Making Legendary Leaders
Insights to help you become the Legend you are destined to be and to live the Legendary Life you deserve! Each day you will learn the strategies you need to help you confidently take action in your business and move you one step closer to the life you deserve, your Legendary Life.
It’s the end of October and you know what that means, you are going to blink and it’s going to be Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day all in a 2 second timespan. So here’s what I’m encouraging you to do today, plan you holiday time now.
If we aren’t aware of the time of year, not only will we lose time in our business, but we will lose time in our lives and in the lives of those who matter to us. So today, I want you to plan your holiday events and schedule your to do’s. I’m not talking down to the hour, but I am talking about doing this for both personal and work time.
For work, how much time are you going to spend working in your business? Are you going to pull back? Do your KPI goals and financial goals align with that shift? Can you still deliver and pullback? How do you make it work? Note, I’m not telling you to not pull back. I want you to spend the time you want to spend. I simply don’t want you stressing about KPIs if you haven’t planned effectively. So here’s the deal, just plan. 😁
If you have employees, how are you supporting them? Do you have holidays off per your company policies or events that you can try to do virtually? Does your business metric plan support them being off as well?
From a personal perspective, how much time are you going to spend with family? Are you traveling or is anyone traveling to you? How will you make sure you are fully present, not missing a moment?
Plan it now. Commit to what matters to you. Make sure your time at work and time away align and that you don’t have unrealistic goals for the next two months that will cause you to miss out on the season with those who matter most to you. If you plan now, you will have plenty of time to prepare, in both areas of your life to ensure you deliver on the balance you want to achieve.
Today’s challenge: as you are eliminating the gray, include underperformance. I am getting feedback from friends and clients that they are considering the restructuring pathways for their businesses (reducing headcount, changing the overall structure of their businesses, etc.). If you haven’t listened to that series, go check it out. As they are working through it, what they have all realized to some degree or another, depending on how long they have been in business, is that inefficiency is costing them money.
Yes, no surprise. If you hire someone to do a job, but they aren’t doing it, you are spending money for no reason. It’s why I tell you, if you hired someone to do a job but it’s not getting done, that person doesn’t need to stay on your team.
I get that you like them. I get that they are a good person. But you have to keep the business on an efficient pathway such that when life changes, the business is spending only what it has to spend to work effectively.
Now, if you are like these folks and you are realizing that you need to reduce expenses, you are going to look at the people that aren’t performing as expected. You want to remove the wasted payroll, so you sit and you slice and you think and you debate and you drag your feet.
Why are belaboring the point? You have done your research. You can see that you are spending money without return. Why are you waiting? Yes, there are people involved. Yes, you need to handle it respectfully and with a true process. But you need to handle it nonetheless.
But if you know that your business needs to change to improve as a business, go improve your business. Take action!
Don’t drag your feet on making business improvements, even when the decisions are hard. The decisions are always hard. That’s not going to change. But focus on addressing the underperformance. Deliver the accountability discussions. Move through the process.
Today’s challenge: eliminate underperformance as you are eliminating the gray that exists in your life and your business.
You are excited now! You are committed to your business, ready to jump in, run, and start making it happen. But now you are asking yourself the next important question in this process: what should I pursue? How do you start to feel really good about what you want to sell in your business?
You need to look at what fulfills you.
Think about waking up each morning with a feeling of excitement. You’re wake up excited to do something . . . what is that something? That’s where you want to land. What makes you happy?
Another angle to consider is figuring out what you do well. What do people ask you to help them with? What are you known for? If you don’t know, ask people who know you!
Do you throw great parties? You could be an event planner.
Do you give great advice on a specific topic or have lived through an event that others would benefit learning from you? You could be a coach.
Do you like to write? You could be a copywriter.
I mean, there are a ton of things you could do. Teach painting, music, gardening, organizing, prayer, sleep training for infants, dealing with divorce, death, marriage, bookkeeping, bee keeping, etc.
You can also do things like a food business, bakery, home catering, etc.
The sky is the limit.
Sit down and make a list of all the things you believe you are good at. List everything you would enjoy doing. Add the feedback you received from asking others. Then look at the list. What makes you HAPPY when you think about doing it? What could you do that gives back to others?
Pick one idea. This is your passion project. Your Legend Zone. Your gift. Commit to pursuing that and creating a business around it.
Another common question I get, because those of us who have worked in the corporate world understand this very well, that most of our friends are also in that same world. Because we live similar lives, that’s how we became friends in the first place. As you start to become a different person, you are going to start looking for new friends. So today’s question is: when leaving my corporate job, how do I find a new inner circle?
Here’s the deal, you can be friends with anyone. Period. Anyone. But if you are friends because you shared the common experiences and could talk about work as your bond, then no you won’t be able to do that anymore in your friendship. You’re going to be on a path of becoming a different person, which means you won’t share the same concerns, fears, or worries.
That may sound crazy but it’s true.
You are going to be a new person because you are going to grow, change, learn, adapt, and become the woman who runs a million dollar plus business. You have to become that woman.
Because of your growth, your current circle may not get it, may not recognize you, may not want to get it, or want support you. Now here’s the deal, don’t sweat that. You are becoming the person you were meant to be!
Remember, your friends are probably being the people they are meant to be I would expect. If you want to still be friends and they don’t, so be it. If you don’t want to be friends anymore, so be it. Decide what you want, have the conversations you need to have based on what you want, and keep moving forward.
The point here is that you are going to become a very different person, because again, you have to. And the topics and events that bonded you don’t exist anymore. The things you supported each other on, vented to each other about, etc. won’t be there anymore. Because of that, and because you still need a group of women who are going through the same experiences you are, most women want a new circle.
Not only should you want a circle, you need one. Entrepreneurship is a lonely road, because each day you are forging a brand new path. So find a new circle.
Find facebook groups. (We have one here at Legend Leaders. Come join us. We will support you!) Start with finding circles on social media. Be active in those groups. Find other people doing what you are doing, just like you did in the corporate world.
We all need the support.
Today we are going to focus on the next most commonly asked question when women are trying to step out of the corporate world into the entrepreneur world: How do I get my spouse on board?
What a great question! Seriously. That’s another fear that many of us face.
Ultimately, you have to believe in what you are doing. If you aren’t certain this is what you need to do, if you don’t believe this is your path, no one else is going to believe it either. Not your spouse, your best friend, your mom, no one.
So, first and foremost you need to believe.
Second, you need to go and tell your spouse this is what you want, why you want it, what it means, how you think you want to do it, etc. You have to be ready to tell your spouse what you are going to change and why it matters to you.
You don’t need to ask for permission. Don’t set yourself up, saying “I’m going to ask my spouse.” NO! You are going to “talk WITH” your spouse. Big difference. You are a grown woman. You don’t need permission. You need a partner in this process. So talk to this person like a partner, not a parent.
Mindset is everything, remember. So go in confident, certain this is your path. You don’t have to be certain as to HOW you are going to do it all. But you do need to be certain this is your path and be certain as to WHY that’s the case.