I’m attending a friend’s wedding this week, and it has me reflecting on ceremonies and all the opportunities that lay in the future of the bride and groom. I started thinking on everything that awaits them and the intentions that are shared during wedding vows.
It hit me that most of our important life events are celebrated with a ceremony. Graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, all of these things are celebrated with a ceremony of some sort. So why would starting a business be any different?
There should be a ceremony when we start our businesses celebrate this new beginning and confirm our promises and our commitment to our family and the people involved in our business. This would help us dedicate time to be intentional about our goals. Making the statement publicly is also a great way to keep us accountable and focused on our progress throughout our journey as business owners.
What Does Your Vision Look Like
We all know that Q4 is the busiest time for us as ecommerce business owners. With supply chain issues, Amazon rules, and tons of other little details to work out, it never seems like there’s enough time in the day. However, it’s still important to take a second and think about why you started your business in the first place.
The vision for your business should always be your main focus. This is important because we can easily forget why we’re working hard and what’s important to our success. Having a vision is going to help you analyze your projects and figure out which pieces fit with that vision and which ones don’t.
If you get too caught up in the busy work, your progress will slow. If you start feeling stuck, burnout will shortly follow. A business owner experiencing these feelings of overwhelm is not very helpful to a business, a family, or themselves.
Take Action and Move Forward
If there is no set vision for you and your business, I suggest you take at least 15 minutes today, sit somewhere quiet, and consider the question, “Why did I start my business and what do I want it to look like in one year? What will that look like for me, my family, my team?” Then come up with one thing you’re going to do today that can put this vision into effect.
This one thing could be taking the time to take your child to school instead of them riding the bus, because you created your business to have more time with your family. Whatever it is, the point is being intentional and making a move. Take small steps that will work towards putting you back in touch with the reason for your hard work.
If you already have a vision for the business, go even further and figure out the gap between where you currently are and where you really want to be. Then pick your one thing that can be done today to help you make that happen. It could be hiring an assistant because you need more time for strategic work, or cutting out unnecessary operating expenses that can give you more of a cushion for the business.
No matter what point you’re at in your business, committing to taking the right steps to improve your business and your life for you and your family every day is important. One of the tactics I use for sticking to this commitment myself is adding the steps to my calendar every day and knocking them out first, but the other tasks that will take up more of my time. If you also stick to the steps every day, you will quickly see the daily improvement that begins to add up and make your weeks and life better.
What’s More Important?
Of course, as the owner of a bookkeeping firm, I can’t leave out the importance of good money management, and it is a great goal to set. However, time is really what you are spending every day, not money. If your time isn’t being used to achieve those goals that are important to you, then no amount of money can get you to where you want to be.
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