Overwhelmed by the amount of work and events you have said yes to recently? Entrepreneurs and business owners can easily feel pressured to say yes to everything and everyone. You think you can handle it all but it is easy to get overwhelmed and stressed.
As we near the end of this year’s first quarter, you have the perfect excuse to revisit your not-so-good habits and refocus your energy on your priorities and the most productive and profitable tasks for your business.
Saying yes to it all qualifies as a not-so-good habit and one that you need to break as soon as possible. Yes, you are an amazing leader, partner, friend, parent, and yes, you want to help everyone and be present every step of the way in your business journey, but don’t. It is not healthy for you. You are talented in many areas, but if you become too involved in everything, you may lose perspective and focus.
To interrupt a negative habit’s cycle, all you have to do is take the first step. How? Well, if you’re reading this, you already have. Recognizing the behavior and being willing to change it is the best way to start. So, before committing to something ask yourself these questions:
- Is this the highest and best use of my time?
- Does it align with my goals?
- Will it bring me joy in my personal life?
- Will it help to grow my business?
If it’s not a hell yes, it should be a hell no. I encourage you to stick to that statement. Keep your boundaries in mind, as well as your current major goals and mission. That is where your main focus should be. We all are capable and willing to do a lot but if you don’t protect yourself, you will overcommit and in the process, collapse. That will not be beneficial for anyone in your life. Not for your family, your team, your clients, or your business.
Keep in mind that we are all human beings and you can inevitably find yourself in the middle of a busy day, week, or month. And that is ok. Take some time to make sure you are focusing on what is right for you, what motivates you, and what fuels you. Address what needs to change so you can go back on the right path to a healthier habit.
When you feel like you may be overcommitting, remember to pause and think if it is the best use of your time and energy. If the answer is no, there is no shame in passing it along, delegating it, or even saying no.
The simple questions above will keep your focus and your momentum going.
-Any time is a good time to revisit your habits.
-If you see anything that needs to be changed: break it down and figure out what you need to stop doing before moving on.
-Stop overcommitting, stay consistent, and do not be afraid to say NO!
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Much like Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC’s “The Profit,” who lends his expertise to struggling businesses, Annette analyzes businesses, supports them with the right resources, and designs the plan they need to go from surviving to thriving.
Annette Walter has started, acquired, owned, and operated more than 15 companies in her lifetime. As a wife, mother of two young boys, and owner of a national company, Timber Industries, that was included on last year’s Inc. 5000 list, she can serve her true purpose and passion in coaching and consulting entrepreneurs through her business coaching company, iEvolve Consulting. Annette works with business owners across the globe in various industries to support their overall well-being, teams, and operations. As an operations expert and strategist, she works with business owners to help them identify organizational gaps and opportunities in their companies. She works with businesses to help make their finances, marketing efforts, technology solutions, and sales more efficient and effective.
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