When we feel stuck in our small business, it’s a powerful time to reflect on the journey and where to go next. No owner wants a stalling small business. We want a company that continues to grow and thrive. But when that no longer happens, we wonder what we should do next when everything we try simply perpetuates our wheel spinning.
You’ve got three options for how to move forward from here. You can keep going as-is, hoping things will change on their own (They won't). You can make foundational changes to orient the company how you want, or lastly, you can shut the business down (or sell it) and move on.
Same. Change. Or New.
Explore the 4 steps required to make the jump from chaos to clarity
Welcome to the next edition of my interview series where leaders I know share their insights about living better and working smarter.
For many years longer than I've been blogging, I've followed and read other blogs across the net. In my Feedly account, I'm now following 137 blogs on a variety of topics.
In pursuit of publishing my first book, and becoming a better writer, I added several writing experts to my newsfeed. One of those was the Bookish Fox blog, by Sarah Fox who helps authors write their best book possible. I invited her to share her insights. She generously agreed and so here we go!
Explore the insights from this interview with writer and book coach Sarah Fox
Early in our marriage, I was a free spirit. Think of a kite flying around in the sky and that was me. Unfortunately, I was so busy floating among the clouds I lost track of reality and the responsibilities around me.
Continue reading how we benefit from having structure in our lives
You’re out of steam. There’s too much to do. And you’re falling further behind every day.
And it feels like the same story, every year. Well, at least for a handful of the previous years.
Did you really go into business to operate this way? Is this what you imagined entrepreneurship would look like? Has the chaos become comfortable?
What if your small business could provide for you and your team, be enjoyable, have meaning, and facilitate ongoing success?
All at the same time?
That’s what you really want. That’s what I wanted. That’s what we can have. It’s what we would have, but something’s missing.
Continue reading about getting full committed to entrepreneurship
For you and your small business, I want clarity because that clarity is your starting point for moving towards what you want, from and out of your business. But while you need and want clarity, its chaos you're surrounded by (and much of it caused by your own doing directly or indirectly).
In the midst of facing and transitioning out of chaos during the halfway point of my small business owner journey, a strong visual metaphor came to me, helping to understand what was going on and why the clarity and order were so important.
In this visual, I imagined a messy house. Every room was cluttered with stuff everywhere. Chaos all over.
Explore the path small business owners must take to find clarity and vanquish chaos
When the iPad first came out, I’d play Zombie Highway. The point of the game is to drive as far as possible without dying. Seems easy. But, there are forces pushing back. The car could crash either by running into debris in the road or, it could flip over when there were too many zombies on the vehicle.
To succeed in the game required looking forward onto the horizon instead of at the zombies. Their presence was distracting and caused the player to focus on the horde instead of the road. In most cases, the zombies didn’t flip the car, but focusing on them led to distracted driving causing the player to crash into debris they didn’t see coming.
The loss of vision and visibility inevitably leads to failure.
Click to discover the four types of distractions we all face
Continue reading how this blogging challenge will help me finish my second book project
With five kids, and an abundance of vocational transition in our lives, there's been no shortage of chaos as me and my wife navigate the challenges of parenting. And as our five kids get older, I suspect the craziness of life is going to kick into high gear. On top of the natural craziness of life, there’s also the real challenges of parenting with excellence.
There’s an abundance of advice mixed with our own experiences to figure this out and end up with kids that want to spend time with us when they’re no longer required to do so. But, it’s not easy and requires an abundance of grace for ourselves and our children.
So, in the worst case scenario where I fail miserably in every area of parenting, what’s the one thing I could do to that would not only make up for my shortcomings but would rise above them in a powerful way?
Continue reading what matters most when parenting your kids
My new blog for building a strong business foundation is up at StartupNation. One of my 2019 goals is publishing 5 articles on other websites. So, I've knocked one with four to go.
In this new blog for small business owners, I explain the Formula for Intentionality, and how to answer the critical questions that build strong foundations for every meaningful company. While it's uncommon to be this deliberate on the front end of a business launch, its essential for enduring the numerous challenges faced along the entrepreneurial path. The focus created also minimizes the numerous distractions that come along the way.
In the article, we'll explore purpose, mission, vision, and core values in a way that's helpful but also makes sense of how these elements connect together. So, what are you waiting for, go read it!
Click here to read "The Formula for Intentionality That Will Bring Your Startup’s Vision to Life" on StartupNation.com.
My blog is focused on sharing stories and systems to help you live better and work smarter. And, this interview series gives you the opportunity to collect insights from people I know and work with, and provides a break from my ramblings :-)
In the following interview, we'll connect with my longtime friend, now entrepreneur, Ivan Alfaro. Ivan is a former freelance web developer. We originally met to discuss a potential web project during the years running Noodlehead Marketing. While we never had the opportunity to work on a project together, we did connect on a personal and spiritual level becoming friends and sharing life over the years.
Ivan has made a significant series of transitions going from a Senior Web Developer at Turner, leaving the comforts of corporate America, for the rewards of entrepreneurship. He's also now engaged to be married, so he's got exciting insights to share.
Let's jump right into the interview with my friend, and explore how he lives better and works smarter.
Read on from Ivan, about systems and stories he has to share for working smarter and living better