It took me a very long time to work that one out. And I’m pretty sure a lot of you think the same as well. You put so much effort and energy into your company and you treat it like your baby. But what happens when you treat it like a baby?
It’s dependent on you. It’s reliant on you. You’re exhausted by it. It’s not sustainable at all.
YOUR BUSINESS IS NOT YOUR BABY.
And you need to break that mindset. You need to change that mindset to go, “Holy crap! I am the owner.” and “It does NOT own me.”
If you’re just starting out, I totally get it. You need to be doing everything you possibly can to get it up and running. It is your baby.
BUT whenever you can change and just pull yourself out a little bit more each and every time, you will find it easier.
I have been in business for over ten years and I constantly make it my own. I felt that it was very hard to let go and the struggle was real. The struggle was completely real. It made me hyperventilate. It made me very anxious. It made me very angry. I could not let go. And it wasn’t up until the last couple of years that I said, “No.”
I have to let go because if I don’t let go that means that person or those clients or those people need me. I realized that I don’t really need them when I’m trying to have a normal weekend. I don’t need them when I’m trying to have decent quality time with my family or when I’m having a special me time. I don’t need that. And I’m pretty sure you don’t either.
YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN THAT.
So stop thinking that that company is your baby and start growing up. Start acting like a business owner. Bit hard for you, I’m sorry. But it is only by thinking of our company as a business and not as a baby will it grow!
I hope this really helps somebody and I hope it really resonates with someone because I wish somebody had told me that. I wish somebody said, “Toni, cut it out and move on. You are a business owner and not a mother to this company.”
Again, your company will only grow if you treat it as a business and not as a baby. Step back. Remember your goals. Live your life and watch your business bloom.
I really hope this realization will help business owners as it has helped me.