As we head towards the end of the year, it’s a time for business owners to reflect on the year that was and start thinking about what’s next. For many it’s often one of the few times throughout the year where, as a business owner, you can step back from the daily hustle to think about what you’ve achieved, the challenges you face, your vision for the business and how all this aligns with your personal goals.
You might even make some commitments to yourself about business opportunities or challenges you want to tackle in the coming year, or a more personal commitment like improving your fitness or spending time with your family. You get back into it in January full of enthusiasm and with a clear focus, only for these commitments and your vision for the future to be quickly overtaken by the ‘tyranny of the urgent’.
Why does this keep happening? How do you get back in control? What is needed to take your business to the next level and where do you start? Is the way you are working sustainable for you and your family - what’s your end-point? There is certainly no shortage of information or advice on any of these questions. A cursory Google search will reveal dozens of articles like ‘9 Essential Steps to Crafting Your 2020 Business Goals’ or ‘Six Ways to Take Back Control of Your Life’. You’ve got people in your network, mentors, staff and family who are often a great source of ideas and insight, not to mention the advice that you pay for - professional services, advisors and consultants. So what’s missing?
This is where a good business coach can help. In his book ‘Coaching for Performance’ author and coach John Whitmore discusses the principles of awareness and responsibility that are at the very core of human growth and effectiveness. Building awareness and responsibility is the essence of good coaching. Awareness is the product of focused attention, concentration, and clarity. A business coach will help you create greater awareness - about your vision and goals, your current reality, and what options are available to you to drive change. Responsibility is about ‘owning’ our thoughts and actions. Consultants, advisors, and mentors can come up with great ideas and advice but they’re not responsible to act on it - you are, if you choose to or if you get around to it! A coach helps business owners take responsibility to act, through developing effective strategies, actions plans, and the individual and team accountabilities necessary to deliver the desired outcomes.
So what’s next for you and your business? As Nelson Mandela once observed, “vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, vision with action can change the world.” A business coach can help you with both - vision and action! Do you feel it’s time to get serious about taking your business to the next level, fulfilling your business vision and achieving your personal goals - will 2020 be the year of knowing and achieving ‘what’s next?’ Request a free business coaching consultation.