How to be good at your 9 to 5 AND your side business!
I often get asked about how to stay motivated in a 9 to 5 while building your business – especially when you’d much rather be working on YOUR dreams (rather than building someone else's dream!), and my answer is…
It’s not easy.
I used to catch myself all the time reaching for my phone to check my email and see if I’d gotten a new subscriber or a new strategy session booking.
Or, I’d realize halfway through a meeting that my mind had wandered to the new webinar I was planning.
But as I slowly started zoning out at work (you know, the job that was paying for everything in my life), I realized that something had to change...
Here are the top 4 tips that helped me stay engaged at my day job while building my business in every spare minute outside of it:
Realize that you owe it to yourself
As high-achievers with big dreams, it’s in our blood to always be the best that we can be. If you can remember the last time you didn’t give something your all, I bet you can also remember how horrible it felt.
Knowing that I wasn’t doing the best quality work that I could, that I was endangering the reputation of excellence I’d worked so hard to build over the years, that I’d lose the respect of my coworkers (and my own) if I continued this way – that scared the heck out of me.
And it’s funny...as soon as I brought my performance back up to par, I felt rejuvenated and even more motivated to excel in my business as well.
View your job not as a chore but as an opportunity to learn
No matter where you are in your corporate career, it’s easy to get stuck in your day-to-day and lose sight of the fact that your company is a successful business, with all the systems and processes that you need to know for your OWN business in order to make it a success.
I’m not proud of how long it took me to realize this, but as soon as I did, I can tell you – it was like being let loose in an ice cream parlor filled with delicious, magically zero-calorie ice cream.
It wasn’t easy, and sometimes it was even awkward, like when I’d invite myself to meetings or ask our salespeople questions about selling when it had nothing to do with my job. But I didn’t let that stop me.
I knew these were things that I needed to know to succeed, so I made the most of my “free” education...
And I bet if I were to ask you right now to name 3 ways you could learn from your 9-5 business, you could snap them out just like that. Right?
Schedule the heck out of everything
In our drive to build our dream lives, it can be really easy to forget that we still have a lot of things to be thankful for, even if we haven’t realized the whole dream yet.
And near the top of that list is a job that provides a steady income and allows you to invest in your business when you’re starting out and all you have is a dream of changing lives, starting with your own.
This week, I hope you approach your 9 to 5 with a sense of gratitude and possibility instead of with dread, because before you know it, you’ll be a full-time entrepreneur, making more than you ever dreamed of (or maybe exactly what you dreamed of ;)), with your 9 to 5 a fading memory in your rearview mirror.