Invest in Something, or Nothing Changes
I keep hearing words like "it not being in the budget," or "I just can't hand it off" or "I'm too busy to make time" or "it can wait."
I used to say those words about my own business. Then I decided to invest.
Now I am on a path of progress.
Progress = A change from where you currently are to a new place. There is slow progress, negative progress, lateral progress.
Investment = Intentional or unintentional allocation of resources toward an end. There can be a negative investment (withdrawal), time investment, financial investment, emotional investment.
Strategy = Using words to intentionally identify where you want your next milestone on the "road of progress" to be.
Tactics = Actions you take that can be measured.
Staff = Human people who have joined you on your journey. Ideally they will be a positive contribution.
Identify where you are. Which quadrant are you in? What is your vision for the future? Does it feel possible? Are you investing in getting "there?"
Get help. If it's your board or a mentor or a coach or a consultant, you need to recognize that if you aren't where you want to be there needs to be a strategic investment of resources to make progress toward that end.
If you have questions, please feel free to ask. I'd love a lively debate.