Time flying by? Let’s Discuss “Who IS” the Boss of You.
By Talmar Anderson
When I ask clients and contacts how their companies are growing, I hear a familiar response. “Phew…it’s been busy”. Yeah, I get it. Are you getting what you want done? I can relate to wanting more hours in the day but today I am calling you out on your busy day. In fact, I call B**S**T. Yep. I’m looking at you. Today we are talking about something that I consistently review with clients and yet it always elicits an “I know, I know.…”
No. It’s not about numbers but it will make your eyes roll. Look, I get that your days are busy. I even recognize that what you are spending your time on is valuable and purposeful. However, I will challenge that most of you are not being consistent. And that this lack of consistency is actually keeping your business stuck right where you are today. Are you are talking about and obsessing over “getting ahead”, getting “further down the line”, or up to the “next level”? What are YOU DOING about it? There is one thing that will actually ensure you get it done.
The best part is that it is easy to do. This act itself does not even take any real time from your day. It is also easily the most frequently seen self-limiting behavior across the boards for business owners trying to grow. You MUST put anything you value or truly intend to do ON YOUR CALENDAR!
Now, if you are putting these on your calendar but keeping pushing, moving or cancelling, well then you have found the hard part. Stop flat out lying to yourself. You are not valuing the commitment to your company to effect change that likely can ONLY come from you. And this is no one else’s fault.
- Not the 10 new clients.
- Not the sick kid.
- Not the assistant that quit.
- Not the vendor that will only deliver on Monday.
You are in control. You can move an appointment once but I challenge you to MOVE it, not cancel. You must take time from somewhere else. YOU are the decider. And while a week can go wonky, having this time calendared out for a full 12 months can get you back on schedule.
Last rule, you may not move these for client needs. If you are careful and considerate you will strategically pick operational and planning days and times that are less demanding. That means that client work can be scheduled into an available calendar time. Whether customer service issues, invoicing and accounting or missed opportunities, your clients will work on the timeframes you teach them to expect. In the end, your clients will likely suffer if you do not take care of what your business needs first and foremost.
Giving yourself set time on the calendar will allow you to feel truly in control of your company. Remember; put your own oxygen mask on before you help others. It is the only way to survive and thrive.
I’d love to know what tricks you use to keep your commitments to your own company. Please share them in the comments or you can reach out to me at TAnderson@TalmarItUp.com.