bites. And above all keep focused on the results, not the work. Focus on the vision, and what your business will look like and how you’ll feel when you get there.
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