When are you going to get out of your way? You only hurt yourself and your business when you cease to apply and practice sound and successful business habits.
There is always plenty of blame and excuses to go around. Not enough time in the day. Can’t get organized. Lack of money. Lack of resources. Too much of this; too little of that. Enough with the excuses already.
To overstate the obvious, successful small business owners practice successful small business behaviors and habits. Our habits are what shape us. They always have. What we practice, good or bad, is what we receive, good or bad. Good eating habits = generally good health. Bad eating habits = generally bad health (it will certainly catch up with you). Yes, this is oversimplifying it, but the fact remains the same. Take a moment and reflect over your own business habits. Are they good, bad or perhaps in between? Now reflect on the “results” of those business habits. What have you achieved lately? Are your poor business habits getting in the way of your business success?
Your habits are directly related to your knowledge, thoughts and feelings. You will always be responsible for what you know. And if you know better, you should do better. Deep down, you can identify at least 2 or 3 things that you have been continuously doing that you know are hindering you from really achieving the success you would like to see in your horizon. You have made excuse after excuse for not changing or making the necessary adjustments. In the end, as a small business “owner,” you have to take ownership of the success AND failure of your business.
So, you already know what hasn’t and does not work. Now it is time to start looking at what will and does work. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. But if it creaks, be sure to tweak it. If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve got. The clichés can go on and on. You get the point.
• Recognize and acknowledge that which needs to change. It’s your first step; awareness. Believe in the fact that you CAN change. You have the ability to change; however, change requires ACTION. Belief and action are the basis of the foundation for renewing your mind and your business.
• Carefully examine what has worked and is working. Begin to look at ways to expand and enhance those habits. Replace one bad habit with one new habit. Be sure to include the “lack of habits” too. The habits of not doing the things that you should. You’ve spent more time doing less. Now spend more time doing more. Productivity doesn’t have to be painful or time consuming, but it does have to be.
• Commitment and consistency will complete the process. Commit to yourself and the success of your business by consistently taking action on necessary improvements. Practice, practice and practice some more until it becomes a routine.
There is no such thing as “trying” to be a successful business owner. Either you do what is necessary or you don’t.
Submitted by A.Michelle Blakeley
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