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Don’t Get Stuck In Yesterday



Don’t get stuck in yesterday.  Your past achievements are just that, the past. It is only natural, that when we find something that works, we want to keep doing it forever.  The only problem is, some solutions were for a specific period of time and not meant to be used forever.

Life is full of change and in order to keep pace, we must sometimes change as well. Successful companies know this to be true, which explains why,  every few years, they refresh themselves.  The may take a new form of their name, upgrade their builds, revamp their products or change the way they do business.  Leaders of successful companies know that to stay relevant, change is a part of the equation.

For example, most, if not all, brick and mortar stores also have an online presence.  This is so because today, unlike 15 years ago, more and more people shop online for some of their needs.  Almost all sellers except a credit or debit card as payment instead of only cash or checks.  Sellers who do not make changes to reflect the new demands, loss customers and risk going out of business.

Like wise, what worked for you, on your journey to achieving your goals in the past may not now.  If you want the next promotion, you may need to increase your knowledge, make new affiliations, or change your location.  As an entrepreneur, if you want to increase your revenue, you may need to add a new product line, repackage an existing product, or change your marketing, just to name a few.  The changes you make should be in line with the ultimate goals you wish to achieve.

If you keep doing the same things, you will get the same results.  Not all change is bad, getting stuck in the comfort of yesterday at the detriment of your future, that is bad.

Take Action!

One of the main differences between successful people and unsuccessful people, is successful people have the habit of taking action!  Even if doing so is difficult!  But they don’t just take any action, they take thoughtful action.  For each of their goals, successful people develop an action step.  This action step is designed to move them toward achieving that specific goal and ultimately their dream.

Procrastination is a major dream killer.  Sometimes the excuse for not taking action is planning. The individual spends time planning for every possible outcome and therefore never takes action.  Please keep in mind, if you wait on things to be perfect, you will never take action.  Instead, develop your plan.  As you are developing your plan, do consider the various outcomes, make any needed adjustments, then get started.

If you never get started, you will never finish!

Start With A PLAN!!

bus plan kindle cover-for wp postA well thought out and prepared business plan is the most valuable tool a business owner can have, especially a new one.  The business plan also called a feasibility plan for a new business (because new business is researching the potential product to determine if it would be viable) is your road map.

Your business plan  will keep you on track as you implement the strategies you developed and evaluate the results to determine if any changes are needed.

Success is not guaranteed to anyone but it is attainable to anyone willing to do the needed work.  As you plan your business, ask yourself the following question, “What will happen to my small business if I an unable to participate in it due to illness or some other event & I am the only employee?” At this point, I’d like to relate a story.

While on a vacation, I was walking in a shopping area and came upon a book store and I wanted to go inside and look around.  When I got to the door, I was meet by the following sign “Sorry, closed due to illness”.  Unfortunately, this owner did not have a plan in place for this and as a result, who knows how much revenue was lost.  To compound the situation, the fixed costs of rent and utilities were still being incurred.  What if the sign read instead “Sorry, closed due to illness, but please visit our website.  Planning Makes A Difference!!

The best time to plan for your business  is at the beginning, but if you didn’t  don’t lose heart, it is never too late to develop and implement a good business plan.   Developing the plan after you have started has benefits because  now you have real world experience and numbers to use.

Planning, starting and running a business is not easy but with the right information and tools it can be successful.

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