No matter how one feels about the skill of strategic thinking and planning, it is undoubtedly one of the most important activities for any business owner to perform. The effort put into thinking strategically about your business — and it’s future — not only keeps you focused and on track, it prevents wasting valuable time on activities that keep you stuck in neutral.
And, what could be more fun than not having to utter these words ever again:
- I wonder if this one will work,
Frequently whispered when several choices are available.
- Maybe I’ll try this.
Commonly stated mid-month when you realize that any strategy is better than no strategy.
- I haven’t a clue what works.
Generally whispered after trying several strategies unrelated to each other — or your goals — of which none produced success.
- My fingers are crossed.
Usually uttered, along with the legendary saying, “from your lips to God’s ears”, when you finally launch a growth imitative that you hope brings results.
- Hmmm, where was I? What was I working on?
Habitually repeated when interrupted.
- Huh? What?
Routinely expressed after discovering you’re uncertain what you were working on after checking email for the 6th time — this hour.
- I haven’t the faintest idea what I’m doing here.
Ordinarily imagined at the conclusion of what feels like yet another unproductive day (said with head in hands.
- Maybe I’ll try this again.
Normally stated following a Google search for ideas that netted few strategies of interest.
- Now what?
Usually aired when the strategies that failed to produce results are repeated with the same dismal outcomes.
- I wonder if Starbucks is hiring?
This is my personal favorite that few entrepreneurs will admit they have mumbled a time or two.
Do any of these phrases sound familiar? If so, trust me! You’re not alone. Although few entrepreneurs will admit to it, every successful business owner has uttered these words a time or two during their career — that is, until they got tired of working hard and going nowhere. That’s when they switched from tactical (what do I have to do today) to strategic (what do I do to move my business forward) thinking.
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