Did you know that nine out of every ten businesses fail? I am not trying to discourage you, but that’s the truth. It’s not the lack of having big dreams or passion, it’s the lack of commitment and introspection required to translate that passion into solid actions.
Most of the people who start businesses get caught in the trap of making excuses, wasting time, and leaving things for tomorrow. That is what we call a lack of accountability, and there are reasons why you keep finding reasons for not getting stuff done. Here is why.
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Unless you’re desperate or have been backed into a corner due to your financial situation, there is a sense of security that lingers around. You always feel like you’ve tomorrow to do the rest, and it’s not like if you don’t get it done today, you won’t have food on your table.
This sense of ‘I’ve a lot of time’ and ‘I can do it whenever I want’ never lets you lift your business off the ground. It keeps you interested enough, but you never get to define a course of action to achieve those dreams. There’s always a tomorrow, right?
While we’re living in a world of ultimate convenience, it also has its downsides. You always have something to do – from posting useless posts on social media to watching videos on YouTube. Sometimes, it’s not the digital world but your social life that gets in the way. Your startup office turns into a party spot.
If you’re not going out of the way to keep yourself away from distractions, chances are you won’t be able to get anything done. There will always be something you would want to do more, and that false sense of security of having ‘tomorrow’ will lure you in.
This is a challenge that takes many shapes. Sometimes, you believe you’re not good enough for what you’ve started. You begin to think that you won’t ever be able to achieve your dreams, which starts to affect your ability to work.
On the other hand, some people are too perfectionist to delegate. They don’t get that sense of ultimate satisfaction until they’ve done everything by themselves. Consequently, they get caught up in too much work, which again means delays, declining quality of work or worse, a total burnout.
You’d be surprised to learn how bad people can be at managing their funds and time. Sometimes they haven’t sold a single unit, but they’re almost out of their working capital because they spent it all on international patents. Similarly, many times they keep pursuing objectives that add little to no value to their businesses.
Managing your resources as well as time is a skill not everyone has. One of the reasons why many people fail to get things done, at least the ones that matter.
Often times, people who have started a business don’t have anyone around who cares about what they achieve. Deadlines fly past by them, and the sky doesn’t fall. There’s no one to answer to. Who cares? That is a frame of mind that holds progress back and gets in the way of getting things done.
For starters, you need to change your perspective. When you’re in business, time is money. You may think that you can get something done tomorrow, but the time you’ve wasted is the time you’ve given your competitor to win an edge over you. And in the period of a few months, that edge soon turns into your competition being miles ahead of you.
You are literally losing money when you’re getting nothing done. If you’re serious about your business and want to be a high performance entrepreneur, you need to change that. Not tomorrow. Not the next hour. Right now.
If you’re struggling with all these issues and your business isn’t doing well, you need an accountability partner. That’s yours truly, Darren Finkelstein. Here’s what I can help you with:
Selling More & Earning More – Accountability will help you create opportunities, and opportunities are where you make money.
Improving Efficiency – It will also help you get more things done in less time, enhancing the overall productivity of your business.
Creating Accountability Culture – You will start to lead by example when it comes to being accountable and delivering on your promise.
Learning to multi-task – Accountability will save you enough time and resources to handle multiple tasks on a daily basis.
There is a multitude of reasons that can hold you back from delivering your hundred percent. Some of it is your own fault, some of it is external factors. That’s why you need a professional with years of experience to come in and conjure up a plan for you. Someone you will be answerable to – not as a punishment – but to create a sense of accountability that comes from within. It’s for your own good!