Are you running a business or hobby?
Are you showing up in your business the way you would show up for a ‘real’ job working for someone else?
What I mean is… are you completing your money-making and key tasks daily? Even when you’re tired and don’t feel like it.
When we work for someone else, we always show up. We drag ourselves to work even when we don’t feel like it. We might be feeling de-motivated or stayed out too late the night before, but we still show up.
But so many times we give ourselves excuses in our businesses and the work that matters never actually gets done.
- “I’m tired today. I’ll do it tomorrow.”
- “The sun is shining. I’m off to the beach for the day.”
- “There’s a sale on in my favourite shop. I think I’ll skip work and go to that.”
Yes, we work for ourselves to give ourselves the flexibility that a 9 – 5 job doesn’t allow. Yes, there are times when you should take a day out and do some self-care or indulge yourself.
But, if you truly want a successful business for the long term, you must stop the half-hearted excuses and step up to create that future you so badly want.
Think of yourself as an employee of your business. Would your boss allow you the number of excuses you are coming up with on a regular basis such as showing up late, leaving early or procrastinating over key activities?
If you are not working to the same conditions that you would for someone else in your business, you are giving excuses!
This is the difference between having a business or a hobby.
I see a lot of people with hobbies. And it’s because they aren’t focused on doing the work that matters.
Write yourself a contract of employment. Set out your responsibilities and set your working hours. Factor in how many days off you will have. Set yourself targets and what reward you will have for achieving these.
It’s your business on your terms. But treat it as a business and not a hobby if you truly want a different life than you have now.