Whether you think you can, or that you can’t, you’re probably right


Off the back of some recent seminars and client events it struck me how difficult many people find setting themselves stretching and motivating goals, be they personal or financial in nature.

Business owners complain how difficult it is to plan anything, and that forecasting is a waste of time because everything changes all the time anyway, and, worse still, there’s no point planning because “I know I’ll only be disappointed when I don’t achieve it”.

Hmmm, interesting.

In the words of Anatole France (poet, journalist and writer) - “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream; not only plan, but also believe”

This means if businesses are to do more than survive, they must be led by someone who believes, at the deepest levels, that they will succeed, no matter what, and who strives daily to reach for an envisioned future that means something to all the stakeholders.

Henry Ford was no fool when he said “Whether you think you can, or that you can’t, you’re probably right”

Business owners and especially those of owner managed businesses are often so tied up in the daily “doing” of their business that they invariably and with astonishing speed forget what it is they’re busting a gut for. If that sounds like you it’s about time you revisited what it is exactly you want from your business and more importantly what it is that your business is helping you achieve. So what’s your “bucketlist“? What 101 things do you want to have done so when your ninety-six and a half and sitting with your great-granddaughter on your lap and she asks “tell me a story”, you won’t have to reach for a book but have your own adventures to tell.

If you’re stuck for ideas and need a bit of inspiration then visit 43 Things or Barefoot List where people share their desires and goals.

Life and business must have meaning and reward to be worthwhile and your business is just one of the ways you will achieve what you want to achieve. Make sure your business is working for you and not against you.

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