Everyone wants to be fabulously successful. For that to happen, you’re going to need help from those who are around you. And, most of the time you’re focusing on the wrong part of problem solving to get the results you want.

And, that’s what this week’s video is all about.



Everyone wants to be fabulously successful. For that to happen, you're going to need help from those who are around you. And, most of the time you're focusing on the wrong part of problem solving to get the results you want. And that's what this week's video is all about.

You know, for you to get the results that you really want, you're going to need help from those around you. You think you have to do it alone, and that's where the big lie happens that we tell ourselves.

When you think you have to to do it alone, you become lonely and frustrated. Too often it feels just too hard and you end up quitting. We know there is absolutely no reason for you to become frustrated and too often overwhelmed. And by the way, I hate the word overwhelmed. It just means we aren't doing a good job of planning what we need to do or having the right people on the team.

You know, I've been there. And I found out from personal experience how painful it is to work hard only to see myself fail further and further behind and fall further behind. It's really simple. I would focus on the wrong thing. I would focus on how I was going to get from point A to point B. It was a big problem, and the more I did this the further and further I fell behind.

Years ago, I found a secret. It's a secret I wanted share with you. Instead of focusing on how you're going to get a project done, figure out who's going to help you get there, then get out of their way while they work their magic. You know, this is something I've been doing in my life, and I've done it for years in my life. I know what I'm really good at, and I know what I'm not really good at. And what I'm not good at, I don't want to be doing. And sometimes the things I'm good at, I shouldn't be doing anyhow. So what I do is I put together a team who Is way better at this stuff than I am. I have a social media manager. I have a video editor. I have a podcast editor. And we have a designer for our resource center and online courses. These are all things that we have to do in our company to make it successful and sustainable. And none of them are things that are in my wheelhouse, that I'm great at. But I have a team that does that. And my job is to help them focus on what they need to get for an outcome, not do the work myself.

Dan Sullivan talks about being in your strategic zone, where you only do the things you are uniquely qualified to do. Too often we don't follow that rule, especially when we have 50, 25, or 5 employees. And that's where the problems start in our company.

So here's a simple format to follow that will improve your results more than you ever thought possible.

  1. Number one, start by using the stage 2 planning process. This is where we first dig down on what it is we want to do by understanding why it's important for us. And after we know what it is we're trying to accomplish, our next step, when we really know what we're trying to accomplish, our next step is to figure out who needs to be on the team. And once we figure out who needs to be on the team, we need to be clear about what we're trying to accomplish for an outcome and let them figure out how we're gonna get there. Now, you're gonna have input, but you're not the expert so you really should be asking questions to make sure that you understand this at a very high level.
  2. Number two, decide who are the best people who can help you get to where you want to go. You want people who are experts at what they do. Now, a lot of people can talk a good game. And a lot of people will sound like they know what they can do and what they're good at, but at the end of the day, they're not very good. So I have a way of finding out whether the people you're thinking about having on your team are actually good enough to be on your team is give them a sample project to do, a small project that, if it works, it's great, if it doesn't work, that's okay, too. But you're gonna find out what sort of expertise and what sort of suggestions the people that you're thinking about putting on your team can actually bring to the table.
  3. Number three, finally, get out of the way and use the wisdom of the people you bring on your team. Let them guide you to the result you want. You gotta have clarity about the result. You want the people on your team to guide you to that result. When you do that, life becomes easy, life becomes fun. And you get to work on what you're great at, and what you like to do. You have other people who are great at what they do and what they like to do. And that's where magic happens.

So here's what I would like you to do. I want you to set up a time for us to talk. I'll take you through the Stage 2 Decision Process with a real-world example using something you're working on. When you have a conversation with us, you'll stop feeling that your projects never work out well and instead know that all your projects can be far more successful when you focus on getting the right people on the bus. Again, I would love to have a conversation about this, so feel free contacting me at jpatrick@stage2planning.com to set up a time for us to talk.

In the meantime, if you're not ready to talk, download our free infographic on the Stage 2 Decision Process. This is a really good piece that's gonna help you make the right decision all the time. Just click the button below, and we'll have the piece on its way to you. And while you're at it, scroll down and let me know what you think about focusing on having the right people on your team first and then let them tell you how to get you to your goals.

This is Josh Patrick. You're at The Sustainable Business. Thanks a lot for stopping by. I hope to see you back here really soon.

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