You used to be the rockstar employee. You aced anything you took on. You were never late on any assignment, to any meetings, and you were the one who kept everyone on track.
Then you took on your own business. Because you had a mission. You were going for the goal, helping others to succeed.
Now, you feel like you're juggling raw eggs.
There's nothing you can drop, right? Because if you do, it breaks - and makes a mess. (And you don't have time to clean up another mess)
There are three specific reasons this happens to business owners (and you’re not alone with this struggle). Read on.
1. In your corporate job, you were hired to work exclusively in your zone of genius.
You were part of a whole team of people working in their genius zones (well, in theory, anyway!), and your role was defined. Work came down a defined pipeline, and with a generally static pace. The peaks and valleys were shorter, and you could manage it well. You likely weren’t responsible for all of the Executive-level decisions. You didn’t have fear of running the company into the ground, because there was someone else to pick up some slack when you had a bad day.
2. As an entrepreneur, especially solopreneur, you’re working in many job roles.
There’s no one that knows your business so inside and out, and no one to hand things off to when you get overwhelmed. As a result, you’re inconsistent, and fighting fires as they erupt. (And, if we’re totally honest here, you’re happy when they’re just smoldering because you can fight the next one even before the first is totally out.) Making constant wardrobe changes without structured intermissions can really feel like a circus rather than an Oscar-worthy performance.
3. Your schedule is all over the place.
Entrepreneurship is NOT a 40 hour work week. Especially in the earlier stages. You feel like you’re always on, even when you’re actively engaged in something unrelated. There’s a constant dialog running through the back of your head about all the things you haven’t finished, new ideas to add to your plate, and a whisper of what am I forgetting about? This dialog forces you into staying up late, getting up early, and working through your meal-times. (Have you tracked how many hours you actually worked this week?)
Listen, here’s the thing. You’re smart. You’re driven. You know where you want to be. But you’re killing yourself. You’re at the place now where you need to delegate. And yes, that’s tough when you have to train someone to do things the way you need them done. But it’s so worth it. You can overcome the raw egg juggling act you created, and turn it into a sunny-side-up morning. The key you have to remember is this: It’s not about the knowledge, it’s about your capacity. Delegating to someone else who can work in their zone of genius to pick up your slack, makes all the difference in the world. All you need is a strategic plan to make it happen.
Together, we can make that strategic plan happen. Book a call with me today to find out how you can receive your Strategic Action Plan, Book of Business, and Peace of Mind. What can I get off your plate for you?