I’ve read that successful people set their goals, keep their expectations high, and are creative in developing strategies to reach their goals.
Do you think that part of knowing our strengths and weaknesses, is knowing what help we need in being able to use the strategies we learn?
What if we have the greatest strategy in the world planned, but if we’re not implementing? Nothing happens, Right?
So what do you do?
Develop your action plan for meeting your goals. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
There are a couple of myths about taking action…
Myth #1 – “When we’ve learned a new strategy, we often think the hardest part is over.”
- But, implementation is the real next step . And, it can be very difficult to start, be persistent, and consistent with our new strategies.
Even though we may plan to apply what we learn and really want to, we usually don’t have an action plan set about to reach out goals. We can immerse ourselves in marketing information. Watch what others are doing. And decide what we ‘should’ be doing. Yet, it’s hard to commit, because we just aren’t sure.
So, we often don’t pursue the goal we really want. We underestimate the challenges of implementing what we learned and our new strategies.
But, in order to learn and move forward?
- We have to at least start.
Myth #2 – “Most people resist change?”
- No, most people are open to change when they understand why and how it can help.
We may initially resist, but can become brilliant with our implementation over time as we start to understand the great benefits.
It’s a lot easier to implement a plan when someone who has already done it helps you decide the steps. And then, when the doubts creep up, they remind you to stay the path. Because if you do, you will arrive.
Myth #3 – “It’s all about taking actions.”
- No, it’s about taking the right actions.
And, that’s what freezes people up and they move to busy work.
Of course, we need to take action to implement our business strategy. And of course, in business, it seems that we are always taking action, filling up the amount of time we have with activities.
To answer this question, you have to first identify what you think are the right actions.
- Take actions, even if you make the changes as you go.
Small business owners need to become strategic and turn their plans into specific objectives. Then take actions and correct the activities as they work their plan.
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“The information you give is priceless –I like how you broke down the steps – but if I have to make up my own steps it takes time. We know it’s our business and work – but, when you say step one through 5 I get it! My ah-ha moment – was with the plan – a road map – having it planned out – it is like creating how many miles we’ll cover on a trip, when we are going to have lunches – and this is how I’m seeing this business plan – it’s a road map , it may change along the way and that’s OK.” Patty Davis Owner at Z Sisters