Just as important as knowing what you want out of life is knowing what you DON’T
want. Creating balance and off-the-charts happiness is all about being honest with
yourself and only taking on clients, projects, or tasks that will bring you joy, not
bring about stress and resentment.
Think of the yin and yang idea from Chinese philosophy. They are often thought of
as two competing forces when in actuality they work together in a complementary
way to create balance. Consider what you want—your goals, your dream lifestyle as your yin; now you need to explore what you don’t want—your yang.
Think about your business in general and take a specific inventory of what you offer
and what backend tasks you do on a monthly basis. Do you work one-on-one with
clients? Do you offer group programs? Do you offer webinars to get leads? Do you
have a signature program created? Do you have a published book? Who is your ideal
client? Do you want to work with startup entrepreneurs or those already making 6-
or 7-figures? Do you send out a monthly newsletter? Do you write your own social
media posts? Are you the only administrator for your private Facebook group? Do
you do your own bookkeeping? What other tasks do you complete every month?
Now go back and analyze which of these things brings you joy—your yin—and
which ones drain you of your energy—your yang.
Remember, your answers will be different from other entrepreneurs and your
mentors. Just because they get joy from doing one-on-one work doesn’t mean that
has to be a part of your business model. Just because they go on public speaking
tours doesn’t mean you have to do that too. Let them find their own joy.
Be selfish and focus on YOU. That’s what badass businesswomen do.
After you have two lists – what you want and what you don’t want from your business – it’s time to create a plan to bring them into balance with each other. For instance, if you no longer want to offer one-on-one services, don’t just drop all your coaching clients without notice. Not only will you damage your reputation when those clients complain about you on social media but you’ll also want to set up a plan for obtaining that income from another source. Does your monthly bookkeeping take an entire day to reconcile? Consider outsourcing this task to a bookkeeper or accountant. Is social media driving you crazy? Hire a social media manager or virtual assistant. There is always a solution to every problem.
Once you know what you want and don’t want, your plan of action will become clear.
Do yourself a favor:
Make a list of things to STOP doing and make a plan for getting rid of them.