I read an interesting article recently by Tony Morgan about why some churches would seemingly rather die. Of course few people or organizations actually want to close their doors, but some seem to indicate that they do by their actions, words or lack thereof. The irony, as you may have guessed, is that they all say they don’t want the church or organization or relationship to die, but that’s exactly what will happen unless they follow the sage advice of Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Unless there is a change in what you believe, what you say, what you do or who you are being you will die. If you want a different result than the one you’re heading towards, there is only one thing to do: take action and do something different than you’re doing!!
Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. But until you’re willing to see that, nothing can change in your business. If you’re not willing to see you need a new location, need a new cleaning crew, need new employees, need new trainings, need new customers, or need new offerings, you can’t get to the point of doing something to make that change happen.
Change scares most of us because we’re been told that it’s all or nothing, us or the dog, rich or poor. However, we’re so busy seeing extremes that we can’t see that even some little things can greatly improve where we’re at. Change doesn’t have to be extreme, earth shaking or a full overhaul. Sometimes even simple changes can make a big difference.
So my challenge to you this week is simple:
1-make a list of all the really big issues you or your company has.
2-make a list of the really big, all out, big ticket, break the bank ways you could deal with those issues.
3-accept that those solutions probably aren’t in your foreseeable future.
4-put away the really big solution list you made in #2 for now and make a list of little things that you can do immediately and won’t cost a ton to take a step towards making changes that will get closer to the success you want. Maybe this means talking with a HR resource to learn what you can do to create better relationships with your employees and help them be more effective rather than firing them all and hiring new. Maybe it means hiring an official cleaning crew to come in weekly rather than blowing up your restaurant and rebuilding. Maybe it means throwing out products you don’t sell anymore even if it makes your shelves look a little bare. Maybe it means hiring a bookkeeper or secretary to get things organized. Maybe it means hiring a trainer or getting a dog so you get exercise and reduce your stress. Maybe it means taking a communication course. Little things like this can make a big difference overall.
5-put those little things into action. Pick one each day or week depending on your situation and put it into action.
What will you do this week to save your business?