There are times when it is wise for you, as a business owner, to take a few minutes, hours, or perhaps days to stop and re-visit the reason you got into your business. As we plow through the months and years, it is easy to forget why we do what we are doing. A consultant can help if you need assistance to come up with strategies.
Here are some questions to consider in reflecting on your business:
Are you happy? You should be excited about getting up and going to work every day. My bad. You shouldn’t even think of it as “work” if you enjoy what you’re doing. If you like/love what you do, that attitude infects the rest of your team … and your customers. If you are on the other side of the happiness coin, that also is conveyed to your employees, your customers, and your prospective customers. You obviously want to be on the happy side.
Are you fulfilled? Your business should be challenging and rewarding. Your responsibilities should push you to the edge of your comfort zone, and maybe over that edge if you learn and gain confidence in your ability to solve the problems or manage the crises. Walking in the same rut day after day can be mentally challenging and emotionally draining. You want to finish your day feeling you’ve accomplished great things.
Have you made an impact? Each of us wants to make a difference in the world, whether through our business, our volunteer work, or in the lives of others. Take a few minutes and think about the impact your business has on your customers? Is it able to fulfill their needs, wants, and desires effectively? Has your company served them at the level they expect to be served? Are your employees satisfied with what they do and feel fulfilled, as though they are also making an impact?
These are three questions to reflect on, whether you stop and do it once a month, every six months, or once a year. The impact this time has on your business can be measured in profits, and comes down to what you do about any low areas you may discover. If your business experiences peaks and valleys, it’s logical to fill in the valleys.
There’s only person who can change your attitude about going to work and managing your business. Likewise, there’s only one person who can decide whether you will be happy or sad as you go through your day. Leave work at work when you go home and enjoy the time with your family. Let your loved ones know you love them, in words, a hug, a kiss.
If you think about what you do for a living and it fulfills you, you’ve answered the second question. If not, think about what you can change that will make it fulfilling. If it becomes more fulfilling for you, it will do the same for your employees and your customers. If in doubt, ask your customers what would make what you offer be more satisfying for them. Then figure out how you can provide that to them.
By and large, if you have the answers to the first two questions, the answers to the third will fall in place. Take some time to think about it.