2012 is nearly over. Some of us met our goals, some exceeded them and some can’t remember what they said 12 months ago. And now 2013 is fast approaching.
It is at this time that we reflect on how successful our business and lives have been over the last year.
Many will blame the economy. Some will blame circumstances in their lives. A handful will blame themselves.
One thing I do know through years of coaching and working with businesses is this. For many business owners, goals are nothing more than hope.
If it happens – “great”, if it doesn’t happen then the “maybe next year” mantra is rolled out.
And it is not because our intentions were anything less than good. We set out with a strong idea of where we want to be and where we are going – but something happens along the way. 12 months is a long time in business.
Some of us struggle, get caught out, rely on a “good” economy to keep our business going. The reality of business is very different. Unless you are adapting, flowing, continiously improving you will not achieve your goals.
Then there are a few who not only survive in a recession – they actually become more successful. I am fortunate enough to say that this is one of the business principles that my business is leveraged by. When a recession is here – we celebrate.
Here’s the truth about recessions: There are more millionaires created during a recession than at any other time of an economic cycle.
Why does this seem counter intuitative to your experiences?
The amount of money that is in the world has not been reduced, it is simply in someone else’s bank. This means that while one business may be struggling that same money is invested elsewhere.
So how do the millionaires succeed where other businesses fail? Strategy
Let me give you an example.
Imagine that you are about to set off on a car trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Would you simply get in the car, unprepared and set off driving without a map, checking the fuel or car condition? As an intelligent person I would imagine that you wouldn’t adopt this approach.
Instead what do we do? We plan the route with the use of maps, perhaps speak wtih friends who have done the whole or part of the journey, ensure you have fuel in the tank, check the tyre pressure and water levels, assess how long the trip will take and factor in your timescales.
Then you get in the car and drive. You know where your destination is and you know what roads and changes you need along the way to ensure you reach your destination.
Imagine this, even as you are driving in the dark with your headlights just showing a couple of hundred meters ahead of you – you know that you are still on the right path.
Why does this work? You had a specific outcome that you wanted to achieve and you planned how you were going to achieve it, then you made that decision to start the journey. And if, like me, the journey has not gone quite according to plan – did you stop and give up? You ask directions, get help – maybe even use the Sat Nav.
And then you finally arrive at your destination. You’ve been through some experiences to achieve it. But it was worth it in the end.
How can you use this for your 2013 Business Strategy?
Start today by writing down your answers these questions to develop your strategy
1. What specific goals do you want to achieve by the 31st December 2013?
2. What are your current resources and skills?
3. What resources and skills will you need to achieve your goals?
4. How can you get access to the resources and skills to achieve your goals?*
*remember: what got you here will not get you to your goal
5. How committed are you to achieving your goal on a scale of 1 – 10 (1 being not very, 10 being 100% committed, nothing will stop me!)
Everytime I ask the last question everyone says 100%.
If this is so then why do so many of us not achieve our goals? Lack of action and committment.
Whatever your goal make it a MUST not a WOULD BE NICE.
Many people talk about what they are going to do, few actually take action and do something. Be one of the 0.01% that seize the opportunity and make a decision to create the business that they want, on their terms.
So, when would now be a good time to make your decision?