How To Spend More Time Working ON Your Business

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If you are feeling overwhelmed to find the success you are looking for in your workplace. There are processes of implementing change. We will look through that process.

Ask yourself if your business is going as good as it can get. If not then then it’s time to implement change; if yes then it’s time for you to change yourself. In order to achieve the vision you have for your future, we need to eliminate the fear of change.

Know your desired outcome.

Lay out steps to get to your goal. The steps are usually unknown and the fear of the unknown can be a challenging obstacle. Identify those steps and eliminate that fear.

What are the behaviors we have to change?

You need to reduce your workload while keeping your pay intact. You need to change a few behaviors for that so make a list of those desired changes. Finally, tackle each behavior at a time and move on.

Announce your intentions especially to your stakeholders.

Stakeholders can include your friends, family and colleagues. You need to depend on your fellow colleagues to reduce your workload. Working alone with no help would mean that nobody will there to be accountable. By announcing intentions to your stakeholders, you have back up available to help you with achieving desired outcomes.

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Hey there folks, my name is Thom Rigsby, from thomrigsby.com. You know, last week on the show, we talked about your vision, and how to achieve that vision, and sometimes change would be required in order to get there. This week, we’re taking a deep dive in the change. How you can achieve it, how you can execute on it, and today, we’re going to talk about processes for implementing change. You don’t want to miss that, stay tuned, this is 7 Minutes in the Morning.

Hey folks, good morning and welcome. This is 7 Minutes in the Morning. It’s your daily dose from the business coach, that’s me, my name is Thom Rigsby. My goal is to help you, the business owner, who might be struggling, or feeling overwhelmed to get back on your feet, to get business rolling, and find that success that you’ve been looking for. Last week, we talked a little bit about your vision for the future. “Is this as good as it gets?” “Is the way business is going right now when I have to look forward to?” You know, I know for a lot of you that if this is as good as it gets, this might not be enough to keep you motivated, to keep the business open. And that’s so hard for me to hear. I know it’s a reality, I’ve been there myself. Completely understand, but it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s why I wanted to talk to you last week about your vision for the way things are supposed to be, and this week, I want to talk to you about change. You know, change is hard, so let’s talk for a minute about why change is hard. And I don’t want to talk to you about the process for change. Change is hard because it’s the unknown. We’ve got this fear of the unknown. And oftentimes, we will accept the pain of the present to avoid the fear of the unknown, and that’s difficult. Now, for a lot of entrepreneurs, that’s a little bit easier, because we’re not as — well, let’s say — we’re more comfortable with risk than most people are. But it’s that risk that generates fear for a lot of people. But we’re not free from fear. I mean, certainly, we’ve got things that we are afraid of. Some people are afraid of failure, like we talked about last week. 

Some people are even afraid of success, because that will bring a change to their life also, and all change is bad. At least, that’s the way it’s perceived. So what we have to do is be able to face that fear, and walk headlong into it. Now, how do we do that? Well, there’s two ways. First, we acknowledge that it’s there. We don’t act like it’s not there and ignore it. We just say, “Yes, you know what, I’m about to enter into a time of change, that change is going to be scary, and I just have to deal with it.” Just naming it and claiming it will go a long way toward understanding, or being able to mitigate the effects of fear. The second way we can do that is to try and reduce the things that cause us to be afraid. 

Now, in the case that we’re going to talk about this week, making changes to our life — our daily personal life, and our daily business life — in order to achieve the vision that we have for ourselves and our future. That’s a good motivator, but what is it that makes us afraid to enter into that change? I mean, think about it for a minute. If you’ve got this grand vision for how things are going to be, and presumably you’ve put some thought into that, “This is the life that I want to achieve, and I’m here, and it’s there, all we should have to do is lay out a set of steps to get there.” But it’s those steps that are the unknown, and it’s that fear of the unknown that’s holding us back. So, let’s identify those steps, and remove the unknown from the equation. Now, there still will be some unknown, and ultimately, we have to acknowledge that we don’t know that we can reach that goal. I can look over the tops of the trees here, and see some mountains in the background. I can say, I can stand here today and say, “I want to walk to top of that mountain.” In between, here and there, there are obviously obstacles that are going to come up and present themselves. Some of them, most of them, “I would hope I could overcome some of them, maybe I can’t. And if that’s the case, then I either have to change my direction, or change my objective.” Where we stand today is where we have to start from today. And where we want to go is our goal and our objective. So let’s lay out a set of steps to get there, and just move forward with that. 

