Do you spend every waking minute in your business? Do you find it difficult to take time out for you? Are you constantly working in a mess? Unfortunately there are far too many business owners working too long and too hard. They tend to be involved in every ASPECT of their business from being the bookkeeper, marketer, human resources manager, mediator, customer liaison officer and cleaner.
WHAT GETS IN YOUR WAY?
The smaller the business the harder it is for the owner to DELEGATE these functions because they dislike spending any money. They fail to realize that if they invest their dollars wisely in accessing the right type of goods and services to grow their business and be more effective, they will see positive changes occur over time. It takes time to build a good "business MINDSET." I've noticed that those people who grow their businesses successfully do the following:
SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW
Highly successful small business owners are great role MODELS. They practice what they preach. They lead from the front.
PUT SOMETHING BACK IN
Highly successful small business owners are ORGANIZED. They know how to manage their time and have systems in place which enables them and their team to work effectively.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Highly successful small business owners are fit and HEALTHY. They understand that a healthy mind and body improves their productivity and general well-being. They realize that by keeping themselves fit and healthy it enables them to cope with the pressures of running a business.
TAKE A BREAK
Highly successful small business owners have a LIFE. They make time for their personal life a priority because they know it makes them a happier and more successful person.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR CUSTOMERS
Highly successful small business owners look after their CLIENTS. They know that clients are the life-blood of their business. Without clients there would be no business. They ensure they continually look after them.
KNOW WHAT YOU WANT
Highly successful small business owners are DECISIVE. They are not afraid to make decisions and take action. They have to if they want to their business to thrive.
CHART YOUR COURSE
Highly successful small business owners get their PRIORITIES about people, work and home right! They live longer and enjoy life more. They enjoy the challenge of being an entrepreneur. They go home at the end of each day knowing that they have achieved. They are fulfilled and realize that the success of their business is a direct REFLECTION on themselves.
THE FINAL WORD
So what are you waiting for? If you're dissatisfied with where you are now, then what are you going to do differently? Take stock of where you're at. Do you need to make CHANGES to improve your business so that you are able to enjoy the benefits of being the master of your own destiny? Or are you happy with the way you are currently traveling? Remember, nothing changes if nothing changes.
KEEP IT UP
Implement the 7 Habits of Highly Successful Business Owners on an ON-GOING basis and you too will have a highly successful business.
Lorraine Pirihi, The Productivity Queen, is Australia's leading Productivity Specialist. To receive your F.R.E.E. CD & Report "3 Steps to Dramatically Reducing Your Workload and Stress While Maximising Your Profit$! ($77 value) www.productivityqueen.com.
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