by Allison Maslan, author of “Scale or Fail: How to Build Your Dream Team, Explode Your Growth, and Let Your Business Soar”
Are you attracting the kind of “Big Picture” vision you want for yourself in business and in life? As a driven, Type A business owner, you are most likely focused solely on your goals, which are certainly important. However, if you are so singularly focused that you miss out on the star-studded landscape around you and the little miracles falling at your feet on a daily basis, you will arrive at your destination with years of missed opportunities for happiness.
Business owners are their own body’s worst enemy. They are so driven to succeed, but they don’t take care of themselves, so they can’t succeed. You’ve got to make time for fun and relationships in your life! It is about building a company that also fits your lifestyle. If you are scaling it properly, you will be able to let go and trust that your team has got your back.
Find More Success, Fulfillment In Business By Doing Something Else You Love.
Find a passion outside of your business and explore it. For me, that’s the trapeze. Years ago when I was at a crossroads in my life, I happened upon the Flying Gaonas — a fifth-generation family of trapeze artists who performed with shows such as the Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey’s Circus, and the Big Apple Circus. Having been a gymnast back in high school, I became exhilarated at the prospect of trying out this physical — and seemingly dangerous — art form. I simply had to try this out for myself and take the leap, as it were. From that very first leap, I was hooked. The goal in business and trapeze arts is to surpass what your mind wants you to believe you can accomplish while assembling the systems, processes, and team behind you so that you can soar.
Find your own “trapeze” — your own passion project or activity that engages you and forces you to think in a new way. Why?
- It’s crucial for you, as a business owner, to be involved in a passionate activity outside your company. Otherwise you run the risk of becoming a single-focused, compulsive workaholic! Been there, done that, and I don’t recommend it.
- When you are engrossed in a non-work-related passion project, the sting of the problems troubling you will fade out.
- This is when you will do your most revolutionary, innovative thinking, come up with solutions to many of your dilemmas, and create big breakthrough ideas to scale your company.
When I’m on the trapeze, I’m not thinking about any responsibilities. It is a great way to release stress and get refocused on myself; I have to focus or I could get hurt. I also face my fears every time I climb that ladder. I become more and more resilient up there, and in doing so, I become more and more resilient down here. The bigger the risk I take on the trapeze, the more fearless I become with my feet on the ground.
What’s your passion? What can you tap into to become more well-rounded and happier throughout all the ups and downs business and life instead of being constantly stressed out while chasing your tail? Find your outlet and you’ll be amazed how positively it impacts all the other areas of your life and work.
Allison Maslan is the CEO and founder of Pinnacle Global Network®, offering business mentorship and mastermind programs to established business owners who want to accelerate their growth, capitalize on their success, and balance it all with a meaningful life. She is also the author of two books: Amazon #1 bestseller “Blast Off!: The Surefire Success Plan to Launch Your Dreams into Reality” and her newest book “Scale or Fail: How to Build Your Dream Team, Explode Your Growth, and Let Your Business Soar”.