focus influence

Each of the following have one thing in common:

  • The economy.
  • The arrival in your marketplace of a smart, agile competitor.
  • The next trend.
  • The price of commodities.

Answer: They are all beyond your control. You can worry about them or complain about them, but you have no influence over them.

Focus on what you can influence

As a business owner, it’s essential to only invest your time and energy in what you can control.

Any result you want to achieve, needs to be within your influence.

For example: If your plan for a better future is based around making business improvements, you can adjust as required and achieve real progress. However, if your plan for a better future is based around ‘the economy picking up’, you put yourself in a position of zero influence.

Relying on things you can’t control is a major cause of stress. It’s also a really bad business move. So, take control. Plan to succeed and then follow your plan.

About Jim Connolly: I help small business owners attract more high quality clients, make more sales and boost their profits. To see how I can help you and your business, read this.