How do you know when the storm is worth enduring and the risk is worth taking? Honestly, “no” thing is a “sure” thing. Worse yet, emotion and a phenomenon called entrepreneurial terror can take over. Being prepared can help. Know your key success factors and plan for those rainy days.
Starting a new business is always exciting, and the journey has been incredible. I have to admit, there were definitely times when it was more guts than glory. It took courage to persist through some pretty rough economic conditions, life changes, and moments of over-whelming growth. Yes, we faced them all; sometimes with grace, sometimes with knee-jerk reactions. We learned as many valuable lessons about ourselves as we did about running a business.
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You’re ready to take on all that 2016 has to offer. You’ve made a list of goals, engaged the help of those who can provide guidance and support along the way. You’re confident in your direction. The worst is behind you…right?
Real, or perceived, you will encounter an occasional obstacle on the road to success. The biggest road blocks we face are those mountains that stand in our way; often of our own making. If achieving all you envision for yourself, and your business, seems like it will take a Herculean effort, a few minor adjustments may do the trick..
Break your goals down into bite-sized chunks. Develop a plan to make it happen. Make it measurable and memorable, by that I mean, keep track of everything. It is easy to forget, or gloss over, all the little things that are achieved. We often make the tasks so large we can’t achieve them because, somehow, we feel if we don’t make the goal large the win isn’t as big and meaningful. Make them small and make rewarding yourself a priority. You’ve heard it all before. Easier said than done.
Consider this analogy: You’re really looking forward to dinner you have planned. You’ve put a lot of thought into the menu, selected only the finest ingredients, prepared each item with care…then, instead of enjoying each tender bite, you stuff every morsel into your mouth and attempt to chew. Not only do you not enjoy the meal, the indigestion that awaits you is going to be epic.
The proverbial, “biting off more that you can chew,” it’s human nature. But nowhere in our daily activities is it more prevalent than in the pressure we put on ourselves to perform, especially for small business owners.
It’s really okay and, actually, more productive to cut your objectives up into smaller pieces that are easier to digest. It’s not necessary to finish everything on your plate. Put left-overs away to chew on later…or serve them up in a to-go container for someone else to take. Seeking feedback and support from someone who is not emotionally attached can be one of your most valuable strategies.
Top priority for 2016…avoid goal bloat with portion control!
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The holidays are over… but the gratitude goes on! If you’re looking for creative, yet practical, ways to thank customers for their business… or networking buddies for their generous referrals, consider giving the gift of Amazon Prime!
If you shop Amazon, you already know the benefits:
- Shop at home in your PJs, any time, day or night.
- Items shipped right to your door
- New and used purchasing options
- Customer feedback (priceless these days)
Amazon Prime adds:
- Free two-day shipping
- Free lending library
- Free video and music streaming
We reaped the rewards a few months ago when we upgraded our technology. Computers, a printer, and a scanner, as well as, all the little odds and ends we needed. We did it all using our Amazon Prime account. Everything arrived at the front door, as expected, and we never paid a penny for shipping!
If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s a budget- and schedule-friendly business decision…and you can try it free for 30 days!