Success In Business Requires Flexibility
In today’s world we all need to be more adaptable to change. As trends and needs change, so should our responses to them. People who are rigid in their thinking and behaviours block their path to success.
While there is a certain amount of comfort to routine, too much routine can choke off all chances that you will be able to successfully reach your business goals. Why? The answer is simple. The world, including the business world, is constantly changing. Rigid thinking and rigid behavior, by definition, are resistant to change. Therefore, rigidity, in thought and action, spells obsolescence in the business world. Everyone else moves forward while you are left behind in the dust. So, what is the answer to this problem? In a word, flexibility. Flexibility is something I have been practicing myself lately talking to family in different time zones around the world. One of my sisters in Australia is 15 hours ahead of here and I find myself more mindful as we are keeping in touch even more now with the ‘new reality’ during these difficult times.
Today we have access to so much information. Information is power, money and control all rolled into one. The fast and free flow of information is what makes this possible. Everything changes quickly and what is a successful formula or a popular product in one cycle can be, and usually is, old news in the next. The only way to successfully stay on top of this is to use it to your advantage, to be flexible enough to roll with the changes.
Flexibility is easy to achieve as long as you are not too tied down to any single idea, product, service or manner of delivery. If you keep up with changing market conditions through judicious use of the flow of information, you can easily spot new trends and adopt them successfully, usually before your competitors have had time to act. The only trick is to not fear change and, instead, embrace it. If change is the only reality in the business world then, to be successful in that world, change should be your reality as well.
Since you have now thought of a few things that might need to be changed up, make a task list of what and timeline for doing them. Track the results so you can truly assess your progress through change and celebrate how adaptable you can be.
This article is a part of a month-long journey called “Reflecting, Focusing and Improving You and Your Business!” brought to you by Sherry Simoes and Janet Benedict, two coaches who have been mentoring entrepreneurs for over 50 years combined and run an online coaching business called Rockin’ Your Business. Join the journey by requesting access to our Private Facebook Group.