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Beating loneliness as a business owner

In the beginning years of my business, I was afraid to reach out to other business owners, particularly in my niche. Mainly because I was afraid there weren't enough customers for both of us or my competitor would steal my ideas.

I had felt this feeling of fear and distrust before - when I started coaching high school volleyball. I assumed that every time my team stepped on the court, we would be united against the common enemy: whoever we were playing.

It didn't take long for me to realize that the enemy lived among us (infighting, jealousy, parental interference, etc.) and there was always one other person in the gym who knew exactly what I was facing: the opposing team's coach.

I was so fortunate that a veteran coach took me under her wing and became a friend. And she was the first of many. I looked forward to coach meetings more and more every year because they became my support system. And even though I don't coach anymore, I apply these concepts to business.

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What's the Point of Goals Without Systems?

 
 

I don't know about you, but it seems to me that entrepreneurship can be a constant rotation of frustrations - especially when I put off solving a problem that continues to show up.

Here's an example: I manually have to create the number file for all numbers that I create for The Collage and Wood Shop. This is a problem because it causes a bottleneck in our procedures: if I can't create the file, then it delays production AND shipment. 

What I need is a better SYSTEM.

I'm listening to the Book "Atomic Habits" by James Clear. One sentence stood out to me like it was written in my own marquee lights:

"You don't rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems."

One goal I have this week is to FINALLY create the master file for all of my collage number cutouts. Having a system will allow my business to function even if I'm not at my computer (which I'm more often NOT).

Is there a process or procedure in your business that needs a...

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