The Struggle to Focus on What Matters Most
My business is web design, web marketing, and social media marketing – what’s yours? Whatever your business, virtually every entrepreneur struggles with setting priorities, and focusing time, energy, and stamina on the really big things that have the potential to rocket the business forward on an explosive growth path. So little time, so much potential. Alex Golyfayn nails the struggle and offers inspiring advice in his excellent post-entitled How to Think Big in Business (see link at end of this article).
What Are Your Roadblocks to Thinking Big?
What are your enemies or roadblocks to thinking big? Alex identifies them as fear, caution, politics, and perfection. Make it a point to identify your personal roadblocks and then to get beyond them and to start focusing on what it takes to move ahead.
Big Thinkers Have a System for Creating New Ideas – What’s Yours?
According to Alex, big thinkers systematically create new ideas using a process that works for them. Do you have a systematic way of creating new ideas? Here’s one that works for me: make some creative time by sitting down at your kitchen table or office with a blank tablet and pen, and nothing else on your table or desk. Think about what it will take to make a major change with the potential to catapult your business forward. Write down your ideas, and then write down the steps need to make them happen. Do this every week, monitoring your progress and generating new ideas. Creativity can flourish when distractions are removed and you give yourself permission to spend some time just thinking.
Too pressured to take the time away from the relentless crush of the daily demands? Try getting up early, staying up late, or whatever it takes to carve out some guilt-free creative time for you, your tablet and pen, and a cup of coffee or glass of wine – whatever it takes to set time apart – creative time. That’s why you became an entrepreneur, right? You have a passion for getting things done, for making a difference, and for cutting through the things that waste time. You have a vision – so why not take the time to nurture it at least weekly?
How to Think Big
Alex identifies 5 keys to thinking big: burn your baggage, give yourself a place to think, execute when you’re “almost ready”, start often, and get a reality check. Curious? For the full post, click here.
What are your methods for thinking big and then executing? I’d love to hear about it.