“Looking out on the road rushing under my wheels, Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields, In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up 101, I don’t know where I’m running now, I ‘m just running on.”
-Jackson Browne, Running on Empty
It can be daunting, trying to get ahead, running your own company and accomplishing your normal every day tasks. I would be lying to you if I told you I never feel like I am ‘running on empty.’ Sure I feel like that sometimes because it is normal. I just returned from three weeks of non stop travel for Aesthetics 360 and always having to be “on.” I love it! But, this momentum it can take its toll on anyone.
The key is to sit back when you feel this way and readjust. Refocus and look at your current state. Are you still in motion to achieve your desired state or did you get side tracked and derailed? All business plans require adjusting and fine tuning from time to time. This is what you need to do when you see yourself spiraling a bit out of control. Stop, look at what you are doing and own it. Then work on your plan.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself and remember why you have started the path of working for yourself. My reason for working for myself was to have more control over how I live my life and how I can help other people. I am the boss of me.
- Do not take on extra projects just because you see dollar signs
- Know what you can do and do what you know
- Ask for help. It’s not failure to reach out to your colleagues and friends-it is smart.
- Be prepared to spend money to make money. That means sometimes outsourcing for some projects that would normally be all yours and paying out more for labor and less for your take. Because growing your business means taking on projects and showing you can deliver!
- Know you cannot be the expert on everything. Find your talent and don’t oversell. This way you will always over deliver.
- Hire people who may be more talented than you! Create your dream team. Meet mine!