Let's just get this out of the way before we begin. At the risk of sounding geriatric, I must admit that one of my favorite hobbies is crocheting. It is one of those things that I find completely relaxing and also wholesomely gratifying. And any chance for relaxation is welcome! Especially when I feel like it's a productive relaxation. There's also an element of nostalgia that I can't ignore.  When we were kids, my dad raised sheep. My brothers would sheer the sheep and I would wash and condition the wool and spin it into yarn on a turn-of-the-century (not the y2k one, y'all) spinning wheel. If that's not some Little House on the Prairie childhood memories! My mom always had yarn and crochet hooks stuck everywhere so you can say I was pretty much destined to be a crochet enthusiast. I have so many friends that have begged me to teach them but typically they get frustrated and lose interest before they gain any traction. The thing about crocheting (and most things in life.. spoiler alert – anecdotal analogy on the way) is that you have to get the basics and fundamentals down before you can find any success with scaling your project up. If you struggle making a basic crochet chain, you're not going to have the best foundation to build onto for your project whether you're attempting to make a blanket, scarf, sweater, etc. It's all about muscle memory and making all your loops consistent in size and yarn tension as well as being precise with your count (if you're doing something that demands symmetry) and from there the possibilities are endless. LITERALLY! I will start a project and be inspired by something and next thing you know, I've created a whole new pattern and upgraded my project with the only limits being my imagination. But I would never be able to do that if the basics and foundational elements were not ON POINT.

And this applies to everything in life..

Especially our businesses!

How do we solidify our foundation? By identifying and documenting our core processes so they are easily and perfectly repeatable which strengthens our teams, keeping everyone moving in the same direction.

Once the foundation pieces are ROCK SOLID in terms of consistency and standardized performance, it's time to SCALE. DREAM. GROW. The possibilities are endless.

Let's just get this out of the way before we begin. At the risk of sounding geriatric, I must admit that one of my favorite hobbies is crocheting. It is one of those things that I find completely relaxing and also wholesomely gratifying. And any chance for relaxation is welcome! Especially when I feel like it's a productive relaxation. There's also an element of nostalgia that I can't ignore.  When we were kids, my dad raised sheep. My brothers would sheer the sheep and I would wash and condition the wool and spin it into yarn on a turn-of-the-century (not the y2k) spinning wheel. If that's not some Little House on the Prairie childhood memories! My mom always had yarn and crochet hooks stuck everywhere so you can say I was pretty much destined to be a crochet enthusiast. I have so many friends that have begged me to teach them but typically they get frustrated and lose interest before they gain any traction.

1. Build your Foundation

The thing about crocheting (and most things in life…) is that you have to get the basics and fundamentals down before you can find any success with scaling your project up. If you struggle making a basic crochet chain, you're not going to have the best foundation to build on for your project, whether you're attempting to make a blanket, scarf, sweater, etc.

The same is true in your operations. The key to success is detailed documenting of your processes, leaving room for no questioning from future hires, or any risk of forgetting the most efficient way to complete a task you only do once per quarter. Once these foundations are developed, allow yourself to fine-tune and build off of them as time goes on.

2. Stay Consistent with your Documentation

In crocheting, it's all about muscle memory and making all your loops consistent in size and yarn tension as well as being precise with your count (if you're doing something that demands symmetry) and from there the possibilities are endless! In business, – and especially in you're a solopreneur looking to build a team in the future – you're taking on so many tasks that it can easily become overwhelming. You're schedule is so full of meetings, and appointments, networking events, and client fulfillment, that how do you remember every workflow you're creating along the way? Stop relying on your brain for this task, it has more important things to worry about. Jot it down, get it in a document format that works for you. It may take time to create, but your future you will be thankful.

This documentation will allow consistency. As human beings, we are habitual creatures, it's science. Creating habits of operational efficiency, will propel your career and your business. Habitually, allow yourself to be the most productive version of you.

3. Recognize and Welcome Growth; Always Keeping your Goal in Mind

I will start a project and be inspired by something and next thing you know, I've created a whole new pattern and upgraded my project with the only limits being my imagination. But I would never be able to do that if the basics and foundational elements were not ON POINT. 

A great entrepreneur treats every moment as a learning experience. Each person we meet provides new insights and secrets of the trade. For this reason, we ourselves should be consistently adapting our habits and our mindsets. Listen with intention, write to-do lists, reflect upon your tedious documentation efforts, and alter your SOP's as necessary. This being said, documentation does not stop with SOP's… narrow your goals down to a few key trigger words…and plaster those babies all over your workspace. I'm talking the desk under your keyboard, on the ceiling above your head, on your cork board and heck, frame it and put it on your bookshelf.

While you're immersing yourself in material to ignite new ideas and to encourage growth, always be reminding yourself of your vision.

And this applies to everything in life..

Especially our businesses! 

How do we solidify our foundation? By identifying and documenting our core processes so they are easily and perfectly repeatable which strengthens our teams, keeping everyone moving in the same direction. 

Once the foundation pieces are rock solid in terms of consistency and standardized performance, it's time to SCALE. DREAM. GROW. The possibilities are endless.