Never mind your people…how well do you manage yourself?

‘I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose..’  George Carlin

It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut.  Sometimes we don’t even recognise that we’re in one.

A rut’s boring, same old same old, dull…right?! And that’s not our life!

Well what if it is?

Many successful small business owners get stuck in a rut.  It’s called The Struggle, and while it’s anything but boring, it’s definitely a rut. Some find that they can’t get out of it. Many more don’t want to.  It’s comfortable, they know where they’re at with it, it’s their norm.

They tell themselves that they’ve already stepped out of their comfort zone to create their business.  They tell themselves that they are successful, and that running a successful business comes at a price – no time and no life beyond it.  They tell themselves they’re ok with that, and they’re surrounded by other Strugglers who confirm that they’re right.

They revel in war stories of their 80 hour weeks, and comfort themselves that they are still working to improve themselves by attending weekend seminars and late evening webinars, while other ‘less successful’ people are enjoying time with family and friends.  They’ve created a new comfort zone, and their rut’s too deep to see beyond it.

Your personal management system will get you out of your rut, but it needs 3 things to be be successful

  1. Discipline – in developing your success habits and daily routines, in ditching the stuff that doesn’t serve you and delegating to your assistant and your team, in listening to your mentor.
  2. Celebration – celebrating all of your wins, no matter how small they are.
  3. Integrity – keeping your commitments to others, and to yourself, persevering with your habits and sticking to deadlines.

Learn to manage yourself, and the business will be a piece of cake!

Do one thing: Ask yourself, ‘Does my business run me, or do I run my business?’

[This is an excerpt from Marianne’s new book, Simple, Logical, Repeatable, available now on Amazon at:]

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Marianne is the author of three books, and is currently working on her fourth, whilst regularly writing her blog, we hope you enjoy it :-)


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