First of all let’s start with your WHY!! By understanding your why gives you a solid foundation within your business, whilst giving you a sense of why you do what you do it gives you a clear path for where the business is going.
People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it – Simon Sinek
Without clarity on your direction we just drift along and ‘react’ to life’s urgencies – which may feel like priorities however they are typically ‘things’ that just pop up.
Most people spend some much time planning things like holidays, but no time planning the most important things – their business and their life. By setting your goals, you can pinpoint exactly what you want to achieve, stop yourself from becoming sidetracked and assess how and where your priorities are changing as you progress.
There are 3 key steps for business success and growth…
Without direction and clarity how do we expect to achieve our objectives in business (or life for that matter)? Do you have a business map/ plan? If so do you refer to it and use it regularly? Is your ‘map’ on a one page document?
What is your ‘why’? What drives you? We at Accounting One help our Clients establish their business ‘map’, and get clarity on their why. It is essential that you take time out of your business to develop your map of where you would like to be in 3 years, 1 year and then you have certainty on what needs to happen each quarter to achieve your overall vision.
Having your map gives you a better managed business/ life. Enabling you to have time with your family, taking regular holidays, giving you higher profits, team engagement, better client relationships and regular cash flow through you business.
By keeping your map (vision) on a simple easy to use one pager, keeps it top of mind not only for you but for your whole team. Everyone within your ogranisation knows what their KPIs are, giving a visual accountability and clarity of what the vision is.
The best laid plans are useless without implementation. Too often we have witnessed amazing visions/ goals and good intentions fade into thin air. Does ring a bell with you? We have seen many businesses come along to a strategy session, have amazing learnings, then go back to the normality of life, back to the comfort zone or back to drowning in the reality of constant interruptions.
With having ‘business map’ and knowing what 1-3 projects you need to execute each quarter in order to step towards your overall vision – putting things in the right place.
Don’t be one of those people that look back in years to come, having drifted through life; instead be that person that creates everything by design.
Implementation and accountability are key factors – both on the Director level and within your teams.
What is the point of not knowing where you are at and not marking every milestone. What gets measured gets managed! Knowledge helps us manage fear and also empowers us.
Having an honest look at where you are at (much like the Michael Jackson’s song – ‘The man in the mirror’), is an absolute must. No matter how scary it may initially be…
We all need to know where we are at with our KPIs and track how we are progressing.
Tracking your KPIs every month gives you the awareness of your weakness and achievements – this will give you the opportunity to rectify the weak points and enhance/ continue on with what is working.
Overall we all need to be true to ourselves – with having and engaging in the right mindset. We create our own reality. Limiting decisions are like poison – eliminate these completely. So if you are sitting there wondering how you arrived at where you are at in the present state, we encourage you to expand your thoughts and know that absolutely anything is possible, by way of just the right mindset, mapping it, moving it and measuring it. Live the life of your dreams and have the business that gives you abundance.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Steve Jobs