We've all heard about our weight plateauing when we're on a diet, but did you realise that your business can too? It's almost like being close to reaching your goal weight and being thrilled about it but still needing to do or be more.
It’s not that you have lost the passion for your business but perhaps there is a little less motivation than you used to feel and you probably don’t know why. Maybe you know something is holding you back, but you are not able to see the beautiful rain forest for all the trees.
It happens to us all
Many people in business today are women who are juggling home, family and social lives as well as running a business. Often we set high expectations and get frustrated or overwhelmed by all there is to do and that business has to be all about black and white, good and bad, the logical and fixed. Instead of realising that today’s business world is about utilising personal spirit, using different perspectives and approaches, flexibility, instinct and intuition. It’s not that we are being unrealistic, it’s that we are being overzealous and don’t have time and/or the energy to see and feel what is really happening in our businesses and take notice of the new ways of operating ourselves and our business.
If your business is not really meeting your expectations or you haven’t had time to set any meaningful goals, then it’s time to take stock and ask yourself the deep questions in your own private quiet space, or call on expert assistance in the form of a business coach. Many see this as a luxury for their business, but if you’ve never run a business before – and most of us haven’t – then like having a good accountant and solicitor you need to have someone who can guide you objectively.
What? No business plan?
Recent research conducted on about 200 small businesses showed that less than 98% have a written business plan or clear goals. Taking the time to work out what you want from the business, where you want it to go and how you are going to benefit now and in the future is essential. Also answering the following questions is important as they are not included in your standard business plan template:
• What do you want your business to give you, your family and lifestyle?
• Do you have a strong foundation of yourself and how is that contributing to your business?
• How does “who I am being” contribute and add value to the business function and how can this be maximised?
• How can you become more true to yourself and reflect that in how my business operates?
• Is your true value showing through your business results?
None of us would ever dream of driving in a foreign country without a road map or GPS. Think of your business as a foreign country and the business plan as your road map. Now think of the adventures you can have along the way, especially if you know where you are heading to and trust your instinct and intuition.
The only thing that may stop you – and it happens to us all – is fear and old conditioning. We often get ourselves stuck because we are mentally and physically comfortable and not willing to change or at ease with change. Analysing your business, working on the mindset and mental aspects can often address these fears.
As women we are much better at looking at the emotional side of business and often this and the mind is where many blockages to achieving success can be.
In reading the map and working out our travel route we create a strategy for getting from A to B, and not being taken off the path by flashing signs. Similarly, business coaching provides the tools to create a strategy for getting our businesses travelling along the right route and assessing the benefit of taking notice and following the alluring flashing signs.
Getting the groove back
A business plan that incorporates these points will help put that zing back into what you do by moving you out of your comfort zone and being true to yourself. This is when greatness can begin, we can get clearer vision, motivation back, new enthusiasm and greater gratitude. Rather than being stuck at just above your goal weight, we are told to try new exercise methods - the same applies for your business where new thinking, perspectives and actions can lead to reaching that goal.
If you would like to jump out of bed in the morning brimming with optimism for the new working day then ask yourself the following:
• Is your business focusing on what makes you feel really really happy and fulfilled?
• How would I feel if my business did not exist anymore?
• Would I regret it in six months time?
• How would I feel if I could accomplish my wildest business dreams?
• Do I even know what these dreams are?
Often we have to change our thinking, what we are doing and/or the way we are doing things to change our outcomes. Looking at business from a different mindset, emotional and physical points of view can help answer these questions and lead to a new spring in our steps and more fulfilling goals.