Reclaiming Your Life: 9 Essential Steps to Attain Practice Freedom
Do you ever feel like running away from your business?
If you’re an ambitious professional who owns their business and wants to take it to the next level, but feels trapped or overwhelmed, you’re not alone.
Many successful professionals struggle to strike a balance between achieving their goals and avoiding burnout.
While working harder may lead to financial success, it can wreak havoc on other aspects of your life.
It creates a vicious cycle where you’re so busy and over-committed that you can’t quit, can’t take time off, and can’t even find a minute to think.
I call this place you’re in now “Practice Prison.”
If this sounds like you, CONGRATULATIONS!
Getting HERE to your current level of practice success is a MAJOR accomplishment.
The “I want to run away from this business” phase is a natural result of your success.
Everyone goes through this stage!
It’s a clear sign that you’ve gone as far as you can with your current level of knowledge and thinking – and you’re ready for a shift.
As Marshall Goldsmith says:
“What got you here won’t get you there.”
Here are the nine crucial steps you need to take to break out of Practice Prison and achieve practice freedom:
1. Articulate a Clear and Compelling Vision
When you can clearly and concisely articulate your company’s vision, mission, goals, and objectives – you are able to stay focused and lead your team to understand and act on your plans.
Your vision should include both your business and your life – including your eventual exit from the business.
By aligning your business vision with your life vision, you ensure that your business pursuits are not isolated from your personal aspirations, but instead complement and enhance them.
2. Reverse-Engineer a Roadmap
Reverse-engineering means you start with where you want to go and design your roadmap working backwards from that point.
You set (and vet!) goals and milestones so that you can move forward with confidence.
Planning this way keeps you focused on the end result and makes it more likely you will get there.
3. Set up a Progress Dashboard
As Peter Drucker famously said: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”
By tracking and monitoring the key metrics you want to manage, a well-designed dashboard provides you with the necessary information to make informed business decisions.
Keep your dashboard simple and focused on the essential indicators.
4. Build a High-Performing Team of People
Your goal in developing a high performing team is to make yourself replaceable.
This not only enables you to take time off, but also increases the value of your business. This way, when the day comes and you decide to sell it and move on to your next adventure, you and your business will be ready.
5. Develop Sustainable Systems
Systems serve as the framework for running your business smoothly.
They introduce efficiency, boost productivity, and facilitate the training of new team members.
Most importantly, they make it possible for other people to run the business – a key requirement for practice freedom.
The key to developing sustainable systems is to keep them simple.
6. Foster Synergistic Collaboration
Collaboration, where individuals work together to achieve a common outcome, is beneficial.
However, true magic happens when you have synergy —when two or more people combine their efforts to create something greater than the sum of its parts.
Cultivating a company culture founded on trust and transparent communication is essential for achieving synergistic collaboration.
7. Become a badass leader
When you become a better leader, EVERYTHING gets better in your business.
Yesterday’s leadership won’t work for today’s professionals. The old-fashioned hierarchy is broken.
Badass leadership starts with leading by example.
8. Integrate Work with Your Life
Striving for balance between work and personal life is unrealistic.
Instead, aim for integration, viewing your work, your life, and your self as interconnected and mutually supportive.
Your business and home are both vital components of your life and should complement each other.
9. Apply Productive Pressure
Productive pressure is just enough to ensure great performance without tipping over the edge into stress and overwhelm.
A healthy amount of stress is good for you!
The sweet spot is in the middle: sufficient pressure to crush your big goals – but not too much so you avoid burning out.
Where does your business need the most work?
Take the Practice Vitality Checkup to:
- Discover what you’re already doing well so that you don’t waste time and energy fixing things that don’t need to be improved.
- Identify which areas of your business require the most attention so that you can focus your efforts there and speed up your progress towards practice freedom.
- Get a baseline snapshot that you can use to track your progress.
The Practice Vitality Checkup is free and will take less than 10 minutes of your time.
You can take it here: Practice Vitality Checkup
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