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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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Given a choice, human beings often choose the easiest option. We tend to go for the instant reward or gratification instead of taking a more difficult long-term road. If you are a master procrastinator, I recommend to watch this TED talk by Tim Urban.
It makes sense: why would we take a more complex direction, especially if we are going to experience discomfort along the way? Why would we want to suffer?
"Be the change you want to see in the world" said Gandhi. The truth is profound change will be mentally or physically painful. So instead of resisting it, embrace the pain: it is a sign that you are actually moving into the right direction.
Discipline, day-by-day, month-by-month, one small step after the other, is the tool that will get you through the change process. Do not listen to the voice in your head that says you can't do this: it is lying.
Here are 3 steps you can take to be more disciplined:
PS: The underlying purpose of coaching is to build confidence and show you that your goals can be reached. You are ready to start a conversation? Then book a time with me, and we will discuss how success looks like for you.