By Kate E. Stephenson
Excoriate (v): 1. to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally: He was excoriated for his mistakes. 2. to strip off or remove the skin from: Her palms were excoriated by the hard labor of shoveling.
Ok, so in the spirit of Write Your Business Plan Month, stop the self-flagellation for not doing it, and just do it! Excoriation is impermissible, even from yourself. There is no reason to beat yourself up for business mistakes or inactions. The only way to progress is to actually move. So let’s get on with the future and leave the gaffes in the past.
The way to not make those same mistakes tomorrow is to get that business plan in production today. The great thing about making errors is you can learn from them.
So, think about this:
- In what area have you made the worst mistakes in your business?
- Customer Interactions
- Were you able to solve those errors? If so, how?
This is where you start. These two questions will help you figure out some really important parts of your business plan. So from now on, if you must excoriate, let it be a physical labor of love and not a mental crushing. You have the power to propel your business in the right direction. And if you need help, we’re always here for you.
Kate E. Stephenson is a freelance communications specialist whose business encompasses writing, editing and resume services. Lexicon is her brainchild, a blog all about Language—insight into today’s job market and hiring tips, book releases and reviews, and general folly concerning the many mysterious facets of the English language. Be sure to read more about Kate, check out a full listing of services and rates, and enjoy her current columns on Kate-Book.com!