Do You Need an “Aha” Moment?

Well I was all set to write a blog post about how to improve your office because October 4th is “Improve Your Office Day” and coincidentally, I just overhauled my home office last week, so I have a lot of tips to share.  But I don’t want to write about that right now because something else is coming up for me at the moment.

I’ve noticed a lot of business owners busy with busy work and not doing the things that they need to do most in order to move their business forward.  I see them doing everything from bookkeeping instead of marketing,  going to conferences instead of leveraging the expertise they already have,  blogging with no clear plan to generate income, re-configuring their office space before hiring the help they desperately need, and the list goes on.  If this is you, it’s a sign you may have lost sight of the big picture.

Don’t get me wrong; these things are important and need to be done, however, don’t let them stop you from accomplishing what you really need to do in your business.

The thing that saddens me the most are business owners who know what they need to be doing in their business but don’t do it because they doubt themselves,  convince themselves it’s not the right time, or  tell themselves they don’t have the  time or money to do it. 

If you find yourself consistently saying these things, you likely need an “Aha” moment. 

Here is my Aha formula for creating success in your business:

  1. Assess where you want to go.
  2. Hatch a plan to get you there.
  3. Act on your plan and course correct as you need to.

Sounds simple but you’d be amazed at how easily many of us get stumped by one of these steps.  Whenever you’re feeling, distracted, unfocused, or unproductive in your business, take time for an “Aha” moment and get back on track.

© 2011 Tiffany deSilva, Order and Balance, LLC

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9 Response to “Do You Need an “Aha” Moment? ”

Sue Painter
October 5, 2011
4:00 am

Comment :

This is one of those things that is “simple but not easy.” I agree with your 3 things to do. What I see is that sometimes small biz owners just don’t know what they should be focusing on “to get there” so they get lost in the lower-end tasks rather than the tasks that will make them future money.

Jeff Brunson
October 6, 2011
12:38 pm

Comment :

Such great guidance in your post. I’ve had some challenging work as of late. My wife forced the “Aha” moment when she simply reminded me to trust myself.

Kristina Shands
October 8, 2011
7:03 am

Comment :

Assess. Hatch. Act. So simple, yet amazingly powerful. I am so guilty of getting caught up in all the busy work that I run out of time to do the important stuff (like writing). I’m putting your AHA formula on my wall in front of my desk. Love it.

Bill Painter
October 8, 2011
8:28 pm

Comment :

I think a lot of times we focus on the busy work because we feel comfortable doing it rather than streaching ourseolves of of the comfort zone to do the hard or unfamiliar tasks that need doing.

Tiffany deSilva
October 10, 2011
2:41 pm

Comment :


I think you’re right. I think many business owners get stuck in step 2, “how to get there.”

Tiffany deSilva
October 10, 2011
2:42 pm

Comment :


I think we all get side-tracked every now and then. Your wife sounds like a wise woman.

Tiffany deSilva
October 10, 2011
2:44 pm

Comment :

Thanks, Kristina. I’m glad you found the “AHA” formula valuable. I use it myself and it helps me stay focused on what’s really important.

Tiffany deSilva
October 10, 2011
2:45 pm

Comment :


You’re absolutely right. Sometimes we operate in “default” mode becuase it is comfortable.

Jennifer Bourn
October 15, 2011
9:26 am

Comment :

Tiffany – Often the most simple steps are the ones we forget to take … thanks for the reminder!

Jennifer Bourn, Bourn Creative

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