COACH YOU BLOG
Are you Running your Business or is it Running You?
Running the show can be tough at times. “It’s all very well this Working ON your business, rather than in it but how do I get through my To Do list?”
There are lots of procrastination prevention tools out there and that’s not really what this is about.
This is about self-respect and time.
You DO have a choice on how you spend your time. (Yes, really, you could always go and work for someone else … No? I thought not!) So you can CHOOSE to make it happen.
Most of my clients can’t get way from their “To Do” list because they are afraid of something. What are you afraid of?
“No-one can do what you do as well as you do”, or so your Controller Saboteur tells you, that negative Nelly in your ear saying “it is all up to you and if you’re not in control then you are completely out of control and the whole business will collapse.” … so you don’t delegate. Together we will work on the saboteur to calm their influence and allow you to operate from a Sage perspective and find the best answer for you.
If you are really serious about your business then break down everything you do into skills sets and find people who will do it better. If you’re not ready to employ people then form associations or do skills swaps. Find someone who loves that job and will do it faster and better, giving you time to focus on your genius, ultimately improving your offering and SAVING you money.
If you are struggling to do everything, not performing at your best, then you may well lose clients anyway. Perhaps you are so busy trying to please everyone else that you start to feel resentful that you have no time for you and “surely it’s not supposed to be this hard?” which is the voice of your Pleaser Saboteur. By making Sage decisions we can remove some of the stress. Perhaps we create some boundaries to take more time out to feel refreshed so you are more productive and focussed when you are at work. Far better to push back on deadlines and do a great job. It doesn’t hurt to ask. In addition, working ON your business will help you focus on finding the clients who fit your long-term strategy.
Wasting Time Working “On” the business
Book the time into your planner. That strategic vision – growth, new colleagues or higher profits won’t happen unless to take time to think and plan how it will happen and then TAKE ACTION. Respect that time, it will give you the clarity to make faster decisions in the long run. It is far more valuable than meetings, phone calls or emails. People will wait longer than you think.
If you can, book that time with a trusted advisor, a mentor, a coach or even another business associate. If you can buddy up with someone in a similar predicament and hold accountability for each other you are more likely to commit and get stuff done. Get out of the office – meet them in a business hub, when you can. You don’t have to share, just working in the same level of energy and intention will help you both focus.
Remember, you CHOSE to start your business and you can choose to change your mindset in it.
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