I am always interested in speaking with people who want to start new businesses. The hope and passion they bring to the small business community is refreshing. It’s like a child who has been promised a new toy, or a teenager purchasing a new car.
I encourage it. It is like skydiving or cliff jumping or any of those wonderful experiences we were built for, but are afraid to try. It allows the spirit to be released and fly and soar and reach new heights untouched by most.
To all of you who have decided that for 2009, you are going to take that leap, I will offer you the following: Think. Plan. Do.
Dream big. As Stephen Covey put it, begin with the end in mind. As the Bible put it – where these is no vision, the people perish.
- Many people start planning as step one. Think about it like creating a road map for a vacation without knowing where you are going and what you intend to do there. Gather information, first.
- Review. One of the hardest things for people is being overly optimistic about their business. “If you build it, they will come” is not the norm for business.
- Leverage your resources. Have others in your circle review your plan with you. Ask them to give you the hard critique. Be aware of those who are normally nay-sayers – they may be overly pessimistic, but still add value to the conversation. Be wary of your “yes” people. “Yes” people will be overly optimistic and should not be taken at face value.
- Revise. Don’t forget to take the valuable information you have and put it into action.
Put your plan into action. Take it step-by-step.
2009 is upon us, my friends. Be well. Do well. Find your passion and run with it.
At Aepiphanni Business Solutions, we are a Small Business Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small business owners. We specialize in helping you develop strategies for your organization, and are committed to your success. If you have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].