Chaos…that ever-present foe (or friend) to some of you. How do you take much-needed steps away from it? How do you close the door on it and lock it out for good? Well, let’s talk about that today!
Every single sales meeting we do inevitably comes back to employees and sales. Every. Single. One. But what’s behind all of that? What’s really at the core, the root of the problem? Chaos. It just boils up and keeps us from training our employees as well as we should. We’re chasing revenue numbers and trying to meet sales quotas, so we never put in enough time to build out the necessary systems and processes to alleviate that chaos.
So what happens? It just sits there, staring us in the face and daring us to make a change. But we don’t. We just let it chase us around until we figure it out or burn out.
So, how do you leave chaos behind? How do you turn the corner and get above the noise?
A few weeks ago we sent texts out to several of our clients to ask them that question. They are rocking the BoP Roadmap and the ones we texted are far enough along to have some perspective of how they got there. We sent them a simple text.
“If you were to tell someone in one sentence how to succeed as a business owner, what would you say.” We were asking in the context of new Business on Purpose clients, but the message translates to any business.
Here are the top 4 answers we got:
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1. Put in the work and show up.
We are asked all the time, “What’s so special about the Business on Purpose Roadmap?” Our answer? It’s packaged in a way that we can guarantee if you put in the work, you will see your business change. That may sound arrogant, but it’s getting to the point where we’ve seen it work with enough businesses…so we have the confidence to say that. Just like boiling water. If you put water in a pot and add enough heat, it will start to boil. If you have a business and put in the time on your vision, mission, values, delegation, recording, and training on processes, everything we coach. You WILL get above the chaos.
Here’s where that’s tough. You have to put in the work. We can’t do it for you! Just a few weeks ago I was meeting with a business owner who wanted to work with us. I asked him how much time he would have, outside our coaching, to work on implementing this. He couldn’t commit to any.
So…I told him we may not be the right fit. That’s right, turned down a sale. Because if you’re not willing to do the work, we don’t have a magic wand to wave over your business. It’s hard work, but it will succeed if you put in the work and show up.
Sidebar there, if there’s ever a coach or consultant claiming a magic wand to cure your business? RUN THE OTHER WAY! It never happens outside of hard work.
2. Schedule time to work ON your business every single week, not just in it.
I was really proud of my client who texted back this one. Early on he struggled to find the time to work on his business. There were a lot of fires burning. A lot of things to do and spinning plates to keep in the air! He was a little frustrated at how slowly he felt like the ball was rolling, so I challenged him to set non-negotiable time to implement what we talk about every week. If he will commit to that for 2 mos and it’s still not working, I’ll tell him to walk. No questions asked. The beautiful thing? He scheduled the time, never missed a meeting with himself to work on his business and the snowball is cruising downhill. He has an effective team meeting, he has a team leader that’s newly trained and crushing it as he leads in the field, and their finances are finally telling them something from subdividing their bank accounts and spying on their businesses money.
It’s changed everything. But not without doing the work every week.
3. Implement quickly…don’t wait
This one seems like second nature. Like, why pay for the coaching if you’re not gonna insert this into your business. But we do this, right? We read self-help books and say, “Man what a great book!” A year later, we can barely remember anything that stuck out about reading it. We go to a conference and listen to amazing speakers, but we don’t write it down and implement it, so it’s forgotten a month later. We remember the feeling, but there was no lasting impact.
So to succeed in business you have to LEARN AND IMPLEMENT. It’s why that’s a core value at BoP. The longer you wait to implement, the less chance it has to make any kind of lasting impact. Put in the work and implement today. This week. Now!
4. You get out what you put in, stop making excuses.
This one was one of my favorites because it was accompanied by another little quote. “Excuses are like butts…every business owner’s got one!” I love it! And it’s so true. Everyone has a reason why it’s not time for coaching or why they can’t seem to get free from chaos. But when was the last time you drew a line in the sand? When was the last time you were so sick and tired of constantly putting out fires that you did something about it and stopped with the excuses? We’ve heard them all! “I’m just too busy, I’ll jump on that when this slows down. We’re just in a busy season. I can’t find the right people. That doesn’t work in this industry. You just don’t understand!” Need me to go on?
No, freedom from chaos begins the moment you get sick of it enough to do something about it, get help, and get to work. It will never happen on its own.
So…which of those do you need to hang onto today? Are you sick of chaos? Ready to be free? Reach out, let’s grab lunch and get you started on your first steps of being liberated from the chaos. I can tell you after watching business after business dive in and taste freedom…it’s worth it!
Like I said, we would love to be a part of that journey for you. Make sure you’re following us on youtube, listening to our podcast, and let’s connect soon. Have a great week!
Scott Beebe is the founder of Business On Purpose, author of Let Your Business Burn: Stop Putting Out Fires, Discover Purpose, And Build A Business That Matters. Scott also hosts The Business On Purpose Podcast and can be found at mybusinessonpurpose.com.