Then for some other reason they stopped.
Momentum and never-ending improvement doesn't stop overnight … it slows down over the years."
This was the advice I gave recently to a good friend in his business.
Actually, the owners don't stop. They just keep doing the same things over and over. The problem is that the landscape has changed. Therefore the results change.
It means that the questions that the business owner asks are the primary ingredients needed for success.
- Am I happy with where I am at now?
- Am I doing something every day to keep me moving forward? If not, what should I be doing?
- If my business was operating at 10 out of 10, what would it look like?
- What should I be doing now to prepare me for next year?
- What new things in my industry should I know about?
Think of a painter leaning in and painting a masterpiece. Occasionally he or she will step back, look at it, then move back in to improve the result. During creative pursuits, we tend to do this naturally. Our business is no different from a creative pursuit. Actually, that is exactly what it is. As the owner, we need to be creative. To do this we need to put ourselves in a creative frame of mind.
This quote says it all:
Personally - I would rather work out for hours than step back and have a think about it all. The results of stepping back, however are clearly documented. Stephen Covey in his book, "The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People", explains that this practice is the driver of long term success. He calls it 'sharpening the saw'. The analogy is that with someone cutting down a tree, stopping to sharpen the saw seems counter-productive as it will slow down progress.
So the view from the treetops is the key.
It just takes you time to climb there.
But back to my friend.
My final comment to him was what I really wanted to say ...
"Keep your foot on the gas my friend but most importantly, keep your family number one."
We made great decisions when I was in his dojo and those decisions will provide him with growth, quality and financial reward. But only for a while. He will need to sharpen the saw regularly to stop the wheels coming off.
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