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Time to Take the Leap!

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I Double Dog Dare you to Jump-Your Business Depends on it

Are you still on the fence? Last week we talked about the virtues of getting up and sitting on the fence. It required you to have enough awareness to realize there is more to business than what you do in your own back yard. If your curiosity had you peaking beyond your usual day-to-day…bravo! You can’t continue to do the same things over and over when the world around you is forever changing.

Now that you are up on that fence and you can see the options available; it’s time to make some decisions.

With options come opportunities!

Sometimes opportunities will be delivered right to you- almost like the UPS man wandered right into your backyard and left you a package; all you need to do is open it up and “ta-da!” the opportunity is ready for the taking. Most of the time, however, opportunities arrive in disguise. They can be right under our noses and we don’t see them. That, or they come as “needing some assembly.” These are the ones we have to create ourselves. ??When you sit on the fence and appreciate what other people are doing with their options, it creates momentum to evaluate what you can do with your options. Think of options as ingredients-you don’t have to use them all, but when they are added in the right proportion at the right time you can create an amazing end result!

Time to get off the fence and create your own opportunities!

Don’t wait for the special delivery. Take your options and create your own momentum.

Here are 3 questions to help you identify whether you are ready to act on an opportunity:

Is it good for your staff?
If the opportunity impacts your team, ensure you have properly planned for its implementation. Do you have enough of the right people in the right places doing the right tasks to support it? If not what do you need to do to ensure the transition is well supported?
Is it good for your customers?
Is this something that will add value that your client base will truly appreciate? Can you deal with the impact over time to ensure strong relationships and continued quality service?
Is it good for your bottom line?
It has to make money- plain and simple. Complete an analysis of impact to determine whether the timing of this opportunity is ready to act on. It may be necessary to tweak some of the details in order to see a quicker ROI- but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the opportunity,

Opportunities do have a time limit, but when you get better at observing your options, you will find you can create your own opportunities that work for you.

So, get off the fence and start evaluating your options!

Sitting on the fence is intended to be a transitional phase, to get you from point A to point B. Heck, even squirrels know that!

You were curious enough to get on the fence and ask why?
Now be brave enough to ask, why not?

Until Next week!

Leanne

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