Here we are again – at the start of another year. Time to look at whether your business (and life) objectives are being met and, if not, to make changes.
Like sailing a ship isn’t it – running a business? Some business owners work without a plan and just drift along in uncharted waters in the hope that there are no icebergs under the surface and that they will arrive somewhere in the fullness of time. Others micro-manage their journey to such an extent that they will not allow for the natural changes of current and find themselves off course despite intensive efforts. It’s mixing metaphors to say that a blinkered approach is unwise in business but flexibility and intuition certainly have their place.
I’ve had the privilege over the past 2 years to work with business owners in a closer capacity than I had done previously. As a coach and trainer for Growth Accelerator I work with business owners to help them plan their course and take the steps needed to reach their objectives. This process has revealed to me the diversity that exists – select half a dozen MDs and you could find they have little in common. This has led me to wonder about motivation. Only highly motivated people would choose to run a business, one might assume, and yet the drives within people can be very different.
Some people are motivated by external factors and others by internal ones; most a mix of the two. Some are positively driven towards success, others negatively driven away from failure. It is said that the longer people survive in business, the less important their skills and intelligence become. Their sheer persistence is the greatest factor in their continued survival.
Even the most successful and highly motivated business owners suffer from fatigue at times and, at times like these, it helps to think of the sailing analogy. Remember that your intuition combined with a map to follow has served you well in the past and will do so again, even when the winds are against you.
If you would like an unbiased view on your plans for the year ahead you might like to book a FREE one to-one workshop. Sessions are available for the month of January on a first come, first served basis. We also offer a £100 voucher for redemption against any project work arising from the workshop and advice on all current funding schemes.
Call me on 07801251767.