A DIY attitude is great, but without leaving it behind you won’t be able to scale your business. If you’re having trouble letting go of doing it all yourself, read on to find out why!
If you’re a business owner with a team working for you, or who is thinking of hiring a team, and you’re trying to expand your business but find yourself feeling stuck, you may be stuck in DIY Broken Bottleneck.
The DYI broken bottleneck is when you:
- Feel like it’s easier to just do it yourself.
- Feel like no one else can do it as well as you can.
- Fear outsourcing the work to other people because you feel like leading a team is a pain in the ass.
- Take more and more tasks on your shoulders in your business that other people should be taking care of.
I get it. I’ve been there!
If you’re stuck here you’ve probably been trying to grow your business for 3 months or more but find yourself plateaued in income, aren’t seeing as many new clients or customers as you need, and feel like the business is getting more and more stressful.
You Already Have A Team/ People Working For You
If this is happening to you and you already have a team working for you, chances are that you’re doing the work of your team members or employees just to get things done.
Maybe someone on your team isn’t doing their job right.
Maybe they aren’t following procedures.
Or maybe you have someone working for you who isn’t doing much at all.
And in order to fix it I bet you tried just doing it yourself.
- Maybe you don’t want to be mean.
- You figure it’s just quicker to do it all yourself.
- You hate conflict and would rather just not rock the boat.
- Or you feel like you’re the only one who can do it “right”.
You know you need your team doing their jobs, and doing them well (or finding new team members who can). However, you find yourself trapped in a cycle of not using them effectively.
You Don’t Yet Have A Team But Know You Need Help To Scale
If you want to grow your business you need to have support. There just aren’t enough hours to do everything that you need to do to scale your business.
Whenever you hear about “4-hour work weeks” it’s because these people have support for growing their business. They’re not doing it alone.
Whenever you see people scaling to multiple 6 and 7-figure businesses it’s because they have support. They’re not doing it alone.
Yet so many entrepreneurs are afraid to hire. They think it’s just easier and faster to do it themselves. They don’t think they can lead a team. That leading a team is going to be a massive pain in the ass. Or they feel they’re the only ones who can do it right.
Here’s Why You’re Trying To Do Everything Yourself
A lack of boundaries
As a business owner, it’s not only your right, it’s your job to tell people what to do.
You can’t have a flourishing business if you shy away from giving instructions and correcting your employees when they’re not doing things as they need to be done.
You may be saying to yourself “I don’t want to run a team” or “I don’t like to manage people”. And that’s fine if you want to keep your business right where it’s at or keep it rather small. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
However, if you want to grow your business you have to understand that you are a leader. And to be a leader you have to step up and lead others.
You have to set clear boundaries and expectations and then hold other people to them. Period.
Boundaries are not mean. Boundaries are one of the most amazing things ever when applied correctly because they mean everyone gets their needs met.
Whether you have a team working for you currently or you’re ready to build one, you have to be able to recognize that you ARE a leader and that you can run a successful team and work less, even if it feels stressful and anxiety-provoking now.
You’re a Perfectionistic Lone Wolf
You figure it’s easier just to do it all yourself. So you take on responsibilities that you shouldn’t just to get things done.
You figure you’ll probably do it better anyway. And emailing your assistant to correct their work will take just as long as just going in and doing it yourself.
Whether you’ll do it better or correcting your assistant will take just as much time isn’t the point.
The point is that if you’re doing everything in your business, if you’re a DIY master, then you’re always going to be at the same level in your business as you are today.
- Because you just do not have enough hours in the day to do all the things.
- If you do all of the things you’re going to get more stressed out and resentful – which ends up stalling your business because business starts to feel like shit.
- If you do all the things you’ll never be able to expand your business beyond where it is today because you’ll never have the human resources to support it.
Eventually, you need to let go.
You need to let go of the need to get things perfect and realize that getting things 70% of the way there is good enough to go ahead.
If you’re waiting for things to be perfect, you’ve waited too long.
Things will never be perfect. As a business owner, you have to be okay with that.
If you want to go far in your business and take it to the next level, you need people to support you in your expansion.
You’re conflict avoidant
Many business owners are conflict-avoidant.
Instead of confronting issues head-on with their employees (or clients – but that’s a topic for another blog) they try to be nice about things and they tip-toe around issues.
Or they take their employee’s responsibilities on their own shoulders instead of addressing issues that come up.
There are a variety of reasons.
One biggie is trauma. Many business owners have unaddressed trauma in their background that keeps them in a cycle of people-pleasing. They feel that if people are upset with them, or if there is any degree of conflict, that somehow they’ve done something wrong. They’ve learned to take responsibility for other people’s feelings.
If you spend all of your time managing everyone else’s feelings, you’re not going to be left with any energy to make the big impact you’re here for. You won’t have the bandwidth to be of service and bring your genius into the world. And you’ll end up staying stalled and stuck in your income and business growth.
Being conflict-avoidant ends up bottlenecking the business (because again, you can’t do all the things and you need help).
The reality is that sometimes conflict is unavoidable. Sometimes we need to address difficult situations in our business. Sometimes we need to give difficult performance evaluations or even let employees go.
The only way to avoid conflict is to either do everything yourself or to bend over backward and always pretend everything is okay when they’re not. Both of which will sabotage your business growth.
What Do You Do?
You learn that setting boundaries is a fact of life and you begin to do so with love and from a place of creating something great (rather than chastizing something bad).
Setting good boundaries and reinforcing them means you won’t have as much need for conflict because you’ve taken care of anything that’s not working before it turns into a problem.
You deeply realize that to be of service to the world, to live your dharma, to create a big impact you not only need help along the way, but you’re also going to need those people operating at their best.
You also need to fully BE the leader you were brought here to be. To own it on a deep authentic level where you know you are in integrity and where you lead with confidence and courage.
My proven methodology helps leaders step into their deepest mission in life.
If you want to learn how to transform your leadership apply for a breakthrough session now to see if coaching with me is a fit.
I want to help you scale your business and stop shying away from what you’re here for.