Do you find yourself wondering why other small businesses are successful while yours flounders? Do you often feel like throwing in the proverbial towel instead of doubling-down on developing your company? The answer to your problems might be staring at you in the mirror. If you want to build a successful small business, here are five changes you need to make (the sooner, the better).
– Challenge yourself with stretch goals. Know what you want to achieve and then push yourself to not only achieve your goal, but also to surpass it. If you’re always willing to do only what is necessary instead of that which challenges you, your success will be mediocre at best.
– Track everything. From your expenses to your time, each component of your business-building efforts needs to me monitored. The more attention you pay to the specifics, the more opportunities you will uncover. No aspect of your company is too small to be tracked. Know your business inside and out, and you will build a company that exceeds your expectations.
– Learn to say yes to your fears. Meek people don’t build flourishing businesses; the fearless entrepreneur who takes chances succeeds over the long haul.
– Don’t be afraid to be different. Just because others have followed a specific path or done things in a certain way, that doesn’t mean you have to follow their example. Trailblazers are often initially scorned; the success you ultimately achieve will be all the reward you will need.
– Get the naysayers out of your life. If you surround yourself with hustlers instead of pessimistic people, you will achieve much greater success. Excellent entrepreneurs don’t hang out with people who bring them down; they spend time with others who inspire them to be better. The same thing applies to online connections. If you are spending most of your time conversing on Twitter or chatting on Reddit/r/entrepreneurs, you aren’t spending time on your business. Social networking can have a negative impact on your business; get off the internet and get busy growing your company.
Building your small business shouldn’t be a part-time activity. If you aren’t willing to put your all into growing your company, you can be darned sure your competitors will take advantage of your lackadaisical attitude. Are you willing to go all-in on building a thriving business this year?