Sally Ann Murphy, your Summer Business Series guest blogger, here with post number four. Here’s what I’d like you to do – close your eyes and think back to the last long road trip you took in the family car.
In your mind, actually place yourself on this long road trip and inside the family car. Can you feel the impatience that begins after you’ve been sitting in one place for a few hours? Can you hear someone saying, probably more like whining, “Are we there yet?” Can you hear the driver or parent respond for the fifth or sixth time, “Soon.”
If you’ve ever been on a long family road trip, especially with children, you know exactly what I mean. Sitting and not moving for long periods of time can create impatience, frustration, boredom, irritation, restlessness and a number of other negative physical and emotional responses.
What’s my point? As we work to grow successful moneymaking businesses, we sometimes begin to feel impatience, frustration, boredom, irritation and restlessness. It’s like we are internally saying to ourselves, “Are we there yet?”
Here is a “real-world” truth: As with any journey or trip, it takes time to get where you are going. Unless the distance you’re traveling is relatively short, it takes focus, time and patience to reach your final destination.
Let’s apply this trip analogy to your business:
1. You have to have a destination in mind. You wouldn’t leave on a road trip without knowing where you were going, would you? The same holds true for your business. What do you want to achieve as a business owner – what’s your business destination?
2. It is vital to write goals. Goals are your roadmap – they show you the route you need to take to make your business successful. Goals help you focus on where you want to be in the future.
3. Plan for your journey. How long will your journey take? How should you prepare and what do you need to help you reach your destination? Your action plan is your step-by-step guide for how you are going to get from point A to point B day-by-day, week-by-week and month-by-month.
4. Be prepared for bumps along the road. Yes, as you are growing a successful moneymaking business you will encounter roadblocks and detours – be prepared. Stay flexible, be patient and know there will be times when you’ll need to adjust your schedule and plans. The key is not getting discouraged but to enjoying the adventure of taking a new road and seeing new sights.
5. When you reach your destination, enjoy the view! Appreciate your accomplishments and allow yourself the thrill of a job well done. Look at the scenery, breathe the fresh air and make time to sit and say, “I am here now!”
Growing a successful business is a journey that requires time, energy and patience. There will be times when you’ll wonder if you’ll ever reach your destination – that’s normal. It’s what you say to yourself when you say, “Are we there yet?” that counts. You have choices: You can answer yourself impatiently or you can keep your goals in clear view. My advice is to stay focused on your business goals (your roadmap) and you’ll be there (enjoying success) before you know it.
Sally Ann Murphy, guest blogger
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