Don’t Evaluate Your Life In The Middle Of The Fight
Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Evaluate Our Lives In The Middle Of The Fight
It’s natural for people to start analyzing their lives and happiness when things don’t go according to plan or when under immense pressure. It’s human nature. However, for the entrepreneurs that’s every day life. When things go wrong, it makes my mind wander to why I am doing this. Am I really cut out for this? Am I happy? Is this what I want? We tend to forget why we started on this journey in the first place.
“Entrepreneurs often feel compelled to investigate their personal life only when the shit has hit the fan.”
There must be time (often with a glass or two of bourbon) for you to reflect, think about the big picture and evaluate your personal goals. Not having this time to reflect can be damaging. The problem is, entrepreneurs often feel compelled to investigate their personal life only when the shit hits the fan — at the busiest, most inopportune moments in the middle of the business day. This is precisely the time not to do it. When entrepreneurs feel overwhelmed, the gears come to a stop. Running in quicksand becomes walking in quicksand, and then sinking in quicksand. When this happens, for some reason it causes many of us to use this as an opportunity to evaluate our lives. Maybe because we’ve come to a grinding halt, we think it’s time to ask:
What am I doing? I have no life. I never sleep. I don’t talk about anything but this business. Everyone thinks I am crazy. I never go out. I haven’t been on a date in months, my wife/husband/children are going to forget my name soon, I’ve forgotten what the outside of my oﬃce looks like. My friends have given up on me.
Meanwhile, work piles up like a multiple vehicle car crash and your employees begin to wonder what’s going on. If we gave every entrepreneur truth serum and asked them how often this occurs, the answer would likely be: “at least once a week.” Regardless of how often it occurs, it most often occurs “right after getting punched in the face for ten rounds.” It almost never occurs when things are going well. Have you ever evaluated your life after you close a deal? I doubt it.
Taking the time to check in with yourself is critical. But you can’t fight the fight and evaluate your life at the same time. Set a time for yourself every two weeks to check in and take stock of yourself. When the thought creeps into your head in the middle of the day, resist the temptation to address it and wait until your designated time. Put it on your calendar and never miss it.
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