You are spending too much time on planning and waiting forthe perfect time to start new initiatives. You need to get clear on your direction, get organized, and take action to succeed.
You are a creative or a visionary. You see how you would like it to be, but lack the follow-through to take that vision and make it come to fruition.
Some small business owners spend so much time on the plan–trying to make it perfect–that they don’t take the action necessary to propel their business forward.
You may wait for the conditions to be perfect before you launch into something new, but this is like a unicorn. It doesn’t exist. Your mantra should be "strive for progress, not perfection".
What you can do:
Change and adaptation will be your constant companions as a small business owner, so don’t waste your time trying to make your plan perfect. You have a plan written down, so get to work on making your business dreams come true.
You tend to sway between thinking too much or just doing things without a strategic plan. If the challenge is exciting and floats your boat, you take action, but if not, then you spend too much time sitting on it.
You are a THINKER and a DOER, depending on the time of the day, the day of the week or the task at hand.
But is this flexible approach the best for your business? Doyou or your staff know which ‘business hat’ you are wearing at any given time?
Being in a different ‘mode’ can be a great advantage to your business. You can go from action taker to thinker at will, but make sure you are the best person to be doing that at the time. If someone on your team is better equipped to be in that ‘mode’, then delegate and move on. Don’t do it just because it is fun…be smart about it.
What you can do:
You need to become more consistent in your business approach. You can’t just switch between THINKING and DOING without a strategy behind it. The best person on your team should be doing what they are best at, including you. So, communicate with everyone around you so you are all on the same page and effectively growing together.
You take ACTION and like to tick items off your 'to do' list, and you get a sense of achievement from completing tasks. But are those tasks the right ones for your business? As a DOER you like to get things done, moving down the list of things to do. But are you putting enough thought into this? Is there any strategy behind what you are doing? Could your time be best spent on other tasks that will make your business a success?
While there is no need for your plan to be perfect, every business, no matter what size it is, needs a plan. A written plan helps you stay focused on the right customers, opportunities and business goals.
Don’t just have a business plan, be strategic every day. Figure out what it is you want from every area of the business, every team member and put some structure around every strategy with every task.
What you can do:
Be sure to write down your overall business plan (a single page is enough). But also plan your next 90 days. Write down what you want to accomplish by the end of those 3 months. Then, each week write down your top 5 tasks that will help you get to your 90 day goals. Do that for each week, then each day, so that you have a strategy around all that you do in the business.