I have invested in the Frequent Flyer program with Southwest Airlines. I applied for the credit card and receive points for shopping. In this situation, being a frequent flyer has served me well and I love the dividends. Flying with Southwest, I have structure, I know what to expect and I am served with consistency. Flying is good.
Flying by the seat of your pants, outside of an airplane? This frequent flyer plan not only doesn’t yield great dividends, it can easily end up costing you a LOT in time and money (and your sanity).
These are the excuses that I hear for business owners who are part of the frequent flyer club:
1 - I don’t have time to create systems
2 - I can’t afford more help
3 - I love the novelty of new ideas
Let’s look at each one.
Systems, contrary to the feeling of dread you feel when you read that word, are a big part of the structure that your business needs to thrive. I get it, you have built your castle successfully without out them (or with few) but a well documented system can save you jet planes full of time and money in having a repeatable, easy to follow process, that provides a consistent experience for the customer and frees you up to do the work that you love (that brings in the bigger dollars).
Use a Hit by the Bus System. This is a system that is so well documented that even if you were hit by a bus it could be implemented easily. (Join in the Systems Masterclass on April with Jen Hickle)
Money: Early in your business, it made sense that you were bootstrapping tasks to help you grow to your next level. But there comes a point of critical mass (critical mass is like in the movies when the thing begins to generate energy itself rather than be fed energy) where if you are still doing tasks that you could be paying others for to do faster, more efficiently and better then you are not yet a Momentum Business Owner and you are still in the frequent flyer club. Doing the payroll at midnight happens because you have not yet set aside a few hours of time to find and hire an appropriate person to do this job and free you up to (again) work in your unique brilliance.
Where is is this showing up? Where else are you using money as the excuse for not finding and hiring the right person for the job?
Novelty: I get it. All the entrepreneurs that I know at 7 figures are visionary. They love new ideas. However, the ones that have really hit their stride in success have picked Just One Focus to put their energy towards. They are not bored because they are using their unique brilliance to make this Just One Focus blossom. Instead of being frustrated that they never quite get where they want to go, they have the accomplishment of seeing success and then tackling a different aspect or a new project that will give them that thrill again.
What is your Just One Focus that you could get behind and stop the flying by the seat of your pants club?
If you are ready to ditch your Frequent Flyer Card, join me in the Momentum Business Association. It’s a group of entrepreneurs and business owners, just like you, who have already built their castle and are ready to make it operate to serve them and their kingdom best. And, it’s a complimentary benefit of being part of MY domain.
Join here: CreatingMomentumProgram.com/Club
Ready to find out how you can take your business to the next level of success, operating efficiently and reclaiming your time? Let’s chat.
Hi! I'm Nettie Owens, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and Productivity Consultant.