Do you run the business or does the business run you?

“I know enough to make this business a success.”

This was just one of a few fatal fallacies delivered to me in a conversation with a business owner who actually wanted to grow his business. All too often small and medium business owners can fall into the ‘I can do this on my own’ trap.

You can build a business “your way”…

Of course you can…but will the business be the best that it could possibly be? No one said you had to do it all alone, so why even try? What are you trying to prove and to who? I’ve met and worked with some incredibly successful business owners and the thing they most have in common is their openness to recognise their own limitations, then very quickly they set about finding the support, assistance, learning or skills needed to keep them moving forward. Time seems to be the Achilles heel to the super successful. How can I become even more successful with the time that I have available? A good question and one that can be answered using quality planning and leverage principles.

So, what is it that you really want and where do you see your business in 3 to 5 years? Creating your plans with a destination in mind feels so much better than setting sail for a destination and hoping that one may appear on the horizon.

I want to come back to that original comment at the top of this article; “I know enough to make this business a success.” Please don’t be mistaken that the world of business and knowledge stops because you decide. Business opportunities continue to present themselves almost daily; we are still in a digital revolution after all.

Commit to continual improvement through planning

Commit to ongoing improvement of your knowledge and skills. Your business will grow when you grow. The most innovative and creative business ideas develop when individuals keep looking for and learning better ways of doing something.

We shouldn’t be at all surprised therefore that when planning is forgotten things can become very hectic and busy, dare I add un-productive. It is actually at these times that planning is most needed. Starting each day with a personal planning session is vital to becoming more effective. Plans do lead to achievement and achievement leads to fulfillment.

Planning is key to anything that we do or put our minds to. Without a clear and effective plan, we can often go off in different directions.

Examples of how to incorporate planning into your business and life

1. We all have the same number of hours in each day.

Those of us who achieve more simply make better use of our time. Planning magnifies your time. There are always those people who seem to achieve more. They achieve more because they are directed and driven. Their plans provide them with that direction.

2. The purposeful planning out of the day directs daily objectives to contribute to your overall goal. Time is then well spent.

We can all say that we are busy so move away from activity for its own sake. Steer clear of those idle moments during the day figuring out what to do next. They just waste your time and lead to distraction. Distraction is the shortcut to procrastination. The plan not only defines tasks but makes sure you are contributing to the mission.

3. Planning means it is easier to focus and stay on track.

Too much time can be wasted fire-fighting and focusing on less important tasks. Plans provide priorities and direction. Planning naturally creates deadlines and schedules. They are part of the process. Time is a valuable resource that should be budgeted for and used wisely.

4. If you are not valuing your time, do not expect anyone else to.

Missing deadlines, lateness and bad scheduling of projects portrays an unprofessional image. Do you want that for you and your business? Quality plans will enhance your productivity.

5. Organise your priorities through planning.

The important things can be separated from the urgent. More significant activities can be allocated the correct amount of time in which to perform them well. Less time is then spent between tasks trying to figure out what to do next. Look at your goals and organise your time based on the contribution to those goals. This helps you with both long and short term thinking.

6. If you want higher levels of stress and pressure, then do not plan.

A lack of planning will generate much higher levels of pressure and stress. Enjoy a simpler and easier way of life with quality planning.

7. Do you throw or do you catch?

If you throw, you are in control and take an active role. Catchers simply wait for what life throws at them. What needs to happen for you to be able to achieve a greater feeling of control on where your business is heading?

8. Creating time for daily planning will serve as the tactical foundation in achieving long-term goals.

Create a habit of short-term planning to yield long-term success. Planning shapes your destiny and good habits will repeat themselves.

9. Planning contributes to a positive attitude.

It is much easier to actually see your success when you have laid out the road map.
Planning provides you with the power to see victory once the proper steps have been laid out.

10. Life is measured in time.

By valuing your time, you are valuing yourself. Your self-esteem will be enhanced when you find yourself meaningfully investing time.

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