As a business owner, it’s important to reflect on what has been successful to date to ensure your ongoing growth and development. How
I am not suggesting you do your “happy dance” every time something is a success but the least you can do for yourself is understand what the “ingredients” are that made you successful in the first place. Keep in mind that success is not a matter of finally reaching the big “finish-line”, but its all about reaching multiple finish-lines as part of your overall success in life and your path in building your business.
On the flip-side, failure is just as critical as success and must be treated with the same enthusiasm as you would treat success. It is just as important to understand the ingredients of failure (s) as the ingredients of what made you successful. Intuitive and instinctually, this is not a natural reaction most have with failing, but failure is not just an inevitability in building a business and growing as a business owner, it is an absolutely critical component of success! Bottomline, fail once but not twice and the way to ensure this happens, is to dissect very reason for your failure. This will strengthen you as a business owner as well as strengthen your business and its ability to scale.
Here are three things the most successful people do to challenge themselves.
- Observe the process.
Always remember that to get more, you need to give more and to learn what you’ll need, teach what you know. As a business owner, you’re in a position where you can share what to know, and you will be able to watch the process unfold.
Start mentoring others, giving them ideas and counselling them. This way, you’ll be able to watch as they learn to navigate through career and life. The next time you’re asked to attend an event, observe the way you’re asked and how they act during your encounter. Did they prepare for your meeting? Did they follow up on your discussion points? These ideas are important to consider as you will be able to recognize where they do things really well. Therefore, you can adopt these tactics to improve how you interact in the future.
- Be prepared ahead of time
Being prepared will always benefit you in the long run. For example, this could be planning your next ten meetings with your clients, vendors, stakeholders or staff and list the topics you can imagine becoming part of your conversations. Perhaps you could consider upcoming opportunities to share with your team, specific requests for vendors and books to discuss with a client. This way, you will give the best impression to those around you, and this satisfaction will, in turn, encourage you to improve continually. One of the most significant things to remember when preparing for a client meeting is the “anything else?” question.
- Create your own
Many people work more effectively at to a greater quality when they are on a deadline. Even if you don’t have a set deadline, perhaps a good idea would be to set your own. This way, you’ll be more engaged in what you’re doing and how you are developing to achieve your goals if you’re accountable to something or someone.