This morning, I nervously contemplated this question: “If I asked my business what it really needs right now, what would it say?”
The answer came back:
- a bookkeeper
- a tax advisor
- a full time programmer
Oy. Well you can guess why my business isn’t getting these. All my issues!
Letting people look at all my money dirty laundry is scary. Trusting them with something so close to my survival is scary. What if they give me bad advice? What if I get audited? What if they tell me I haven’t paid enough? What if they make an error and I end up paying fines? Scary, scary, scary!
Letting someone else do my programming also brings up a lot of fear. What if they design the system in some kind of non-scalable way? What if they make an error and I lose orders, or money, or customer data? Eeek!
So. Breathe. Look at the facts.
- I am not the best bookkeeper. I am three months behind. And this isn’t rocket science.
- In all likelihood I’m paying too many taxes, because I’m so scared of getting fined.
- I’m not the best programmer either. I dislike it and I have a pile of projects where the bottleneck is programming.
But the most important facts of all:
- I have discernment. I can assess whether a helper is doing a good job and replace them if necessary. I don’t have to give them the store. I can give them a test project, or do my own research on their recommendations. I can trust myself to do this.
- Procrastination doesn’t make it less scary: doing my homework and being responsible and careful with my choices does.
What does your business needs that you are avoiding giving it because of your personal fears? What can you do to work through those fears, build trust, and let your business breathe and grow?