5 How I Doubled My Business And Took 3x More Vacation – 5 Simple Tactics (Part 5)
In the first post of this series, I shared with you the five keys that changed my life from drudgery and stress to fun and engaging.
- See clearly
- Live 80/20
- Love routine
- Talk to yourself differently
- Ask for help
In Part 1 of this series, I showed how writing down your vision for the business you want to build gives you laser-like clarity in your decision-making.
In Part 2 of this series, I showed you how truly living the 80/20 rule frees up so much time to do more or to have more fun.
In Part 3 of this series, I showed you how to learn to love routine and how it will truly set you free if you embrace it.
In Part 4 of this series, I showed you how to train yourself to speak in a way that makes changing behavior faster and easier.
In this last article of the series, we are going to talk about the entrepreneur’s nemesis – when you should…
Ask For Help
I used to think that asking for help was a sign of weakness. I come from a family of martyrs who always offered to help but never asked for help. That old programming stuck with me for years.
When I became an entrepreneur, that tendency got even worse. As “the boss” and “the leader” I thought I had to have all the answers. Boy, was I wrong!
In the last few years, I learned how powerful the art of asking is. When you open up yourself to others and seek advice, you give yourself permission to grow and expand.
Plus you take off the pressure to have all the answers.
The question I had to ask myself was, whom am I going to ask for advice?
I joined lots of online forums and Facebook groups related to entrepreneurs, software I used, and online courses I used. Those proved to be extremely helpful as the members understood where I was coming from and how I ran my company. We had things in common right out of the gate.
Next, I formed a mastermind group of like-minded entrepreneurs who were all in my industry. We meet twice a year in person and talk each month as a group via Skype.
In addition, I have an accountability partner from my mastermind group. She and I speak each week and help each other stay on track for goals as well as act as sounding boards for each other.
When I started interacting online and asking for specific feedback on specific challenges, I was able to take things I learned from reading and watching videos and implement them at a different level.
One of the great side benefits of joining these groups is that they helped soothe the crippling isolation I felt as an entrepreneur.
It’s lonely working from a home office with remote staff. Being a part of the online groups and mastermind helped me add much-needed social connections with people who knew what it was like to face the risks and insecurities of being an entrepreneur.
How you can use this for yourself:
- Make list of software you use in your business.
- Check on Facebook to see if those companies have online groups and join the ones that look good. You can always leave the groups if you don’t like them.
- Ask a specific question in each group. See what kind of advice and feedback you get.
- If you work locally, look up entrepreneur groups in your city.
- Call the organizer and ask if you can attend a meeting as a guest.
- Go to a meeting and see if it is a good fit for you and if you should join.
- If you join, commit to joining a committee so you can make connections faster and easier. You’ll be an insider in no time.
I realize this is a really, really long series of posts and I thank you for reading this far.
I also know that doing everything I suggest above is A LOT to expect right out of the gate, especially if you are already stressed out and overwhelmed.
If that’s the case, I’d suggest just taking the first item (See Clearly) and work on that first. It’s an easy step to take and it will make a huge, almost immediate impact on your time and money.
If you have things you’ve done to make your business work for you instead of you working for it, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.