Fast Track Business Growth
Are you ready to grow your business this year? I am and I‘d love to hear how you are doing it! Below are some of the tactics I’ve put into practice (or that I’m in the process of making happen) in order to make this year my #bestyearever.
Get a coach.
I hadn’t had a coach for a while and I knew I needed to get one. I’ve had many coaches over the years and I know for a fact that when I have a coach, I GROW. It’s that simple. So I got a coach and I may even be getting another one for another area of my life.
Get REALLY honest about how you’re getting in your own way.
We all get in our own way at some point in our career. I have done it over and over again. I’m not sure I’ll ever “get there” or be completely free of self-sabotage, but I continue to push forward and grow. Getting honest is HARD. To look at myself in the mirror and truly assess the good, the bad, and the “not so nice” takes guts. But when I get quiet and honest—I GROW. Avoiding my weak spots or ignoring my sabotaging behaviors will not make them go away. For me, it’s been a guarantee they will pop up when I most want them not to. Personally, it’s not a choice—I must continue to know myself in order to continue growing.
It’s not enough to just have a coach or mentor in my life, I must LET them hold me accountable. I must be willing to be vulnerable and authentic. I must be willing to let go of being “perfect” and having it all together. I must be willing over and over again to say what’s true to someone that I trust. Growth is hard work. Being accountable is hard work. The benefits are worth it.
Set specific goals with timelines.
I’ve always written down my goals. Some years I’ve been better than others about breaking down those goals into actionable, repeatable items. This year I have some BIG goals and each goal has a daily/weekly/monthly action step connected to it. And the best part is, I can share my goals and timelines with my coach to be held accountable.
Connect with your clients.
I have the BEST clients. I truly work with some amazing people and connecting with them brings me joy. I do not stay connected to just sell them more stuff. I connect with them because I care and I truly enjoy who they are and what they bring to my life. Building solid relationships with my clients helps both of us grow. We all do business with people we know and people who are invested in us.
Focus on revenue-generating activities EVERY DAY.
Generating revenue is YOUR job as a business owner or professional. In order to fast-track growth, we must create a strategy that puts generating revenue on the forefront EVERY DAY. I know what I need to do to grow my business, yet I haven’t always DONE what I needed to do. This year I decided I would stop knowing and start doing. I have a plan in place that includes revenue-generating activities EVERY DAY. This doesn’t mean I put making money before people or excellence—it means I stop avoiding the thing that I know will keep my business alive.
Care about your people.
Our employees, vendors, and partners make us entrepreneurs great—they ARE our business. And they want us to care about them more than they want anything else from us. My competitive edge comes from how much I care about others. This year I am working on being more intentional about showing others how much I care. I have always cared and have tried to show it, yet I often got caught up in other things and didn’t do the important work. I know growth comes when I show up authentically and let other people know I care in tangible ways.
Re-engage the FUN.
If your “fun-meter” isn’t on high, your clients will feel it. Do whatever it takes to re-engage in your business. Find the fun! Create fun. DO it NOW. And if you can’t find it on your own, get help or get out. Life is too short and there are too many ways to make money to be in one that does not bring you joy. We cannot create growth and sustain growth if we are miserable.
We don’t have to change the world or the way we do things in one day, but we do need to start now if we’re going to grow this year. I have started. I haven’t done it perfectly. I’ll get off track and I will have to restart. The best part about this amazing journey is that it’s a process—a wonderfully, challenging and constantly changing process. And we can START or restart anytime. Make today count. Go after fast-track growth in whatever small way you can right now, today.
I would love to hear how you fast-track growth! What have you done or are you doing to grow your business or career?