Instead of being the boss and master of all you survey, it is easy to find yourself an underpaid servant to your business.
You do whatever is necessary, whenever it is necessary.
Your Work Life Balance
When I talk to small business owners I often hear the phrase
“There is so much to do and so little time to do it .”
Something has to give as you try to balance the time demands of your business, your family, your friends and still find time where you can indulge yourself.
What gives is often the business owner, as burnout is threatened, stress levels are sky high and there is a constant feeling of being overwhelmed and on the edge of losing control.
When things get too much, the business ambitions are sacrificed and you settle for so much less than you could have achieved. (>>>The Death Spiral Of Profit)
There is a better way…
The Better Way – To Live Intentionally
Take control and decide what you want from your business and what you will give it in return
You can think of it as learning how to be your own boss.
And if that sounds unrealistic, think about this statement.
Most people spend longer planning their holidays than they spend planning their lives.
A holiday is specific and it happens because you narrow down your options:
- When will you go on holiday?
- Where will you go?
- Who will you go on holiday with?
- How much do you want to pay?
- How do you want to travel?
- How long will the holiday last?
The more questions you answer, the closer you get to choosing and booking your holiday.
In contrast your life can seem a vague concept beyond the biological requirements of eating, drinking and sleeping.
It just happens, minute by minute.
You make little choices in the moment.
Should you do this or should you do that?
Success is clear when you are booking a holiday but what does success mean to you personally?
What Is Success For You?
Success can be whatever you want it to be.
We each define our own rules.
It’s both a privilege of personal freedom and a curse when it allows us to drift without direction or purpose.
Read: What Is Success?
The Entrepreneurial Myth
Author Michael Gerber, in The E-Myth Revisited, identified three roles in business:
The technician – who gets stuff done.
The manager – who organises the stuff being done.
The entrepreneur – who designs and builds the business.
Gerber argues that much of what we think of as work lies in the area of the technician and business owners need to let go of the day to day work, by building a team of people to operate the carefully systems. The business owner should focus on designing the business.
Read: The Entrepreneurial Myth