5 mindset shifts you need to make to scale
Want to scale your business?
You need to scale your thinking!
The process and tasks of scaling aren’t all that difficult. The hard part is changing your mindset.
Here are 5 shifts you need to make in your THINKING if you want to scale your business.
1. Ask a better question about getting things done
Scale means you stop “doing” the work of the business (what Michael Gerber calls the operator in the e-myth) and start leading.
The first step is a subtle but profound change in thinking that begins by changing the question “How can I get this done?” to “How can this get done?”
The second is paying attention to where you’re spending your time and energy.
What is your time worth?
A good exercise for this: Time audit and skill/fun box
2. Operate from the role of executive leader
Let others take responsibility.
Hire people who are *better* than you are.
Make your assistant your boss. (Yes, really!)
Get out of the hub and spoke.
3. Make a non-negotiable commitment to your goals
There is often a time lag between your effort and results you want.
Seth Godin call this “The Dip.”
One of Seth’s recent posts (How many good days?) inspired this article.
Commit to moving through the dip by making a non-negotiable commitment to your goals.
Try this on as a mantra:
“The only thing left to negotiate is how much effort reaching my goal is going to take. The fact that I am getting what I want is not up for discussion. It’s not up for debate. With the right planning, my success is inevitable.”
4. Lose your limiting beliefs and uplevel your identity
Limiting beliefs and identity issues can show up in a lot of places in your business.
The fastest way to change these is by upleveling your identity.
5. Adopt systems thinking
People run the systems.
You lead the people.
85% of what you do is routine.
These routines should be well-documented with SOPs (standard operating procedures.)
10% to 15% of what you do will be exceptions to the system.
In these cases, you’ll need to intervene in order to get things done.
Then, ask: “How would the system need to be changed so that this exception doesn’t happen again?”
Bonus mindset shift: get help when you need it
Business owners tend to be independent by nature.
As a result, they often waste a lot of time trying to figure things out on their own.
Owners who scale successfully understand the value of saving time by getting the right help when they need it.
If you’re ready for some support to help you get to the next level, you’re ready for a business coach.
Book a 15-minute call to see if coaching is right for you here: time with John
The Ultimate Guide to Scaling Your Business
How to grow your business without sacrificing time freedom
This post is part of my Ultimate Guide to Scaling Your Business. Visit the guide homepage to get my best advice and coaching exercises to help you:
- Develop systems and processes to free up your time
- Hire and manage a great team to run your business (mostly) without you
- Make the mindset changes that enable you to grow your business bigger - faster than you dreamed possible