In a two-day span last week, I heard more reminders about the importance of one’s circle of influence than I have heard this whole year. Here are a few examples…
The Quote of the Day Show’s Motivation Mix #011: The Company We Keep
Seriously, there were way, way more…
In one of the “Darren Daily” videos I receive via email, I heard Darren Hardy discuss the importance of our circle of influence. I even heard about the importance of connecting with like-minded individuals at the monthly SCORE roundtable I attend.
After hearing this message several times in the last week, I’m taking it as a sign from the universe that I need to align with more like-minded entrepreneurs who will push us, encourage us, and help us grow.
Since I quit my job 10 months ago, I’ve spent little time with other business owners — this has to change because I want to change our business model. I love working with clients on a one-on-one basis, but with a new business model, I’ll be able to help more clients than ever before. To make this new business model a reality, my circle of influence will be critical to our success.
So I’m making some changes.
Here’s what I’m adding that will help me remain focused.
I need to be spending 90% of my time with business owners and leaders in business. Your net worth is in your network — something else I continue to be reminded of.
Most of these entrepreneurs I have the privilege of knowing are further along the path than we are, so I have much to learn from them. I also have lots to give.
Currently, I contribute to two masterminds, one roundtable, and one meetup, which represents a good mix of goals, personalities, and opportunities. And because of my contribution to the roundtable, we found our business mentor…well, Joe found us. Joe will become our most important association in our circle of influence because he will push us into our discomfort zone and force us to grow.
Gone are the vague annual goals. Whether it’s personal or professional, we’re setting quarterly goals.
Every week, we learn new things that help inform the next steps we need to take to grow our business. As our business grows, our net worth grows, and we’ll be closer to financial independence. We’re taking the Slight Edge approach to success.
Those business books we highlight periodically? We’re re-reading all of those because we’re in a different place today than we were when we read these books, so what we gleaned at that time will be different than what we glean today.
Here’s what I’m eliminating in order to make space and time available for what’s more valuable.
I’ve eliminated all podcasts except those that speak directly to the needs of our new business model in an effort to better understand our clients’ needs. Seek to understand, not to be understood.
I’m hitting unsubscribe on every newsletter, roundup, recap, and blog post notification. Sorry, everyone! It’s not that I don’t love you, but I’ll catch up on the weekends via the Twitter machine.
I’m taking a social media break during the week. No more scrolling to pass the time in between tasks — all I’m doing is wasting time.
We cancelled cable years ago as well as those cord-cutter lifelines. I’m seriously concerned about the conscious and unconscious influence that binge watching has had on us. YouTube wormed its way into our evenings and then we end up down a rabbit hole of funny videos because of autoplay. We’ll just leave the TV off.
We’re multiplying our streams of income.
Thanks to our digital marketing experience and feedback from some like-minded folks, we decided to start new projects, aka our “side hustles,” that’s we will work to turn into new income streams. We’ll be sharing more about our new side hustles in August.
Here’s what I’m working to divide and conquer.
I have only so many hours in a week and I want to maintain the work-life balance I’ve got. In order for me to focus on networking and marketing our new agency, I need to outsource the administrative tasks I’ve been spending most of my time on. I’ll be working on documenting my processes this fall with the goal to outsource some of these tasks by the end of the year. Our business mentor recognizes that we are detail-oriented individuals, sometimes to a fault, so I bet he’ll push us on this item.
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