“Innovation is crucial to the continuing success of any organization”. (Source: Innovate or Die)
Never a truer word spoken.
Especially right now.
If you’re in business, getting through the next 6 months is going to take courage and commitment – at the very least.
Business isn’t an easy option at any time, and right now you might find yourself questioning why you’re even doing it, but you’re in business because you had a vision.
And it’s going to be that vision that gets you through it now.
There’s no magical overnight solution to building a more successful business but there is one thing that can help.
And now is the perfect time to innovate. But you also need to look at yourself and your vision.
Your success on the other side of the coronavirus and what else is to come from it is about taking small steps every day to get better than the day before.
So, what should you do to build yourself a more successful business? We’ve broken it down into 10 essential steps:
- Get clear on exactly what it is that you want.
- Be open to change and new learning – this is huge right now.
- Define where you are now (warts and all).
- Make a plan.
- Get your organisational structure right.
- Be a better leader.
- Be held accountable by someone independent.
- Build strong networks.
- Monitor your progress.
- Keep your well of happiness full.
Re-Build your Vision – Now you can recreate what you really want!
“Success isn’t overnight. It’s when every day you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.” – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
To build a compelling vision of where you want to be in the next 12 months, consider the following questions, and write down your answers.
Who do you need to be right now?
Instead of having a mindset of ‘when I have this, I will do that, and I will be this’, think about who you need to be right now. By focusing on who you need to be, you’ll start acting in a way that’s consistent with that person – doing what you need to do to get what you want to have.
What do you love doing outside of work and at work?
Define the things that you love doing most. We all have tasks we don’t enjoy doing and likely put off for as long as possible. Determine which of these can be delegated so you can stop doing them.
How many hours will you commit to the things you love doing?
Write down how many hours a week you’ll spend doing what you love. Commit to doing this – tell someone so they can hold you accountable. Setting aside time to do things you love doing is a great way to start taking back control of your life.
What holidays do you want to have?
Write down where you want to go and when. Be specific so the image is implanted in your mind. Book the holiday now or block out the time in your calendar.
How much income do you need to deliver on this new life?
Write down a figure. Don’t worry about how you’ll achieve this right now, just write it down.
You now have your own personal plan for what you want to get out of your business. Make this visible and start working towards it now.
It’s about Repositioning Yourself
Here are five ways to learn more, positioning yourself to run a better business:
Turn off your technology half an hour earlier each night and spend that time reading. Mix it up with recreational books and business books. As a bonus, it will help you sleep better.
Resist the urge to hang out on your phone
Unless you’re learning something new. By the way, you’re unlikely to learn on Facebook. Try an eBook, audio book, podcast, or learning app instead!
Enrol in courses or workshops
These can be online or in person. Choose topics that interest you and will help you in your business.
Turn off your TV
Unless you’re viewing TED talks on YouTube or content that is useful learning.
Keep a journal of your learnings
Review your journal of learnings regularly. Remember, you don’t really know something until you can teach it to someone else.
Small, incremental changes can have a massive effect on your success.