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What do you want out of your business?

What do you want out of your business? What is your business going to enable you to do…to have…to be?

Your business is a vehicle to get to where you want to go, as long as you drive it in the right direction.

http://www.TheSOE.com | Your desire at the start of your home contracting business to create a richer, fuller life can diminish as the day-to-day realities of running your business consume your time and energy. You want your business to give you more of a life, not take away more of your life.

The Discipline of Desire

In Napoleon Hill’s classic book “Think and Grow Rich” he identifies desire as the starting point of all achievement.  Of course, he was not talking about any desire – but a desire for a positive result, outcome or personal goal.  

Why personal?

Because you started your businesses for personal reasons.  You wanted money, or freedom, or to be your own boss. There’s lots of reasons, and often more than one as to why you wanted to be a business owner.

In a Think Daily posting, Larry writes about “Disciplining Desire.”

He says, “We all have desires, but we have to discern which ones will take us to long-term success and happiness and which will only lead to problems for us.  Then we need to choose to follow the right ones and be self-disciplined enough to forego the wrong ones.”

Maybe it’s been a while since you thought about the reasons why you went into business for yourself.  Take time now to reflect.  Write down your reasons.  Make sure they are strong enough to get you through hard and harder times.

We all have desires, but we have to discern which ones will take us to long-term success and happiness and which will only lead to problems for us.  Then we need to choose to follow the right ones and be self-disciplined enough to forego the wrong ones.

“The discipline of desire is the backbone of will and character” – Will and Ariel Durant

Say No

Business Owners are always being asked for their time, attention, and contributions on a seemingly endless array of issues. Some days we feel we are being pulled in many directions and feel stress to keep up with it all. On good days, we feel things are going well and we can do more, and say yes to more. Of course this only sets up more bad days in the future. Time is more valuable than money. If we lose money we can get more. But time is limited. If we promise it away, we have less time for things we want to use our time for – things that are important to our goals. 

When you say “YES,” often it’s not just “YES” and we’re done. Often the “YES” is followed up by meetings, forms to sign, emails, phone calls, and other action. “YES” can be time consuming and complicated. Have you said “YES” to too much? 

Challenge:  Knowing what you know now, what one thing do you wish you had said "No" to?   
The next question is “How do I get out, and how fast?” 

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