So here's reality. Every one on earth is dealing with a problem today! You are. Your customers are. Your vendors and suppliers all have problems too. In an effort to minimize the time and energy spent on fixing problems, here are "10 Questions You Should Always Ask Yourself First" before diving into any new project/expansion/idea/business venture.
1. What do I really want from this?
Let's start with a question for the ages. There are so many things you want to do in your life and so little time to go about it. Think about what you want the end result to be and then draw your road map on how to get there. Highlight any parts that you are not good at/comfortable doing and outsource that to someone that can do it for you. Think about your plan and then lay out a detailed plan on how to get there.
2. Should I really change anything?
Today's younger generation has taken redefining 'self' to another level. Anyone that has an army of teenage people around will tell you that consumer trends can change on a dime. Before you spend a penny of your money on something, ask yourself if this is a passing fad or a long term business strategy.
3. What's the best and worst that can happen?
With so much happening around us all day, there seems to be little room for even considering what could happen. Always look at both the positive and negative side. Openly discuss what can happen with business partners and other business owners. Listen to experience and wisdom, but always plan for both the worst and best outcomes.
4. Am I comfortable with what I'm doing all day?
There's always different ways to get tasks accomplished. If you are wasting too much time working on a task that you are not good at/comfortable with, delegate to someone more qualified. Giving up tasks has nothing to do with losing control. Remember where your time is best spent.
5. Have I done enough for myself lately?
Have you done something lately, or is there something else you want to do for yourself? Discontentment can be dangerous in large doses, but in small amounts you will not see how your attitude is affecting your employees or customers. Make sure to take enough time to get yourself in the right frame of mind before dealing with every day business decisions.
6. Am I happy where I am today?
Look at what your business does well currently. Are you happy with this successful part of the business? What do you need to change in order to make it better? Think about what would make you happy both right now and in the future.
7. Am I appealing to my customers needs?
What does your customer expect from your store? What are they not getting from your competition?
8. How much could I have?
How much of the market can you expect to control? How big is the overall playing field?
9. What motivates me? What motivates my team?
What motivates you? It's an answer you have to find out for yourself. The good news is that there are many things that can make people happy. Just as you most likely use money as a scorecard for motivation, consider that other people may want more paid time off, paid lunch breaks, etc. Sometimes the smallest things can make people go above and beyond for you and your business.
10. What Really Makes You Tick?
So? What really makes you tick? You can be anything you always wanted to be in life, but attaining something that is very difficult can be an amazing experience for you to look back on. Always remember, that self-improvement is not just about change. Make sure it's something that you really want to do or will help you take your relationship at home to the next level.
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