I’m currently preparing for a speech/presentation next month on Change and the need to constantly learn and improve. As individuals or organizations we have to be innovating at all times—always looking for better, faster, less expensive ways for our customers to do business with us and for us to serve them.
As Jim Rohn said, “Life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.” I think the same holds true for business. In my research I was stunned by a fact Gary Vaynerchuk pointed out in his book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social WorldJab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How To Tell Your Story in a Noisy, Social World , it took radio 38 years to reach 50 million people. Television hit the 50 million mark in 13 years. It took Instagram a year-and-a-half.
We’ve talked a few months ago about the importance of making the decision to succeed, in Success Factor: The Key Is To Decide Today . But, today I want to outline the steps to successfully enacting change. This is actually going to begin a series where we’ll dive deeper into each of these individually over the next several weeks.
So, without further ado, here are the steps to successfully enacting change.
Successfully Enacting Change
Define Your Goal: Where do you want to go? We’ve all heard if you don’t know where you’re going any road will get you there. Sit down and actually define what you’d like to achieve.
Determine Your Starting Point: Where are you now? Until you know the answer to that, there’s no way to begin the journey to your goal.
Develop A Plan: This is self-explanatory. This is your road map; your GPS. Take time to develop a plan—don’t just take off without thinking it through.
Decide To Succeed: As referenced above, I believe success is a decision. In another blog post, Success Is Just A Decision Away, I stressed the importance of making that decision.
Anticipate Drifting: There will be things along the way that will take your eye off the prize, distractions that will steal your focus. Understand they’re coming, be prepared to deal with them and get back to your journey.
Overcome Detours: No matter how well you plan, there will be detours. Something is going to go awry with the plan and the truly successful are able to adjust and overcome those detours and continue. Go over, around, through—do whatever it takes, just don’t quit.
Enjoy Your Destination: If you do all the things I outlined above, you have no choice but to succeed; to reach your goal and to enjoy your destination.
Again, we’ll take each of these individually in the coming weeks. I’d love to hear your input.
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