As a kid, I remember playing on the tire swing. My brother and I would take turns spinning the tire until the rope was tight and then letting go. The tire, and the person in it, would spin round and round. Once the tire quit spinning, I would jump out and see how far I could walk without falling. Naturally we found this whole thing quite funny!
But I've found that sometimes things can spin out of control without me having to climb onto a tire swing. Know what I mean?
What can throw us off balance?
- Overextending our commitments
About a month ago, I twisted my ankle really bad. My leg was bruised from the tips to my toes all the way up to my knee. It was quite ugly! But even worse, it was very painful!
I had to keep it up with ice. Even trying to put the computer on my lap to work was too much pressure. So, I had to take a couple of weeks off.
Now, a year ago, this would have been devastating to my business. But over the past few months, I have been putting systems and processes in place that make it easy to continue my business, even when I can't be there as much as I would like.
What did I do?
- Hired a virtual assistant to help me with techie stuff
- Wrote 20 articles and set them aside so I had a reserve to draw on
- Automated my autoresponder messages and communication with my list
- Ran a special on a home-study program that didn't require any effort on my part when it was purchased
We never know when we are going to get thrown off balance. But at some point, we will each have to deal with it.
I hope you'll follow my example and start preparing processes and systems NOW that will make it easier for you later.