I really wanted an iPad.
I got a great present but it wasn't an iPad.
The problem was I didn't tell anyone. I didn't put it out there. I didn't make an effort to achieve an end result.
At this point, I could just go out and buy one.
Hang the expense.
But it has made me question if I really need it. It's also made me question what my needs really are. On a day to day basis, my needs are food, water, shelter and warmth. Okay, those are all covered.
But that does not mean I am satisfied. There must be more.
Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs tells us there are other needs. Needs like self-esteem. Acceptance. Achievement.
Business is the same.
Firstly, you have to know what you want. Then you have to put it out there.
But it's not going to come wrapped in pretty paper on your birthday. It will probably grow slowly under your feet.
From nothing to something. Hour by hour, for years.
How do we stay committed when the reward is so far away?
By having the company of others who are doing it too.
Each day you go back to work on your business.
Like creating a cathedral, or a bridge, the work is painstaking. Where to start?
Here are 10 steps to check if your martial arts academy is under control and ready to grow.
1 You have a vision.
2 You have a leadership team.
3 Administration is done for you.
4 Your time is organised.
5 You have clear documented goals.
6 You make decisions by KPI's.
7 Progressively systemise.
8 You walk your talk.
9 You create heroes.
10 You answer to someone.