When you started your small business, you probably imagined breaking free from the daily grind of a J O B. You pictured having more free time to do as you want, spend time with family and enjoy life more.
Then the realities of running a business hit you and before you know it you’re trading time for dollars, working 10 to 12 hour days – six or even seven days a week. It’s a grind that you quickly learn to dislike with a disdain so strong hate is often the first word that comes up.
Here’s why the bright future you desired turned into the toughest job you’ve ever had.
You built your business on the wrong platform. You probably thought solely about the business and its structure. You gave no thought to the outcome you wanted to create.
You can still change the tide but it will take some creative thinking.
If you’re like most people you want to:
Work for yourself so you have more control over your time; in other words you want to create greater life balance.
You want to do work that matters. Whenever you help others gain what they want out of life you have greater work satisfaction than you can imagine. Most people get stuck in running a business instead of adding value to the lives of others, so this goal is never reached.
And you want to be paid well for the talents you posses. In other words you want to profit but have more freedom to enjoy it.
These are very common desires for people who go into business for themselves.
If you want balance in your life you need to build a career that provides time flexibility.
If you want satisfaction from the work you’re doing you must create something that enhances the lives of others.
If you want profit with freedom you will need to have a career where you are being paid for the value you actually create and not for the time you spend creating it.
Here’s the quickest way to turn the tide and begin making changes right now.
Start with your best case career scenario in mind. Write it down. I am talking about using the most powerful force you have at your disposal; your ability to envision, imagine and create a new reality with your thoughts.
Now consider what happened just before you reached that desired outcome. Then imagined what occurred before that and before that.
Repeat this backward planning exercise until you get all the way back to where you are today. Once you have that written down all you have to do is simply follow the steps or ‘plan’ you just created and move forward.
The secret is to follow the plan.
Always remember, when you create a business value that enhances the lives of others you will find the balance, satisfaction and profit with freedom you’re looking for.
If you need help making this change there is a great tool I use and recommend called Simple.ology.
When you visit this site you can take Simple.ology 101 for free. It will help you realize what you really are going after and show you how to create a framework to achieve it.
Taking action is the secret to creating lasting change. One small step can lead to amazing new discoveries. Try it. All you have to lose is the dissatisfaction you are feeling right now.