Have you ever been enthusiastic about a new business idea only to realize you needed to let it go?
That’s where I found myself in the summer of 2018, when I had to accept that it was not the right timing to launch a new podcast about parent inventors.
I then recommitted my limited time and energy to my already in-place business projects – while being a work-at-home dad to two kiddos under three years old.
Letting go of that one project, led me to realize that I was juggling many side projects that were not going to help me further my business goals.
I enjoyed these activities and had rationalized for over a year why I should keep doing them.
Letting go was not easy.
But then, something happened, and I got really into clearing my metaphorical plate.
I got comfortable telling people I needed to, unfortunately, step down from this or that activity.
I received interesting feedback throughout this process.
Several people told me that it was rare to have someone clearly step down and be committed to helping with a smooth transition to whoever would be taking my place.
You’ve probably experienced this.
A volunteer fades away and stops responding to your communication.
They got busy and couldn’t keep up with what they had committed to, but rather than tell you that, they just stopped showing up.
This causes harm to the relationship you had with the volunteer.
How could this be avoided?
Your Challenge For This Week
Take stock of what you’ve already committed to.
Are you writing for a blog? Organizing a weekly social? Engaged in some committee work?
Carefully consider what your business goals are for the coming year.
Is there a new endeavor you need to be focusing on like writing a book?
Are you considering adding a new one-to-many program to your business offerings?
Maybe you want to spend time working on your business instead of in your business?
Be realistic about how much time these new efforts will take.
Make the hard decision to let go of something on your plate to make room for this new project.
Clearly communicate your need to make this shift and your willingness to help with the transition.
This will help strengthen these relationships even as you step away to focus your energy elsewhere.
Don’t just fade away, try this and let me know how it goes!
Business Growth Strategist & Business Coach
As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I work directly with a limited number of self-employed professionals, aka solopreneurs.
WHO YOU ARE:
You want to have a greater impact and increased income. The problem is that there are so many options for how to build your business that you can feel stuck, overwhelmed, and like you’re running out of time.
The reason options are overwhelming is that you’re looking at them as a series of disconnected steps, when to make the most of your time, you need a strategy that connects only the most important and highest impact ones.
You know that if you try to do everything, you’ll accomplish nothing. This means, to achieve your goal, you have to invest in a strategy to put time on your side.
As a relationship-based business growth strategist, I will work with you to design a year-long plan that consists of three 12-week sprints, each followed by 4 weeks of reflection/assessment, rejuvenation/vacation, and strategic planning. This will allow you to sequence your goals, create momentum, and leverage your limited time.
We can build your plan through a half-day strategy session, a coaching engagement, or a mastermind program.
These are not right for everyone; they’re personalized offerings and are priced accordingly.
What might you work on?
In my coaching work with entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, we focus on the areas where you’d like to grow, which may include:
- Creating a strong sales conversation framework
- Building your referral network
- Lead generation through a relationships
- Growing your visibility in your industry
- Increasing your ability to attract the right kind of clients
- Identifying and launching a minimally viable offer
- Breaking through whatever bottleneck is holding you back from getting the results you want and deserve
- Becoming a published author and marketing your book successfully
- Improving your virtual presentation skills
Learn more about the different ways we can work together – deep dive 3-hour session, private 1:1 coaching, and masterminds. I’m excited to support you in reaching or exceeding your goals.
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