It always seems that the New Year is the time to make growth and expansion plans for business. "Do this to get more clients! Do this to grow faster! Do this to expand!"
But what about your quality of life? What about more time for what really matters? What about your spouse or kids? Do they fit into this expansion plan?
If your goals are only to grow bigger, what are you leaving behind?
Instead, can you be strategic with your growth? Can you slowly delegate what you are doing to multiply your time? Can you spend a few months making sure you have the right staff before you try to reach your number goals?
You see, the wrong container cannot hold the growth.
If you fill up a water balloon too full, it will burst.
Instead, make sure your systems and your team can sustain the growth.
If you don't do this first, you'll be running from problem to problem, constantly putting out fires. If you don't have a strong enough team, YOU will be the one that all of this lands on. And it's not sustainable for your mental or physical health.
Instead, you can choose to run your business like a monarch runs their kingdom. You can be poised regally on your throne, crown on your head, with issues brought to you daily in a red box. You open up the box and deal with the problems one at a time. You have time for a leisurely walk in the garden. You sip your tea. You are at peace because your royal staff is handling all the details for you. Someone is preparing the royal food. Someone is cleaning the palace. Someone is tending to the grounds. Your job is to survey it all and make sure it is running smoothly.
You are not Cinderella, running around at every shrill command, "Cinderella!!" You are not supposed to be handling every request. You are not supposed to be abused and taken advantage of in your own company.
So what can you shift?
Yes, I know you have big goals and dreams.
But press pause for one moment.
You aren't ready for those dreams to come true unless you have the right team, lined up and ready to fulfill the commands.
Don't even think about your second location until your first is running like clockwork and you can go on a 2 week phone-free vacation. (For real! Book a cruise and see how much you or your staff panics. Or did everything run just fine without you?)
Don't even think about adding those new classes and programs until you have a manager and staff in place to smoothly manage what you already have.
If cashflow is slow and you need to expand to make more money, what can you let go of? What can you eliminate? Who can you hire very part time? Do you need a Virtual Assistant, just to help you over the hump? Do you need to fix your marketing so a steady stream of clients is flowing?
The right order matters for strategic growth. That's what makes it strategic. You must be able to plan the next 4 steps before you get there. Think ahead.
Right now is the time to map out that plan.
Together we can assess your staff, the strengths and weaknesses of your team, your marketing funnel, and make sure you are ready for the next phase of growth.
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Many voices will pressure you to grow and expand. But the wise ones will guide you to do it strategically and in the right order so you maintain grace, peace, and sanity.
This is your year. Take the first step and map out a plan.
You'll be so glad you did.
About the Author
Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!