Too many small business owners are caught up in the day-to-day running of things. And often they are just in survival mode. They are keeping their business running. They are paying the bills, but the business is the same year after year after year.
In many cases, in one year’s time they are going to be a year older. But their business is going to be the same.
1) Set aside time to dream
The first step is to set aside some time to dream. It is important to set aside time outside of the day-to-day running of your business. Give yourself the space to dream and visualise your ideal business. Go somewhere that inspires you. This could be down the beach. It could be in the bush or nature. Go somewhere that is away from your normal environment where you get inspired.
2) Describe your ideal business in detail
Your next step is to describe it in detail. Get really, really clear on what you are building. Begin with the end in mind. What turnover are you aiming for? What is the ideal profit you want to make? How many people will you have? How many locations? What are all the different parts of your ideal business. What does it look like? What does it feel like for you?
3) Put it somewhere visual
Your final step is to put it somewhere visual. Once you have a clear description of your ideal business put it somewhere you can see it every day. By seeing it every day you’ll start to focus on it. And when you start to focus on it you’ll start to move towards it. You’ll start thinking about all the ways that will get you there. This will start to direct you and guide you on where to take your business.
Now these may sound three very simple steps. But they are so powerful. By doing these you’ll get more clarity. You’ll have more direction and focus. It will help you be clear on what to say yes to and what to say no to. You’ll begin heading towards a new future to where you want your business to be rather than being stuck on the same treadmill each day.