If you're like many small business owners, you've put in the hard work to get your business going, you've taken risks, overcome some obstacles and now your business is doing ok. But ok is just…well, ok. You want it to be doing great! Why not? You didn’t start a business in order to stay mediocre.

The longer you're in business the more ideas emerge as to how you could take your business to the next level. You can see the potential and yet it feels comfortable and safe to stay where you are.

Maybe you do want to be more prosperous and have a business that is a bit bigger and offers more services and products to your clients. Maybe you are sort of ready to take your business to the next level but not sure what to do or how to get out of the box you created.

The box is starting to feel too small. Like all boxes, it feels familiar, safe and well…boxed in. Here are a few tips to help you make that shift and break through those barriers. Get a pad of paper and answer these five questions.

1. Develop a very clear picture of what your business would look like at this next level. Find a quiet place in nature, by a stream or in the forest and write out a vision, picture or idea of where you want your business to be in five years. It’s not about whether you think you can or can’t, only what you want. This needs to include the number of employees, their job descriptions, new products and services, new location, revenue, anything to make that picture complete.

2. Why would you want this? What would be the positive outcomes? What would be the motivation for you to take this leap forward? Write down anything that comes to mind.

3. What’s inside of you that could be blocking this from happening? What feels scary, too risky or too hard? How are you getting in your own way?

4. Do you want to overcome those blocks? Maybe you aren't sure what it would take to move past the obstacles. That's ok, but if you did have the tools to get past whatever is stopping you, would you use them? Do you want it enough?

5. What would be your first step in moving forward? It could be that your first step is to carve out time to work on this goal. Quite possibly without making the time, it will never happen. Maybe you need to make a committed time to work on this process and set up a way to get accountability. Part of being an entrepreneur is setting aside time to work on your business goals and vision.

Acknowledge what you have already accomplished in your business so far. What strengths do you have that can help you jump to the next level?

Do these five steps and I guarantee that you are on your way toward taking your business to the next step, if this is what you want? If you do nothing, well, you’ll stay just where you are.

Once this decision is made the next part is to develop your action plan, goals and clearer vision. These first 5 steps will help you to get to the place of making the decision to grow or not.

Author's Bio: 

Kaya Singer's of, Awakening Business Solutions. [Money and Freedom Intensive Seminar.](http://www.awakeningbusiness.com/money-freedom-seminar.html) For business owners who are ready to take their business to the next level.