“I don’t like numbers!”
I’m sure you’ve heard this statement or said it yourself a time or two. I have a finance degree and as you might imagine, I love numbers! I understand that we’re all born with a unique set of talents and abilities. I also know that our dislikes are sometimes the result of an unfavorable experience in our lives. Often times, the experience dates back to our childhood. In other words, a past experience could be robbing your present of the success you desire and deserve.
Successful entrepreneurs know that an essential part of their business survival depends on understanding the numbers even if they weren’t born mathematical geniuses. When you say, “I don’t like numbers,” is it possible that you just don’t understand them? The things you like and enjoy are most often things that you do well and feel confident doing. Think about the anxiety you felt the first time you made a sales call, hosted a live event, or launched a new product/service. That anxiety eventually turned to confidence, right? Your confidence will increase as you continue doing what you once thought you couldn’t do or didn’t like doing. Sometimes, it’s not that we don’t like something, it’s that we don’t understand it and we retreat to saying we don’t like it to avoid failure, embarrassment or rejection.
As the first half of 2013 comes to a close, I want to encourage you to pause and review your business results. Waiting until the end of the year to review your progress will be too late to implement change and impact the current year financially.
Below are 5 key questions to ensure you finish 2013 strong:
- Are you on track with your annual goals?
- What strategies are working?
- What strategies aren’t working?
- What new action do you need to take to achieve your goals?
- What support do you need to finish the year strong?
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