Back-to-School | Back-to-Business
Remember when you were a kid and going back to school held so much potential? It meant new clothes, new school supplies and the chance to get back to a routine. Yeah, I know, we complained about having to go back, but deep down, we loved knowing that we had some place to be…and a chance to connect with our old friends that we weren’t able to see all summer.
Now that you run a business, back to school is also the chance for you to get focused again with your business. The kids are out of your hair. There’s less socializing and fewer lazy days. Your schedule is back to being your own.
Which means it’s also a great time to recommit to your business and there’s plenty of time to make some BIG progress before the year ends.
Do you know that there’s only 145 days left in 2013? Don’t worry, that’s still plenty of time to get anything you’ve been putting off done!
In fact, let’s make a plan to get Back to Business in 5 simple steps (5 is totally doable, right?)…
- Get clear. Before you can do anything with your business, you need to get really clear on who your client is, what you do, what problems you solve and how you solve them. From there, you’ll know where to find your clients (your dream clients!) and what you need to focus on.
- Make a list. Yes, really. If you’ve been following me for any time, you know I love me some lists. And if you played along with my Looking Back, Looking Forward year-end exercises, you’ve got a list or three already. Pull them out, cross off what you’ve done. Delegate what you no longer want to do. Make a brand new list of everything you want to accomplish before the end of the year.
- Break it down. Now look at that list you just created and break it down. You say you want to “write a book” or “create a coaching program,” great! Now lay out the steps you need to take to get it done. Each and every teeny, tiny, baby, step.
- Schedule it. Now that that list – we’ll call it List #2 – and attach some deliverables or dates to the task. I find that I like to get out a blank calendar (I print them instead of using my hanging calendar) and work backwards from when you say you want it done. I find that it’s easier to move things around when I write in pencil or use sticky notes.
- Get Support. I know I mention this one ALL the time. But trust me, without support – real support from people who truly understand what you’re doing and what challenges you might face – you’re on your own [click here to tweet this]. And more than likely, you’ll just be spinning your wheels. Find a community, create a Mastermind group, work with a coach (I’ve got that crazy fabulous deal going on my VIP Intensives – talk about perfect timing)…do whatever you can to find the accountability and the support that you need to move forward with your business.
And if you’ve wondered what it might be like to work with a coach, take them up on one of their complimentary sessions (we all do them – here’s info on what I offer and I have some audio from actual client calls here), check out their testimonials page to see what others have to say. Heck, contact the folks leaving testimonials (that’s what I do before I work with someone).