Instead of overwhelming myself with too much to do…I developed a certain strategy in my business. I want to share it today, because when I am asked “How are you not stressed out & away from your family, while you run a business?” This is my answer.
FIRST, I identify the SUCCESS STRATEGY to Create What I Want.
It takes some time to come up with this.
I find myself going to people who have already been successful in what I want to build. I read the trends from the company, research experts, and look at the stats. As I make my plan, I run it by the most successful mentors I can get ahold of and get their advice.
I never let people advise me who haven’t ALREADY CREATED what I am creating. The well meaning, but under-qualified don’t have a vote.
I often draw on large sheets of paper on my kitchen counter or take a dry erase marker to the wall of mirrors in my bathroom. I start scribbling and mapping with squares and arrows and writing out the STEPS to get me there. I usually do this part alone because it probably looks somewhat mantic, lol, but mostly because I have to give it total focus. My whole mind and hands are engaged. I can go through a whole stack of papers, scribbling shapes, writing, re-writing, scratching it out freehand until it feels just right. I have to get inside the feeling of it. And then transfer that feeling into
SIMPLE STEPS that are MEASURABLE to PEFORM.
As I get clear on those steps, I next create “check-points” for them.
Who am I going to engage at each of these points?
What are the “threshold points” to getting them accomplished?
What are the blocks that will stop this step from happening?
After I write it out, I go into the testing phase.
I make myself perform the steps over and over and over again, perfecting as I go. I do everything I ask other people to do.
I learn by DOING it myself–so THIS is essential.
And I look at the RESULTS along the way.
What are the conversion rates?
What works the best? What are the benchmarks and roadblocks?
Where does this fail? What could be better?
After I gauge the results, I go back and fine tune the steps.
So…develop an OVERALL STRATEGY. Then outline…
BASIC STEPS to Complete the Strategy.
Then I TEACH the steps and strategies to everyone in my organization.
I make sure the instruction is:
1. Easy to understand and can be re-explained in COMMON WORDS.
2. It’s simple enough they WILL ACTUALLY DO IT.
3. Everyone is CONNECTED to the TOOLS they need to ACHIEVE IT.
4. They RECEIVE an INCENTIVE for performing it (at least in the beginning.)
5. They can REPORT on their progress and get help when they need.
Then, as my teams run the strategy I ask them how we can make it better.
They are the very best advisors–and the people whose voice matters most!
I try to stay away from things that people can’t duplicate or teach themselves, don’t get overall results, brand-new things that aren’t well tested, or things that I don’t feel inspired to do…
Honestly, there are a LOT of things in my business that I don’t do.
But that’s important to me also.
LET GO of what doesn’t work for me or my family to follow hard after WHAT DOES.
I really feel that we can be successful at what we want when we understand THE SYSTEMS that create our success.
And we can break those systems down into MANAGEABLE Steps.
No one wants to achieve something great, and be worn thin and stressed out while they get there.
And most people don’t want to be led by someone who isn’t LIVING in a peaceful, happy, values-based manner.
At least for me, this personal business plan is what helps me create what I desire and show others … YOU CAN DO THIS, too!