I’ve intentionally built some time in over the last few days to reflect on where we’ve been and what some of our goals are for the future. As a business coach, I love doing this work with my clients, and it’s been great to walk my talk and use my own tools for my business.
I’ve also boiled down four of the lessons that have served me best during my first 4 years in business.
Business Lesson #1: Be clear on what you want as well as what fuels and passions you
Business Lesson #2: Don’t be afraid to create your own path
Coaching Questions: What's your path? What unique contribution can you make as a business owner? What's the unique path of your business?
Business Lesson #3: Persevere
Strategic perseverance has played an important role in growing my business. If it didn't work, I asked why? If it didn't work, I tried again and refocused. If that didn't work, I tried again.
Business Lesson #4: Learn from all experiences, the good and the bad
And finally -- reflection and learning has also played a key role. Whether it's been a great experience or one that's not been so great, identifying the learning and applying in the next step has been critical.
Some interesting facts:
The US Small Business Association states that only 2/3 of small businesses survive after their first 2 years in business and less than half make it to 4. WOW!