Business ownership, for me, is a journey of evolution.
A form of spiritual awakening. A human revealing.
It is a Life tool that helps to push me to a higher ideal in reaching my greatest potential.
As I wade myself through Life,
navigating the hurdles and checkpoints,
I find value in what this path teaches me
and the invaluable self-discovery it leads me to.
Up there with parenthood, I believe business ownership to be one of the most compelling and empowering human experiences we can choose to take on.
An experience that will – without a doubt – force us to grow.
Force us to get to know ourselves.
Today, I’m working on my messenger response cheat sheets.
I want to have great responses for common questions ready to go. So I can respond quickly and fluidly over the holidays, during travel, the baking and Christmas cards and care packages I want to do, etc. Maintaining my excellent service without a hitch.
I bust my butt to create them now so I can rely on them later.
Truth is, as a writer, I craft and use cheat sheets and templates all the time. I’m also always looking for better, more effective words. Keeping a journal of vocabulary ideas.
Over the years, I’ve found that cheat sheets, forms, journals, systems, and templates help streamline the work I do for my clients.
It helps me maintain consistent, accurate communication, even during less ideal times.
Times when my brain is tired. When my family is sick. When I have a migraine. When my left arm/hand goes numb from an old injury. When I’m working from the hospital waiting room.
I share this because I know we all struggle with less-than-ideal circumstances in our self-employment.
It’s part of the game.
And sometimes it’s less-than-ideal circumstances that push us into this road of self-employment.
It’s absolutely inevitable in the human experience.
The question is – how prepared are you for that eventuality?
If your business is not big enough to hire out for help, then routines, systems, templates, and workflows are imperative to your survival. The “hacks” that will save your ass when the chips are down.
But more than that – it’s how you nurture your business to a place of thriving, not just surviving.
Systems and “self-programs” are the way we work more efficiently, replicate consistent results, and save valuable time and resources.
If you’re self-employed, more than likely, you came to this place of self-employment as a means of creating flexibility in your life.
It doesn’t necessarily result in less work in your life, but it can result in more freedom.
By rearranging your schedule on your own terms.
By rearranging your work in a way that’s best for you.
a desire to volunteer in some meaningful way,
that book you’re going to write,
death of a loved one,
anxiety and depression,
a special needs child,
overwhelming family circumstances.
As creators, we have everything we need to create a pathway to thriving success.
The perfect Brady Bunch story does not show up for us on a silver platter.
It never will.
But as leaders and creators of our own destiny, we don’t need it to.
We just need to put the work in,
that we say we want to take.
Like a soul-mate,
we must meet our business halfway,
making the commitment
to our flowering relationship
and the fruit it will bear
loving it as we love ourselves.
For our business, after all, is Us.
What systems are you putting into place to nurture the vehicle to the future you have claimed?
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