by Melanie Spring
When you started your business, you never said "I'm going to just half-ass it." You wanted to make a difference. Change something. Take over the world!
So, when did you become a mediocre entrepreneur? You stopped following your dream. You hit 90 hours a week for two straight years and got tired. You forgot what you were really doing it for. You decided the money was more important. Any of those hit home?
Entrepreneurs are well-known for being a little crazy, over-the-top, and hardcore people. It takes guts to open a business and staying-power to keep it going. We know we're on our own, regardless of how great our friends and family are. We know we have to make decisions for ourselves. We know we have to stand out to make it.
Want to cut out the mediocrity and get back to where you started? Here are 5 things you need to do ASAP:
1. Listen to the experts.
If you hire an expert, they're being paid to do everything possible to help you. You trusted them to help you so listen to them. Sometimes we're too deep in our businesses to really see what we need to do and those experts can give us the direction we need. If you haven't hired an expert, notice what you're struggling in and find someone to help you. It's ok to ask for help but be sure to listen.
2. Stop working so much.
Entrepreneurs never really expect running a business will keep them from taking a vacation but a few years in, they realize they've never stopped working. Shut your phone and laptop off for a day. Go to the beach. Spend time with your family. Taking this break will allow you to be fresh and ready for new ideas and challenges.
3. Demand excellence.
First, demand it from yourself. Then your staff. Then your clients. If you surround yourself with excellence, you will continue to be excellent. Accepting mediocre work will never get you where you want to go.
4. Set standards.
While demanding excellence, set a list of standards. If you create this list, hold yourself, your employees and your clients accountable to it. You may be afraid of what your staff or clients will say about it but in the end, they'll all be happier with where your business is heading.
5. Fire some clients.
If you're hearing positive things from everyone but one client who ends up taking up all your time, take them off your client list. There's no reason to keep the negativity around.
Now, stop complaining about Mondays and get back to taking over the world. It's your time and it's totally up to you to do it.