Are you running a small manufacturing business and finding things tough these days? Many of my clients are cabinet makers, kitchen builders, shopfitters and joiners … and each day is like the one before it. Do you live each day putting out fires, going from drama to drama, just getting the work done but never really being proud of the work any more because you are too consumed with all the drama around you? You make a conscious decision every day to do this, you can make a conscious decision to make a change! No-one is stopping you but you.
When I was running my kitchen business, I remember feeling every time I sold a new kitchen the immediate feeling of pride and relief that I had just secured more work. But these feelings were fleeting and I was almost instantly flooded with feelings of fear that we could not get this work done on time and even if we did, I was not sure we would be making any money doing it anyway. This is how many small manufacturers live their life every day. I was fortunate that I was able to make a decision with confidence that we should not continue going along as we were. We were on a road to nowhere, and I knew it, and I knew I was better than that and I wanted to do more with my life. I realised that without some changes, this is how things would be in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years , 20 years .. and that was not good enough for me. Is it good enough for you?
Everyone deserves a life filled with all the things that make life interesting. These things should be a balance of happiness and sorrow, love and loss, parties and quiet times, learning situations, successful ventures as well as failures. But we must ensure we are growing, challenging ourselves and moving forward with new skills and knowledge, otherwise we are staying in the same place and pretty soon, particularly if we are in business, we find we have come to the end of our abilities and cannot get to the next level we need to get to. In addition to that, our competitors zoom past us quickly.
Most of us started out in business because we believed we could do it better than “the boss” and we wanted to achieve a specific lifestyle for ourselves where we lived life the way we wanted to. We had passion and drive and nothing could stop us. I know every business owner has that passion and drive inside them, we simply need to rediscover it!
What happened to those dreams and goals? Most of us stopped learning new things since we thought we “knew it all after a few years”. Pretty soon we are struggling to pay the bills and get the work done on time.
I promise you it does not need to be like this. You can change the status quo that is actually hurting your health and risking your future. I will help you get back on the track you were on when you first started out with all the dreams and goals that gave you energy to keep going. I believe your goals need to be to “Strive to Thrive” … not just Survive! This is why I chose the name “Strive to Thrive”. Survival in business is not good enough … you must set your sights to “Thrive”. Only then will all the risks, the long hours, the conflicts, be worth it!
I do have a passion and a willingness to help you. Together we can take all of our collective skills and knowledge and turn your ship around and re-set your passions back to where they were in the early days.
Stop going living the same day over and over. You are better than that. Look yourself in the mirror and make a commitment to yourself that you will make some changes today! Call me, or someone that will help you. Do that today. The clock is ticking.
Being in business for yourself should create the lifestyle you want .. not take it away!