Start working on your future with some new collaborative conversations.
Focus your conversations on making breakthroughs
Can you picture yourself achieving all the financial and other breakthroughs you’ve been striving for?
What would you do differently in your business and lifestyle if you could travel back in time? Do a business management course, develop better products, give more thought to marketing and customer service and put better systems in place.
Just because you didn’t do these things doesn’t mean you made a mistake, you just did things differently. It is what you did differently that forms the foundations of your future thinking.
Whether or not you ultimately succeed, it’s worth thinking about as you can at least get part way to what you would like your business to look like and to be.
“The way I think about culture is that modern humans have radically changed the way that they work and the way that they live. Companies need to change the way they manage and lead to match the way that modern humans actually work and live. We’re trying to re-craft culture in a way that really matches that. I think that 99% of companies are kind of stuck in the ‘90s when it comes to their culture”. Brian Halligan
Start to think about what your business would look like if you could time travel to the future and had all the time and resources you needed?
- More profitable and sustainable?
- Fewer struggles?
- Nicer people to work with?
- More fun?
- Have better automated systems in place?
Personal development can help you to build your dream business and may come in the form of formal learning, or informal learning, which may include activities such as observation, mentoring, online learning, attending conferences and seminars or simply networking with different people.
Of course, how you choose to tackle your personal and business development depends on your personal goals and preferred style of learning.
Will your current relationships be able to take you to the future?
Although volunteering will require a considerable time commitment on your part, it can be an excellent way to master skills you haven’t been able to practice in order to take you to the future. This can be especially beneficial if you’re thinking of gaining some practical experience in an unfamiliar area.
Aside from allowing you to develop new skills for free, another big benefit of volunteering is the networking opportunities it will open up to you.
Your success is not only dependent on what you know, but also who you know, and volunteering gives you the chance to widen your network and meet new people who can help you with your future thinking and planning.
The important thing is to align yourself with new people who can help you with your future. If you had the right people now, you would probably be thinking differently about your future and be closer to what you are wanting.
Focus on new partnerships and alliances
Technology has made networking and forming new partnerships and alliances easier than ever before. Online communities and platforms have become important tools for finding and developing new partnerships and alliances.
The interesting thing is that you can more easily develop international partnerships and alliances which can add a whole new dimension or competitive advantage to your business or non-profit organisation. The best people are not necessarily in your own community. They could be in a big city or a very remote location.
Make a start by setting a timeline and identifying the tasks you need to action
Start by clearly defining the future you wish to create and establish a reasonable timeline for achieving milestones along the way. Study the gap between where you are now and where you want your journey to take you.
- What specific skills will you need to acquire and how will I acquire them?
- Which of your strengths and abilities will need further develop?
- What cultural changes will you need to make?
- Who can help you, as a mentor or accountability partner?
- What new partnerships and alliances will you need to form?
- Seek to learn about entrepreneurial attributes.
- Create a new business model, business plan, budget and value chain.
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Planning and goal setting are certainly necessary if you want your future business to be a success. But getting started is the most important and difficult step.
There will always be reasons not to start, from not having enough time or money to feeling disorganised. But even if your planning isn’t perfect, there will always be at least one action you can do today.
I find that people who are not prepared to start a more exciting future are either surrounded by negative people, lack self-confidence to make changes, or they are simply fearful of leaving the comfort zone they have become comfortable in.
The status quo remains and they keep wishing and hoping their struggles will diminish and their future will be better.
Your industry and community are changing whether you like it or not and the only way to get out of your rut is to start taking action. Yes, take some small actions even though you have no idea what they might look like in five or ten years time, and be prepared for good things to start happening.