The Entrepreneur’s Inventory – Isolate The Issue!

Sometimes we get out of our groove. I found myself disengaged and demotivated. But why? I love my work! I am very connected to my purpose! So what gives here?

I went to my archive of tools I’ve developed for entrepreneurs that I have coached and thought, this may be helpful when you feel out of sorts.


Grab your journal, find the stillness, and ask yourself these questions…

1. What is weighing me down?
2. What opportunities are available to me?
3. What decisions am I regretting that I need to let go of?
4. What gives me the greatest sense of purpose?
5. Who do I want to be?

After you run through this inventory, I encourage you to put the pen down, close your eyes, breathe deeply and reflect on these thoughts. How much am I loved? What am I most grateful for? How can I be of service?

You and your business are a work in progress. Take the time to isolate your thoughts, and refocus on the things that matter most. Now get back in your groove, your network needs that special something that you have to offer.

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So many ideas… start with the first!

Recently I went to a marketing conference, “The Art of Marketing” and I left with a plethora of ideas. Growing the business, reaching out, connecting with our network, marketing our services. It ALL seems so overwhelming (exciting?!) at times. My journal’s bursting with a whack of ideas.

“Where do I start?” I tweeted of the keynote speakers (our collective favourite of the day!) and he replied, “…with the first one.” Clever response I thought.

How do I make a greater impact? How do I create a legacy? How do I grow a business I love? All great questions and things that I explore with our EDGE3 Team every day.

I find I ask MYSELF one simple question that gives me the most forward momentum… “What’s one small step that you can take right now?” That is the approach that I have started taking with all of my own goals. “What is that one thing that needs to be done today to make the day worthwhile?”

Sometimes it’s building a killer proposal or finishing a presentation. Other times it’s getting to a yoga class, renewing my passport, or sharing time with my mom.

Innately we know what that one thing is…

We just need to leave some silence to hear it loud and clear. Tackle “THAT ONE THING” first!

The rest of the to do list will still be there and you’ll still get that adrenaline rush of crossing things off the list. But by overwhelming our brain first thing in the morning we can create chaos right out of the gate. Shut ourselves down rather than opening ourselves up to a day that is full of possibility.

In this way, we trick our brain into thinking that it is possible rather than shutting it down all together.

So do I still have a whack of ideas? Absolutely! But I agree, and think I’ll take your advice, Ron Tite.

I think I’ll start… with the first one.

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Find Your Tribe

iStock_000067121403_LargeThis past week was an overwhelming entrepreneur week for me; contract negotiations, uncooperative technology, scheduling nightmares and the list goes on.

I’m sure, like me, a lot of you who are riding the arc of the entrepreneurial journey are thinking “where have I heard this before?” Being an entrepreneur or a solopreneur requires us to wear several different hats. These demands can be quite overwhelming at times as we battle a never-ending list of “to-do’s”. The tendency to feel unaccomplished and “not enough” can get the better of us.

It’s at times like these that we entrepreneurs need a “tribe” that can help us cope with our work pressures.

Your tribe could be a group of people that includes family members and friends, or a group of people who have the same job or career goals as you. I define a tribe as a group of people who want nothing but the best for you.

Thankfully my tribe was there for me last week.  My network of fellow coaches and entrepreneurs helped me out of the weeds with support and encouragement and my family gave me hugs that could last a lifetime and a Thanksgiving dinner that continued to give all week.

We wake up every morning and head straight for our desk and 6pm can roll around pretty quickly. While this practice may be the best thing to do to accomplish the days tasks, it can leave us feeling isolated at the end of the day. We’ve heard that it can be lonely at the top, but it can be even lonelier if you hold multiple positions and find yourself stuck in the vacuum of personal expectations.

Researcher and author, Brene Brown says that as humans we are hard wired for connection.  So perhaps we should create a ritual where we take a step back occasionally and consider…

  • What energizes me to do my best work?
  • Who do I need to connect with for inspiration?

Your tribe is there for you.  Sometimes you just have to reach out.

DaveDavid Graham is a Leadership Coach and the Founder of EDGE 3.  He offers one-on-one coaching, team coaching and for transformational experiences, he takes teams out of the boardroom and into nature. What inspires you to do your best work?