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The Key to Moving Your Business Forward

As I prepare for another business client to fly into Durham for a full day together, I am pondering what is MOST important for us to work on. As you know, there are many areas of business development- systems, team, the owner’s focus, work-life balance, affordable marketing, and so on.

What happens to so many entrepreneurs is that when you start your business, it is all about how to get clients/customers. Moreover, you have to work outside your areas of “unique abilities” because you cannot afford to hire people.

Then… with a sound business idea and effective low-cost marketing, your business grows. And you hire a little bit. However, you still have your hand in many parts of your business. Sometimes too many parts. Because when you are overwhelmed and doing too much, things just can’t be done well.

If this might be you, two good questions to ask yourself is “Are there things I can do less of so right now so I can do more important things better?” “Where is the wisest use of my time and energy and where can I delegate or systematize more?”

Business Success Tip – Make Time for Quiet

Find quiet time every day.  Carving out some quiet every day- 10 minutes of meditation/deep breathing a few times a day, a favorite yoga class, a 20-minute power nap- can refresh you like nothing else.

We must balance “doing” with “being”- action with rest- in order to stay healthy and balanced. 

It’s also in the rest periods that we hear the whispers of the Universe.  That is the deeper guidance coming from a higher power.  Trust me- you don’t want to miss those whispers!  They are what teach you your greatest lessons.

Entrepreneurs: One Tip to Move Your Business Forward

Let’s face it. Running a business can be exhausting. You started your business to follow a passion and find freedom. Yet, if you are like most entrepreneurs, there are plenty of times you ask yourself “Where is my freedom?” and “Why am I feeling exhausted….again!?”

One tip to help you move your business forward and diminish overwhelm is to chunk down your to-do list to the THREE things that need to be done to really move your business forward.

For example, the list might be:

1. Let go of X person who no longer serves your business well.
2. Hire a better fit for X position.
3. Add one written system to your Operations Manual- such as a New Potential Client system with step-by-step procedures for how your business attracts and enrolls new clients.

Or it could be 3 entirely different things. You know what is most in need of attention.

As always, getting the help you need to complete the tasks well is paramount.

The beauty is- when you define and complete 3 important tasks, every 3 months, your business runs better, you feel more in control, and you begin to feel more of the freedom and ease you desired in the beginning. And more freedom means more time for healthy exercise, self-care, people you love, and hobbies you enjoy!

Your assignment: Create a mind map of all the things that need to be accomplished in the next year to move your business forward. And then ask yourself, “What are the 3 big things I need to focus on to really move my business forward in the next three months?”

Write them down, put off of all “the rest” for now, and get started. And please consider doing this exercise every 90 days.

Hope this helps!

Let Go of What is Keeping You Stuck

There is enormous freedom in letting go.   It is liberating to rid ourselves of beliefs, habits or people that distract us from the right direction in our lives and in our businesses. 

To figure out what you need to let go of- ask yourself these questions: What is holding you back from the success you want? What is holding you back from the happiness you deserve?

Don’t just settle for the quick answers.  Spend some time to go deeper.  Often, the answer lies in uncovering your own beliefs that are keeping you stuck.  For example, are you afraid that you don’t have what it takes to become really successful in this economy?  Do you believe that you don’t need to hire more help, even though you are exhausting yourself, because “I can do it quicker myself”. Do you feel like you are too busy to really enjoy your life?   Are you reluctant to invest in a coach to hold you accountable to goals because you “don’t have the time?”

If you answer yes to any of these self-limiting beliefs, you are keeping yourself stuck.  Until you let go of these beliefs, you will likely continue to hold yourself back and surround yourself with people who also perpetuate these beliefs.  In short, you will continue to stay where you are, in your comfort zone, rather than grow.

On the other hand, if you fully commit to letting go of what is keeping you stuck and you are willing to trust that you can become truly successful as an entrepreneur or business owner, that you can invest in more help (be it an assistant or a coach or both), that you can be highly successful AND balanced AND happy in your daily lifeonly when you allow yourself to believe these truths, will you be able to transcend your self-limiting beliefs and reach your full potential.

Once you let go of your limiting beliefs, you liberate yourself to create new habits and bring in new people who will affirm and support your growth.

Whether you are 25 or 70, or somewhere in between, and regardless of where you are in your business, there is always room for growth.  That is what living a meaningful, fulfilling life is about.

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