Ask your peers, your friends, clients or any other business owners. The most common thing you are likely to hear is that the main thing killing success is that they don’t have enough time. They don’t have enough time to do all they want to, or need to, in growing their firm. Sometimes it’s about not having enough time to delegate (no, seriously), or not enough time to think clearly (that’s why coaching works by the way). But time is not what’s killing success!
The problem is NOT ABOUT TIME.
If you could take give each of those people 50% more time, I strongly suspect they would still say they have the same problem. Time is not the problem. Techniques like time blocking, or the default diary can really help, but time isn’t the problem. You can’t manage time, you can only manage yourself.
Killing success – The real issue
So, what then is the main problem in most firms if it isn’t time? Yes we can talk about staffing, recruitment, delegation, not having enough clients, or cash flow, but it isn’t really any of those.
The number one success killer is distraction. Distraction stops your focus dead in it’s tracks and takes you away from your path to success.
How can you prevent distraction?
I don’t know how you can prevent yourself from getting distracted, although I’m 90% certain you need to. A general answer is to have a clearer strategy, or series of steps, or habits that will help you. How you adopt that within your personality is the important bit.
Maybe you are one of those who love free thinking, so the distraction is what you really enjoy? It is fun trying out new ways of working, reading more, and playing with (call it testing if you like) new pieces of software. BUT, they are distractions.
Maybe you need to recognise your need for distractions and learn to resist the urge, at least until another day (don’t lose the good ideas though, have a ‘good idea to try’ file).
Maybe, like a Star Trek (yes I am a fan) episode you need to give yourself time once a week/ month where you play to your hearts content. But when it’s over, you focus.
Maybe you need a coach, or a mastermind group, or to be part of a group programme that will help you manage your urge to be distracted.
What’s killing success for you and how will you reduce your urge to be distracted? It is what’s between you and greater success.
Written by The 5-50 Coach. I help professionals grow their firms from 5 to 50 employees, sustainably, profitably and still have fun. Have you got your "next step kitbag yet"? It's stuffed with guides, reports & templates helping you grow from 5 to 50 employees. Click here for immediate access.