“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” ~Tom Landry~
What’s your vision? As entrepreneurs we all have visions that push us to set goals. Working toward that vision and goal, is where the hard part comes in. We have a passion for our businesses and the time WILL come to seek help. I know it has been really hard to let others in to assist. I want to hold on to ME so tightly that I could not let anyone in. They may see flaws or have a different opinion that just may hurt. Can I take that?
Yes, I can. It’s a beautiful thing when like minded people collaborate and share the same vision. It’s a beautiful thing when a partnership is developed for a common goal that will “Solidify your vision“. Hiring an administrative leader that will not only support your needs, but be strong and purposeful in achieving your goals, will help you solidify your vision.
It doesn’t mean you have to start out BIG….Start out with a few hours and build up. Most importantly…START.
I have heard many people say, when I get this contract or client…I am going to hire you. OR …As soon as I get more clients, I am going to hire an assistant. Start small…you will GAIN time back and probably attract more business because of the efforts and energy that exudes from you now that things are flowing. Something WILL get accomplished that you just did not have time to do in the past..Most importantly START.
Hopefully when you originally set your goals, you included a plan to get an assistant or even a few assistants. It does take time and diligence to find the right one. Your first attempt, just may not be the right one or it will be perfect and the rest is history. I know for at least 50% of the clients I have worked with, I was not their first. That does not mean their first person was not good at what they did, they may not have seen their vision.
A long term client I have today, hired me BECAUSE I could see her vision. I did not think or express that her new project was weird or something they shouldn’t do. Her previous VA did not get it, which turned this client away. I not only got it, but came up with ideas that added to their vision. Not to say I am better than the previous VA, I know her and have a huge amount of respect for her, but our visions were compatible.
All I am really saying is to truly solidify your vision…hire assistance of some sort to get it done. Don’t let finances interfere…you may find a common ground that both of you can agree upon to get started. Give or offer a reduced price the first month…you never know what one will agree upon if you don’t ask. Just START…the universe will take care of the rest of your intentions.