How do you envision your life? Is it where you want it to be? Now vision your business. Is it where you want it to be? If not, why? Is your lifestyle holding back your business’s goals and aspirations? Or is it the other way around? Are you doing all the wrong things in your business which in turn is holding your life back from its full potential? Remember back when you first started your business and how great it was going to be. How your company was going fill a void in the marketplace and how only your company could fill that void.
Remember the excitement, hope, anxiety, and all of the other feelings that came along with the vision of starting this business. Are those feelings still there? Or has your small business sucked the life out of you, robbing you of all of the joy, excitement, and determination that was once there when you started this wonderful venture?
It is of upmost importance that we do not lose sight of where our current position is and where the future is going in our businesses and our lives. They must complement each other. We must not let our business suck the life out of us and likewise our personal lives should not adversely affect our businesses. We must thoroughly understand each and every aspect of our business and have a great understanding of what its needs are.
Owning a small business is a lot like having a child. At first, it demands our constant attention, having absolutely no thought or consideration about your needs or desires. It only cares about itself and what its needs are. It demands constant care and attention from the early hours of the morning and well in to the night. It even wakes you up at 3 AM demanding that you tend to it. If you keep feeding it and giving it everything it needs it starts to grow. You no longer have to spend every hour tending to its selfish needs.
Eventually it learns to walk on its own. You still need to watch it very carefully and make sure it is getting what it needs but you can put restrictions on all of its demands. Over the years it becomes more and more self sufficient and needs less and less you. You still need to be there to guide it and make sure it’s going in the right direction, but at this stage if you are still tending to its every need you did something wrong. It may be mature in years but the way it operates is on an elementary level.
We must give our companies just the right amount of care and cultivation to see it grow but not smother it with well-meaning good intentions or we will constantly be drained with the demands that it puts on us.