You have a plan. You have set your goals and objectives. Do you know how to implement that plan? Your business should have a written business plan that helps to explain what it is you are doing, why you are doing it, what you want to do in the future, and what your long term purpose it. And a good business plan will also lay out your goals and objectives with some generalized ideas as to how you are going to implement your plan. What does your plan tell you? What do you need to do to start working toward your goals and objectives?
Are you working with a business coach to improve your accountability for reaching your goals and objectives? A good coach will help you to be accountable by asking you to share your plans, develop a timetable with priorities, and then report on them when you meet. But in reality, the coach wants results that only you can provide. It is up to you to listen and work with the coach on your goals and objectives. You are the one who will need to be proactive. When all the goals and objectives are laid on the table, it is time for you to take the steps — start to implement what you say you are going to do.
But what if you know what you want to do and just don’t know how to do it? This is often a problem with business professionals. If you have stalled then there could be a number of reasons for why you are stalling. Your business plan usually doesn’t spell out every little thing you need to do in small, easy to understand steps. But at some point, you should determine smaller steps in an action plan. If it isn’t time to start that activity, then you can shelf it until the appropriate time. You might need to implement other action items before that activity.
You might have a great attitude about doing something yet is there something else holding you back? Maybe you are not really clear about what it is you want to accomplish. You think you know what it is, but you are not quite sure. Your business vision is not as developed as you think it is. Maybe you don’t have the experience or know-how to do what it is you want to do.
Inexperience and lack of know-how are common with business owners who know how to make a widget or provide a service, but do not have experience or knowledge in sales and marketing, management, operations, bookkeeping, or other important areas of running a business. The problem might be that you are not fully clear about how you will do what it is you want to do. You have to become clear about your next step! Do you need to take training or get a mentor to help you learn how to do what it is you want to do? Or, will you need to hire someone with the right skills to assist with that area that you need help with?
What if you have done your strategic planning and risk assessment and are implementing your plan but you don’t feel you are reaching the next level like you planned? You are being accountable and doing what you say you are going to do. You are just not reaching that next step!
There is a point where your business might benefit more by working with a consultant specializing in strategic planning, business management, or that specific area that relates to what you are trying to do. In some cases, contracting a business consultant to help you with implementing a project, mentoring you on how to implement your plan, working on increasing the clarity for your vision, or assisting you with ideas for reaching your goals can be more cost effective and productive than immediately hiring an experienced employee. Or if you have employees, you can contract with a management consultant to provide management training to bring your staff onboard with your plan, to help facilitate meetings that reach higher levels of cooperation and accountability, or to provide objective views on increasing effectiveness and productivity.
Consider what is that is holding you back from moving up to that next step. Could you benefit by getting an objective opinion in a confidential agreement about your plan and actions? Do you need help evaluating your results and learning about what indicators to look for to better understand if you are on track with your goals or off course? Do you need training? What do you need to do to get up those stairs?