3 kids in 5 years – my body has taken a beating. You know those women who pop back into shape one week after their baby is born? Yeah, that’s not me. I am 40 lbs heavier than my pre-baby weight, my entire shape has changed, I have hips – whereas I used to not have any… my body has changed.
The problem is I have been trying to wear my pre-baby clothes. And they simply Do. Not. Fit. Anymore!
I went and bought a couple items of clothing in a size I swore I would never wear and you know what? I feel so much better. Making that change has brought me more confidence, people have commented that I look nice… my clothes finally fit who I am today.
You know, sometimes our businesses don’t fit us either. We change, we evolve, we grow – and so should your business. Does your business still fit you? The you of today?
What are 5 signs your business no longer fits you?
1. You’ve lost that loving feeling.
If you are struggling to feel passionate about your business, or if it is no longer fueling a purpose – then it’s time to re-evaluate what you are doing. It is OK to change your business model, or your focus, or your offering. I started with an academic coaching business, then built a parenting blog and now I work with coaches, authors and experts in the field of curriculum development, content strategy and creation. I evolved. I look forward to my work everyday because it’s purposeful (I help people everyday) and I am passionate about creating offerings for your clients that resonate, that have impact and that make a difference in the world.
2. You are avoiding work.
If you are finding every reason on earth why you simply cannot deliver – or if you are wasting time on fiddly things instead of getting the work done that will pay you – then it’s a sign you are ready for a change. Perhaps what you do bores you?? I am a classic ‘technician turned entrepreneur’. I have been avoiding doing some of the technical aspects to my work- they don’t interest me anymore – but they are critical to the success of my business… so guess what? I am developing systems and processes so I can outsource it to others – so I can focus on the aspects of my business that pay me the most, and that fuel my passion. If you are avoiding aspects of your work, then it’s time to find someone who can help you. Will it take away from your earnings? Yes, initially… but once you shift your technician mind to that of a manager… then you will find you are able to grow your business and your earnings ten-fold.
Do you feel a little bit like you are on a hamster wheel? Doing tasks that aren’t helping your business move forward or grow? Are you spending most of your time marketing and not seeing a return? Do you sit at the computer and click around aimlessly never really accomplishing anything? I get it. I have been there and done that and it is not fun. If you are going in circles you need clarity, you need focus and you need goals. Walking through your business work week aimlessly won’t get you anywhere. Tighten up that Time Map and USE IT, spend the time to create a Power Planner and USE IT. It will change your life. I promise.
4. You struggle on a daily basis.
A business built on skills and strengths will be easy. If you are struggling with your work then it is likely not a natural fit – you aren’t working in your sweetspot. Work doesn’t need to be hard to pay off. Content development and content strategy is my sweetspot – it’s easy for me, I understand it, I live it, I breathe it… but it is foreign and challenging to many others – which is good, that’s why I am in business! Maximize your skills and strengths – and stop struggling.
5. You are working harder than ever and you aren’t getting the results you want.
If your business is fitting you properly then you will be satisfied with what you get out of it. If you are forever late delivering, you are not marketing daily, you are not growing your business – but you are working harder than every before… then your business doesn’t fit. It’s that simple. It’s time to take a breather – an afternoon – get out, clear your head and make a plan. Identify what is wrong and what is not going well and come up with a plan to fix it. Hire a coach, reach out to your network for help, sign up for a course, contact an expert who is achieving what you want… go. learn. now.
So where is your business on the size scale? Does it fit where you are today? Does it fit where you want it to go? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!