I had a big, unexpected problem occur earlier. This post is about my reaction to the challenge, and how you can use a similar approach to make better decisions and grow your business!
In short: Whenever I’m confronted with a problem, I start by identifying exactly what the challenge is and then, I look for the best way to get the situation fixed. I never aim to make things as good as new. I always look to make things even better then they were before, as this allows me to really stretch my thinking and pushes the barriers of my creativity.
Many times, the answer requires specialist input from outside my own area of expertise. That’s what this post is all about.
So, who did I turn to in this instance?
I went to the mountain of information I have from my mentor: The late, great Jim Rohn.
For those who do not know, Jim Rohn was Tony (Anthony) Robbins’ boss and one of the most respected professional development experts in the world. Jim Passed away almost a year ago, yet his influence is still a key part of my life, as today’s adventure highlighted to me yet again. Within 30 minutes of revisiting some of Jim Rohn’s ideas, I was putting a solution in place, and gathering the right people around me for the challenge.
Within an hour, we had turned things around. It’s no longer even a problem. It’s just a solution in progress.
The reality is that business is a series of challenges. However, most small business owners have a very haphazard way of dealing with these challenges and their results echo this.
Here’s what happens to most small business owners
The business owner finds that his or her business grows to a certain size and then hits a plateau or levelling point. From there onward, they find that no matter what they try or how hard they work, they make very little, if any, real progress. Their business is crying out for specialist help in order to progress, but they decide to just keep on with the same, ineffective approach, spinning their wheels.
It’s frustrating and completely unnecessary.
Building your arsenal of resources
When business hands you challenges, such as a lack of sales or too few inquiries, it’s important to have trusted, informed people and resources available to you. A well meaning friend is invaluable, but when you require specialist answers to specific business challenges, you also need expert help in that key area. In fact, you can usually tell how well a business is doing, just by looking at who the business owner calls on for help.
In my experience, it’s never too early to start developing your own pool of resources. It’s always best to have the people and information in place, before you need them. This not only saves you time and money, it allows you to make progress with your business and plan ahead with confidence and peace of mind!
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