The first day of the month signals a new beginning. No matter how often I’ve veered off course from my intended plan during the previous month, I get a reboot. No matter the missteps or detours, the slate is wiped clean. It’s my very own entrepreneurial Etch-A-Sketch moment!
For those of you who may not be familiar, the Etch-A-Sketch was one of the most popular toys in my day. I played for hours creating one masterpiece after another. The two knobs on the front face of the Etch-A-Sketch created horizontal and vertical movement. The aluminum powder and plastic beads responded beautifully to each turn of the knob. To master the right-left and up-down movements took genuine skill, patience, and practice.
Growing a business is not unlike creating a work of art using an Etch-A-Sketch. You zig and zag. You go back and repeat. Each little turn adds to the picture. More importantly, you learn which moves work and which ones don’t. When it becomes necessary – when you’ve deviated off course and need a fresh perspective – your built-in eraser system gives you a fresh perspective and an opportunity to begin again.
I love the unblemished start of each month.
What’s your first-day, fresh-start routine that keeps your business on track?