I love the first month or two of a new financial year. It gives you the opportunity to look at last year’s results in a nice, complete package and make things exciting. What’s done is done. There’s new stuff to achieve, goals to be met. Time starts afresh.
But do you?
Chances are if you’ve been in business for a while, that ‘freshness’ might be a little harder to find. After all, you’ve worked hard to find your groove, your customer niche and create a predictable stream of income. You’re probably thinking, ‘freshness be damned, there are people who depend on me to deliver.’
Except maybe, there’s a little part of you that feels the business is feeling a bit stale, getting a little same old, same old? Maybe you’ve even considered getting…a job. Actually, you’re not alone. Put a couple of business owners in a room for a while and once they get real, at least one will mention that every now and again, they think about going back to corporate or working at Bunnings/Woolworths or doing something/anything else.
What if you could start over? What if you could blow up everything you’ve created and started from scratch? Remember how exciting the ‘start’ was? There were just so many possibilities.
Zen Buddhist and author, Shunryu Suzuki, said: “in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind, there are few”.
Yep, what he said. Plus, chances are, as you’ve built your business, you’ve not only become an expert but you’ve won ground – which means there’s now ground to lose. And it’s possible you’ve become more about protecting what you’ve got than exploring further. You’ve likely created systems and processes, and streamlined all sorts of things to ensure more consistency, fewer mistakes. After all, mistakes are costly. But getting rid of the opportunity to make them entirely and building bigger fences can be stifling.
The good news? You don’t have to blow things up or start from scratch. Sometimes all that’s required is to change your perspective – see the world with fresh eyes. Being curious. How?
Become a beginner in your field of expertise
In every profession, there’s a multitude of methods to achieve great outcomes. Think which ‘tried and tested’ path you followed just because it was ‘the way’ you should? Try something different. Renting big (read: expensive) spaces or teams you don’t need isn’t just expensive, it can block your path forward. Consider virtual teams or moving to a smaller space with shared facilities like meeting rooms that cost a bomb, that remain empty most of the time.
Open yourself up to new points of view
We all have something called confirmation bias makes us seek out people, places, and information that confirms what we already know about the world. What if you found new people, places and information that are different from your norm AND allowed yourself to be open to those people or that information and listening to their ideas? How might that change things? What doors might it open for you? That’s one of the things clients tell us they love about CoWorking – a chance to meet or get to know different people and hear how they work.
Run experiments and test your results
Sure how you’ve always done something is best, but maybe there’s an even better way or at the very least a different way. And that different way might mean you see something new, learn something that changes things up, gives you more time or sparks an idea that leads to a breakthrough on something, probably totally unrelated, that you’d been stuck on or limited by. What’s something that impacts your time, ties you down or annoys customers? Start there.
These are just some of the ideas we had. What ones will you be implementing or do you have some other favorites you’d like to share? Just comment below. We’d love to hear from you. You can also read some more on embracing a proactive financial year.
If you need some help with making a start and need a workplace, then our friendly team at SOI Sydney and Chatswood would love to speak with you about how we can help. Call us now at 1300 318 680.
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