When we start a new year, sometimes we get a false impression that a fresh start means a do-over. In some ways, it does, but in other ways, it can be a letdown. I used to be really bad at planning. Not because I was a bad planner, but because I would get so caught up in working “in” the business, I failed to slow down long enough and take time out to work “on” the business.
The is the curse of entrepreneurship. Most of us have to do EVERYTHING ourselves. We don’t have time to slow down or fear that we will miss out or lose business if we do slow down. Some of us tell ourselves, “we can’t stop”! But the truth is slowing down and making sure you are still heading in the direction you set for yourself is critical. We live in such a fast-paced world, it can be easy to get caught up in the “hustle”.
BUT “HUSTLING” IS NOT A SUSTAINABLE WAY TO RUN AND BUILD A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS!!!
The hare never won the race because she went fast and wouldn’t stop to rest. While the hare finally stopped from exhaustion, the tortoise, in her slow and steady pace, passed up the hare EVERY TIME!!! Be the tortoise in the race called your business and your life! I would guess that you tend to overestimate what you can accomplish in a week. Just take a look at your impossible task list of to-dos. I would also guess that you underestimate what you can accomplish in three months. But wait, do you have a plan for how to achieve your goals for the next three months?
Did you have a plan you could follow these last couple of months of 2021? Or were you just hacking away at your to-dos and putting out the most urgent fires first? Most of us are not disciplined enough to stop and do this kind of planning on our own. That is why I have made it really easy for you!