First of all, I want you to — and that’s the first step — know that desired outcome. By knowing where we’re trying to go, then we just lay out that set of steps. If we don’t have any specific goal in mind, then any road will get to it. I mean, if I went out to the driveway, hopped in the trunk, and said, “Alright, let’s go on a road trip.” Very first question that’s going to come out of anybody’s mouth is sitting in the truck with me, “Okay, where are we going?” “I don’t know.” “Oh, which way do we need to go to get there?” “I don’t know.” See, if you approach your life and your business that way, you’re going to end up with the same results. You just drive around, and maybe you’ll wind up somewhere cool, and maybe you’ll wind up a mile short of somewhere really, really cool. I mean, think about east of the Mississippi. So if I’m driving west, and — I just drive until I get tired, and then say, “Okay, I’m going to turn around and go home.” And one more mile down the road is the Grand Canyon. Think about all that effort that went in to get in there — the time, the money — everything that was spent to get there, and I pull up one mile short, all because I didn’t have a specific destination in mind. So that’s number one, know your desired outcome. Number two, to get those steps between here and there, what are the desired — what are the behaviors that we have to change? Let’s take a concrete example here. Let’s say you’re working. Now, you’re working 60 hours a week, you want to get back down to a 40 hour week. What are the specific behaviors that you have to modify — have to work fewer hours? How are you going to do that? I might start off by saying, let’s set a goal that you’ll only go to work 10 hours a day. Or we’ll go 9 hours a day, 6 days a week. That’s 54 hours, that’s a manageable decrease. And then we’ll come up to 8 hours, 6 days a week, and then, 8 or 9 hours, 5 days a week, until we get to that desired outcome. But, understand the behaviors that have to change. Might as just make a list of those, put it — tack it up by the mirror, every morning when you get up, you look yourself in the face, you look that list in the face, and say, “This is the behavior that I have to change today.” Maybe there are 2 or 3 or 4 behaviors that you have to change, and we’ll talk about that in more detail this week, if that’s the case, tackle one behavior at a time. Get that one nailed down, and then move on to the next one. Now, the third step is — seems pretty simple, but it can be more difficult than you would think. 

This is to announce your intentions, especially to your stakeholders. You know, we’ve talked before about who your stakeholders are. They’re not just the shareholders in your company. They’re your friends, your family, your customers, your employees. All those people have an interest in your business, and then your success. So announce your intentions to them, and then ask them to help hold you accountable — help you achieve that goal. You know, your employees are a great resource, and if you don’t depend on them, especially if your desired outcome is to work fewer hours every week, you’re going to have to depend on them to take some of that work load. But, the other thing that happens, when you go out — if I just say to myself, “This is what I’m going to achieve this week.” And then I said, “Don’t let anybody know that, I don’t share that with anybody.” There’s nobody there to hold me accountable. And then I can rationalize in my mind, “Well, I’ll work 50 hours next week, because this week, I’ve got this deadline coming up.” Or, “This week, I’ve got a special request by this customer.” Or, “This week…” Fill in the blank. This week will never be a great week to do it, ever. I promise. But by announcing those intentions to your stakeholders, and then asking them to help hold you accountable, now you’ve got some backup and some help to help you along with that. You know, another great resource — I’ll mention it again — masterminds, accountability partners, and coaches. We can help with just this sort of thing. Now, that’s one of the things that I do, I work with clients and help them achieve desired outcomes. If it’s something I can help you with, let me know. Send me an e-mail, thom@thomrigsby.com, we’ll talk about your goals, your desired outcomes, and what it might take to help you achieve those. So the rest of this week, we’re going to a lot more about change, some of the specific changes that you might need to engage in to achieve your goals. Now, over time, in doing this work with my clients, I’ve come to know some of the more common ones are, I’m going to address those with you here on the show this week, and maybe those experiences can help you get past your roadblock, your hurdle in your life, in your business. So as always, if you have questions or comments, please feel free to send them to me, thom@thomrigsby.com. I’d love it if you go to our Facebook page and like us there, 7minutesinthemorning.com/facebook, or connect with me on Twitter, you can find me @thomrigsby on Twitter. So until tomorrow, just leave you with this thought. I want you to start thinking now about who that accountability team can be, that you can share your goals with, and make them help hold you accountable. We’ll come back to that again tomorrow, until then, my name is Thom Rigsby, and I’m your business coach.