Change in any area of life is difficult, but for the overworked owner of a business that provides a professional service, change can, at times, seem near impossible. Usually we do not make the change until we are forced to or everything breaks down and it happens anyway. Here are some tips on how to make positive changes in your business without the stress and agony.
We want change because something is not working any longer.
We see something better for ourselves, we lose interest in the old way or we are forced to face the reality of how things are not working. The old way does not fit who we are any longer and we are motivated to contemplate change.
Get passionate about the change .
If you are making a change for anyone but yourself, you will be in trouble. Be sure you really want to make the change. Too often we begin a program because we think we bought to or someone else thinks we should. There is no passion in this. You will lose interest, get distracted and run out of energy.
Visualize the output in detail.
The clearer your vision of what you want, the more likely you are to line up actions to make that become a reality. Take time to write it out, draw it, talk about it to someone who wants to see you succeed.
By breaking the change process into manageable steps, we can have success along the way. Nothing can stop positive change more quickly than trying to do too much at one time and then getting overwhelmed.
Track your Progress
Tracking your progress can give you valuable feedback on what is working and what is not working. Some people think that this is too much trouble or takes too much time. Fact: The people who track, do better and reach their goals faster. Tracking means you are serious and not afraid of putting a light on genuine results.
Ask for Help
Why do you need to make this change alone? Enlist the support of a mentor or like minded individuals to form a mastermind group to support and offer advice and encouragement. Why do think Weight Watchers and AA have been around for so long? Both rely on the power of a group to make positive, lasting changes. When you gather your group, or hire a mentor or coach be very specific about the kind of help you want and the kind of help you do not want.
Celebrate Small Successes
As you have success (and you will if you follow this advice,) celebrate! So often we deny ourselves the pleasure of celebrating a milestone on the way to our final goal. Give yourself a break, pat yourself on the back for consistent movement toward your positive change.