As a personal business coach I regularly learn from, and coach from, lessons learned from everyday living. It’s important to focus on where you hope to go, rather than where you happen to be in the moment. Like this lesson, learned today…
It was a chilly morning and I headed out for a walk. As I started out I thought, “Definitely sweatshirt weather.” I stopped, took my sweatshirt off and left it behind.
Even though it was cold I knew I’d warm up. If I kept my sweatshirt with me I would have ended up taking it off and tying it around my waist, something that always annoys me. It would have held me up. Instead, I left it behind and focused my attention on where I was going instead of where I was.
It’s the same thing in business. Most business owners focus their attention on where they are. They prepare for today. They buy products and services that fit exactly where they are instead of considering where they are going and making sure they are ready for that.
After all, if you’re not planning for the future, how will you know where you’re going, when you’ve gotten off track – or when you get there? While taking care of immediate needs is certainly important, planning for the future is the real key to success.
Bottom line: Know where you are today, but prepare for where you’re heading next.
Here’s more on this subject, from a different angle: How to decide when it’s time to stop
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