I’ve had to do quite a bit of background reading over the past week in the course of my work and I came across the following phrase which struck a chord with me.

‘Think big – start small.’

This is very relevant to Business Continuity and I’ll explain why.

When we are faced with a big problem, something complex or even something we don’t think we will like doing it’s human nature to put it off, delay it or even ignore it. Deep down we know we should do it but if we can get away with not doing it the problem may just go away. Ever tried getting a teenager to make their bed?

Business Continuity ‘ticks all the boxes’ outlined above. I am sure many organisations think that unless they embark on a full on, belts and braces programme of activity costing a fortune there’s no point in bothering at all. So, they put it off.

So now you have a dilemma. You know you need to do something but you’re not ready to embark on a big programme.

‘Think big – start small.’

Start by taking some small steps. Set yourself some short term, incremental goals.

OK. Try this. If you were to commit to taking one action per week, it doesn’t have to be anything big or complex, to develop or improve Business Continuity within your organisation you will have made four improvements by the end of next month and even allowing for holidays, you will have made almost 50 within the next year. Wouldn’t that be good progress? Wouldn’t you be better prepared?

Remember these are small steps. Keep them achievable. Keep going. Keep building.

In the time it takes you to drink a cup of tea you could jot down half a dozen actions to get you started. Use my website and my Free Guide to gather ideas and information to help you and then set aside a regular slot each week to take action. I’m not even precious about which order you do things in at this stage – just make one improvement per week, however small it may be.

At this point I’m going to let you into a secret. I got into Business Continuity by accident – I happened to be available and no one else wanted to do it. I went into it not really knowing what was involved, or even whether I would be any good at it. There was no one to help me but gradually I learned and improved to the point where I quickly gained my accreditation and was able to venture out into the big wide world helping organisations like yours. And yes, now I enjoy my work. I took lots of small steps.

Go and get started. Choose your first step and commit to doing it. I’d love to hear how you get on so report back to me with your success stories in due course.

Remember, when you need my help or input, just ask. I want to see you make improvements that will help protect your organisation and I am here to help you with the steps along the way.