Are you bringing your a-game each day or are you just getting by in business? I know it can be overwhelming to think about all the things that you have to get done each day, which is one reason why so many businesses don’t succeed: when you’re trying to do everything it all ends up sub-par or not done. What if instead you focused on bringing your best to the table as often as possible? This week I want to share a few thoughts about why this is important.
First, when you don’t do your best work no one else does either. Your employees, partners and suppliers take their cues from you and when they see that you’re not really doing your best and think it’s OK for them to do the same. After all, if the boss doesn’t seem to care, why should they?
Second, you need to prioritize and plan. Both of these are things that people struggle with, partially because they don’t know how to and partially because they choose the wrong priorities or create the wrong plan. This also leads to not being open to or prepared for opportunities that come your way.
Third, bringing your a-game does mean hard work and hard choices. It’s not always easy to make the tough decisions, let people go, not take on a client, or follow the rules that have been set down, but in most cases they were set up for a reason, and it’s been shown time and again that hard work does make a difference.
Fourth, when you bring your a-game you make the decision when to hire people to give you more time to do what only you can do. In most cases things that don’t need your immediate and full-time attention like the finances and books should be hired out, because while they can’t be neglected or avoided, it’s not necessary for you to personally work on every detail of them.
But, being good means that you’ll better serve your customers, get more repeat customers and have better testimonials/word of mouth referrals. Which ultimately leads to being more successful. I don’t know too many people who are not satisfied working for or buying from A-game businesses.