Help! I have Kids and a Day Job, but I Need to Grow This Business!

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How do you raise a family, work full time, AND start your dream business? It requires some strategic planning and a lot of work, but it’s definitely something you can and should do! In this episode, I offer you some starting points that will help you identify what you should prioritize in order to be successful. you the  series of questions to help you identify what you should prioritize

Today’s question comes from a couple with kids who both work full-time. After all of their responsibilities, they simply don’t have the energy to follow their passions and build the business that would bring them real joy. Well, I’m here to tell you something very important:

You need to focus.

Most people confuse being busy with being productive, but that’s simply not true. You’re doing so many things and you say to yourself, “I couldn’t possibly do any more. I’m just so busy!” But, again… being busy does not equal being focused. Cut down on the things on your to-do lists that don’t get you towards your PUSH Goal – that’s the big goal that helps everything else fall into place.

Here are three questions to ask yourself that should help you focus in on what’s important. (Many thanks to Brian Tracy for the inspiration for these!):

1) What is your highest value activity?

Of all of the things that you do, which ones have the highest value on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis?

2) What is the one thing that only I can do?

Assuming you had unlimited money, what are the things that only YOU can do to make your business successful?

3) What is the most valuable use of your time at this moment?

You should ask yourself every hour of every day.

Also, you’re going to have to make some sacrifices if you want to be successful. While you have to be true to your own values, here are some sacrifices that I’ve made in the past.

  • Stop working extra hours at your current full-time job.
  • Cut down on weekend social activities – this is very valuable time!
  • No television!
  • No more mindless activities (mobile games, Facebook, for example)
  • Cut down on hobbies – you can enjoy them more later!
  • You need to dissuade yourself that you shouldn’t spend money on outsourcing. Save money and time by spending money.

That’s it! You CAN do this, you just need to get a plan of action and follow through. Make sure to let me know how it goes!

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