You may or may not have heard of a very old book which is called Acres of Diamonds – it’s a very interesting story about a farmer who leaves his farm and goes travelling the world in search of diamonds. He does not realise, unfortunately, that after he dies the people around him realise that diamonds were actually in his backyard at his farm all along.
I think one of the reasons why this is such a popular story is because most of us, when we hear it, hear the inherent truth in it. Very often our tendency is to go looking for opportunities outside of ourselves or wish for a different starting point; and, because of that, we don’t always notice the opportunities that are right under our nose.
As I look back on my own journey, I realise that the moments where I’ve had real breakthroughs of moving through a plateau or a dramatic leap in my business hasn’t been from doing something new or different or by chasing some shiny, bright object. It almost always comes from a reworking of something that was already working in my business – taking that and then just reworking it to make it work better.
Where to Find Hidden Money In YOUR Business
This article is the start of a four-article series where I’m going to be showing you where to look inside of your business to find the hidden money. To get started I want to talk to you about the reasons why we actually have a barrier to seeing the money.
What Stops You Seeing The Hidden Money?
If you have a belief that everything you need or desire is somewhere outside of you, then of course you’re going to go hunting for it, searching for it. You’re going to be on the quest for that missing piece; that external bit that you think is going to make the difference.
You almost have to train yourself to start to look at what’s currently in place – what you already have. Something that’s really helped me is to remember that the path to anything I want in business or in life starts from where I am right now.
One of my motto’s that has massively helped me in business is, “do what you can with what you’ve got from where you are”.
Anytime you’re looking to do something greater in your business, look at what you already have. What is already there that you can repurpose, reuse, optimise, tweak or improve.
Now that may sound obvious but many people don’t get started at all and the reason they don’t start is because they’re wishing for a different starting point.
They’re saying, “If only I was older. If only I was younger. If only I was more educated. If only I was less educated. If only I had started this five years ago. If only I was starting this five years from now.”
So, many people never get started at all because they’re simply wishing for a different starting point.
The first step to discovering the hidden money in your business is to trust that the path to what you want starts from where you are. The next thing is to train yourself to start looking for the opportunities.
Don’t just make the assumption that something you want is out there. Start to look at what you already have in place and how you can reuse that. This way of thinking has actually become a habit that I’ve forcefully had to train myself to do.
Take Action To Find Your Hidden Money
So now, it’s time to start asking yourself the questions that get you looking at what you’ve already got, rather than just assuming that there’s something out there that you need.
I hope this has helped you and I hope that you’ll join me for the next three articles in the series where I’ll be showing you the specific areas that I look inside my business that helps me see the opportunities too, for hidden money.
I shall see you there.