This is a hot topic for me and Mr H and one that we were discussing last week on our early morning walk under the gaze of the full moon. We’re committed, in business & general life, to be practitioners rather than theorists.
You know the score. New Year brings lots of things up for a many of us, re-affirming old commitments, joining a gym, listening to self-help podcasts, buying the latest personal or business development books and constantly chasing for the better version of ourselves. But what about in business?
I hear so many people come out with phrases like;
“This year it’s going to be different…”
“I just need to…”,
“I’m going to start ….”
“I know what I’ll do…”,
“I’ll start doing….”,
“I’ll make time for….”,
“I saw this really good book about….”,
“What so and so says I should do is …….”,
The reality is that most people rarely put these things into practice. If you’re one of those that does, then I salute you! There is nothing better than expanding our minds, learning something new and then implementing it.
Most people know it all, it’s in their heads, it’s in plans, journals, notebooks, on post-it notes, inspirational memes, flip charts etc etc but they never actually do it.
And deep down they know they keep cheating themselves out of success because it takes too much effort, they’re scared of the unknown, they don’t want to make a fool of themselves, they don’t quite know what they’re doing – the list goes on & on.
By the way, I know the list, intimately – I’ve been there and ticked off every single one of them, so don’t think I’m just another theorist whose preaching – I’m not!
Here’s the thing, unless we actually adopt the actions and practices from these founts of knowledge; the webinars, the books, the podcasts etc, then all we’re actually doing is being a theorist rather than a practitioner.
The cold hard fact of the matter is, that unless you start DOING, nothing will ever change in your business – you’ll keep doing the same thing and getting the same results – and those of you who have any interest in NLP or Albert Einstein will know, this is the definition of insanity!
You wouldn’t want to be operated on by a brain surgeon who’d only ever read about the mechanics of brain surgery would you. At some point, these amazing men & women have to put all their learning into practice….. scary as it is, they have to start somewhere. Theory and practise layering on top of each other all the time.
And you wouldn’t let your child get behind the wheel of a car and drive unsupervised just because they’d read and digested a copy of the Highway Code.
We all know that running our own businesses can be a scary old thing. When we venture into unchartered territory, we often do that alone.
If you want to change anything in your business then you’re going to have to make it happen. You’re the conductor of the orchestra, the CEO of your own empire, the maker of your own destiny.
No one else can do it for you (well they can do some of it when you outsource, but there are some things they absolutely can’t do – nor should you let them)
Like your strategy for example. Why would you let someone else determine your business strategy?
And you know what strategy is don’t you – the definition of strategy is “a plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim”
And the key word in there is not plan, its ACTION.
You have to take action in your business to get shit done and make it happen.
So, if you’re flailing around getting overwhelmed and bombarded by all the “stuff” you’re listening to and reading, here’s my top tips for moving forward in your business and taking action;
Get your vision and plan straight
It doesn’t need to be a complicated Business Plan.
A business plan is a constantly evolving thing that will develop and become more expansive the longer you’re in business, the bigger you get, the more you outsource and the more knowledgeable you become.
Maybe you need to take some time to reconnect with your Business Dream. Whatever stage of business you’re in, it’s super important to be clear about your dream, your vision, your goal.
Setting goals and breaking them down
Break them down.
When we look at all the goals and objectives that we have for our businesses, we can become totally overwhelmed and also get lost in all the detail. And when that happens we whirl into a downward procrastinating cycle.
So when you set your goals which are linked to your business vision, you will have a clear idea of what needs to be done. Break each one down into smaller chunks so that you end up with a list of tasks that you can tick off and measure against success. And yep, you can download the SMART goal setting template as part of the Stepping into your CEO Shoes freebie too.
If you say you’re going to do something then do it! Why wouldn’t you? It’s your flipping business and the success or failure of it relies on you. Is it because it’s easy to let yourself down rather than others?
If you’re crap at being accountable to yourself then get accountable to someone else.
If you were running your business as a CEO with a management team, you’d expect them to deliver results wouldn’t you? So, you need to hold yourself accountable and ensure that whether it’s just you or some outsourced assistance, you’re always accountable for getting shit done.
And of course, you can come and join my Private Facebook Group for women business owners where I’ll happily check in with you, hold you accountable and give you a friendly kick in the bum if you need it. If you’re serious about building your business and achieving your passions then come on over and join us in the Private Facebook Group Build Your Brilliant Business with Anna.
It’s 2020, it’s a year that’s up for grabs, are you going to take it by the scruff of the neck and make it happen? I really do hope so!
Get your head out of the books, your ears tuned out of your podcasts and take outcome focused action for you and your business.