When you first started your business, did you realize where you would be today? I know that when I first started, my entire goal was to be at home with my kids – at the time I was a single parent and I knew it would be hard. It would mean having no guarantee of rent money, let alone things that most who work in corporate America take for granted, such as health insurance. It also meant that I took on almost any type of work even if it was not part of my business plan.
Bob Taylor equated the goals of a business with a hot air balloon; some of the items in the basket hold the balloon down:
“We weren’t willing to go down in order to save the junk we’d taken when we lifted off. Many of our original business ideas seemed great on our first day when we loaded up to start our adventure, but eventually those things were dragging us down. They had to go. And they were being replaced by something more focused – namely, building a line of guitars.”*
Ask yourself what is in your basket, is it allowing your balloon to soar, or are you sinking with too much weight? Have you updated your goals and your business plan as your business has evolved to reflect the current goals and aspirations of your business? If not we can help, watch for our upcoming workshop on re-evaluating your business plan. If you don’t want to wait for the workshop, call or e-mail us and we will assign you specific tasks you can do to get up, up and away in your beautiful balloon, on your own.
*Taylor, Bob (2011-02-04). Guitar Lessons: A Life’s Journey Turning Passion into Business (p. 48). John Wiley and Sons. Kindle Edition.