Growing Your Business, Growing Yourself

As business owners, we are always looking for ways to grow our revenue, grow our client base, and grow our business as a whole.

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But sometimes we get busy doing day-to-day tasks, and don’t have time or space for the things that are really going to move us forward. We find ourselves doing the same things over and over again, and of course, getting the same results.

Here’s the thing.

Growth Requires Change

Growing our business means doing things differently than we are doing them now.

And that means we have to be willing to change ourselves.

Consider that maybe it’s your own lack of growth that is holding your business back.

I’m not trying to point a finger. Only to shine a light that may illuminate some areas that could create growth for yourself, impacting your business as well as other areas of your life. There are three areas where change can be implemented to achieve growth.

Clarity

The first place to look is your own sense of clarity about where you are going, what you are doing, and even why you are doing it.

Do you have a clear vision for what you want to achieve? Does it stir your passion?

Or have you followed a path that guided you off-course? Perhaps you are no longer connected to what you are doing or where it is taking you.

[shareable]A lack of clarity makes it very difficult to grow.[/shareable]

Creativity

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Once you are clear about where you are going, you have to take steps to get there. In order to move forward, that means trying new things and taking risks.

When you try something new, there will inevitably be challenges and hurdles along the way that require problem-solving.

It often means creating new things and putting them out into the world, even just in the form of content and communications to share what you are doing.

Do you trust your own creative capacity? Your ability to express yourself, to take risks and to overcome any problems that arise?

The area of creativity is a key place to look for new ways to grow.

Organization

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Growth also requires a higher level of organization. If you don’t have systems in place to support growth, you can overwhelm your structure, your technology and even yourself.

What often happens is that individuals and small businesses try to grow in just one area. But that growth stresses them out because they don’t have the systems in place to maintain it. They end up deciding they were better off being smaller and revert back to old ways.

Does this sound familiar? It’s a common pattern for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

So having organized systems in place is critical to sustaining growth.

Join The Discussion

[reminder]Which of these three areas is the most challenging for you right now? Which one may hold the answer to growing yourself and your business this year?[/reminder]

Re-posted by permission from Sarah Schwab, The Content Creation Coach, Milwaukee, WI.

About the Author Doug Thorpe

Hi, I am Doug Thorpe. Author, speaker, entrepreneur, and business coach.

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