Going Nowhere? Get off the Treadmill.

September 15, 2011

If you ever say or feel something like the following, it’s highly likely that what you are experiencing is the effect of “running on the spot but going nowhere”.

  • I am flat out every day.
  • The economy is ruining my business.
  • There are so many bills to pay.
  • What have I got to show for all my work?
  • I’d be better off working for somebody else.

Some people describe this as:

  • An overwhelming feeling of defeat.
  • A dark cloud of unhappiness.
  • “Everything” going wrong.
  • Feeling like curling up in the fetal position.

First, be assured that in this respect you are definitely not unique. Over the years I have spoken with hundreds of business owners, many of whom at one time or another have felt exactly the same way.

Second, to begin to resolve this situation you must STOP RUNNING. LITERALLY!

I’ve known too many business owners who falsely believe that they personally need to be going at a hundred miles an hour all the time. This isn’t true at all. Even the President of America slows down!

Next, have faith. Truly believe that a higher power will bring to you the people and circumstances that are best for you.

I know this is often considered a controversial subject so let’s get it out in the open. For me, that higher power is God.

Having faith means to be completely convinced that a higher power will give you all the help you need at the right time.

However, having faith does not mean that you have a personal genie at your command to give you everything you ask for.

Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Oprah Winfrey, H. G. Heinz, Sam Walton, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford are among an innumerable number of people who all say that they would not have achieved anywhere near their success without faith.

Ultimately like everything else, having faith comes down to your personal choice.

Next, go back to your business plan. Don’t have a business plan? Well get out your To Do List and make this happen as soon as possible.  Complaining about your business going nowhere is pointless when you don’t have a plan that details where you want to go. Not sure how to create a meaningful and effective plan? Find someone who does and get this done as soon as possible.

Your business plan is a working document and not something that you prepare once and then shove into a drawer. It is your plan of where you want your business to go and what actions you are going to take to get there. Reviewing the results of your actions must be planned and executed at least monthly.

Keep on top of your business performance by comparing planned versus actual results.

 Keep in mind that just as with the construction phase of your business plan, it is equally crucial – when necessary-to get the best possible help with its execution and review. When is it necessary? When you are not achieving the results you want.

To your success.

 Leon Skaliotis

Principal Consultant

  

 

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Written by: Leon SkaliotisFounder, Retail Fundamentals.

Leon is an accomplished business coach and retail specialist in Melbourne, Australia, who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create highly profitable businesses byattracting shoppers and converting them into loyal fans.

To receive your free copy of “Retail Secrets Every Owner Should Know” click www.retailfundamentals.com.au

You can contact Leon on +61 425 83 3344                                                                                                                        or email info@retailfundamentals.com.au

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