Why Small Business Owners Don’t Set Goals

Why Small Business Owners Don’t Set Goals

Why small business owners don’t set goals is the topic of today’s article. There are several reasons why small business owners fail to set goals. It’s a common problem and can adversely affect their businesses.

The following are some of the more common reasons:

  • Afraid of Failure

By setting goals, if the business owner doesn’t meet them, others may see this as failing. This can be a fear for the owner and could be a big reason why they don’t set goals.

  • They Are Not Sure How

This is one of the biggest reasons why small business owners avoid setting goals; they don’t know how. It’s one thing to list a bunch of desires and another entirely to create a plan that may actually move a company forward.

  • Afraid of Success

Just as strong as failing is what happens when a business owner sees success. Are their companies big enough to handle that success? If they set goals, they may have to take on more activities such as hiring and expansion of facilities, etc.

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Here are a few more reasons why:

  • Will Be Held Accountable

When you make your goals official, you now have a roadmap that holds you accountable. This means that the expectation is much higher and can put unnecessary pressure on these already busy owners.

  • Too Time Consuming

It takes time to brainstorm ideas and to create tasks that are associated with the goals. This is time taken away from core business functions. Unless they have employees to take up the slack, many business owners are sole employees and have to manage the day-to-day activities.

  • Why Bother? You Are the Only One

This was covered somewhat in the previous paragraph but when you are the only person in your business, why do you have to come up with goals? Many small business owners think they know what needs to get done.

  • Just Go with the Flow

Many smaller business owners are under the impression that they can just wing it, i.e., to go with the flow. The belief is that whatever is going to happen will just happen as if it’s meant to be. Setting up goals is a waste of time for people who feel this way.

While there are business owners who have been successful without setting goals, most struggle with their business. In fact, this could be the single reason why a majority of small businesses won’t last past a couple of years.

So, in conclusion, by having a roadmap, you will be in a much better position to see what is working and what needs help. It sure is better than going back to square one and starting all over again!

Here’s an example of a business roadmap, it’s a screenshot from Product Plan, a resource you might try using for your business.

Business Roadmap

How to Stay Motivated with Your Business Goals

How to Stay Motivated with Your Business Goals

How to stay motivated with your business goals and why you should. Today’s topic is about staying motivated with your business goals, why you should, and why it’s important to business success. YOURS!!

Setting Your Business Goals

When you set up your business goals, you have an initial surge of motivation. The planning stages are exciting because of what you may accomplish by proceeding with your plan. However, as time passes and other aspects of your job get in the way, you may feel less motivated to make those achievements happen. You begin to make judgments about everything.

Motivational Ideas

Here are some ideas on how to stay motivated:

Keep a written copy of your goals and tasks on your desk. Create a daily task list that you print out and keep near you as you work. Daily tasks are more granular than the task list that supports the goals.

Then you can check them off as you complete them. Make sure those daily tasks are as relevant as possible to the tasks on the master list. It’s understandable that you will have to perform tasks outside of the goals but try to keep those to a minimum.

The Benefits

Think about the benefits of completing the goals for your business. You will be responsible for bringing your business to a new level. Of course, that is dependent on what the goals are. However, even smaller-scaled goals will contribute to the success of your business in some way.

Sometimes, as you work through your goals and tasks, you may find some that are no longer relevant. Perhaps your has changed direction, and some of the previous goals are no longer valid. It is a worthwhile exercise to readjust and create alternative plans or even start from scratch. Speak with your mentor or coach if the changes are major enough.

Tracking Your Goals

Another way to motivate yourself to keep on track with your goals is to imagine what may happen if you don’t complete them. Your business may stagnate, or you may not be getting the recognition you deserve. This can be a great way to ensure that you push forward and complete your goals.

When you and your team complete a task, find ways to reward yourselves. This can be as simple as going out for a celebratory drink after work. Don’t forget to invite your boss, even if he or she wasn’t as involved as the rest of the team. He or she may have been more involved at a higher level than you realize.

Achieving goals often become habit-forming (the good kind) so the more you do it, the higher the chances you will succeed.

Be Grateful 

Be Grateful 

How to be grateful while creating your business. It is easy to expect success as if being successful was a right instead of a privilege and a gift. That’s today’s discussion because it’s not a topic that most people think about. Do you?

The problem with expecting to succeed is that, without more, the self-absorption of that expectation can slowly and subtly poison everything around you, including your business. True success is earned and when it arrives it should be, and needs to be, accompanied by a stirring sense of gratitude.

What Is Gratitude?

