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Planning the future of your business: What would you change from September?

Are you pushing your business forward or is it pushing you backwards? Is success a never achievable goal? This summer take time out to think about the future for you and your business – and how to get there, advises Brett Davidson

A common theme I see in many of the firms I consult with, is just who is actually working for whom. In most firms the owner has (inadvertently) hired people that they end up working for, as opposed to hiring people who do the work for the owner. Does this sound familiar? You delegate the work, but it bounces right back to your desk. You stay until 7:30pm finishing the jobs that the team have bounced back to you, while they leave at 5:00pm without a care in the world.

With the summer break upon us, it seems like a good time to stop for a moment and reflect on what’s happening in your business and think about the future. You can do this over a beer in the French Alps, or sitting on a beach with your family, because you don’t need to think hard, you just need to chill out and step back. It’s only by stepping back that you gain some perspective. Often we’re just too close to what’s going on to be able to see the wood for the trees in our own lives.

Here’s a question to consider:

For you to achieve everything you have ever dreamed of (personally and professionally),
what would need to change from this September?

There’s bound to be some big thinking that comes out of that one – give yourself time to ponder it thoroughly.

Fear Of Success

Here’s a more provocative question:

Are you scared of success?

Some of you may be indignant at this question and be quick to assert that this is not the case, but it’s a valid question to ask yourself. I’m even asking myself the same question!

Standing out from the crowd takes real courage. Receiving praise in some quarters leaves you open to abuse from other quarters, but is it rational to consciously keep yourself small just because a few small minds want to take a pot-shot?

Achieving your goals is much scarier than just having a dream for the future. In the last few years I’ve been fortunate enough to achieve a couple of big life goals with the help of my life coach Kerri Richardson (

What I never expected was the emotional roller coaster that accompanies actually getting there. I realised I was good at the hard slog; I even took pride in it. But in the final weeks leading up to reaching a big goal, I was an emotional wreck. Ecstatic and excited one week and a blithering, frightened mess the next. That cycle could repeat more than a few times. No one tells you this stuff do they? They just pretend they went out and did it and were cool as a cucumber.

Here are a few more questions to ask yourself:

• If you achieved your wildest dreams, what would you do next?

• What’s the pay-off for not achieving these goals? (Kerri always calls me on this one; there has to be a pay off for the behaviours that keep you stuck. If you can find out what they are you can break them.)

• Is it safer to still be on the journey, or telling people why you are not there yet?

I read an interesting article on this topic from Angie Herbers, a US consultant to financial advisers. It might provide some thought-provoking holiday reading.

As you take some time off over the summer, see if you can uncover some of the gold that can help you move forward and achieve your life and business goals. It’s one of the most rewarding things you could do for yourself and your family.

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Further reading on hiring the right people: CLICK HERE for ABR’s interview with Jess Wood of recruitment firm Sandringham Wood

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