Especially for the solopreneur, it’s easy to keep everything on your plate at least at the beginning of your business. In fact, some people begin to develop their business this way and don’t understand the negative habits that they have associated with trying to manage everything on their own.
Momentum Drops and You Feel More Hot Mess than Superhero
At the beginning of your business adventure, you’re bootstrapped and probably don’t have the funds necessary to hire someone else to help you. Neglecting this, however, could mean that you are at serious risk of burning yourself out.
You’ll soon find yourself working 12 or 14 hour days getting frustrated with clients and not feeling that same enthusiasm that you did at the outset of starting your business. At this point, you’re ideally generating revenue but may be concerned about the next step you need to take.
How to Get Things Off Your Plate…and Mind
The most important aspect of beginning to outsource and hiring your first virtual assistant actually has less to do with how you identify that person, although that is certainly important, and more to do with the mindset that you take approaching it. Women, in particular, seem to be highly likely to fall into the trap of feeling as though they need to do everything themselves.
Societal pressures and general pictures of the women who can do it all encourage everyday women like us to think that we need to have a thriving healthy lifestyle, family, business, personal life and many other demands playing on us at the same time.
These same pressures encourage us to think that there’s something wrong with us if we’re not succeeding at every specific area of our life. You have to choose what is individually important to you. For someone without a family, being able to focus on business full time may be an appropriate response and it may be something that is in line with their individual life and passion. However, for another person who has a family or perhaps has fitness goals or other personal accomplishments they wish to attain, focusing on business 24/7 can be detrimental.
Tunnel Vision Can be Deadly for a Business and for a Woman
Focusing on any one thing too much can lead you to get tunnel vision. You’re more likely to become entrenched in your bad behaviors this way. Trust me, we have all been there. There have been times when my business revenue has skyrocketed, even recently. It has been difficult for me to continue outsourcing and recognizing that the growth in my business indicates that I also need more people to help me and to outsource more things so I can focus on these new valuable projects.
It’s a paradox because at the outset of your business, you feel like as soon as you begin to make money, it will be easy for you to make the investment in outsourcing and to stop trying to do it all. But once you get there, you begin to think that you’ve made it this far by doing everything on your own and that it would be scary to give up some control and outsource things to other people. Getting stuck in this mindset can hold you back from even further growth.
You’ll find that you’re hitting the same ceiling and making around the same set point of money every single month unless you push yourself. Have you ever heard the saying that if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten? That’s certainly true when applied to business and when you think about your own mindset of trying to do it all in your business.
Now- Wonder Woman is a great archetype and wonderful movie to see this summer. However, it’s not something you should strive to do in your business or in your personal life. You have to strike a balance and find something that’s going to work for you. And don’t let anyone else tell you that the route that you have chosen is wrong unless it is seriously endangering your sanity or someone’s sanity who is close to you.