This time of year is flush with people posting their ‘year in review’ thoughts, dissecting everything that went right or wrong with the year before, and promising themselves they’ll do better. Because I am always seeking a greater return on the energies I invest in my businesses, my personal ‘planning’ strategy is to explore the energies that are going to make the greatest difference in the upcoming year.
Why don’t I look at the previous year? I review where I’m at about 25,000 times a year… my choices are made daily, based on what is possible in that particular moment, not on what was possible last week, last month or last year. Have you noticed how fast the world is changing? Is it time for our planning processes to catch up with the space we actually are operating from?
This radical difference in my ‘planning process’ led me to create these Ten Commandments for Dynamic Business Growth. So, #1 became “Treat your business as an asset – create FOR the future, not FROM the past.” What does this mean in practical terms? Lots of change and lots of choices!
Firstly, what I don’t do…
- I don’t assume that just because I did something in a particular way in 2012 (or before!) that it will create the same result in 2013.
- I don’t assume that products I have created before will continue to produce results.
- I don’t assume that previous ideas that I haven’t got to yet are the ones for this year.
- I don’t assume that I must build on what I did previously.
- I don’t assume that anything will be the same, including me! (I did over 60 days of training in tools and techniques to create change during 2012… I use the tools daily and constantly create from a different space as my awareness expands!)
Instead of doing business from the ‘rinse and repeat’ cycle, I do business from a universe of possibilities – I ask lots of questions about what will allow me to ‘outcreate and grow’. Which one is more fun for you? Do you love creating more and more and greater? Or do you love doing the same thing over and over and over, with ever-diminishing results, as your competitors catch on and copy you? It’s just a choice.
And that choice is how you build your business assets from future possibilities rather than past performance. To build your business assets you need to be present with your business. Aware of everything connected to your business performance. Willing to change any of it in any moment.
Most businesses are so committed to the past that the present disappears in the overwhelm of keeping up. What if you never had to keep up? What if you could just keep choosing whatever would create the greatest possibilities for the future?
That’s what commandment #1 offers… a choice to build the future from the now, not the past.
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And one more thing…these commandments are a moveable feast… they are what’s working right now! I’d love to know what YOUR commandments for growing your business are… do you have a favourite you can share? Lisa