You have tons of ideas in your head but aren’t quite sure how to get them done. Are they the right things to do in your business? Are they going to get you the results you need?
Not every action will get you results, and often your actions can get clouded by other things. Before you do the next thing, follow these tips to ensure you’re getting the results you want.
Create a Plan
Every next step in your business needs to have a plan of action. And sometimes, when you’re creating that plan and talking it out, you find out that what you thought was the right direction isn’t the right way to go at all.
Think about your long-term end goals and then determine what the plan is to get you there.
You might want to be at a certain point in 5 years: a certain income, a certain number of clients. These are a good vision, but you need goals you can create actionable tasks for.
Instead of, I want to make more money, make your goal more specific: I want my business to grow from $x to $x this year. Then build out a plan based on those goals. Create a timeline of all the things you need to do and when you can get these things done. (Be sure to be realistic about what you can accomplish in the timeframe you’re looking at.)
Stay Focused on Goals
You have a goal or multiple goals and you’ve created the plan. But then you get distracted by other things. People tell you that you should do this or you see someone do that and you want to follow suit. This is shiny object syndrome. And it will derail you from your goals.
People tell you to do THIS or you see someone do THAT and you want to follow suit. This is shiny object syndrome.
And it will derail you from your goals.
It’s important to not go down different paths that take you away from your plan. Instead, stay focused on what you want to accomplish. Yes, you can re-evaluate if you decide something isn’t working or if your business takes a turn. But you also need to focus more on what your goals are, not on other ideas that will deviate you from your focus.
If you have a golden idea that you feel like you must act on, write it down and table it for a few days or weeks. Then come back to it and see if it still feels urgent. Chances are, you’ll see that it won’t really get you where you want to be.
Take Action, Delegate Appropriately
If you’re going to meet your goals, you need to take action. And sometimes that means not doing the work yourself. Don’t overthink what needs to be done as you’re taking action–that overthinking should be done while you’re planning and have time to overthink. That way, when it’s time to take action, you can do just that.
Sometimes that action involves delegating tasks to others, a scary endeavor but one that will help you improve your bottom line if done right. Just be sure to avoid some of the most common delegating mistakes so you hire well and keep good talent on your team.
Every business owner wants success, whether it’s a brand new business or one that’s been around for years. No matter where you are, having a plan, staying focused on your goals and taking appropriate action will help you achieve your business goals.