This gratitude is not simply about being grateful for what you have achieved. It is about being grounded enough in the moment of success to remember and recognize everyone who helped you get to this particular time and place. Without this grounded gratefulness any success is lessened and will, in all likelihood, be fleeting. Now you don’t want that do you?

Are You Obligated?

So how do you repay those how helped you in achieving your goals? Well, obviously, acknowledging those individuals and sharing the benefits of your success with them is a great place to start.

Yet, above and beyond taking care of your nearest and dearest, you also need to pay it forward” by becoming a mentor and helper to others who are currently on their own journey towards success.

Think about how you can collaborate with someone else in order to further their efforts. See if you can contribute in some way to their projects. This contribution doesnt have to be monetary.

The Ways You Can Provide Gratitude

Advice and the wisdom of experience are often far more valuable than cold cash. 

This gratitude can extend even further. There are people who are currently helping you every day that you may not see as mentors. Your customers are among these people. Without them, success becomes impossible.

Take the time to let them know how important they are. Your vendors are also equally important. Yes, they provide you with materials that you pay them for, but a truly grounded and grateful attitude would also recognize each of them for the critical element they play in your business.

Look outside the box and youll see that success is not a solo effort, its a team sport. Where is your team? Have you thanked them lately?

Professional Success

Professional Success

Visions Are Everywhere

 

Having A Vision For Your Professional Success 

When it comes to survival, we are visual animals. As a species, our eyesight is our most developed sense. We have stereoscopic sight that can detect a wide variety of colors and shading. Today’s discussion is about Professional Success and Your Vision.

Happiness Is Only A Dream

 

So getting back to stereoscopic sight, it allows us to see easily see patterns and movement. These combined abilities have allowed us to avoid becoming dinner while trying to get dinner for ourselves. Our vision helped us to physically succeed, and it still does today.  So what does that even have to do with Professional Success?

 

Professional Success

 

When it comes to professional success, vision is no less important to survival. However, instead of our sense of sight, this vision involves our sense of imagination and possibility. Vision, in the business sense, is really the ability to visualize successful outcomes. It is the ability to imagine positive results. It is, at its heart, the ability to lucidly dream of where you want to go with your business.  

 

Dont Be Afraid To Dream

 

As Henry Ford once said, “if you think you can do something or if you think you can’t do something, you’re right”. So, spend a few minutes each day visualizing where exactly you plan on going and you plan on getting there. This is not daydreaming, far from it. There’s no reason why your accomplishments should hold you back. Professional success and your vision are technically everything you desire for your business as you envision it.

Focus On Planning

 

This is focused development, scheduling, and organization. Plan your day by seeing the optimum outcomes. This is the same process that athletes use to hone their performance. When you imagine yourself succeeding, you are more likely to actually succeed. You will gain rather than lose.

 

Remember, if you dont take the time to build your own dreams, someone will hire you to take the time to build theirs.  And I don’t think that’s quite what you want for your successful business.

Cultivate Your Creative Muscles 

Cultivate Your Creative Muscles 

Cultivate Your Creative Muscles

Creativity can be elusive. Its not something that you can summon at will. But, I certainly wish it would sometimes don’t you? Today we’re discussing how to cultivate your creative muscles to further your business success.

When creativity happens, it strikes like lightning. Like an explosion! Yet, like lightning, it can be maddeningly unpredictable. However, because creativity is an essential element of a successful business mindset, it is necessary to understand the creative process. And how you, the business owner, can cultivate your own creative juices. So how do you do that?

The Creative Process

The creative process is largely internal and unconscious. Click To Tweet No one ever wakes up and says Hey! Today Im going to be creative.” Would that be true for you or not?

Creativity is all about taking in a lot of influences and letting those influences combine, ferment and morph in your subconscious. Together, they form a sort of mental potting soil where new and different ideas have a chance to germinate and grow. The more things you learn, read, see and hear the more creative soil you are able to produce. Kinda sounds just like gardening, don’t you think?

Why Be Creative?

Be clever, innovative, and definitely think outside the box. As a business owner who wants to be creative, the best thing you can do is get out there in the world and open yourself up to new experiences. Be curious about many different things. It’s very natural to do this.

Develop hobbies.

Challenge yourself.

Do the unexpected.

The more you push your own personal envelope the more you are charging your own creative batteries. When those batteries are charged, it is much more likely that inspiration will strike. Be inspired by what you create.

Creativity Pushes You To Think Outside The Box

What other types of creativity can you think of to become successful? Maybe work on your content for your business. Make pretty graphics in Canva or whatever you use to make graphics. Stretch your imagination and create some unique items for your business.

There are so many things you could do, you just need to try things out. Use your imagination, daydream but most of all, just try different things out.

