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What is success without freedom? Now, this is a common question I ask business owners when I’m coaching them, or just even during an initial conversation. The reason I ask this is oftentimes as business owners we actually go after success so hard that we lose freedom. I’ve certainly been in this case. When you’re looking at this even if you’re an employee or you’re going after another goal. Right? You’re trying to build your first business, or maybe you’re just working a typical 9:00 to 5:00, but you’re really going after the author of your own story lifestyle so you’re putting other things aside.

Now, that’s okay temporarily. In life we make sacrifices. Right? Some people have a problem with the word sacrifice. I don’t. Sometimes what we really are doing is putting one thing aside to after a goal or a dream. What happens all too often with business owners, especially solopreneurs or people that have less than 10 employees under one roof, what happens is they define success by trying to build their business in the amount of time they’re putting in, and the feeling they get of just spinning their wheels. Right? I have a conversation with a business owner yesterday and the question I asked him, very simple, and I’m going to ask you this question right now. If you are today the exact same place you were last year and if you’re going to be in same place next year, how does that make you feel? Right? The reason I asked this question, especially from business owners, although this could apply to somebody else that’s going after something, is oftentimes you lose freedom in your pursuant to success.

More often than not you haven’t even scratched the surface of success, or what is even possible for you and your business. That’s where you hire a coach, a coach or a mentor. You see, I have a coach. It’s somebody that I work with, and it’s somebody that keeps me accountable, because the worse thing for me, the absolutely worse thing would be to be where I am next year exactly where I am today. Now, love where I am. Right? I actually have a great life. I do really well, but I’m always looking to grow. I’m always looking to better myself and help those around me. The way I want to play in this world, the way that I want to play is at a higher level. In order to get there, I can’t be in the same place, and that’s where a coach helps you. Right?

I work with business owners. I talked to them about the same thing. You can’t afford a coach, be creative. Work out, give a percentage of your company. Right? Let’s say you’re making $300,00, $400,000 a year in your business, but you know bringing in a coach or something and giving them equity or giving a business strategist or a partner equity and you’ll make $1-2 million. Well, that’s a huge …that’s an increase in the percentage that you’re going to be taking home, the actual dollar amount. Your cash flow increases and yeah, there’s risk. There’s risk for both parties, but you’re also alleviating yourself. Right? You’re alleviating yourself of some of the burden that you’re doing with your business. Right? Because you’re giving up some of the business but your success ratio is probably going to be a lot higher.

Of course, you got to hire the right person. Right? If you’re going to partner, you got to bring the right person on, and I can’t emphasize that enough, and I’m suggesting you do that. If you find yourself in your business just spinning your wheels, or maybe you’re an employee and you try to start a company, or you’re a skilled laborer. Right? Maybe you are a great computer programmer. You’re an amazing personal trainer, chiropractor, whatever it is. You have great skills, but you don’t understand the business portion of it. Bringing on somebody else to give you more freedom as well as more success is a much better way. When you look at giving up freedom for success, that is not about being the author of your own story. Right? You shouldn’t have to do that. Maybe temporarily. Maybe a couple weeks here and there you dive deep into something that’s going to allow you to take that next step forward or launch you, and I’m certainly not against that at all.

What I see all too often in the people that I work with and coach and especially the people that I don’t end up coaching because so they’re so narrow … they’re narrow-minded, narrow sighted at the moment that they’re in, is they’re out looking at possibilities. If you are today the exact same place you were last year and if you’re doing the same things, you’re going to be in that same place a year from today. There’s a problem there if that’s not exactly where you want to be. In today’s message what I want you to do, just think about it, grab your five to thrive. Now, what would it feel like to be in the exact same place you are today one year from now? Maybe that’s success for you. Maybe you’re doing perfectly. Maybe everything’s great, and maybe you’re okay with staying the same, but maybe you’re like me. Maybe you want to grow. Maybe you want to take that next evolution.

Ask yourself this question: How can get there? How can you shorten that gap? What’s the difference between where you are today and where you want to be? How can you compress that? Is that getting a mentor? I just hired a personal trainer because I want to compress that gap in my body and the fitness and that things that I’m doing. I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 20 years, yet I can always learn more and have someone keep me accountable, give me that extra push. Something that I just have to show up for. Right? What is that for you? Is that in your business? If it’s in your business, what are you going to do? Are you going to take courses? Are you going to bring on a mentor? What is it for you? Is it in another area? That’s completely up to you.

The key here is not struggling. Right? Don’t give up freedom for success. You can have it both. We want you to live in the world of “and,” not in the world of “or.” That’s it for me today. Go out and inspire somebody simply by being the author of your own story. If you have any questions, I’d love to talk to you in our community on Facebook. As always, you can go to authorofyourownstory.com and get the latest tips, tricks, and techniques delivered right to your email inbox each and every day. Have a great day. Remember, go out and be the author of your own story.

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