Change. That’s why.
Change is inevitable, and it either happens to us or we influence events toward the change we want.
On the other hand, maybe we’re doing okay, but we want to do better or to have the time and freedom to enjoy life.
Whatever our motives, as Thomas Jefferson said: “If we want something we have never had, we have to do something we have never done.”
Okay, so we have to do something different, but what?
We already think about change, we even intend to change, but we’re too busy to figure out what to do and wouldn’t have time to do it anyway.
The result is our intention to start “tomorrow,” but tomorrow never comes. It is always today.
If that sounds like you, you’re not alone. There are 28.8 million of us small business owners in the U.S. and just about 28.8 million of us are facing the same issues, asking the same questions, and postponing our good intentions for the same reasons.
But not all. Some have found the way out.
If you’re too busy to imagine an ideal future, how about this one: A highly profitable business that works without you?
It’s been done before by thousand of business owners just like you. Creating a profitable business that works without you is a well-vetted process. It’s getting started that’s hard, and that’s where the right business coach comes in.
A coach can guide us, step by step, through the process of:
We are 100% responsible for the lives we’ve created for ourselves.
Whether or not we are aware of them, our assumptions, thoughts, beliefs and self-talk have created our current realities and limit our ability to change.
As Henry Ford said: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”
Change always begins with our thinking, and the right coach can help identify, challenge and overcome the self-limiting thoughts that hold us back.
Brian Tracy, the prolific business author, says “The foundation of all success, both personal and private, is clarity.”
Plans map out the actions necessary to reach our goals. Plans are organized as weekly tasks, quarterly projects, and annual goals all leading toward a vision we want in three years.
Tasks are where the action is, where we actually get things done.
“Chase two rabbits, Catch none.” That Chinese proverb is especially fitting for business.
There are many steps between now and our goals, but at any point along the way there will always be one step more important than all the others.
Focus means identifying and working on the ONE thing that matters most at a particular time and avoiding the competing “rabbits” that steal our attention and keep us from getting things done.
Business is a complex undertaking involving a broad range of subjects including leadership, marketing, sales, production, administration and the many topics within each.
Very few of us are good at them all, but to thrive, our companies must be. The right coach brings the information, resources, and experience necessary to learn and improve in each of the 4 fundamental areas of a successful business.
As Jim Rohn, the business philosopher says: “Plans without actions are the beginnings of delusion.”
Dreams, goals, planning, information and all the rest are meaningless unless we actually do something, which means the most important role of a coach is to hold us accountable to do what we agree to do.
I’d enjoy learning about your business and I think you would enjoy learning about the process of building a business that can work without you.
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