I occasionally talk to a business owner who expresses that they aren’t afraid to work hard, but they need a drill instructor – someone to tell them what to do, hold their feet to the fire, and hold them accountable. I understand why that sounds good, but I don’t think it’s the answer you’re looking for.
Finding Internal Business Motivation for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs
If you want someone to tell you what to do and hold you accountable, there is a place where you can get that. It’s called a job.
I loved the simplicity of Marine Corps Boot Camp. All you had to do was follow order. No worrying about whether you could succeed or be good enough, nor any debate over what you wanted or what was the best course of action. Just follow orders. It’s comforting in a way.
But as a business owner, that’s not a comfort you can have.
And it doesn’t work anyway. If it did, all those courses you’ve bought and books you’ve read would already have solved your problems.
It’s this mistake that makes those “10 Easy Steps to Success” courses so attractive and profitable, but ultimately disappointing.
Your problem isn’t that you don’t know what to do or how to do it. If only it were that easy.
Your problem is that you’re looking for strength, clarity, and confidence in others instead of embracing your own leadership, inspiration, creativity, and vision.
It’s a hedge. It says, “If I don’t fully put myself on the line, then I’m not responsible if things don’t work out.”
But it’s also what’s holding you back from the success you desire.
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P.S. If improving your mindset to be more productive and effective as a leader and problem solver in your business is your goal, you might like my 20-minute guided meditation, which is available for free to download to your phone or PC.