21 Feb, 2013
Ten Questions To Focus Your Future Decisions In The Present – Bev James
Use this exercise to focus on what you need to Do next, in order to Be the way you want to be, in order to Have the outcomes you are visualising for the future.
1. What decision would make the biggest difference to your business life right now?
Whether you are a start-up entrepreneur or an established business owner, you probably wish there were more hours in the day. Investing money or resources in outsourcing, training or mentoring can be an excellent way to free yourself up to focus on the elements of your business that need your unique skills and vision.
2. If you stay on your current path, where will you end up?
Is your business heading in the direction you want it to? What is making you money? Where are you losing money? What activities contribute to the growth of your business? How can you spend your time most effectively? Take 10 minutes to plan your day first thing in the morning, and make sure you are not busy being busy.
3. What are you tolerating or putting up with?
Most people are ‘putting up with’ something that they feel would be too time-consuming to sort out. It might be your terms of business, an awkward client relationship, a poorly designed website or an underproductive member of staff. Whatever it is, there will come a point where there will be a cost involved in putting off the moment of decision.
4. If you could improve one business relationship who would it be with, and why?
There is a truism in business that 80% of your profits come from 20% of your contacts. Do you know who your most valuable business contacts are? There is another line that goes, keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Could any of your relationships be causing your business damage? Do you need to make time to build some business bridges?
5. What are you putting off doing and what will it cost you if you don’t do it?
This may be connected to resolution number 3; or it may be connected to a personal skills gap or a lack of knowledge. If you are stuck in your comfort zone, sooner or later there will be a cost involved. Is now the time to grasp the nettle and plan for change?
6. How different would your life be if you followed through with this goal?
Developing your skills in, for example, public speaking, market research, social media, financial planning, people management, can transform your ability to achieve your dreams. Investing time in you as well as your business will develop your range of skills and turbo-charge your drive and your business.
7. What will you regret not doing with your business life in later years?
Few of us give ourselves enough time to reflect on the whole life picture. A common business coaching exercise invites people to write their own obituary: highlighting past and future achievements. This is ‘starting with the end in mind’ in a very real sense and can wake people up to the time they have to achieve their true goals.
8. What has lack of confidence or self belief stopped you achieving?
Everyone has self-limiting beliefs of some sort. I once had a self-limiting belief about being able to talk to large groups of people; now I am not fazed if I need to speak to 1000 people. If your beliefs are getting in your way, you can choose to make time to take advice and get out of your own way.
9. What is your purpose? What elements of your business are you passionate about?
If you identify your true purpose you can plan every decision to take you closer to achieving your goal. Every choice you make – from actions and reactions to promises and excuses – provides clear clues as to where your true motivation and priorities lie. There is little point in building a business around something you feel is a good idea, if every time you are faced with a time choice you are diverted towards doing something else.
10. What is the one change you could make that would make you feel happier about the way you run your business?
Every change begins with a single step. What one thing would make a difference to the future of your business, now?
‘Get ready to Do It! – and get started, right now.’