Often as business owners, we want to control every aspect of our organization. Since it’s our company, it’s a representation of us, and that’s a big deal! But what’s the result of hyper controlling behavior? Imagine a CEO trying to manage 30 employees, daily operations, an email list, social media accounts, payroll and office birthday parties.
Often this need for control can hinder both our personal and professional lives in more ways than one. As uncomfortable as it may feel, sometimes releasing control can actually get you closer to where you want to be.
When we find ourselves trying to control a certain situation, we are acting out of fear. We’re telling the world that we actually don’t think it’s going to work out and we need to manipulate the situation in order to force it.
Everything changes when we release control.
As soon as we release the need to control, everything changes. Your outlook changes, your demeanor changes and things start to become effortless. Instead of saying you need X amount of clients, X amount of money, by X date – release control by focusing on how you want to feel in your business. What do you want to provide people? What do you want your brand to represent? And how can you make a greater impact on your clientele? These are the aspects of a business that truly matter. They also directly impact your success. In realizing this, we can relax in knowing we’re building a profitable business we can be proud of.
Having faith > control.
Once you’ve decided how you want to feel in your life and business, you now need to have faith that you will get there. You need faith in your commitment, faith in your team and faith in your abilities. And how can we reinforce faith? By making thoughtful, sound decisions and then relaxing, knowing that it’s being taken care of. If you decide to let an associate handle a big client, don’t loom over them, micro-managing their every move. If you think they can handle it, let them handle it. Give them the opportunity to prove you right.
As soon as you make the decision to release control, you’ve made the decision to have faith in the people and world around you. This doesn’t mean you stop caring, managing or working – it just means that every action you take comes from a place of faith. And when you make a mistake or miss an opportunity, you trust that this is simply a detour in the right direction.