I’m not surprised.
You see, we can't really separate business from life. What we do to earn a living is part of our life and must travel in the same direction.
I remember reading many years ago, "You can't do good in one area of your life whilst simultaneously doing bad in another." Basically, you can’t go to church on Sundays and sell drugs during the week. Sooner or later there is going to be a conflict.
Makes perfect sense.
My client chose me to verbalise his thoughts about whether or not his business had grown in the right direction.
The funny thing is that I had the same conversation with another business owner six months ago in England. Same conversation, opposite side of the planet.
What Am I Doing? Why Am I Here?
When we start out in any job we become disillusioned if one of two things change.
Firstly if the business or job evolves into something different. Different from the original vision we have. When we first start, we have a vision of what our creation will look like in the future. We have a clear vision of what the service will look like and what we will do to create that service. Martial arts instructors know this all too well. We have an entrepreneurial seizure (thanks Michael Gerber of E Myth fame) and then there is a flurry of activity lasting years and finally we step back to look at what we have created. Problem is that often the business has evolved and taken on a life of its own.
The other dynamic that may change is you. If YOU change and the business doesn't, you inevitably feel out of step with your day to day existence. Your business may have grown exactly the way you planned. But in the meantime you have evolved into a different person.
This happens in business, in relationships, in life generally.
"How Did I Get Here?"
So if everything changes we must constantly ask questions to ensure that we are on the right track. Here are 2 to get you started:
1) Do you feel you are moving in a direction that is worthwhile? If the 7 billion people on planet earth suddenly found out what you did for a living, would you be proud?
2) Imagine you have a son and his news was, “What Dad does for a living”. Would you be content with his explanation?
If you are not happy with your answers it doesn't mean you have to walk away from your current situation. They say that life is a journey and no journey is a straight line. That is the stuff of life.
Creating a new structure doesn’t mean you have to throw the baby out with the bath water. You worked hard to get where you are. Moving and starting anew where the grass is greener may not be the answer. The grass may just be grass.
It will just need a new mindset. Remember, taking your business to a new level is an exciting process. It just needs a brand new outlook.
Where To Start?
Travel. Yes, travel. Very rarely can you think outside the box when you are still in the box. The good news is that you don’t have to go to the other side of the world. I tried that and your problems can follow you to the ends of the earth. But you do need to go somewhere for perspective. The country, the beach, a mountain. You just need to ask yourself some questions and allow time for the answers to come up.
Overall, change isn’t bad. It’s just, well … change.
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