Sometimes running your business feels like being on a roller coaster.
I’ve only been on one once, but I’ll never forget the feeling: being completely vulnerable and at the mercy of the next unexpected turn and plummet. Quite frankly, it was scary and most of the time I felt like I was going to barf.
Have you ever felt that way about your business?
It comes down to being proactive
If your business feels like a scary ride it’s likely because you’re working in reactive mode, rather than in a proactive space.
The difference is monumental.
Being proactive means controlling situations by causing things to happen rather than waiting to respond after things happen. It means planning the future rather than working in the moment.
Working in a reactive space leaves you open to overwhelm, stress and burnout. Click to tweet!
Operating in reactive mode only serves to wear you down. You’re constantly moving from one task to another, never stopping to plan or take time to innovate and grow our business.
Most people know when they’re in reactive mode. They feel an over-arching sense of stress that grinds them down. But if you’re unsure, it’s time for some self analysis.
Ask yourself these 3 questions:
- Do you react to events happening around you or do you take initiative to prepare for, participate in and control the events?
- Do you primarily work in the present responding to others people’s requests, or do you look to the future and plan your time and workload accordingly?
- Do you make a decision only when you have to, when you’ve put it off for as long as you can? Or do you make thoughtful decisions that are part of a larger, long-term plan?
Answering Yes to any of these questions means you tend to play a reactive or passive role in your business.
How you can take control
When you take control of your business you immediately feel a sense of calm. You have the confidence of knowing the next step and the assurance that enough time and resources have been allotted to get it done.
Control is about being proactive rather than reactive.
3 steps to move you toward being proactive
1. Assess :: Take an inventory of your business projects. Include your client work (current and future), innovation projects, marketing initiatives etc. Get all this information out of your head and onto a page (paper or digital) where you can see it all at once.
2. Plan :: Allocate time in your calendar to get these projects done. Assess where you might need outside assistance. Estimate the time it will take you to complete the task or project, and factor that in when adding it to your schedule.
3. Implement :: Do the work in the time you’ve allotted. No procrastination allowed. Take ownership of your actions and hold yourself accountable.
Your next step
It’s not easy to move from a reactive to a proactive way of working. Tell yourself it’s time to get off the scary ride. It’s time to be mindful of how you approach your work. It’s time to identify and eliminate those reactive tendencies.
If you need assistance, book a complimentary Burnout Buster Power Hour with me. We’ll identify the parts of your business that need attention and create ways for you to take a more proactive role to get you where you want to be.