Have a long list of things you think you need to do in order to take your business to a new level? Before your list overwhelms you, I highly recommend that you read the following three books. They’ve been game changers for me, and I suspect they can be game changers for you, too!
In my opinion, Cameron Harold’s “Vivid Vision: A Remarkable Tool for Aligning Your Business Around a Shared Vision of the Future” is a must-read book for business owners. Why? Because so many of the business owners I talk to go about planning all wrong.
Many business owners basically look at where they’ve been and what they’ve done, and use that as the starting point for what they want to do going forward. Cameron Harold advocates for a much better approach:
Start by creating a vivid vision of where you want your business to go. Create a clear, compelling and exciting vision of this big-picture end goal, and then use that as the starting point for building out your road map.
Whether you’re creating a business plan or a financial plan, the goal of the plan is to make your vision happen. Which is why before you create a plan, you need to first create a vivid vision of what you want to accomplish.
“Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork,” by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy, is the ideal follow-up book to “Vivid Vision.” The main point of this book is that once you have a great vision of what you want to achieve, you cannot do everything yourself. And, unless you’re running an enormous organization, you cannot expect your staff to do everything, either.
Instead of wondering how you’ll do it, you should think about who should do it – and then team up with the right person or people to get the job done.
Personally, I have way too many ideas to be able to accomplish it all on my own. But when I team up with the right people, everything is easier and more successful. I make a lot more money when I don’t try to do it all myself. You can, too.
Although “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams,” by Matthew Walker, is definitely not what I’d call an exciting page-turner, I highly recommend it anyway.As business owners, we often sacrifice our sleep. This book explains why we might be sacrificing our success in the process, and gives some great insight into what you may be doing that is keeping you from getting the sleep you need. You’ll also learn other things, too, including some keys to being healthier, which, in turn, can help you to be more successful and productive overall. A must read for your health, wealth and happiness.