If you cultivate your creative muscles, you will find yourself energized and enthused to continue creating your successful business.

Who knows where that new idea will take you? 

Success In Business Requires Flexibility 

Success In Business Requires Flexibility 

Success In Business Requires Flexibility 

There is nothing more stifling to success than rigid thinking. Do you have that? Rigid thinking leads to rigid behaviors and rigid behaviors lead to dead ends, blind alleys, and creative cul-de-sacs. Today’s topic is about success in business require flexibility. Do you have an idea of what that even means in business?

Being Complacent

While there is a certain amount of comfort to routine, too much routine can choke off all chances that you will be able to successfully reach your business goals. Why? The answer is very simple.

Resilience And Change

The world, including the business world, is constantly changing. Rigid thinking and rigid behavior, by definition, are resistant to change. Therefore, rigidity, in thought and action, spells obsolescence in the business world.

Everyone else moves forward while you are left behind in the dust. So, whats the answer to this problem? In a word, flexibility. If you're not flexible you might find yourself at the bottom of the stack, so to speak. Click To Tweet

Information – Power – Control

In todays world, information is power, money, and control all rolled into one. The fast and free flow of information is what makes this possible. Everything changes quickly and what is a successful formula or a popular product in one cycle can be, and usually is, old news in the next.

The only way to successfully stay on top of this bucking bronco of information and use it to your advantage is to be flexible enough to roll with the changes.  

Flexibility

Flexibility is easy to achieve as long as you are not too tied down to any single idea, product, service, or manner of delivery. If you can keep up with changing market conditions through judicious use of the flow of information, you can easily spot new trends. Then you can adopt them successfully, usually before your competitors have had time to act.

No Fear

The only trick is to not fear change and, instead, embrace it. And if changing is the only reality in the business world then, to be successful in that world, change is going to be your reality as well.

Be flexible and let change be your motto.

Taking Responsibility In Business

Taking Responsibility In Business

Are You Taking Responsibility?

This one is fairly straightforward. Are you taking responsibility in business for both the good and the bad? What does that even mean? That’s our topic for discussion today.

Let Me Tell You a Story

President Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that said The buck stops here. What he meant by that was, as President, he did not have the option to pass the buck when it came to mistakes or failure. He was the boss and the buck stopped right there. “What does that have to do with my business?” I can hear you say that pretty clearly.

Thats pretty smart advice for any business owner who wants to be more successful. When it comes to the results of decisions you make, dont pass the buck.

Everyone is happy to take credit for a successful outcome; as well they should if they were directly responsible for that success. Thats the easy part. The hard part is owning up to your own mistakes.  

Now This is The Hard Part – The Guilt

Taking responsibility in business means it’s up to you. There is somewhat of an inclination to try and blame someone or something else for a negative outcome. The most successful people fight that inclination and accept the blame for their mistakes as readily as they accept congratulations for their successes.

They do so because they realize that being the captain of the ship means that all decisions start and end with you. Am I right? Don’t be that one business owner that suffers from guilt.

Making Decisions About Responsibility

If you happen to make a bad decision then you own that fact, tighten your belt, and move forward armed with the knowledge to never repeat that mistake again. This is a part of the process of growth. It is a process that demonstrates that the greatest opportunity arises from failure.

By avoiding the repercussions of that failure, you also avoid the opportunity to grow as a leader and learn from your own mistakes. In other words, you condemn yourself to make that same mistake over and over. Yikes!

So, if and when you are faced with a bad business situation of your own making, dont pass the buck.

The buck stops with you. Accept that and move on. 

Striving For Greatness  

Striving For Greatness  

Be Accepting Of Yourself While Striving For Greatness  

There is absolutely no way for you to be successful and reach your goals until you accept who you are. You have to like yourself and what you do before anyone else will. You need to be accepting of yourself while striving for greatness.

Striving For Greatness

Why? Why is this important to your success?

The world detects how you feel about yourself and often simply shares the opinion you have about who you are. So, be yourself and free yourself in the process. Don’t be like other people, just be you!

Who Are You?

You are an individual who is unique. If you’re not, you’re being fake and that will get you nowhere. Your talents and abilities, your intelligence and interests, your opinions and tastes, make you who you are. There is no need to hide a part of yourself or alter a part of yourself for the sake of conformity.

Greatness = Success

True success is about freedom and all truly successful people are individualists who have, more or less, accepted and glorified who they are.

You should do the same. 

At the same time, being yourself does not mean glorying in mediocrity. You need to be the very best version of yourself possible. This means that you have to work at being you.

You need to apply your strengths in your business with all of your passion. 

