Shine a Light in the Dark Corners of Your Business

by Karrie Kohlhaas on February 21, 2007

in Newsletter,Recommended Reading

flashlight“We can evade reality but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.” ~ Ayn Rand

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” ~ Aldous Huxley

It’s always easier to find what you need if you are not in the dark. And don’t we move more confidently and freely when our path is lit? But what we do with our businesses and our projects is that we keep ourselves in the dark about certain things. Maybe they are areas where we feel a little insecure or afraid to know the truth.

So let’s take a look at your project or business…Where are you keeping yourself in the dark?

* Do you know exactly what your inventory is?
* Do you know how much your expenses are?
* Are you in the dark about how much you are earning?
* Are you filing for an extension on your taxes because you don’t really know your numbers?
* Are you uncertain exactly how much you owe in loans?
* Are you a little hazy on those deadlines?

The interesting thing about being in the dark is that somehow people become more comfortable not knowing their data, their inventory, their expenses, income, loans, deadlines, etc.

The longer we stay in the dark, the more problems arise and the more anxiety quietly builds. This takes up a portion of our subconscious brain activity that tries to account for these unaccounted areas. This is energy that would be better spent on getting things done.

You may think that it will take too much of your time to sit down and wade through the information and pull together your data in some dark corner of your project or business. Actually, it will save you time down the road.

Usually people can quickly identify at least one area where they are in the dark, where the data isn’t perfectly clear to them. What is your area?

Do you stay in the dark about this data because it feels more comfortable than knowing the truth? Maybe you say “I just feel better off not knowing!”

I have found consistently that people feel more empowered and motivated once they know the facts that they were hiding from.

Knowledge is power but it can also be peace of mind. Once you have that data in your hands you are better equipped to make solid decisions and to take directed action. And action is what moves things.

When you are gathering this data, notice what systems you have in place to collect it. The reason many people don’t have data at their fingertips is because the same area that is in the dark is also not set up to accumulate data in an organized and systematized way.

As you are gathering your numbers or data, notice what categories emerge and set up files or boxes or folders to capture these categories. This way you have a system to accumulate the future data as you collect it and keep the light shining in what was a dark corner. This also keeps you from thinking there are monsters in that corner, ready to eat you alive.

© 2007 – 2010, Karrie Kohlhaas. All rights reserved.

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