Our first tip is to ... Understand WHY you are in business.
It's important because when you're feeling stuck in a rut and you've forgotten why you really want to be in business it's hard to make difficult 'rut busting' decisions with any confidence ... and confidence is essential.
Here's an example of something that happened to Julie recently that will show you what we mean.
Julie says ...
"I went to a routine meeting where, out of the blue, the biggest training project I’ve ever been offered in my life was put in front of me for consideration. Initially I was over the moon, but after I’d slept on it, the nagging feeling that something wasn’t right started to surface, so I gave Simon a call and we talked it through."
"He helped me to see that the nagging feeling that something wasn’t right came from the fact that the amazing opportunity didn’t fit with my WHY … in fact it was going to take me in exactly the opposite direction and this insight left me with a big question."
"Do I stay true to my WHY ... or change direction and risk getting trapped in a lucrative project that would make me unhappy?"
"Now I could see the question clearly I was able to go through a simple process I use that helps me make the big 'rut busting' decisions in life and with your permission I’d like to share it with you."
"The first thing I do is remind myself of the words I have beautifully scrolled on the wall in my hallway;"
Learn …from Yesterday
Live …for Today
Hope …for Tomorrow
"I find these words help me focus because they remind me of the lessons I’ve learned on my life’s journey. They affirm that I can make a difference today with the decisions and actions I take. They also point to an optimistic future … which, when you think about it, is going to consist of a series of todays, isn’t it!"
"Once I’m in focus I remind myself WHY I do what I do. My WHY is my driving force, it’s my core motivation and the truth is when my goals and plans are in alignment with my WHYI find I’m unstoppable!"
"Now I’m in the zone and thinking with clarity can you see how making my decision became simple? The offer didn’t fit my WHY so my answer was going to be no … except it wasn’t!"
"Instead my answer was to ask myself another question … a special ‘think flexibly to make the most of any opportunity’ question that goes like this …"
“What would the offer have to look like to fit with my WHY?”
"Can you see why it’s a flexible question and can you also see why the answers that came from asking it led me to sitting down and creating a counter offer that not only gave them what they wanted but was also right for me."
So to summarise ... being clear on your WHY helps you make the tough 'rut busting' decisions that come before you can make meaningful change. Being clear on your WHY also makes it easier to come up with flexible solutions that make getting out of your rut even easier!
By the way … if you’re not clear about your WHY yet you might find The Salon Owners Bible a real help.
Read it and you’ll discover a clear process for revealing your WHY and some great tips for moving forward once you’ve got it.
The good news is you can download a FREE copy by going to www.thesalonownersbible.com