Building a business is no easy task. Growing a business is even harder. Just the time you think you have your problems worked out, problems seem to come out of nowhere. Big problems.
Problems creating revenue. Problems getting potential customers to listen. Problems with employees and ego and your industry.
Your day quickly becomes a minefield of big problems.
You run from fire to fire trying to solve as many issues as possible — in the hopes that you can eventually spend a little time on strategy and ideas that matter.
But big problems are distracting and confusing. They steal your motivation and stop you from conquering your industry.
And the reality is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Big problems don’t ever start out that way. You don’t have to be intimidated by the issues in front of you.
You can solve any problem no matter how big it is.
You just have to do a few small things right.
- Squash problems when they are small — Stop avoiding confrontation and focus on the details. Make sure the small issues get handled right, right away. That eliminates most of the problems you’ll have down the road. This covers 99% of all business issues.
- Learn as quickly as you fail — If you avoid making excuses and blaming others for your outcomes, you are better positioned to find and fix problems before they become dangerous. Being flexible — adapting — is paramount if you want to stay ahead of big problems.
- Treat people around you with respect and dignity — Most HR problems and ego problems and employee problems are just people problems that could have been prevented with a little kindness and a lot of emotional intelligence. Think about that the next time you think having a heavy hand is the right move.
- Stay fit — Financially. Physically. Mentally. You have to work on skills that you don’t have. Learn new strategies. Adopt new plans. Practice new skills. If you are “in shape”, you can rebound faster, work harder, and think more clearly. Solving big problems is no big deal.
- Create a pit of success — Usually the path is success and the pit is failure. If you plan from the beginning to create a situation where anything you do leads to success, you’ll find yourself looking at failure more like an opportunity. Small problems become stepping stones to big success, not big problems.
Think about the decisions you make on a daily basis. Ask yourself: “What am I allowing to become a big problem?”
Are you allowing molehills to grow into mountains?
You don’t need to let big problems cripple you.
Work on catching big problems while they are small and you’ll be better positioned to do something awesome — while your competitors are chasing their problems with a water bucket.
The only fire you are managing is how motivated your team is to conquer.