It’s okay to change! As a matter of fact – BRING IT ON!
The importance of embracing change as an entrepreneur is H-U-G-E! All joking aside – it’s true. Having been an entrepreneur for well over a decade, one thing I know for sure is that no matter how much planning you do change is inevitable. Just as with all aspects of life, your business is going to be ever evolving.
It’s extremely important to be aware that change is a given in your expectations when starting out, and to embrace it throughout your journey. If you want to experience progression in your business it very often comes in forms of change which are not necessarily always pleasant or recognizable when happening.
Clearly your business will be changing with a natural evolution as it grows.
There will always be new and unforeseen challenges and ideas to explore. Times change and many times a product, offering or service that once was effective no longer serves your purpose in the same way. This can apply to your team as well. Often our businesses change due to our relationships shifting whether it be with a customer, employee or partner.
Sometimes the changes in our business are simply small tweaks to tend to.
And other times big A-HA moments that can bring a serious overhaul. Whatever the case, as an entrepreneur you must become a master of adaptation. We often come to discover that what made perfect sense at one point is no longer working or credible. This can surely be disappointing at times, but we must embrace that this is a perfectly normal part of having a business. The key is having the ability to roll with it and become excited about these changes.
If you ask most any entrepreneur if their business looks different now from when they began, or from their initial vision- the answer will be an affirmative YES.
Whether it be the ongoing unexpected hiccups to the monumental pivot moves, change is here to stay and a vital part of your business success.
Charles Darwin said, “It Is Not The Strongest Of The Species That Survive, Nor The Most Intelligent, But The One Most Responsive To Change.”
Same goes for your business.
Here are 9 ways to help stay open and flexible to change in your business:
- Regularly revisit your purpose. Continue to question your motivation and end goal in your business. Revisit and update your goals with consistency. There is nothing wrong with changing your mission and mission statements. Remember it’s your business, your rules!
- Reality check. You must kick perfectionism to the curb. If you are in it to win it with your biz, you can’t be too set in your ways and attached to perfection. Aiming high and wanting to run a tight ship is all good, but as with life, business gets messy. If you get stuck in waiting for everything to be perfect you’ll most likely be “stuck” for the long term and steadily losing ground. You’ll never “arrive at perfection”.
- Continue to learn Read and educate yourself voraciously about your industry. Study trends and future projections. Staying current and up to date with others in your field and your mentors are up to. Learn from others while at the same time seek to find creative new ideas and concepts for your business.
- Check in with your passion. While work in general is typically not all “fun and games”, most likely you became an entrepreneur because of a drive and passion you felt. That’s why when people love what they do for work often don’t feel like it’s work. But sometimes too our passions change. It’s important to regularly check in with yourself by questioning your level of passion and if what you are doing is still feeling aligned for you.
- Pivot when needed. Try, try and try again. In today’s fast paced world sometimes change is quickly forced upon us. While industries change often new forms of competition emerge. We must challenge ourselves to come up with creative solutions and new ways of thinking in our problem solving. For all the forced and unforeseeable changes businesses go through, it’s also ok to simply change your mind! Give yourself permission to switch gears and directions whenever needed.
- Reinvent your brand. Sometimes one of the most profound changes your company can experience in growth is around marketing. Explore fresh, big picture visions. Does your branding still feel in line with your mission? As you grow and expand different demands and needs occur. Audience and demographics can change. Brainstorm new possibilities dig into your market research about giving your company a “facelift” if needed.
- Be the change! Some companies get flat out lackadaisical about staying fresh and current. But instead of waiting to be forced to change, how about being an initiator of change? Change is refreshing and it’s fun to explore and seek new opportunities for your business. Encourage innovation by incorporating exercises that help you “think outside” of the box. Brainstorming ideas for your business by questioning, “What if….?” As thoughts come up completely release judgment, (such as – that would never work) and see what arises.
- Be willing to let go. “Know when to fold ‘em”. As hard as it may be, sometimes we have to let go for the new to emerge. If you have given something your all and it’s still not working, be open to accepting that maybe it’s time to shift gears. Perhaps there is another better idea or way with a big new picture on the horizon. You may need to change directions or try something entirely different. It can be a great relief to let something go that you’ve been holding on to tightly that’s either not working or you no longer have passion for. Often entrepreneurs get emotionally attached to their dream, but there is absolutely no failure in giving up resistance and letting go. Although it may not be what you had planned, be open to the fact that sometimes you may have to let go – so you can find next place you are supposed to be!
Remember not only is the world ever changing but so are you! Life is fluid and change is a vehicle for growth. Embrace it!
“You Never Change Things By Fighting The Existing Reality. To Change Something, Build A New Model That Makes The Existing Model Obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller
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