Are You The Captain Wing-It of Your Small Business?

Do you schedule time with yourself to work ON your small business instead of working IN your business?  In the book It’s Not the Big that Eat the Small, But It’s The Fast that Eat the Slow, the authors reveal that most business executives spend less than 15 minutes a day thinking or even planning for their businesses.

How many times do you tell yourself that you are just too busy to take the time to do whatever you need to do to work ON your business?  You begin to justify your last minute behavior also know as procrastination. Over the course of time, you convince yourself that you work well under pressure, that you can handle anything and this leads you down the path of expending your time on yesterday’s and today’s problems.

Scheduling time is all about having a planning attitude.  Given that attitudes according to Zig Ziglar are habits of thought, most people in business have not learned how to plan their work or work their plan.  The number of small business owners who lack strategic action plans confirms this ongoing attitude. These individuals are engaged in flying by the seat of their pants or what I call being the Captain Wing-Its of their businesses.

Imagine for a moment you are sitting on a plane and hear the following:

Good morning ladies and gentlemen.  From the flight deck, this is Captain Wing-It.  Welcome aboard Fly High Airlines flight number 135 heading for sunny Bermuda…or are we flight number 351 en route to the Bahamas?  You know, we’ve been very busy around here the last few days and haven’t had a chance to file the flight plan just yet.  Oh well, I’m sure we can figure it out! Rumor has it that we’re in for a bumpy ride. We will eventually be departing from one of the available runways and flying in that direction for a while.  It’s unclear at this time which runway we’ll be using and in which direction we’ll be flying. So sit back, relax and enjoy the flight…and again, thank you for flying Fly High Airlines…your sometimes on-time, on-course, on-purpose airline.

Would you feel comfortable flying on this plane?  Are you thinking don’t close the door, let me out?  Why are you having these thoughts?

TAKE ACTION Think about your small business or business related activities.  Most people admit to wasting at least 12 minutes a day. Take those 12 minutes and reinvest them by working on your business unless you enjoy being Captain Wing-It!

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