As the flowers and trees begin to bloom, we start to think about spring cleaning. Don’t limit that to tossing the clothes you haven’t worn for a year. Expand your thinking and get ready to spring clean your business and your life.
One of the biggest challenges with the purge that comes as we clear out drawers and cabinets is figuring where to start. The same challenge can be present in your life and in your business. You think that everything is going great and don’t always take the moment to clean where the deep cleaning is really needed.
You do not need to limit your cleaning to spring time or to just the old items in your home that should be donated or thrown away (nobody wants your old socks with holes in them.)
A successful cleaning can, and should, include your business focus and probably some parts of your life.
We have all heard the story of how when Steve Jobs returned to Apple they had too many different products and he had most of them scrapped and had the company refocus on what would make a difference. The rest of the story is history as the odds are high you, or the person next to you, is reading this on an Apple product.
What about the story of your friend that decided to cut out soda and lost weight quickly?
There are many examples of people who changed the people they surrounded themselves with and watched their whole world change for the better.
Forget all of the stories and examples and let’s focus on you and what you should and could be doing to make the most of this cleaning.
New Year’s resolutions find us making commitments to things that we never did before and think we will magically start doing now. Spring cleaning is where we get to toss away the things that just don’t belong anymore.
Let’s start with our business.
Where should you start?
What are you doing each day that you shouldn’t be?
- Are you doing paperwork that is not your strength?
- Are you focused on too many different projects?
- Are you spreading yourself too thin and using too many different forms of lead generation for your business?
Take a moment and think about all of the things that you could just stop doing or have someone else do. Think about the success you could have if you only worked on one project or only used two main sources of lead generation.
“To be everywhere, is to be nowhere.” – Seneca
By running around in a circle we don’t accomplish anything other than getting dizzy. Choose a path and follow that path. Focus on the things that bring you a return and don’t worry about all of the other things your competitors are doing. Let them waste their energy.
Alexander Graham Bell said it like this. “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”
Now let’s look at our life.
What are you doing each day that you could clean out of your life?
- Are you spending time with people who you know you shouldn’t be?
- Are you eating and drinking too much of the things you should cut out?
- Are you filling your mind with negative thoughts from too much news, internet, victim friends?
Take a moment and figure which of these, or what other things, it is that you could remove from your life at least in small doses as you work on your ongoing cleaning.
Remember as you prune the weak buds and branches off of a rose-bush, the other roses will grow stronger and larger. The same can be said for you if you take a moment to spring clean your business and your life.
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Chadalyst – Write down the three things you will clean out of your life. One for your business, one for your personal life, and one for your drawers and cabinets as they need to be cleaned out as well still.