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5 Key Steps to Business Success




When looking back at the businesses that I have built and looking at what the common features in them were, which I feel brought success to them, 5 main things stand out for me:-


Commitment

Consistency

Hard Work

Responsibility

Direction



Commitment

If you want to create a successful business you need to commit to the path that you are taking. I mean FULLY commit. It means you put in the hard work even when you don't feel like it. You keep working at your business long after the excitement of the idea has worn off. You keep working at it on good days and even more so on the bad days. You keep working on it even when you have no sales or you arn't getting any clients booked in. This is the hardest part of building your business but this is when you need to put your big girl panties on and keep going with the belief that every little thing you put into place today will bear fruit later on. Businesses don't magically become successful overnight. Every success you see has a good few years, sometimes 10+ years of consistent committed work behind it. Its doing something every single day that will take you closer to your goal, but its the commitment of the daily work on your business towards your end goals that create success.


Consistency

You need to be consistent. This might sound like common sense but too many people start their businesses on a massive high and go at it with everything they have then life gets in the way or distractions get in the way and they start to only work on it every now and again or they don't put in the consistent every day effort that building a business needs. You need to be consistent in your persistance to build your business, or else it becomes too easy for it to become a hobby, or a side business or a dream you once started and never really goes anywhere.



Hard Bloody Work!


This is the one thing that I totally believe is a deal breaker. If you are not willing to put in some hard - blood sweat and tears - work into building your business, then I'm sorry to say, it just wont work. You will not be successful.

In the words of Will Smith, you don't need to be the smartest, the most talented, the most attractive person in the room in order to be the most successful, you need to be the HARDEST working person in the room. You need to be able to OUT WORK anyone else around you. There is no competition against someone who doesn't quit. It is that simple.


Hard work is the number one key factor in creating a successful business. Put the work in and take responsibility for your business. I am one of the hardest working people I know, and I love that. I have been called obsessed and a work-a-holic but I do not see these as negatives in my life. How I see it is, if I want some thing I don't wish for it, I WORK FOR IT. And guess what, there is nothing, in my life that I have ever worked for that I didn't get.


Responsibility

If your business is not where you want it to be don't blame anything or anyone else! I hear this ALL the time when I am speaking to people about why their business is not where they want it to be. 'Its because so and so did this' , 'Its because I don't have this or I cant do that'

NEVER blame anyone else for where you or your business is right now. Take responsibility for your own business. Are you putting in the hours, are you dedicating your time, are you learning the skills you need to be where you want to be, are you fully committed to your business. If something isn't working, its up to you to change it, its up to you to learn how to do things differently or take a different path to make sure you get to the goals you are working towards. I hear 'I'm too tired' 'I don't have the time' 'I don't have the money' 'I cant find the right staff' These are all just excuses. The buck stops with you. If you don't take full responsibility for where your business is, again it will just stay where it is. No one else is going to do it for you. Its your business, take control and take responsibility.



Direction


Out of all the lessons I learnt in business this is the one lesson I fought for so long. I used to think that having set goals and direction in my business would stump my creativity and would blinker me too much. How wrong I was.


Direction is now one of my MAIN focuses when running my businesses. Don't get me wrong, I am not dead set on the direction I first plan for my business, as things do change and evolve as your business grows, but I do believe we need a goal post to always start the journey with, a beacon to work towards. Your path along the way may take a few detours (trust me there is never a straight line from start to success ) so you have to be flexible on this one. I see this in business all the time,when you ask somewhere 'So where do you want your business to be in 1 year 3 years 5 years' very few have a clear set map of where they want to take their business. So tell me, if you don't have any direction, how do you know how to get there? How do you even know where your business is going? You don't have direction or a destination in mind, how are you navigating your business? How can you tell if something isn't working for you or if you need to stop going down a dead end path, back up and take a new path? How do you measure your success?

Do you have your 1 year, 3 year, 5 year plan done? If not I suggest you get yourself a nice big piece of paper board from hobby craft and do a time line business directional map.

Start by listing where you are now then add in a 1 year, 3 year and 5 year marker on your time line. Start mind mapping where you want your business to be in 1 year and add this to your 1 year marker. Then between now and your one year marker draw mind map spider diagrams of what you feel you need to get you from now to your 1 year goal.

After that do the same from your 3 year to 5 year goal. Always envisage that at each goal you have managed to achieve what you mind mapped in between.

This is VERY powerful and creates clarity for you. You can now see where you are, where you want to be and the steps you need to take in between to be able to get you there. (In my next blog I will go through how to start putting these into practise to move from paper goals and directions to making them reality) Create your Goal Line I like to call it and tag me in it on social media or send it to me, I would love to see it!


Direction to me is so key to your business success and I can guarantee when you start giving your business direction and then start to work on the daily steps you need to put this into place to get you to your 1, 3 and 5 year markers you will cut down the time to at least half, yes at least HALF the time you think it will take you to reach your goals, because you have a clear map of where you are going and how to get there.


In Summary


Set your goal - Commit to it

Be consistent and work on it daily

Be the hardest working person you know

Take Responsibility for where you are with your business

Set a clear direction of where your business is going over the next 5 years



Home Work


Do a directional 'Goal Line' and start to get real about where your business is and where you want it to be.




~ Leigh Blackwell ~














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