Finding business tough and struggling to get ahead? Want to achieve more but don’t know how? If this year feels like a repeat of the past, these four ideas will help you better your execution and drive business growth.
1. Be proactive, not reactive – The first thing you need to do is recognise that it’s easy to get stuck in old habits, reacting to market pressures, sales reports, employee behaviours and technology shifts. Real success lies in being proactive not reactive. To do this you need to take stock of where you really are (no fluff or nonsense, just a good solid reality check) and then decide exactly where you want to be.
2. Setting up for success – Being clear on what you want is one thing, but being crystal clear on why we want it is what really pushes us to achieving it. Get really clear on why it’s important, why it’s a must do and there is every chance it will happen.
3. Make it happen – Execution is the next key. I’ve lost count of the businesses I know that have spent time and money creating a plan and then fail to do anything with it. I recommend 90 day rolling plans. 90 days gives you time to get results yet it’s not too far into the future that it gets lost in everything else you do. Choose one strategy to focus on and then make absolutely sure it happens.
4. Steer clear of the bumps – Make sure you have a strategy for the obstacles that show up. Racing blindly into the future is risky, having a good idea of what might go wrong allows you to adjust quickly and get back on track.
Don’t forget to keep at it – most people give up when success is just around the corner.
For more information on setting and smashing your business targets you can check my book Play a Bigger Game. It walks you through the process of playing a bigger game in simple, easy to understand steps with workshops and links to resources to set you up for success, including the 90 day challenge. A process that you can repeat again and again that will have your business moving ahead in leaps and bounds.
Rowdy McLean is the author of ‘Play a Bigger Game.’