It happens to the best of us. Eventually you get to a point in your business where you’re just not sure what to do next. You feel stuck. Frustrated. Unsure of your path or even your qualifications to be a boss to your employees. And getting stuck can happen just when you least expect it. You can be moving along thinking: “Everything in my business is awesome. I’m so lucky to be doing this well.” And then, BAM! You’re stuck. And you’re asking yourself, “How the heck did that happen? I was just on top a few days ago.” Below are my top 3 ways to get unstuck in business and jumpstart you and your team to get to that elusive next level.
Make Small Changes
If you do one thing for yourself as a business owner, buy a copy of Darren Hardy’s The Compound Effect. Seriously, it’s like $10.20 on Amazon. Use some Amex points. This book literally changed my life. My business coach, Mary Ann, gave me a copy to read before one of our first meetings. Since reading the book, I cancelled my cable, started reading every day, enacted a strict budget both for my personal spending and business spending, and stopped going to Starbucks every day for coffee (I still drink coffee. And sometimes go to Starbucks. Seriously, that would be terrible to have to give up coffee. But I learned how to make a latte at home—that tastes just like Starbucks. Check out a previous post on how to make amazing coffee. It’s really easy and I only had to spend $40 to get the right tools.) Anyways, back to The Compound Effect…this book is all about making small changes that “compound” to effect bigger more amazing changes. And it really works. If you are in the fitness industry you can attest, like I can, that just making one change to work out on a regular basis leads to making other smarter choices about eating healthy food and drinking. Then all of a sudden, you’ve lost weight and people are commenting about how good you look. Anyways, get this book immediately, if not sooner. Read it. Implement just one suggestion—after all it’s called The Compound Effect. See what happens—I bet you get unstuck.
Start Writing Lists
Making small changes inevitably leads to writing lists. For instance, if your goal is to save money and you start by not spending money on lattes every day, you’ll eventually get to the point where you’ll start asking yourself, “How can I painlessly save money on other things I use on a daily basis?” And … you’ll get a pen and some paper and hammer out some lists. As an FYI, I realized after I made the coffee change that I could compound my savings by ordering the same brand of dog food online at www.chewy.com, switched to buying laundry detergent and gas at Costco, and started meal planning to avoid wasting or spoiling food. Making those changes and a few others has literally saved me $1,000 a month—kind of incredible! But writing lists is a great habit to get into because it shifts your mentality and turns you into someone who is always looking for the possibilities. Once you start writing lists, your brain starts to shift into “how can I make this happen mode” instead of “oh, sorry, don’t have enough (time/money/etc.) mode.” Still not convinced? Check out this great blog post from James Altucher called How to Have Great Ideas.
Rearrange the Furniture
I mean this literally. Anytime I feel stuck in my business, I know I need to shake things up to get a new perspective and the best way to do that is to move around the furniture in our retail area. All of our fixtures are modular, so we’ll just move the desk to the other side of the room or move the clothing racks around in a new display formation. This also shakes our clients up and forces them to see the studio in a different light. Some of them get really freaked out about it—cue the evil laughter! Because what’s the point of owning your own business if you can’t make a few people uncomfortable. Just kidding.
Do you find yourself stuck in business? Or are you struggling with how to solve an important problem? Try making some small changes, start writing some lists, and rearrange your furniture to get a new perspective. These things are so simple and easy to implement, they just might work!
Sorry this post is so late on Thursday evening. I got back from spending some time at the beach and you know how it goes … went into the studios for what were supposed to be quick, easy tasks. Somehow they turned into hours-long activities. Tomorrow, I’ll have a more timely post sharing my favorite under-eye treatments—because it’s important to at least look well-rested even if you aren’t.
Until then, stay on your toes!
The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy
How to Have Great Ideas, James Altucher