It is one of the biggest business killers out there, and yet one that is far too often ignored. It can suck the life right out of an enterprise without even breaking a sweat. “What,” you ask, “is the culprit of all this mayhem?” Well, I’ll tell you. It’s stagnancy.
It’s easy to think of your business as this isolated entity, separate and independent of you, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Your business is an extension of who you are. It is as much a part of you as you are a part of it. It stands to reason then, as you grow and change your business will need to grow and change as well.
As humans we pass through many different stages and seasons in life, each of which is sprinkled over with various experiences unique to us. With each of these changes comes a different perspective, a different focus, and a different method of operation. The season we are in in life affects the way we interact with people, the political and/or social policies we stand up for, and what we place value on. Why then do we expect it not to affect the way we do business and/or the products and services we offer?
How to help your business grow with you
When you are beginning a business everyone will tell you the importance of a having a business plan, especially if you have a brick and mortar enterprise. But for entrepreneurs, especially those who plan to keep their enterprises an intimate size it is also important to have a personal life plan and to put the two side by side. This helps keep your plans achievable. For example, your child’s senior year in high school might not be the best year to take your speaking engagements international.
Another important aspect of lining up your life plans and your business plans is doing it on a regular basis. After the initial business plan, it is tempting to just tuck it in the corner and let that be the end of it. I mean after all you did plan at least 5 years ahead. The truth is though it is best to revisit your business plan, along with your life plan, every year. Not only that, but it is a great practice to keep a simplified, task-oriented version in your regular planner to help keep you focused and on track as life happens and opportunities arise.
What’s the key to having a business that grows with you?
The key to having a business that can and does grow with you is flexibility. Do your best not to set rigid plans, in business or in life. Set overall goals and leave enough room for the Divine to come in, maneuver, and tweak things to a state of excellence. Also leave room to shift gears and change direction as needed. Focus and determination are necessary traits for success, but they quickly turn to pride and stubbornness when they refuse to give way to innovation and change. You end up not only stunting the growth of your business, but the growth of yourself as well as you try to force yourself to fit into an enterprise that is too small to hold what you have grown to be.
— Agape Visions, Inc. (@AgapeVisionsInc) July 25, 2016
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