Growth and expansion are TOUGH in any environment and it takes “all hands on deck” to grow effectively. Here are some key things to consider about growth:
- Is Your Subconscious Sabotaging Your Efforts: Not that we’re psychologists (nor do we play them on TV), but one of the primary functions of our subconscious mind is to keep us safe. Often, this means that your dreams of growth/expansion may clash with the hidden desire of you subconscious (or that of your team members, family members, and friends) to keep you “safe” and maintain the status quo. This is a key reason that it’s critical to surround yourself with people who are bolder and brighter than you to help power a leap forward in your business. Without that energy, it can be very challenging to shift into growth mode. Lean on strategic advisors and key team member that also see a path forward to grow/expand.
- Shift To “Heart Power”: Most people are familiar with horsepower, a measurement of output by engines from lawnmowers to jets…but what about “heart power?” Simply put, “heart power” is the ability to inspire others, to create a compelling “call-to-action” that entices people to leap out of their seats and charge into the fray. One of the primary reason those closest to us may not get behind our plans for business growth is that we haven’t yet painted a vivid picture of what that growth will look like and what kind of positive impact it will create on team members, clients, and other stake-holders. As business leaders, we must be able to effectively harness “heart power” to fuel the growth engine of our entrepreneurial ventures. Remember, without vision, the people will perish (Proverbs 29:18).
- Cut Out The Negative: Assuming you have a clear vision for growth and have surrounded yourself with some team members/advisors that are bolder and brighter than you, there’s one more step you may have to take. Unfortunately, sometimes those closest to us are also the ones who give us the most negative flak about our business. While they are often well meaning and just don’t want to see us take too many risks and “get hurt”, continued negativity can be very draining to deal with. As the late inspirational speaker Jim Rohn often said, “You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” As a result, you may have to limit contact with people who are actively trying to sabotage your success or prevent you from moving forward. It can be tough to do…especially if they are close friends/family members…but sometimes it just has to be done!
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