What are you up to? How’s your business growing? What will it take to make it to the next level?
Hard work, perseverance, dedication, and determination all come to mind! But, first things first.
How long have you been in business? It’s important to know that because you need to be able to set benchmarks as you grow. If you’ve been in business 1-2 years you are still learning the ropes. You have made it over the critical first year hump, so good for you. However, you may have some growing pains, things that you haven’t quite mastered yet. And that’s ok! The important thing to remember is to keep moving forward. Whatever is hard or difficult for you is something to work on and work out.
Let’s move on to goal setting. Sometimes we think of goal setting as a once a year event, usually around the first of the year. I do that too. But what about setting incremental goals, in other words baby steps, to succeed at. I know this for sure, every time we set a goal and meet it or exceed it, it fuels us up for more success! Another way to think of goals is like building blocks. The more goals you meet, the higher you are climbing in your business. Try tying goals to the bigger picture of where you want your business to go. Keep track of goal achievements because when the going gets tough (and it will), you can measure your success not by a minor setback, but by a look at all the goals you’ve met!
Being in it for the long haul is something a lot of us are questioning these days. Covid 19 hit us like a ton of bricks falling out of nowhere. Follow that up with shelter in place orders and businesses closing due to that order and a lot of businesses merely folded their tents. If you have made the determination to stay in it for the long haul, you’ve probably found ways to adapt and have adopted some new ways of doing business. Thank goodness for social media platforms and Zoom, FaceTime and Skype! Many of us have been able to keep our business presence known because of all this great technology! Keep on keepin’ on as my mom would say.
Nothing is promised, nothing is gained without risk, so whatever you’re doing in your business today may not work tomorrow. My point is this, be flexible, keep learning and make every day count. That’s what successful entrepreneurs must do in this new world we are living in.