“It’s the New Year, so I’m going to get into the best shape of my life,” say so many as they rush to the new health club and peddle or push or pump with gusto on unfamiliar apparatus. They wake up in such pain in so many places the next morning, wondering if the mad urge that overtook them the other day has truly passed or whether they will muster the will to return to the gym.
The desire to get into shape is a good one with truly great benefits on physical, emotional, and social levels. In the short term, exercising burns calories far better than clicking a mouse or tapping a keyboard. When you’re at the gym, you connect with new people and have a chance to see friends and colleagues in a different context that deepens your relationships. However, sensible people like you and I can agree that you can no more reverse the effects of years of bad habits in a single workout than you can take seven showers on Sunday and be set for the week.
There’s no quick fix for physical fitness, but you do have access to a large set of decisions you can make make to create a stronger business in astonishingly short time. Want the Twitter-length version? Want it, decide it, do it. Here’s some more context: Think of making business improvements as a three step process: first you have to want the benefit or advantage, so you have to have a clear understanding of the link between the action you’ll undertake and the beneficial thing that will occur in your business as a consequence. Next you have to decide to devote resources to achieve it, because every change has a price, no matter how small. The trick here is to pick the changes that have a big and immediate payback for the time and effort required. Finally, you must take action to accomplish it, whether that means communicating that to a team member or an outside vendor, or making the change yourself.
If you take just an hour to do the five steps below today, you’ll not only experience the benefits in your business in the weeks and months to come, but you’ll wake up feeling pleased with your accomplishment without the soreness or regret tomorrow.
Your Steps to Success
Let’s look at four relatively painless ways to build a stronger business that can all be done within an hour. We’ll focus on the area of business delays, since that has immediate impact.
The key takeaway from these four steps is of course to lose the business “wait” so you can move faster and more effectively in the weeks and months ahead. Fortunately, this information diet is easier to apply and delivers dividends rapidly.
Bill Ringle is a CEO, former Apple exec, published author, and angel investor. Through Grow Business Now, he offers strategies and tools to elevate growth for executives and entrepreneurs from more than 46 industries. Bill has conducted nearly 200 podcast interviews on My Quest for the Best, where industry and business leaders share their secrets to success.