It is a bold statement to claim that you can guarantee success. I would have thought the same, but after a year of working with my strategic business development group, Adeptio, I have now had the opportunity to observe, analyse and really explore the behaviours and practices that can guarantee success in a business.
From working with a group of like-minded ambitious businesses via Adeptio it has become very apparent that success is there for everyone, if you are prepared to commit to behaving like a successful business and to using a framework to make sure that you stay on track 24/7.
So you see, it isn’t just trying some strategies out for size that works. No – what I recognize is that success just keeps on coming for those businesses that are doing a number of things consistently and regularly. They invest time to do the right things, and then do them again and again. Here’s what I have discovered:
Strategy 1 – Know what you are aiming for
We often call this your ‘vision’ in business. If you clarify what you are aiming for then it becomes a lot easier to take actions and decisions that will send you in the right direction. Without a vision you may find you lack clarity, certainty and almost certainly you may lack commitment. Successful businesses know where they are heading.
Strategy 2 – Establish three or four big goals for the year
As an ambitious business person I am sure you have loads that you want to get done this year. But having complete and utter certainty about three or four goals and keeping them in mind at all times, will significantly improve your chances of achieving them. It is no good to set some goals in your head and not to write them down! There is plenty of evidence to show that writing your goals down is a vital part of goal-setting and it raises your commitment to achieve them. Successful businesses know what their goals are.
Strategy 3 – Regularly revisit the big picture
Things change in business. Your vision and goals might need to be tweaked or updated to take into account external or internal changes. It is vital to schedule regular time to step back from the nitty gritty of your business and to look at the big picture & to remind yourself of what you are aiming for and specifically what you want to achieve. Successful businesses schedule time for strategic planning and reflection.
Strategy 4 – Learn what you need to learn
Make 2016 the year that you up-skill in an area that is holding you back in business. Don’t let another year go by with you not being able to fully reach your potential and achieve your goals just because you don’t know how to do something. Successful business owners make it a priority to learn what they need to learn.
Strategy 5 – Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone
I have watched people in my Adeptio business development group make huge strides forward in their businesses by stretching their comfort zones and being prepared to be uncomfortable. Staying in your zone of comfort will serve you for a while, but is likely to start holding you back if you get too complacent. Take opportunities to try new things, meet new people, make your heart beat a little faster! Successful businesses accept challenge with relish and recognize that comfort can equal complacency.
Strategy 6 – Be accountable to someone
It has been a powerful lesson to notice the impact of accountability on the achievement of goals and the fulfilment of vision. Establishing vision and setting goals just isn’t enough to guarantee success. The vital ingredient that makes the difference is being accountable to someone. Successful businesses know that being held accountable works.
How can you bring all these strategies together into a manageable package? Well I talk about this as creating a framework for success. It doesn’t really matter how you do it; you could work with a mentor, coach or become part of a business development group. It doesn’t matter really as long as you take the time and make the investment to regularly and consistently integrate these six strategies into your business. Without a framework of support you may start with good intentions but very soon find yourself going off track or losing motivation.
Wishing you an incredible 2016!