Growing a Business (and Life) Can Be Confusing

11/06/2013
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Growing a business can be confusing… very confusing at times.  You throw that into life, and it’s a big pile of mess sometimes.
  • Yes, it’s important to get clarity on life goals
  • Yes, it’s important to get clarity on business goals
  • Yes, I know blah blah blah blah blah.

I’ve read tons of blog posts and listened to so many podcasts from both struggling and successful entrepreneurs, so I know exactly what I need to do.

But do I?  It’s not that straightforward.

Being an entrepreneur can be like putting everything on fast forward.  It’s challenging to find time to reflect on life and business, it’s even harder to enjoy the moment.

I can’t believe we’re now into November (2013), and Connie and I are gearing up what seems to be our annual working trip to Tokyo for a couple of months.  I can still vividly remember the city as if we were just there a few weeks ago.

Where did 2013 go?

What did we accomplish?

Yes, I know exactly what we’ve accomplished this year (and we’re proud of it), but I can’t seem to shake this feeling that there is much more to be done and I’m falling behind every day.

Every day seems like a constant battle against time, against distractions, against procrastination.

What are we doing?  Is this what life is all about?  Is that it?

The weird part is that I’m not looking for any advice, or that I’m literally lost and not know what to do.  I know what to do and the general direction that we’re heading to. But I keep getting this feeling of anxiousness, nervousness, sprinting until my legs fall off heading somewhere…. somewhere….

I think maybe I see so much potential in life, and I feel disappointed that we’re not taking maximum advantage of it.

Given that we run our own business, we set our own terms and rules, control our own time, I feel that we should be spending more time with family and friends.  We should be going out and experiencing more – more travels, more hobbies, more learning, more…. but maybe it’s a constant battle of doing more to grow the business, or doing less to enjoy other activities.

All I can recall over the past 10 months is work, and more work and more work.  Life feels like I have my finger permanently pressed on the fast-forward button and I can hardly breathe sometimes.  How do I slow it down?  I guess that’s a universal challenge that everybody faces.

I read these wise words somewhere before:

Do more of what you like, and less of what you don’t like

 

So wise, so true.

It’s easy to know how to live a life, but actually living it, is a challenge.  I’m hoping to change that in 2014.

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