Let us be the first ones to say: being a business owner isn’t a piece of cake. At times, it can be stressful and chaotic. You might even sit down somedays and ask yourself, “Have I bitten off more than I can chew?” Now the next question is, how do you avoid this feeling? How do you minimize a constant feeling of anxiety? Well, here’s our solution. Start off every day with these four mantras.
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
You have to be patient. Focus on daily progress. Even if it’s small accomplishments, you want to look back on every 8 hour day and pick out something that helped you move forward. Whatever you do, don’t rush the process. Don’t force the results, they will come.
Consistency is key.
Small, daily, focused action is better than the occasional one off, grandiose project. You need to be doing something every day to better and build your business. For example, maybe every day you focus on creating one positive customer interaction. At first, that seems like a small undertaking. But, over time, one new happy customer a day equals 30 happy customers a month, which builds brand loyalty and enhances CRM efforts.
You are only as strong as your weakest link.
You’re no stranger to this advice, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. If you have a bad apple, they will damage the entire bunch. If you have a complainer, gossiper, or all around unmotivated employee, you won’t get very far.
Make mistakes – tons of them. Just don’t make the same one twice.
It’s ok to make mistakes. In fact, it’s encouraged. Make a TON of mistakes. But, vow to learn from those errors. Ask yourself, “What have I learned from this situation? What can I do differently next time around?” If you can easily answer these questions, then you’re on the right track. If you can learn from these mistakes, you have the potential to be in business for a very long time.
Focus on valuing these four principles, and your small business success might not be far in sight.