Now, I’m No Dog…

There we were, working on getting Bobby (one of our new puppies) to “wait” when he bolted.

 

He’d spotted a spider in the corner of the room and before you knew it, the spider was no more.

 

I’m not entirely sure about the nutritional value of a house spider, but I do know that “wait” hadn’t really sunk in for Bobby.

 

He’s incredibly single-minded about food – as is Lily.

 

It makes training pretty easy and the reality is that it’d be pretty hard to train them using anything other than food.

 

Which is fine for dogs.

 

A Right Dog’s Dinner

 

Let’s face it, a dog’s life is pretty good most of the time. A nice walk in the morning, food and water in a bowl, cuddles, eating slippers and licking eyeballs – it’s almost too good.

 

Living a life that’s prioritised by what’s in front of them right now is lovely – it ensures survival, growth and happiness.

 

The thing is, we’re not dogs.

 

We have the ability to look beyond the immediate and consider the long-term impact of everything we do. That means that we have to plan a whole lot more about what’s to come…

 

And focusing on the myriad of distractions in front of us might just prevent us from achieving the vision we’re intent on achieving.

 

Yet so many business owners seem to do just that, running from one thing to another like a Labrador worried that they might never eat again.

 

I’ve talked in other blogs about how we’ve learned from the puppies and how we’re seeing the world through fresh eyes, and it’s absolutely true.

 

Because they’ve adapted quickly and much of the long-term planning about their training and development has been led by our experiences, which is something that’s applicable into business.

 

So, What’s The Reason?

 

As we all know, running a business is a challenge for a million and one reasons.

 

There’s always a new opportunity or a new challenge on the horizon and much of what we do is geared around how we approach them.

 

But when it comes to the reality of not executing long-term plans, there are two very specific reasons why it happens:

 

1. They don’t have a vision, which means they’re unable to make clear decisions about how to prioritise and protect their resources, OR

2. They’re addicted to the buzz that constant firefighting gives them.

 

The question is whether one of those two things is preventing your growth?


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