You’re not a big fan of rules or predictability, are you? I’m willing to bet that you are someone who generates a lot of ideas, but doesn’t always think linearly. The good news is that most entrepreneurs are like you, so as a business owner, you’re not alone!
However, this high-idea generating mind of yours can cause issues when it comes to setting up systems in your business.
Having a highly creative mind without many processes in place means that running your business requires an enormous amount of energy for you – and lots and lots of time.
Generating things on a schedule every time to make sure that everything happens as it should, so it will run smoothly, requires loads of your energy and attention. And the to-do list is very long!
If this is the case for you, you are likely exhausted and overwhelmed. While this may have gotten you pretty far, you may have a hard time growing to the next level – because of you having to be involved in everything.
So the longer that you keep operating this way (creatively, but without repeatable systems), the longer you delay the growth and that feeling of freedom that you dreamed of when you started your business in the first place.
As much as you may resist it, having processes for everything in your business will give you an enormous amount of time back, it will reduce (or eliminate) headaches, and it will liberate you to be in that “visionary” role, as opposed to being the “doer” of everything.
To get a sense of what systems and processes you do (or don’t) have in place, I want you to imagine that you were forced to take a sabbatical for one year.
And imagine that I said, “For a year, you are going to not be able to run your business – you will basically have it run by other people.”
So here’s the caveat: your business and your team would need to continue to run the business as-is, making as much as it does now, without you being there (other than just three or four hours per week).
Ask yourself this:
Would it be possible for you to take the next 12 months, showing up only three to four hours a week, and have your business continue to make as much money as it does now, with everything running as it does now?
If the answer is “no,” pull out your journal and start listing why you could not walk away from your business for one year. These are the things that require you to start creating systems so you can create freedom for yourself.
What, specifically, are you still involved in, in your business?
As always, don’t edit your answers, just be thorough and honest with yourself, because these can be the starting point of a whole new level of expansion for you and your business.
If you’d like some help in looking at where you’re stuck and how to get unstuck, we would love to chat with you. Reach out today to apply for a free exploratory strategy session and let us know how we can support you.
You deserve that sabbatical! Let’s get you there. xo