“If I’m going to do this; it has to serve me.”
Those are the very words I spoke to my team more than 18 months ago. You see, we had just hit a major goal and hit $1M in sales. And the way that things were going, well let’s just say I wasn’t loving it. I wasn’t loving anything about my business.
And I don’t know about you, Incredible One, but the reason I quit my “good job,” to become an entrepreneur was not to build a business that I resented.
Can you relate?
If you’re nodding your head yes, then you’ll love this week’s BRAND NEW Episode of Incredible Factor TV. I’m taking a question from Robin:
“Hi Darnyelle. First let me say that I am so glad that Incredible Factor TV is back! I’ve missed it so much. I have been in business for about five years and if I’m being honest, I literally quit my job to create a job for myself and I don’t love it. I’m seriously thinking about getting out of business because it would be easier to have a job. I need serious help. I have heard you share how you had a period in your business when you didn’t love it and you seemed to have turned it around. How can I do the same?”
Check out my response to Robin’s question in this week’s episode:
As I share in the video, building a business you love can seem elusive if you’re not careful. Here are my top five keys to making sure that as you build a business, it’s one that you can love.
1. Remember why you started the vision. Re-engage your vision and keep your vision tight and close. Like the Bible says, write the vision and make it plain. I’m going to suggest taking that scripture reference one step further and say, “write the vision, keep it tight and close to you so that the vision never gets lost in the day to day of building a business.” If you’re not careful, you’ll look up, five years will have gone by and you’ll hate your life. So, you’ll need to consistently refer to your vision and check in to make sure that what you’re doing is actually in alignment with what you’re wanting most. I know first hand that you can get caught up in all the hype of a growing business. But, it’s important not to get lost and keeping your vision tight and close will help. Just like you should perform a SWOT Analysis once a quarter, perform a Vision Analysis. As you set your vision, be crystal clear of what it has to look like to work for you. I decided that I didn’t want to work 5 days a week for 8 hours. So, I had to get clear and set up the systems to support the vision.
2. Don’t be afraid to stop the train. If at any point in time, you feel like you’ve created a monster. Stop. Get a coach to help you figure out what you need to do to get out of your own way. I know it’s “your baby.” But just like you send your children to daycare or school, you need to do the same with your vision. After all, it’s hard to see the picture when you are the frame.
3. Build some systems and a team so you don’t have to slave day in and out in your business. I can’t stress this one enough. Systems. Systems make your success predictable and they will allow you to ease up a little and not work so hard in your business. You can literally create a system for everything. Everything. And when you do, you’ll find yourself not sweating the small stuff and positioned to fall back in love with your business. By having a team, you’ll take a lot of the pressure off of yourself to do it all. That can definitely be a source for not loving your business! Even having an assistant can go a long way to feeling supported and not being alone.
4. Pay yourself a salary. No matter what, you’ll respect your business more if you are getting paid at least twice a month. Don’t embezzle from your business. Pay yourself. You deserve it. And if you’re not drawing a salary it’s not really a business. You wouldn’t work for someone else for free, so don’t work for yourself for free either.
5. Get an outlet to make sure that you are not just your business. I remember standing on the stage at my 2015 Unleash Your Incredible Factor Live event and sharing with my attendees that I didn’t want to be a “one trick pony.” A one trick pony is a person who is just about her business. That’s not what I wanted so I had to get some outside interests. It doubled as a way for me to give back and have fun while adding some value to my own life through being of service to others who are less fortunate. Remember that we work to live, not live to work.
Now, I want to hear from you. What’s your two cents? Have you fallen out of love with your business? What have you tired to rekindle the flame?
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