Have you ever done a cleanse of your body? It’s an enlightening experience, to be so aware of what you put into your body and how that effects everything, from your mood, to your brain power, to your energy level, to your creativity, to your health and well-being overall.
And it’s really no different for your business. Whether you’ve been in business for awhile or not, at some point – and I recommend at least once a year – it’s good to detox your business too.
Here are four of my favorite ways to detox your business:
1. Complete working with any ‘messes’ in your business
What do I mean by ‘messes?’ Basically, I mean the clients that are difficult or demanding, who don’t respect the relationship between you, and who make your heart sink when you see their name on your calendar.
This also applies to any service providers you’re working with. Jot down a list of the people who do work for you in some regular capacity. Then ask – are they easy to work with or difficult on some way? Do they complete tasks well and on time or do they take too long with constant revisions? Do they keep things simple or make things more complicated?
Did you think of someone? My coach’s request of you is to determine a completion date for your work together and honor it for yourself. And know that releasing that person opens the space for a better client or service provider to come along and fill it.
2. Detox your inbox
This is something I talk about a lot. There can so much overwhelm and negative energy in your inbox, even if you’re so buried in it that you’re not sure what’s even in there anymore.
Here’s what I want you to do – Unsubscribe, Delete, Delegate, and Move.
Go through your inbox and unsubscribe from any list that a) you don’t read (even if you plan to, let’s be honest – you won’t) or b) doesn’t make you feel good when you do read it. This one act alone is going to release so much energy that’s pulling you and your business down.
Then delete anything that’s left that’s irrelevant, delegate to your team anything (and more than you think you can) they can take care of, and move any emails that you want to keep into appropriate folders (better yet, set it up so they automatically go into those folders).
The only emails left in your inbox should be the ones that only you can take action on.
3. Pare down your offers
Look at your offers one-by-one and see if there’s any way to simply them. That may mean breaking up a larger offer into smaller, more easily consumable pieces, or it may mean simplifying the delivery of the offer. And some offers may just need to be retired.
4. Release the ways you run your business that simply don’t work for you
This is a big one. Instead of trying to run your business one way, following someone else’s formula or blueprint, doing things your own way will always serve you and your market better. I’m all for following a proven process – I definitely don’t think anyone needs to re-invent the wheel – but just make sure that you tailor that process in a way that feels good and true to you. Don’t be afraid to throw out the parts that don’t resonate, or to add something in that is unique and different. The biggest successes I’ve had in my business have been when I’ve done it my way.