How do you achieve success?
Be everything to everyone!
Just kidding. Read on, I’ll tell you how... really!
Have you ever had one of those amazing moments when everything seems to come together in your business? One of those days when you can juggle being the bookkeeper, the marketing manager, all while providing your service or selling your product.
Sure, you put in an 18 hour day but it was a great feeling and you multi-tasked like a superhero. You even made a good profit that day and celebrated with your partner or just went out and got something nice for yourself.
Then tomorrow comes and there is the bookkeeping again piling up on your desk, emails fluttering in with more demands and phone calls about how you're going to start something you thought of a few weeks ago.
Suddenly you don't feel so much like a superhero because your cape got thrown behind the bathroom door after you celebrated last night.
So you do your best without your cape and it actually doesn't go bad. You juggle things around a little bit more and maybe you even start taking on another project and then another.
Weeks go by, then maybe months, and you realize that you have been spinning and spinning and you’re exhausted by the thought that your business should of grown more and you should be rich and living on some tropical island but you realize you're burned out, overworked and you're not quite sure what you're supposed to do next.
My recommendation; stop being everything to everyone and know where your time is spent!
Understanding where you spend your time and what you want to spend your time on is essential. Because you simply can’t be everything to everyone and be a success.
The great thing about entrepreneurs is that they never run out of ideas and they're always looking for the next thing to move forward with their passion. This can easily spiral and get you to lose direction.
So how can you specifically stop spiraling, a.k.a. doing everything for everyone?
- Keep it simple. Make a list of no more than 5 things you will do today for your business then only pick 2! Yes, ONLY 2! Make sure it's one short term and one long term action that creates success. This helps prioritize things and leaves no room for burn out!
- Just say NO. Say no to at least one task this week that someone wants from you and refer it out. To make it really simple, pick something you’re not very good at anyways. Hey, I know there must be one tiny little thing. Right? Trust me, it's going to be OK!
- Do self-care daily. This is a must. Give yourself at least 30 minutes during your WORK day to do something just for you. Before and after work is great but you need to love yourself during the work day too! I love a great walk in nature, but a nice cup of tea in silent mediation does the trick too!
- Acknowledge that you did your best at the end of the week. Say it in the mirror, high five yourself or shout it from the rooftops. It’s all good! Honoring all the work you did will help you mentally prepare for next week too.