Your business growth might just depend on your personal growth

A business is like a natural organism whose DNA is programmed for growth and survival. Trees, for example, just keep on growing. We can learn from nature.

Growth tends to come in spurts with the attendant growing pains, bumps, bruises, discomfort and eventual functionality of adulthood. Healthy adults keep growing – mentally and emotionally, if not physically.

For your company to grow, you need to grow as a person and as a leader.

If you’re ready to take yourself to the next level, here are nine high level tips.

  1. Be prepared for success. This means – give yourself permission to be successful, and expect great things to happen. You deserve it, don’t you?
  2. Aim really high. None of us really knows our true potential. So aim really high, three or four or ten times higher than you think.
  3. Build excess capacity into your day so that you can take advantage of opportunities and reflect on experiences. Don’t book every minute in back to back meetings.
  4. Take time to think. You are your most important client, so schedule time to strategize on your business and your life.
  5. Stop doing stuff. There are things in your day that you can delegate, outsource, defer or stop doing that won’t hurt you and will give you more capacity for the good things.
  6. Take great care of yourself. Your health and mind are your biggest assets. The major health risk indicator is waist circumference.
  7. Celebrate everything. Crises happen. Enjoying the little things will strengthen you to endure the tough stuff. If you’re going to laugh about it some day, why wait?
  8. The happiest people are continual learners – life’s students, so to speak – who are resilient and relish (eventually) the lessons life throws at them.
  9. Life is a team sport. Surround yourself with great people who support you and help you succeed. Do you need to trade any players?

Special thanks to my ocean swimming buddies Chad Barr and Bill Corbett for their contributions to my personal (and business) growth.

Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved. Phil Symchych

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