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Strategic Planning Series, Part 1 of 4: Reflect, Plan, and Exercise Your Resilience Muscles

It is an exciting time of year with all the joys that the holidays bring! As the year winds down and we have time to reflect, it’s the best time to strategically plan for the year ahead. This episode kicks off the first in our four-part Strategic Planning Series, and today’s focus is on you, the entrepreneur—because the success of your business begins and ends with you. In the middle of all the challenges and failures, we have to be resilient to bring our best forward. We must stop and reflect on how we can learn from our failures because our best opportunities lie within those failures. To help set you up for success, we have the Strategic Planning Workbook for you to download as a guide for these next four episodes. As a bonus, your download includes the Tap the Potential Annual Strategic Planner to help you identify and prioritize your $10,000 an hour activities.

Entrepreneurship is a roller coaster ride that fills your life with challenges, setbacks, struggles, and wins. As I have studied thriving entrepreneurs and what makes them different from those who burn out, resilience is a key factor. Think of resilience as a muscle that you can build; every setback and challenge makes you stronger and allows you to work those resilience muscles.

One way to help strengthen those resilience muscles is to take advantage of our Better Business Better Life Jumpstart that is coming up in January. This free, five-day workshop gives you a glimpse of what it’s like to work with our expert team as we guide you through the Tap the Potential Solution to take your life back from your business. If you have worked during family vacations, missed your kids’ important events, or skipped family dinners because of work, we can help turn your life around. If you’ve put your dreams on hold and quit taking good care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally, these are signs that you need to be in our Jumpstart. Sign up today!

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production.

Show Highlights:

  • How to have realistic expectations as an entrepreneur with a growing business
  • How to avoid paying the “dumb tax” by putting efficient systems and teams in place
  • Why every entrepreneur needs coaching and accountability
  • What Dr. Taryn Stejskal’s research shows about the practices of highly resilient people: vulnerability, connection, and “gratiosity”
  • How to use the powerful questions in the Strategic Planning Workbook to open up possibilities and move toward solutions

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Our Better Business Better Life Jumpstart can help your profitability in every way. This free, five-day workshop will help you realize your vision of sustainable profitability in 2024. It’s coming soon on January 8-12! Sign up today!

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About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.