7 Ways to Change Your World and Prosper
It’s not unusual for a business owner to fall into a rut and find that things are moving along okay, but just not great. What is it that needs to change? What moves or risks need to be taken? Here are six things you can do to enter your brave new world.
It’s not a bad thing to get into the same old, same old and feel comfortable. After all, you’ve worked hard to get to where you are and now it’s comfortable, less stressful and you’ve worked out the kinks. It’s time to sail smoothly. But, as anyone knows in business, if you stay there too long, your competitors are busy dreaming up ways to beat you at your game. So, don’t hang around too long.
If you’re in a technological field, you’ll also find that you have to deal with innovation on an almost daily basis. Depending on your company structure and size, you may need one person to keep an eye on technology.
What do you do? Here’s how to change your world.
- Change your environment. We have a tendency to gravitate to routines as a normal practice. It helps us feel secure, keep on time and generally give us peace of mind. So, change it. If you always read the morning paper with your coffee, try reading a business magazine or a hobby blog. Reading is a necessary part of being in business, but by reading the same publications every day, you’re thinking becomes linear and you start thinking like the people you read. It is extremely important to see fresh ideas and new thoughts as often as you can.
- If you’re a runner, change your route. If you wear ear buds when you run, change your music, your audiobook or whatever you listen to.
- If you go for coffee to the same place each day, find a new location with different people. I used to stop at a coffee shop with the same customers each morning. The talk became very negative when one loud character coming in each day. He dominated the conversation and complained and mocked about other people, some were my customers. Others began joining in. I finally stopped going there and found a new place with a much more pleasant atmosphere.
- Re-examine your employees and see if you can switch some around to initiate some creativity with manufacturing processes, customer interactions or cost savings. Get them engaged in changing things up.
- Start calling on your competitors. There’s no better way to find out what they are doing then to stop in and say hi. I worked in a business where we repaired our competitors’ products. We were constantly at their locations picking up parts as they were at ours. There’s no better time to be inquisitive and find out what they are doing, sometimes just by walking in and observing.
- If you take the highway to work each day, try taking the secondary roads to work. There’s a lot more to see and at a lower speed, a lot more to take in. It stimulates the brain.
- Make new friends. Whether they be client friends or personal friends finding someone new will change the conversations and that is where differing thoughts come from.
Making changes will stimulate you into new thoughts, new ways and will enhance your prosperity in the long run. Plus it makes every day seem new and exciting! For your customers, they will see the changes they wished for. Don’t discount them, they’re looking for improvements.
Paul Beaudette is president of Leading Edge Business Strategies, a business consulting firm that assists companies in developing new sources of revenues, improving profitability and becoming financially sustainable.Social tagging: business > construction > contracting > daycare > expense > family business > income > profit > retail > revenues > sales > small business > store