Now that you’ve written down what it is you want to achieve (don’t worry too much if it’s not perfect right now – you can keep refining it as you go) I want you to ask yourself a simple question… “What are you currently doing to bring money into your business?”
Or if your goals are not financial “What are you currently doing to get the results you want?”
Like the saying goes, “If you want something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.”
Over the last 25 years as a coach and business owner, I can tell you it’s true and more often than not it has to do with mastering a new mindset.
Powerful mindsets make you feel more confident and more at ease which allows you to get results quickly and easily.
With a powerful mindset you can…
- Dive into a new project with genuine enthusiasm and focus
- Make smarter business decisions when it comes to investing in your business
- Step up in new ways that serve and help more people
- Wipe the slate clean of any hiccups or mishaps that might’ve happened in the past
- Surprise yourself with how much you can accomplish
- Propel your business forward in ways you may have once thought impossible
So…. here’s how you free yourself up from all the projects you have been taking on…be brutally honest about what it takes.
Get real with yourself on how much time, money and effort anything you say yes to actually takes to get done. Why?
Because most of us say yes to things before really thinking through exactly what we’re in for.
We chronically underestimate what it takes to complete projects in terms of time, money and effort. All too often, we wind up overwhelmed and underfunded. Then we quit.
Or worse, we have a whole pile of partially complete, non-money making projects renting valuable space in our heads, our hearts and our hard drives.
Make it a habit to say yes with your eyes wide open.
Create white space.
I don’t know about you, but I find it near impossible to work when there’s clutter around. Any kind of clutter: physical, mental, emotional or psychological. Inner chaos creates outer chaos and vice versa.
The fix? Cultivate what I affectionately call white space. Areas of your world that are open, clean, and simple.
Over the past month I’ve been methodically clearing out every square inch of my physical and energetic life including my homes, my finances, my books, my calendar, my inbox, my refrigerator, my future projects, my computer files, my project list, my daily tasks, my systems and my yearly business goals.
It’s amazingly gratifying when you realize how much stuff accumulates if you don’t actively clear space.
Want to see instant results?
Start with your physical environment. You’ll get an immediate energy boost that can last for days. Choose one physical area to clear out, like your pantry and go to town. Seriously. Do this right now.
Don’t stop until you can’t possibly throw away or donate another item. What remains should only be what you absolutely love and must have.
Get a first class ticket on the “No Train.”
If you live in constant state of business overwhelm, it’s essential to get yourself on the “No Train” as soon as possible.
When you’re on the “No Train,” you allow NO to be your initial response to new projects, new requests or new demands on your time. This is especially helpful if you have a backlog of old tasks and projects you’ve agreed to but have not yet completed.
And don’t worry. You don’t have to ride the “No Train” forever. You can certainly get off for a quick stop if a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes along (though these are rare). Think of your time on the “No Train” a much needed business colonic.
Important tip: Once you get on the “No Train,” be prepared as you’ll still experience overwhelm for the next few weeks to a month because you’ll still have to complete all the projects you committed to a long time ago.
If you know it’s time to get on the “No Train”, declare it now. Tell your assistant, your team, your coach, your family – anyone who can support you.
The best part of this strategy is that you’ll become hyper aware of your addiction to take on too much stuff and you’ll begin to break that nasty pattern once and for all.
So there you have it. Four simple, yet powerful steps to help you avoid one of the biggest sources of business stress: self-generated overwhelm. Of course, this list isn’t comprehensive, but it will get you on the road to recovery starting now.
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