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Do you feel like a slave to your business?

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

Feeling like a slave to your business suggests a loss of control, believing you must be available 24/7 and that your team can't manage without you. It can also imply a victim mentality, thinking this is the norm for business ownership and feeling constantly behind.

Many reasons contribute to this feeling, often stemming from excuses. The OARBED behavior model emphasizes taking Ownership, Accountability, and Responsibility for your actions and choices. Feeling like a slave to your business is a choice.

So, what can you do to stop feeling this way?

First, review and update your processes. If customers are contacting you at all hours, put in place a timeframe for responding, e.g. within 24 hour hours, and communicate this with your customers. If cashflow is an issue, review your payment terms and ensure they are being enforced.

Next, if you don't feel like you can trust your team to run your business without you, establish why this is. Do they need more training and support? Have you given them the opportunity to step up and take on more responsibility? Do you need to take on more team members or outsource some tasks?

Now is the time to reflect on what it is you wanted your business to deliver to you.

How can you get back in control of your business?

Set goals for what you want your business and personal life to look like in 12 months. Break these down into 90 day goals and actions to achieve those goals. Take ownership, accountability and responsibility for regaining control of your business.

Consider the following questions:

  • Do you need to start going home on time every night?

  • Do you need to stop accepting work from people who don’t respect your payment terms?

  • Do you need to block out calendar time to respect your health and wellbeing?

  • Do you need to implement 10 strategies to grow your cashflow?

  • Do you need to train and empower your team to take on more responsibility?

  • Do you need more time to plan?

No more excuses - it’s your business, you make the rules, choose not to be a slave!

Need accountability coaching? We can help you be the master of your business.

"Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire." - Arnold Glasgow


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