As we get closer to the end of the year and you’re looking forward to your new year’s goals for your business, ask yourself this question: How is your business working for you?

Like most of us, there are things you like and things you don’t like. There are things you wanted to accomplish – and did. And there are things you wanted to accomplish and didn’t. Then of course, there are the unintended outcomes, some good, some not so.

Let’s get back to the original question: “How is your business working for you?” How you answer this question depends in great part on your underlying beliefs. Said differently, the way you see your business and the world around you are directly connected to your own beliefs.

Your Beliefs affect your Thoughts. And your Thoughts affect your Feelings. Your Feelings affect your Decisions that you make and your Decisions affect the Action you take and the Habits you form.

If you want different results in your outer world and in your business, you’ll need to shift the elements in this cascade.

If you change your belief about something, you can ultimately alter your habits and what you do. But sometimes changing a belief is much harder than just saying it. Sometimes it’s better modify your actions, even if you don’t believe it’ll matter, at least not right away. In time, repetitive action will then affect your decisions, then your feelings about something, then your thoughts and ultimately help you change your belief. So working in either direction works: First change your beliefs or first change your actions.

Here’s a more important question for you….

Could you change when change matters most?

Most of us do believe this. But the fact is, most people will NOT change when change matters most. The book, Change or Die by Alan Deutschman, goes through the psychology of why people won’t change EVEN when change matters most. He describes about a study on people who had heart bypass surgery. Two years after their surgery, 90% of those people did not change their lifestyle. They were still smoking, still drinking, still overeating, still not exercising, and still not getting rest they need.

And these are the people who knew if they didn’t change their beliefs and habits they could die.

In Change or Die, Deutschman presents 3 keys to change

  1. Relate- form new emotional relationships that inspires hope and sustains hope
  2. Repeat- the desired actions-it helps you to learn, practice and master the skills that you need to change
  3. Reframe- these relationships give you new ways of thinking about your situation and your life

So ask yourself this question now: What would you like to happen in your business in the next 6 months or so?

After you answer this question, go through the three keys to change:

  1. Who can you form healthy, supportive relationships with to support you?
  2. What are the critical actions you need to take to produce your intended outcomes at the end of six months?
  3. How can you surround yourself with unconditionally supportive people and networks to a) hold you accountable for moving forward and b) remind you of your dreams, hopes, and aspirations, even if you forget them when the going gets tough?

Remember, you do have the power to change and you do have the power to make a difference. Now take these three keys to the kingdom and go get it done!