Define success. What does it look like to you?
It's easy to fall into the trap of creating a business that you think you ought to have, over and above what you actually want to get out of having a business in the first place. Only by taking the time to really think about that and having clarity is going to result in you getting the results you ultimately want to have. Your business is there to serve you and the people that matter within that business, and not the other way around.
If you consider that the average person spends about 40,000 hours of their life at work then life is simply too short to be doing things that we don’t enjoy, certainly in the long term. Doing what you love doing should, ideally, be a big part of your day and then it is time well spent.
Start by considering where you want to be in the next 12 months. Check out the following questions. Maybe jot down your thoughts on a piece of paper or spend some time thinking about what these questions evoke.
1. What identity do you need to step into right now?
Ever tried to lose weight and failed? There is a mindset trap to watch out for… “When I am thin I will do x, y and z…” or “When I am successful I will be a, b and c”… But those internal dialogues leave us dissociated to who we want to be as if it were still someone else. By contrast, what about stepping into the patterns and beliefs of an already thin person, or an already successful business person. “If I was already thin I would eat very differently to how I ate before”… “If I was already successful I would behave in a certain way when faced with challenge and have certain expectations of success”. What if you didn't delay and just step into that behaviour or belief mindset right now? How would that change your set of expectations, outcomes and behaviours? By being consistent in your message both to yourself and to the people around you, you will already be setting yourself up to achieve those desired outcomes.
2. What do you love doing that isn't ‘work' and ‘at work'?
Don't diminish doing what you love to ‘when you are successful enough, rich enough, or something else enough'. You will bring more of your own passion and energy to your business if you are re-fuelling your own self with activities that you get the most out of doing and enjoy doing the most. If you have tasks that you don't enjoy within your business and spend just as much energy avoiding those tasks than actually doing them, then delegate those tasks so that you have more time to do the things you truly do love to do.
3. Commit and state how many hours each week you will spend doing the things you love doing?
Go on. Be brave. Be decadent. Block out time. Time away from the business. Take back control of your life. Your business will consume every waking hour if you let it and it won't help you work smarter instead of harder. Has your business taken over your life? Go on, admit it!
4. What holidays do you want to have this year and next year?
Push the boundaries and stretch your own wrapper. I thought this post was about ‘Building a Better Business' I hear you say. Yes. And how much more motivated will you be when you can practically smell the beach as you plot the renewed success of building a better business? Let's write it down…. Where are you going to go? How much cash do you need? Can you put the deposit down now and secure the date in the calendar? Dare ya!
5. So how much revenue, net profit, tax paid and therefore income secured do you actually need to deliver on this new life?
Let's not get too hung up on reality at this juncture. Write down a figure. Don’t think about how you’ll achieve that right now, just dare to dream and write it down. Be bold. Be brave. Be a wee bit extravagant! And perhaps a little outrageous!
You now have a plan!! That was easy wasn't it!!! That is what you want out of your business. Let's feel into this, make it visible and start working towards it right now.
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“The first secret of getting what you want is knowing what you want.” – Arthur D. Hlavaty