Whether it is a business goal or a personal goal, you need to have the vision to achieve it. Then comes a well-articulated plan on how to get there. This is a standard procedure to meet goals.
Running a business is not everyone’s cup of tea. When my friend Jim and I started our food truck business, things weren’t going so well at the start. Jim was also my roommate. He used to have a hard time making decisions.
I remember the time when he couldn’t decide whether to choose between the Optimum economy package and premium plan when we wanted to get cable. Jim’s habit of falling short of making strategic decisions was hurting our business. It was one of the reasons why we were slacking off on our progress. Every business has certain pillars of business success that demand focus. Let’s explore their role in helping us achieve our goals:
8 Pillars Of Business Success
#1: Create an Action Plan
Planning is the key to success. It’s the first important strategy associated with achieving a goal. Even though we are well-aware of its significance, we fail to create a detailed and intricate plan for realizing our dreams.
When you are serious about your goals, you write them down. You do whatever it takes to fulfill those goals on a daily basis.
#2: Get Rid of Bad Habits
There is no doubt bad habits keep us from achieving our goals. They are one of the biggest hurdles in our progress. Anyone who wants to achieve something worthwhile in life knows they need to eliminate all the bad habits which are holding back.
I hear you, eliminating bad habits can be very difficult at times but if you have a reason stronger than the habit itself, then you will successfully overcome it. This won’t happen quickly though.
#3: Chase the Frog
Since your job here is to eat the frog, why not do it first thing in the morning? This is what Mark Twain said. Here, he is referring to the big-ticket items on your to-do list. Cross them off as soon as you can. These are usually the MITs (Most Important Tasks) that are related to your long-term goals. Complete these tasks nicely and early to avoid adding up over time.
#4: Work on a Future Strategy
In business, growth is directly related to risk. The greater the risk, the higher the chances of success.
Being a manager, you would be spending a huge share of your time looking at the day to day operations. Or maybe it’s something related to staff holidays, cash flow management, etc. However, as a manager and owner, the task that you should really be working towards is the future strategy for your business.
Unfortunately, managers spend only 10% of their time building business for tomorrow. If you want your business to grow in size and capability, you must spare some time to work on your business. This is one of the biggest challenges you will face when it comes to growth.
#5: Make a Decision to Change
Let’s say you have found a few flaws in your business process. After identifying the problem, you need to make a commitment to change.
The moment you identify and acknowledge the problem that is preventing certain business sectors grow, you need to craft a strategy to change the process. This will lead you down a path of growth; a path that is filled with more opportunities and fulfillment.
#6: Build a Robust Team
Your team is integral to the growth and business success of your business. It does not really matter how inspirational you are or how clear you are about your goals, you can only achieve them successfully if you have a great team.
To get where you want to be, you must build and manage a team. Are you capable of developing a good team and capitalize on their creativity? This is pertinent to business success.
#7: Identify Your Strengths and Overcome Your Weaknesses
Strengths are like deep thick roots of a tree secured to the ground. Even if the harsh wind blows, you are capable of surviving because of these strengths. You must identify these core business strengths.
After successfully identifying strengths, it is time to identify weaknesses. These are the areas of your business that you hadn’t got the opportunity to work on. It could be a business department you had been neglecting for a while because it’s not profitable enough or due to any other reason.
#8: Take Charge of Your Emotions
You cannot let emotions get the best of you when it comes to a personal or business goal.
Yes, emotions play a significant role in setting goals, to begin with. That’s exactly why you need to have a strong grip on all emotions – hope, excitement, confidence, gratitude, passion, curiosity, excitement, etc.
I am glad I took the lead and searched for “Optimum near me” before we subscribed to a package only to find out it wasn’t available in our area at that time.
Nevertheless, these tips will come a long way in helping you achieve your goals without holding you back.