Let’s see… we are in a new start up… four of us together… we are all working but one person puts in all the hours… while the others do what they can… some of us have to put in the extra ten yards… is this you?

Over the years I have put in many hours into all my start ups. Money has been made and things have been great. I am where I want to be; starting businesses and making money!

But it is sometimes difficult to work with people. They don’t always understand the time and commitment it takes to make things happen. They believe that they are doing enough and beauty sleep is needed. When I am in a start up, the fact is, I don’t sleep. Whether it is the time it takes for me to do things to cut down on cost or whether it is the fact I am so pumped up that I can’t stop to sleep, I am always working.

People don’t always understand it. Most will never understand it. Fact is that I like what I do. It is easy and it flows.

How do I justify putting in extra time, above and beyond everyone else? Simple, I don’t care. Why? I have to make it work. I simply don’t fail! This mentality, I believe, has brought me to the place where I am today.

I run a marathon, plain and simple.

While most are sleeping, I am working on one thing or another… there is always something that needs to get done.

Small businesses are like this. You need to analyze what you are good at, what you lack at and pick what and whom you need to bring in. If you are in a partnership, well clearly one may think they are doing more than the other. I let those emotions bounce of me… there’s no time for it.

But it’s not fair you say?

Isn’t a marriage this way? Analyzing and nit picking at small things need to be set aside.  For me it’s about success… I have to succeed!

Complaining about who does more will not matter in the long run. The goal is success and doing whatever is needed to succeed.

Sanity? You have some??

Today marks the 28th of January and as every year I start planning for the year objectively and logically. I start looking at my business in a non biased way and align my vision to my goals, both the long term and short term. Sometimes it is fun and others it is a challenge, sanity you ask? Sanity comes in the process, where the process isn’t an hour nor a day but several days and really a roller coaster ride that has lasted over this past month.

So where does sanity come into play?

Well, that’s the thought that crossed my mind when I looked back at some moves I made this past year. Some risks I took and others I didn’t take.

So I ask:

Do you take the time to think about the risks of 2012?

Many people don’t look back. Many strive to avoid looking at mistakes as well as the wins. I believe that part of it comes from all this positive talk in social media and also from the day to day activities that don’t give us the time to reflect.
So, I decided to make a list of the things I do to analyze and gather my thoughts for the future. It is something that has worked over the years and I thought I would share it!

The Process:

1. Review the goals you set for 2012
2. List the wins of 2012
3. List the losses of 2012
4. Organize the why things happened
5. Organize the why you want or don’t want things to happen again
6. Create your top ten
7. Paste the list on your white board and read it every day

Why this process?

It is logical and it is beneficial to see everything as a timeline. We need to focus on the wins as we do on the losses. We need to become aware of the actions we took so we either repeat them or avoid them in the future.
Making the new goals for 2013 becomes easier once we are able to see the past and focus on making it in the following year. If you follow a process (doesn’t need to be mine) you are able to organize your thoughts and maintain calmness and your sanity. As small business owners, we are aware of the psychological torment that can accompany an individual running a business. Setting up procedures like this brings one back to level ground where decisions can be made without emotional attachments!

PS. If you are wondering why I am sending this at the end of January… well I procrastinate… plus, I don’t want you to take this as a new year’s resolution… Now that the ugly and slow January is out of the way start planning!