Ever have those days when you just put your feet up and do nothing ? As an employee this could be an option, but as a Business Owner, there is the guilt factor – you have to show your commitment to the team after all you are the role model; if you don’t have a team, will you still earn money if you don’t go to work ?
Why feel guilty about having time off?
One of the perks of being a Business Owner is that it gives you the flexibility to decide where and when you work. Most employees would respect that you have earnt that right. The feelings of guilt can harp back to the employee days – especially if you worked for a company where you had to be seen to be the first one there and the last one to leave.
Can your business run with-out you?
If you are at the hub of your company, can you work a ‘normal week’ and take holidays through the year? If the answer is no – have you got plans in place to build up to that?
What motivates you?
This is a really interesting one, different things motivate different people. For some it’s about being the best in their industry – this could be quality, innovation, market share, for others it may be about reaching a certain level of turnover and profitability, or generating a certain number of jobs in the community, having time off to pick up the kids or go travelling.
What is it for you?… remember that money is a satisfier not a motivator – it enables you to do something. All you need to do is work out what you would do with the money… here are some ideas to get you thinking:
Holiday destinations; cruises, island getaways, cultural trips
Houses; bigger, better house, buy to lets, holiday homes – for you or your family
Education/Self-improvement – for you or university fees for your kids
Charitable donations or sponsorships
Retail therapy – designer gear
I recommend getting all your ideas out and creating a picture of them. Put the picture somewhere you will see every day – this will be your Dreamchart.
Once you get started it’s really fun; the only limit is your imagination. I know that it works for me and each year I tick off over 50%.
Once you have the dreams sorted you can start the planning: make sure that you are as clear as possible on your Dreamchart; get the right model/design/colour, research the prices so you are really clear on what it will take to get there. Then get in to action.