So you’ve set your goals and the first taken steps towards completing them, but when you start to feel established and your customer base is growing, it’s tempting to think you’ve “arrived”. What’s the best way to avoid taking your foot off the gas? World famous athlete and Olympian Sally Gunnell has four tips for keeping your aim high:
Always remember to step back from the situation.
Take stock of what you’re doing as a team and make sure everyone is motivated to reach a clear goal. “There are many times in your career that you think you’ve made it and you can become complacent,” says Sally. “The key here is to keep everyone moving and motivated – never let yourself get too comfortable.”
Have respect for your team and the expertise they bring.
Sometimes it can be hard to trust the people around you, particularly when you’re starting out and there is a lot at stake on a personal level. “If you start to doubt your team’s ability, you risk letting in a lot of negative thoughts into your mind,” explains Sally. “Trust your team and allow them to take control.”
Get out of your comfort zone.
By experimenting and taking advice from others on what’s working and what’s not, you can find out what you’re best at. “I started as a long jumper and became a heptathlete, then found I was really good at hurdles. For me as an athlete I was the best in Britain, but if i was going to be the best in the world I had to change my event.”
Always ensure you’re thinking about the next phase of improvement.
. Whether it’s personal or business growth, when you reach the stage when you’re truly satisfied that all your goals have been achieved, it could be time to move on.
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