When was the last time you took a day off and just completely turned off all your electronics? Did you feel like your business was going to implode because you weren’t there to catch, monitor, and delegate command? If you’re not able to take a day off from your business, and I mean completely shut down totally from the world, there is something fundamentally wrong with the way your business is set up.
Business needs to run without you.
No business can run properly when everything is based upon one individual. If you’ve made your business so reliant on yourself that it’s not able to run without you, start to make changes so that your business can run without you. That’s the point of having a business right? Didn’t you open the business to gain entrepreneurial freedom? In my line of work I lived and died by the sword, every day was the last day, every deal may be the last deal, every deal may be the largest deal ever written in my organization, I just never new. The thing is, I always felt like I had to pick up my phone line within two-rings, I had to respond to emails within five-minutes, I had to physically be in the office everyday, otherwise everything was going to fall apart.
Drop the stress.
The amount of stress I put on myself was beyond anything you can imagine. Why all the stress you ask? Because I was the single point of failure for everything. I set up my entire business model improperly, I wasn’t empowering all the great people I was surrounded by, it was all, “Me, me, me.” I had set up my business model so that I wasn’t able to take a day off, or even a week, or even a month. My back ached, my thoughts of what was happening to my business ran through my head like a bad dream, and I was stressed to the max. Then, everything changed, I took the, “Me,” out of my business.
Make the business about the business.
My business wasn’t about me, it was about what my business provided. I stepped out, I turned off, I focused on my family when I was with my family, I focused on my business when I was at my business. I stepped out from my business slowly, I empowered the great people that had surrounded me to take more responsibility. I had actually been causing too big of a shadow on the people around me and stunting their growth. When I got out of the way the sun was able to shine through, new ideas grew, new people grew, new opportunities came about. Removing, “Me,” from the equation, caused amazing things to happen.
Get out of the way.
I see far to often that overpowering entrepreneurs and management don’t let their employees shine. One of the goals in writing this is to say,
“Get out of the way, let people around you shine, and stop making your business all about you.”
Make changes so that the people around you can grow and so that you can start to take a day off, a week off, or even a month off, without feeling like your business is going to crumble. I speak from personal experience, I was the biggest offender of the all about, “Me,” business model. That model is broken, and it will eventually break you, both mentally and physically.
Do yourself a huge favor, change your model, empower your employees to do more, watch them grow, watch them prosper in their new found sunlight, and above all, watch your very own family life grow and prosper in the process.