I shared a few ideas with business owners this week, which they found useful. So, I thought I’d share them with you.
Here they are in no particular order.
Become a proactive collector of ideas
When you get an idea, stop what you’re doing and capture it. Then set a little time aside at the end of each day to focus on what you’ve captured.
I usually grab ideas using the voice recorder on my phone. Especially if they come to me whilst out walking, which is where most of my best ideas come from. Later, I get them down in writing. This allows me to dig a little deeper. If an idea still seems like it could be useful, I keep it. By the way, this post is the result of an idea I had yesterday.
Invest in something your business needs
Invest in something today, which you know your business needs. Succeeding in business it challenging enough, when we give our business everything it needs. If we choose to starve our business of these resources, it’s impossible to survive… let alone thrive.
Make a tricky decision
Find a decision you have been avoiding and take action on it. Indecisiveness destroys progress. It’s also a major source of stress and unhappiness. It’s no coincidence that the most successful business owners are all proactive decision makers.
We need to remember that the decision to avoid a decision (to do nothing) is also a decision. By proactively making decisions, we regain control.
Share something useful
Publish something today, which will be useful to your marketplace and showcase your expertise. This might be a blog post, vlog, newsletter, social media update… whichever you prefer. The key is to make sure that what you’re sharing is useful (to them) and not just a sales pitch.
Useful, knowledgeable people are always in demand. Think about that for a moment.
Start a new book
Start reading a book today, which will educate you or inspire you. The internet is useful for lots of things, but nothing quite beats a book, for delivering the written word with the focus and detail required.
This need not be a business book.
None (literally not one) of the most useful things I have learned from a book, came from a business book. They came from books on; faith, art, design, psychology, comedy, sport, music, history and lots more.
I’m not saying business books have no value. Just that the big lessons tend to come from outside the narrow business arena.
For example, a business owner who’s starting with very little money, will probably learn more from a book about the amazing success of Andy Warhol, than a business book. Plus, it’s extremely hard to get noticed, if you feed your mind on the same ideas from the same business gurus as your competitors.
I hope you found at least one of these ideas and suggestions useful, my friend. If you did, the next step is to put it into action and measure the results.