A Force To Be Noticed

You have to put the time into self-improvement. Acceptance is not an excuse for laziness, cowardice, or fear.

Yes, life is a privilege. It is a gift. The gift and the privilege of life are that you get to be yourself, the best self you can possibly be.

Use the gift, take advantage of the privilege that youve been given. Dont squander the chance.

Let your own unique light shine forth. This is the light that will illuminate the path to real success in life. It will also be the light that attracts other people to you.   

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Success Requires Persistence 

Success Requires Persistence 

Success Requires Persistence

 

Today lets talk about persistence and whether or not success requires persistence. For starters, how many old sayings, aphorisms, and clichés are there about persistence? The early bird gets the worm. Slow and steady wins the race. If at first, you dont succeed, try again. If life gives you lemons make lemonade. The list goes on and on. Right?

The reason that there are so many old sayings about persistence is twofold: First, its a really important element in success and second, it an element of success that gives a lot of people a lot of trouble.

The Importance of Success

 

Something thats as important and troublesome as persistence deserves a lot of clichéd sayings and a lot of attention. Are you persistent?  Meaning = do you never give up?

The problem with the road to success is that many people only picture the destination, not the journey

When they do this, they not only fail to see that true success is not a destination (its a lifelong process) but they also fail to see the potential problems that routinely occur when striving for success. 

The Prepared Person Has Persistence

 

Are you prepared? Or are you the person who is so unprepared that you get stopped dead in your tracks? 

And in your confusion, you forget where you’re going and why? Are you going backward or forward toward success? 

When you are prepared for and anticipate the setbacks that can and will happen on the journey to success, you are ready to repair, rethink and reengage.

Persistence is a Two Way Street

 

The persistent person understands that failure is a temporary condition that affects everyone at one time or another before they reach their goal. They also understand that failure and setbacks teach powerful lessons that ultimately make you stronger.

As Gandhi said, strength does not come through winning. Instead, strength comes through failure. When you struggle and decide not to quit, that is strength.

It is also persistent and points to why every successful business owner understands that setbacks are opportunities in disguise. 

Now here’s an opportunity for you. I would love to help you find success in your business. I’m the type of person that doesn’t like other people to struggle unnecessarily. So, if you’re looking for help, please reach out to me and let me help you discover how persistence can help you and your business.

 

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Using Competition To Your Advantage 

Using Competition To Your Advantage 

Using Competition To Your Advantage

 

Do you ever wonder why using competition to your advantage is really a thing in the business world? It is, but why? Why do we need to compete with others? The answers to these questions are below, as we discuss using competition in today’s blog post.

 

The Issue:

The world is built, to some extent, on the concept of competition. Everything living competes for specific resources that are needed to grow, thrive, and outperform ecological rivals. Sunlight, space, water, and nutrients are utilized to the fullest extent by the smallest to largest creatures.

This happens wherever they are found and in whatever quantities. Using competition to your advantage will help you create a successful business also. Huh? I don’t get it!

See, as human beings, we are hardwired to engage in this competitive contest too. Its a part of our genetic heritage and one every business owner needs to embrace. So, I ask you again, are you using competition to your advantage? Let’s find out below.

The Problem:

Some people perceive competition as a somewhat undesirable trait. This is because these people look at competition as a black and white issue. It is seen as either a win at all cost, take no prisoners proposition, or as a watered-down and barely discernable version of itself. This is where consensus and agreement are the order of the day.

This imposed polarity masks the true nature and power of competition. In reality, competitiveness is neither a black nor white extreme. Instead, genuine competition is a valid force for positive change. And, I believe that is what we all want.

The Competition:

The successful business person knows that healthy and honest competition is the motive force behind innovation. The business world, like the natural world, is driven forward by this continuing innovation that occurs in response to changes in the existing environment. In the natural world, these changes are largely climactic. The life form that best adapts to these changes survives and thrives.

In the business world, these changes are socio-economic. The business that best predicts market trends and meets demand most efficiently also survives and thrives. 

The Solution:

As a business owner, you need to remember that competition is the lifeblood of the marketplace. It not only drives innovation but also inspires creativity and helps build new paradigms. Dont shy away from your naturally competitive nature.

You are in the game to win the game, so are your fellow business owners. I find this the perfect solution to being in a competitive industry.

The Challenge:

Challenge yourself and challenge them in the process. Through competition, you each drive the others to better products, services, and performance. Each winner shows the way to the next level, the next round, and the next race.

A Reminder:

Remember, competition is the true heart of business success. If you have that in your corner, there’s no chance of failure unless you completely give up. And I always say, “That is NOT an option!”

What do you say? Are YOU going to take a chance on yourself?

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