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In a recent meeting I was talking with my interlocutor about coaching entrepreneurs, and he said something that resonated with me: "the problem with business owners is that they constantly run after the clock". I could not agree more.
I see it with people around me and my clients all the time. In fact, one of the reasons my customers hire my services as a Business Coach is to force them to slow down and dedicate time to reflect. Business owners often have their heads stuck so much into day-to-day operation - where decisions are plenty and need to happen fast - that they are drown into it, like they would be drown into water. And they forget to come back to the surface and breath.
Breathing is thinking. All business owners, regardless of how long they have had their businesses for, face that same challenge at one point. Thinking is part of your job, and you must make time for it: to design your strategy, prepare ahead of specific situations, solve a problem, or simply meditate.
A great method I found comes from Timothy Gallwey’s book The Inner Game of Work. Timothy is one of the founders of modern coaching. He has developed a very simple tool called S.T.O.P:
This approach will help you remain conscious while working. You can watch my video Are You Asking The Right Questions? for more on that subject.
What can you do to force yourself to stop and think:
Make it a habit to think.
PS: Hiring a coach is also a great way to stop and reflect. Book a time with me so we can discuss about how you can think more strategically.
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Entrepreneurs can find themselves stuck into cycles where they have a lot on their plates, and are not able to move forward - they are just treading water. All the tasks on the agenda coupled with the critical decisions to make can generate overwhelming situations without being able to see the light out of the tunnel.
Amelia Earhart, the American aviation pioneer said: “The most effective way to do it - is to do it.” She was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, so I guess her quote stands true.
We often get confused between being busy and getting things done. The best way to experience what I am talking about is to imagine a day when you come home after work with a clear sense of achievement. On that particular day, you get things done. On the other days, you are busy doing stuff.
The issue lies with planning: getting things done requires a plan. Lack of planning will increase stress and result in losing control.
The solution is simple: spend time planning ahead. I'd like to share an efficient model:
Embark on a journey you have control upon: Start with proper planning.
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A common difficulty that business owners face is finding clarity of purpose.
Many underestimate the need for a strategy, and put their businesses at risk. Watch this video to use the 5 key elements an efficient business strategy is comprised of.
Would you rather drive your business blindfolded, or craft the most efficient strategy for it?