Have you ever watched a car stuck in the mud? The harder the wheels spun, the worse it gets (I was actually in a car like that once, thinking I’d never make it back to the ferry home on time – another story!). Getting stuck in the day to day working of your business is a real challenge for most business owners. If you’ve been wanting to get different results then already know you know you’ve got to do things differently.
Three types of business owner that get stuck.
It seems there are three sorts of business owner:
- one is stuck in the day to day working and not taking the relevant actions.
- the other is always taking new actions and never seeing the results.
- one who is stuck deciding what to do.
It’s quite possible that you already know the things you should be doing to create different results in your business. Perhaps you need to focus on more:
- Change the way you’re selling
- Become more efficient at dealing with clients
- Improve cash flow by getting better with debtors
- Your list could go on…..
Maybe you’re stuck deciding what it is you need to do differently! That would make you the first of three types of business owner. Sometimes it’s important to remember that within reason it doesn’t matter which you choose, it’s more important to move forwards and do something.
What helps getting unstuck?
A book or an amazing presentation, a YouTube clip, or a blog might get you inspired, but if they don’t change your habits you’ll still be stuck.
What one thing could you focus on this week, and start to do differently? What would that look like if it was a regular habit?
Giving yourself some space to think through what’s going on, or talking to somebody (specially if they are good at questioning – like a coach) can often be enough to start to unlock the problem. From there you can take simple, little, baby steps forwards; don’t try to fix everything in one go. Baby steps will do the job, then create the right habits to help you in the future.
Which returns me being stuck in the mud in my car desperate to get back the the ferry and get home. What helped? Not more revving of the powerful engine, but a gentle push from somebody much weaker, a big thank you to the stranger – there are still good people around.
What do you do to get unstuck (or even prevent yourself from getting stuck)?
How are you stuck?
Each of these three types of business owners are stuck, repeating habits that no longer serve their business. Each are stuck with their pattern and need inspired action and follow through. I’m glad I didn’t have my camera with me though, my car was very muddy!
Making the step change and taking new actions can be hard, that’s why I focus on helping you take new, relevant, actions and follow them through.