KEEP MOVING and Other Tips for Conquering the Challenges of a Growing Business

December 27, 2013 | Roger and Susie Engelau

When you’re first starting a new business, you look ahead to each milestone with yearning.  When I finally hit $100K…$500K…$1 Million…$5 Million…THEN all these problems will be resolved and it’ll be smooth sailing.

Sound familiar?

If only it were true!

The fact is, each new phase of growth brings new challenges.  New skills to be developed.  New problems to overcome.  New systems to create.  New team members to recruit.  New concepts to master.

I’m not telling you this to discourage you, but to point out a fundamental truth that’s applicable not just in business but in life generally.

And that is: success is the result of forward progress.

If you haven’t yet, lock that into your mind right now and let go of any notion that growth will come easy.  No matter how successful you become, there’s never a time you’ll stop growing, stop reaching, stop being challenged.  There’s never a time you can put your business or life on autopilot. There’ll never come a time when you finally arrive  Life’s in constant motion, and even if you have your systems honed to a “T,” there’ll always be another shift in the market, industry, or economy that will require more adaptation, more growth.

More forward progress.

And here’s something else to consider, in case you’re still clinging to that picture you have of your business when it finally reaches its next big milestone.  A recent survey said that 87% of business owners STRUGGLE when their business grows in size and gets more complicated.

That’s because there’s a lot more that goes into running an $8 million business than an $800K business.

Or as renowned business thought leader, Marshall Goldsmith says, “What got you here will not get you there.”

So how do you adjust?  How do you prepare and adapt and ensure that you’re moving—and not just moving, but moving in the right direction?

You plan for it.

You know those milestones you have in mind?  There are things you can do to bring them faster.  What’s more, there are things you can do to be ready when they come—so that you can move through each challenge quickly and get to the next milestone, then the next, then the next.

No, it’s not gonna be easy.

But it’s gonna be a heckuva ride.

And just in time for the new year, I want to invite you to attend our first Growth Plan Workshop of 2014.  This is where we walk you through the process of planning effectively for growth, so that you can keep your forward progress and struggle less as you move through the process of building a profitable enterprise.

In the 7-hour Growth Plan Workshop (including a delicious hot lunch!), you’ll get…

  • A clear picture of where you want your business to be in 10-30 years…3-5 years…90 days…and what you need to do TODAY to get you there
  • Your yearly goals broken into bite-sized action items
  • Energy, vision, and focus
  • Strategies to build your profits right away
  • A network of other business owners working on the same goals
  • The forward progress you need to reach the objectives you’ve set out for yourself

Click here to reserve your seat.

Start 2014 off right.  The Growth Plan Workshop is coming up on Fri, Jan 10, 2014  9—4:00pm

The Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis Airport, 8910 Hatfield Dr., Indianapolis  46231

Cost is $247 at the door, $187 in advance, and FREE for clients.  And if you register by 1/3/2014, you can join as an early-bird for just $97.

Conquer the challenges of a growing business.  Join us for the Growth Plan Workshop on January 10 and set yourself up for success in the new year!