“TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN.”
~ St. Marher, 1225
Today I received an email from a coaching client that said:
“Today I AM really bummed.I have been working so hard and things have been going so well until this week.
Now everything seems to be at a standstill.
Maybe I should just give up, I don’t understand how everything could just stop when I’ve been working so hard.”
“There is an ebb and flow to business just as there is to life.”
Now take a moment and think about that, it’s big. Might even be an “AHA” moment.
If we were to continually work full out without taking a break we would collapse in exhaustion and be absolutely useless to ourselves and everyone around us. It’s true, we need to enjoy the wave of activity and embrace it when it comes along, but even a wave ends eventually.
The point is, you need to ensure that you’ve put your plan in place, that you take the time to work at all aspects of your business – from the administrative, to the marketing and networking and to the customer follow-up. If you don’t, then something gets forgotten or left undone. The ebb and flow makes perfect sense, it’s nature’s way of ensuring that we don’t burn out.
Here’s few tips to help you enjoy the different moments in your business:
MAKE THE TIME TO PLAN YOUR TIME
A weekly planning session on a Friday afternoon for the next week will keep you on track and allow you to plan for challenges that may occur. Take an hour or two, review what you’ve accomplished in the week. Put your commitments for the following week into your agenda and don’t forget to mark off time for those important tasks that need to be taken care of. Good time management matters. When you plan out task time, then you don’t feel like you’re always playing catch up!
DEFINE YOUR OBJECTIVES AND SET YOUR WEEKLY GOALS
When you have a roadmap outlining your objectives and goals, it’s much easier to make them a reality. If you aren’t currently writing down your goals daily, weekly and long-term then they truly are, as Cinderalla says: “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” By committing to your goals and objectives in writing you’ve created the intent to make them happen! You’ll be amazed at how much you will achieve when you start planning and writing out your goals.
SHOUT OUT AND SHARE!
Tell people about your dreams, objectives and goals – share the dates when you plan to achieve them. This solidifies your intent – now you’re truly committed because you’ve shared your dream with someone else who can keep you accountable! This is a step most people don’t think of. Now, I’m not suggesting you shout out your plans to the whole world, but do share them with someone you admire – a friend or business associate who would understand the importance of the goal to you.
CELEBRATE THE SMALL SUCCESSES!
Create a daily delicious habit that you only get to enjoy WHEN you’ve achieved your one most important daily goal. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the big picture, we forget to take time and enjoy the success we experience daily. HINT: Have your loved ones enjoy the successes too, then they’ll look forward to you achieving them more.
Now that you’ve read the tips, you can enjoy the ebb and flow of your business. When activity seems to be slowing down, review it, verify that it is the natural ebb and flow, and then turn your attention to those things that need to get done, but have been put on the shelf because you’ve been in the busy portion of your very own business ebb and flow.
It all works, just like the tides in the ocean, by paying attention to the ebb and flow of your business, you won’t have to worry about the “sink or swim”!
Ahoy matey and make it a great day!