As a business owner, I have found that one way to be successful is to focus on constant improvement. If that sounds impossible, you may be thinking at too large of a scale. Think small with me for a moment.
What if that minor improvement is:
· Reading an article a week about your industry or product?
· Making one call a day to a prospective client?
· Finding all your receipts and then finding one place to keep all of them?
· Gathering all the sticky notes on your desk (pile) and reading them, tossing the ones that are no longer relevant?
Do you get the picture? Often we think of improvement only in terms of big-ticket items like increasing our profit margins by an impressive percent or closing the deal with a client we have been talking to for a while. Improvement is more about the small, seemingly insignificant actions and tasks we complete daily.
The big, sustainable wins we are looking for are always stacked on top of these ordinary things.
“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what are seemingly small jobs. Every time you conquer one, it makes you much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.” -Dale Carnegie.
What do you think? Will you take a moment to write down four small things you can do to improve your business today and choose constant improvement?