There's allot of talk about how we ‘set ourselves up for failure’. Whether its self-limiting beliefs, sabotaging behaviors, or an unwillingness to do what it takes, failure lurks around each corner. Even the books, websites, articles, and workshop sharing secrets to business success don’t address the notion of how to set ourselves up for success.
Setting yourself up for success is more than having a logo, website, business card, business checking, Linkedin profile, Facebook page, Twitter account....the list goes on. You get the point.
Here are five smart business strategies to set you up for success:
1. Create your strategic plan. If you don’t know where you’re going – and how you’re going to get there – you can be pulled off track pretty quickly. Your strategic plan gives you clarity, focus and supports the sort of quick decisions you need to make to keep your business moving forward.
2. Execute on your strategic plan. A strategic plan doesn’t make for a very good door stop. Use your strategic plan at the beginning of each week to direct your activity and set your forward movement. Implementation of your strategic plan prevents you from ‘swirling’ in circles, which eventually leads to overwhelm, and revenue numbers trending down.
3. Organize your office for success. Look around you. Does your office, including tools, software, furniture and file arrangement that encourage your success? Nothing breeds success more than structures and systems that allow you to move quickly and easily from achieving one goal to another.
4. Prioritize your day for success. Think of an accomplished individual you admire. If they were to peek over your shoulder, would they instantly recognize activities prioritized for your ongoing success? Organize every day for the future you desire.
5. Surround yourself with those who make you stretch. Jim Rohn, motivational speaker and self-help guru said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Wow! That’s a powerful consideration. It’s always in your best interest to associate with those who uplift, inspire, and inform.
Do you agree with the notion of setting yourself up for success? What other strategies would you add? Tell us your thoughts.