By the time you are reading this, the Christmas break will be a distant memory, work will be carrying on as before, you will be planning your next holiday and hopefully, all the strikes will be over!
But did you utilise the time off to consider what you want to do with your business? If nothing changes, then surely you will get the same results as before. That may be fine, but what if there needs to be a change? What if you want something more? Just because something has been done the same way for years, doesn’t mean it’s the right way to do it. Challenge your methods and don’t be afraid of change. There is a great book which has sold millions of copies called “Who Moved My Cheese?” If you haven’t read it then do so. It’s only short but deals with how to accept and deal with change.
Changes don’t have to be massive. Marginal gains can make a huge difference to the bottom line, but sometimes it’s worthwhile having a rethink.
As we start the new year, challenge how your business runs. Could you be doing things more efficiently, or are you operating one way because you have always done it that way? Challenge the status quo and be prepared to look at things differently. As an experiment, try crossing your arms the other way around. It feels uncomfortable to start with as it’s taking you out of your comfort zone. That may be what you need to do with your business. Look at your business differently and take the time out to work on your business rather than in it. Move away from the firefighting to planning ahead, set ambitious targets and monitor your results. Embrace change within your organisation, and ride the wave as you never know where it can take you.
If you’ve planned your next holiday, then have you planned ahead for your business? Give your business the plan it deserves and consider what changes you could make to get what you want from it. Do you see yourself sitting on a beach sipping cocktails in five years’ time or is that just a pipe dream? If you plan for that, then why not?
We run planning sessions for businesses of all shapes and sizes and for a free taster of what this is about please get in touch.