I’m currently taking a big leap in my business. It’s exciting, but I feel a little bit like I did as a kid at the amusement park standing in line for the big roller coaster. I’m both excited and a little nervous.
Big steps in your business are never easy. They almost always mean a bit of a leap into the unknown and there’s always a chance that it won’t work out. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it.
If we want to take our businesses to the next level, we have to do what we’ve never done before. We have to do things we don’t have experience with. It can be a little intimidating.
So, how do you know when it’s the right time to make that leap?
Here are three ways to know when it’s time to take the next big step in your business.
Your growth has stagnated
If your business just isn’t growing or the growth is very slow, it’s time to make a change. There’s an old saying in business that if you’re not growing, you’re dying. It’s true. Your business has to make forward progress or eventually it will start to slow down. Over time, that can be a death sentence for your business.
Furthermore, you didn’t start your business to have it just get by, right? Now is the time to take the next big step before it’s too late and your business is already on death row.
The opportunity won’t wait
Bill Gates left college to pursue an opportunity that he knew might not wait until he graduated. The time was right, so he made the leap right then. He was right, and he became the wealthiest man in America.
We live in a time where change happens very quickly and opportunities don’t wait for us to decide we’re ready. Sometimes we have to jump in before it’s too late. This is the reason I’m taking a big step in my own business. I see an opportunity that won’t wait.
I believe there are some wonderful opportunities right now to take a small business to the next level. Now is the time to get in the game.
Your intuition says it’s time
Not to get all new age on you, but sometimes you just know it’s the right time to make a change. Many of us ignore that gentle nudge and go through the motions every day anyway, but you know when you need to take the next step.
The problem is that we tell ourselves that now is not the right time, for whatever reason. Maybe you think you don’t have the money yet, or you should wait until your kids are older and you have more time, or you’ll wait until some other situation settles down. The truth is that there will always be something going on in your life. If you wait until the “perfect time”, you’ll never reach your dreams.
If you continue to ignore that gut feeling that it’s time to make a change, eventually you’ll come to a crisis point that will force you to change. I’ve been guilty of that in the past. Believe me when I tell you that it’s ugly. Don’t wait for that to happen. Do it now. Trust your gut.
You don’t have to do it alone
You know those brave mountain climbers that conquer Mount Everest? They don’t do it alone. For every photo of the proud climber on top of the mountain that they’ve conquered, there are the Sherpas, the assistants, and the team in the background that helped them reach the summit.
You don’t have to take a big step in your business alone. You don’t have to feel like you’re stepping off into the unknown. Take a guide with you. Your own personal Sherpa that’s been to the mountain top before and can show you the way.
I love to guide business owners up the mountain. If you’re ready to take the next big step in your business and you’re looking for a guide, send me an email, we just might make a good team.