Are You Flying by the Seat of Your Pants?

Are you using the “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” approach to running your business? Many women entrepreneurs are. Generally speaking, Profile of a Flying Attractive Womanwomen tend to be very intuitive and trust their instincts to guide them along the right path. This is actually a fabulous gift in most situations. If you have this gift, consider yourself blessed and cultivate it as much as possible. However, if you feel like you’re lost when it comes to steering your business down the road to success, hear me out.

Many women business owners are working very hard, spinning their wheels in the ditch alongside the road to success because they don’t have a planned course of action. As you can imagine, this can be very costly in terms of time, money, energy, and frustration.

So how do you avoid the wheel spinning?

Here are 4 tips to keep you firmly grounded on the path to growing your business:

1) Plan your trip and map out your journey to success.

In other words, you need to do some planning. First, figure out what your vision is for your business and your life. What are your goals? What would you like to accomplish? What is your mission in business and life? Secondly, assess where you are now in relation to where you would like to be so you can figure out the best route to success for you.

2) Put your plans in writing.

You are more likely to follow your plans and achieve your goals if you write them down and refer to them often. Write down your mission statement. Create a business plan that is useful and meaningful to you. Write down your marketing plan and put it where it is visible to you.

3) Put your plans to work.

Just because you wrote down some plans doesn’t mean you’re going to be successful. Business success is all about implementation. Now that you have a plan, you can start implementing. Will you have to make changes along the way? Absolutely—and that’s okay.

4) Plan your day according to your plans.

Always be mindful of your goals and plan your day accordingly. Your daily actions should be in alignment with the goals and plans you created above. As your goals and plans change, your actions change. Don’t let yourself get sidetracked.

While business does require quick-thinking, flexibility and adaptability, it also requires planning and structure. I’d love to hear how you avoid making the “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” method your default mode. Please feel free to share your comments below.

About Tiffany deSilva

Tiffany deSilva is the founder, CEO, and visionary leader of BrightFire Women’s Business Network, LLC.

BrightFire Women’s Business Network is the premiere sales training and coaching resource for service-based women entrepreneurs who want to increase their sales, serve more people, and change more lives.

Feedback & Comments:

  1. Yes to writing it all down! this makes a big difference for me!

  2. I do all 4 so I guess my feet are firmly on the ground… I’ll have to save flying for “fun time”

  3. I call this the “whack-a-mole” theory of business. And writing things down is the only way to stay on target. I’m learning to refine it further by calendaring better.

  4. The guys at the Apple Store were really upset with me.
    I wrote all over my ipad.

  5. Heidi Alexandra says

    Tip 2 and 4 are the keys for me – great advice!

  6. Tiffany,
    You had me at “put your plan in writing”.
    As always solid tips to support sustainable business growth.
    Write on!~
    Lisa Manyon

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