Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.
FAST FACT: It’s a rare person who enjoys change, unless that change is changing to a bigger wine glass!
Changing what you do and how you do can be stressful and time-consuming – and sometimes, it can be easier just to leave everything the same.
I’m sure you’ve been in a position where you’ve heard: But that is the way we’ve always done it. Or maybe it was you saying that?!
And sometimes change isn’t warranted.
But if you are stuck and your business is stagnant – you need to do something about it and that’s going to involve some level of change.
But if you think change is scary and hard – you’re thinking about it all wrong!
Change is exciting and innovative.
And when your business isn’t fun anymore – you are going to need to find the courage and dig deep to take that first step.
MOTTO: Be brave, accept the changes you need to make, and be innovative in your industry.
Making changes – how to do it successfully and strategically
We all have built-in habits and behaviours that we repeat – on autopilot sometimes. But it doesn’t mean that all of them are good habits or even beneficial ones.
We also have so much going on in our lives that it’s hard to start doing something differently – especially when you are comfortable doing what you’re doing.
But if it’s not working for you, why would you keep doing it? Just out of habit and comfort?
Six months ago my business was stagnant and I could see it was not going to grow with the structure it currently had. I was maxed out to capacity and I had no more time to give.
I had a decision to face: Stay doing the same thing in a business that wasn’t working for me, or change my business structure.
It was daunting, but I knew if I wanted to grow my business and stop doing all the work, I had to make some changes.
But I did it and in six months I went from struggling to doubling the size of my business. Now, I won’t say it was easy. In fact, most changes you make aren’t going to be easy, and that’s why so many people don’t do it.
Scaling up meant getting my ducks in line, reassess everything. I was hit hard with extra work when I didn’t have the resources to help me. Areas of my business that didn’t work were magnified and, at times, I wondered why I had taken on so much.
But I wasn’t alone. The COVID pandemic hit many businesses hard and they had to start from the beginning too.
But by the first six months, I was excited. I had new team members, I opened a new marketing department to help our existing clients, and all the components of my business started to work.
I still have areas to iron out, and it’s about trial and error, but I know I can make changes as I go.
When they make significant changes, so many business owners are worried that they need to have everything perfect, and they spend time perfecting everything before they launch. It’s not about being perfect; it’s about perfecting it on the go as you keep making changes and adjusting your offerings and business to make it work for you and your clients.
I was in the bookkeeping business – but it wasn’t bringing me joy – so I created a new business in marketing. Now we can look after your bookkeeping, taxation, marketing, and business strategy with our services, products, and mentoring packages.
What are you going to change this year?
MINDSET: FORMULA FOR CHANGE
Did you know there is a formula for change designed to help increase your ability to change?
It is (D x V) + F > R
Change only happens when these four areas come together.
- You are dissatisfied with your current state.
- You can see a clear vision of a better future.
- You can see practical first steps towards that better future.
- Your vision and first steps outweigh the resistance to the pain or cost of the change.
Think about a time you made a change. What happened? Something didn’t work any more, and you saw a better vision for your business so took the first steps to make it happen. You made it happen because the vision you had was greater than any pain or cost involved.
Be courageous and make the necessary changes for business growth!
Business has changed in the last 12 months and many people have had to rethink their business and the way they do things, what they offer, or completely start again.
I know it’s been difficult; I’ve experienced it with you. Being courageous and making the necessary change now may mean a significantly different future for you and your family.
If you are ready to make the changes required to take your business from stagnant to successful in the next 6 months, join me on my upcoming live webinar: 3 Essential Tools for Business Success.
Inside this 90-minute webinar, I will share with you:
1. The power of 1%.
2. Having the courage to change.
3. What the three essential tools for business success are.
4. Examples of the tools needed to help you make the change.