How Should You Not Becoming Workaholic Online Business Owner?
One of the biggest problems for online business owner is that they convince themselves that being busy is what online business is all about and that as long as they give their all, there is no much else they can do.
While we all know that we need to work smarter rather than harder, the reality is that life always throws us curve balls and we end up reacting to the environment we find ourselves in and going back to our old ways.The reason for this stems from
Why You Want To Become Online Business Owner In The First Place.
When you are an online business owner there is a real buzz from getting things off the ground, everything is new and exciting and the dreams that you set off with are still clear in your mind.
At this stage as online business owner you have to work hard, because there is nobody else to do the work and, if you don’t do it, it doesn’t get done. Unfortunately, herein lies the root of future problems.
When you are busy like this you usually end up running on high amounts of adrenaline. Pumped up, working long hours and overcoming great challenges, every win you make leaves an imprint in your subconscious minds, linking working hard with success. The imprints are much deeper by the people you tend to meet, who are usually similar to us, doing the same results.
The Downside Is That You Actually Become Workaholic Online Business Owner.
Just like an alcoholic, you become addicted to your online business that you get doing what you know is bad for you, and the last person to realise what happening is the person with the problem. Also like an alcoholic, it is the people around you who suffer most. Family is neglected, friends become acquaintance and, worst of all, people that are taken on in the business to provide support are driven away if they do not want to behave in the same way.
So if you are a workaholic online business owner, what do you do?
Well, the steps are similar to addressing any addiction. The first step is always being aware that you are a workaholic online business owner. The signs of a workaholic online business owner are quite clear and if you need help to see them ask somebody close to you to be honest with you.
Some signs of workaholic online business and the more obvious one are:
- Struggling to sleep at night because your mind does not stop,
- Getting stressed and losing your temper at relatively minor things,
- Starting things and not finishing them,
- Working late at night or at week end when those around you seem to be off enjoying themselves,
- Finding yourself being accused of not listening to other people.
Once you are aware that there’s a problem you are a workaholic online business owner you then have to take ownership of the situation. There is no point in blaming anybody apart from yourself. You can’t blame your team, the bank, the government, the economy or your costumers.
Are you workaholic online business owner, what do you do?
Where you are is a direct result of the decisions and actions you have made to this point. The good thing is that where you will be in the future will be direct result of the decisions and actions you take now and in the future. The only thing is will you do as you have always done and get what you always got or will you try something different?
When you are clear that you are in control and can act differently and get a different result what can you actually do to help you wean yourself off your workaholic online business. The first thing is to be really clear what sort of life you want to lead, how many hours per week, days per year you want to work, what will your team do for you and what would you rather be doing instead of working all the time?
This is really important because if you don’t have something you like better, you will always end up doing what you are doing now, even if deep down you hate it.
Now you know what you want, decide the time scale you want this happen and plan out what needs to happen each quarter in order for you to get there.
Remember, it takes 21 times to create a good habit and the longer you have been a workaholic online business owner, the longer it will take you to change your many bad habits.
Finally, be honest with yourself and admit it when you need help and embrace it, other people will see you fall back into your old online business habits far sooner than you do.
So go on, rev your online business and get yourself out of the pits.
Fouzi Bach has 17 years experience offline business, marketing strategy and execution. He builds his first website for fun. He believes that successful online business is both customers focused and business minded. Visit his blog and Signing Up Free or filling out a contact form to get blog updates by email, with the latest newsletter, free advice and information, additional resources, and a lot more!
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