As an entrepreneur, there are three levels of thinking you must progress through as you grow.
The problem is, most entrepreneurs are unaware of this, so they simply make whatever decision they think is best. In the beginning, this is fine, because you build initial success and momentum through trial and error. You need to own your business so it no longer owns you, which requires an evolution in your thinking.
Three Types Of Thinking:
In the beginning, most entrepreneurs base their decision-making on reactive thinking. You move at a fast pace, so it’s near impossible to strategize and come up with a plan.
Your goal should be to progress through these levels until you base the majority of your decisions on strategic thinking. In this post, I will explain how each level of thinking works.
1. Reactive Decision-Making
Every entrepreneur’s thinking begins here. You wake up each morning and feel like a firefighter putting out one flame after another. Having no idea where the next one will spring up, but you know it will at some point.
Constantly reacting to everything around you. Plus you never feel like you have enough time, and it’s hard to feel like you’re on top. Worse, you use a lot of energy, which means you have less of it for the things that matter.
You don’t feel in control, and neither does your team. It’s chaos, and although it may seem like organized chaos, it’s still chaos — and successful businesses that scale from six to seven figures are not built on chaos.
As long as you base your decision-making on reactive thinking, you have a hustle, not a business. However, this changes once you elevate to the next level: proactive thinking.
2. Proactive Decision-Making
Depending on your business and initial success, you can move into proactive decision-making rather quickly. This is the stage where you think 90 days in advance. You no longer wake up each day putting out fires; instead, you wake up knowing what to do and when to do it.
This isn’t to say there aren’t fires that need dealing with, but you have people within your organization to handle that. Or you have software dedicated to automating some of your tasks.
Entering the proactive thinking stage is an important step for entrepreneurs because you now have enough time and energy to plan for the future. You begin to understand things like planning, goal setting, content creation, and strategies. At this point, you will most likely have regular customers and you are begging to update your customer analysis which will lead to better marketing as a whole. At this level of thinking, you take control of your business, but you aren’t ready to truly own it until you step into the final level: strategic decision-making.
3. Strategic Decision-Making
Unfortunately, few entrepreneurs get to this stage and those who do take years to reach it in some cases.
This is the promised land. Those who base their decision-making around strategic thinking are the ones who own the most impactful businesses, and those who enjoy true happiness, abundance, and freedom.
At this level of thinking, you not only know what’s happening today and in the foreseeable future, but you appreciate where you’re going over the next few years.
Reaching this level allows you to understand the impact you’re creating: for yourself, your team, your audience and to your industry as a whole. You have a grander vision, and although you may not know the exact path to get there, you understand the fundamentals on how you will do it. The good news is, working through this process doesn’t come down to talent or skill.
What drives this growth is your mindset, and you can make huge strides today by simply taking a different perspective. Be aware of where you are, and commit to this idea of becoming a strategic thinker.
From here on in, dedicate time each day so you are “thinking” about how you can stop fighting fires, and instead plan for the next 90 days. Find ways to delegate, outsource and kill certain tasks. Start thinking proactively, and then elevate to strategic thinking so you can change the world.
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