What’s up, everybody?! Welcome back to the show! Today, I am going to share some thoughts with you about a question that came from a friend of mine. He was asking how do you self regulate? When do you say yes and when do you say no? And when you’re the boss, how do you regulate yourself? We’re going to talk more about this today. Let’s get started!

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What’s up, everybody. Hey, welcome back to the show. Today, I’m going to share some thoughts with you that came from a friend of mine, Chad Bonawitz. He was asking, “How do you self-regulate? When do you say yes and when do you say no?” And when you’re the boss, how do you regulate yourself?
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Hey guys, so I had a question from a friend of mine, actually one of our coaching students. His name’s Chad Bonawitz out of Tennessee. He asked a really good question. “How do you self-regulate? How do you say yes and no to certain things?” When you’re the boss and the buck stops with you, you’re the final decision-maker. How do you do that? How do you self-regulate? And it’s tough, right?
When you have a job, if you’ve ever had a job, somebody else’s telling you what you can or can’t do either very firmly like very rigid or kind of loosely like, here’s how you do it. You figure a few things out, but this is what you do. When you’re your own boss, it’s a lot harder, right? And that’s something that I’ve struggled with. Now, sometimes when you have a partner, like I work with my wife, she helps draw some boundaries around me, reels me in.
When you have a team, they reel you in if you’ve defined what it is you do and won’t do. And so that is how I think you self-regulate. Even if it’s just you, you have to basically still go through the process. You should always pretend, even if you’re a small company, one man, one woman shop, that’s fine. That’s how a lot of us start, right? But you still need to act like a big company.
You may have an org chart and it’s the CEO and the chief marketing officer, the chief financial officer, the chief bottle washer, whatever your name is probably on all of those when you start and that’s okay. That’s just how it is. But you should be defining those roles just as if you were outsourcing that to somebody else. As if you’re plugging somebody else in because eventually that’s the goal, right?
So, additionally, you should still plan your goals just like a big company. We use the EOS process, which my buddy Gary Harper helped with to define, which is effectively from the book “Traction,” if you follow that. It’s the entrepreneur operating system. And every week we have a level 10 meeting where we’re reviewing some reporting. We’re kind of have our finger on the pulse of our businesses, but what’s going on.
Now I have a team for that, but even if you don’t, you should still go through that process. These are the reports you review. These are the metrics that you’re tracking. These are the things that you look at to know your business working or not. And importantly, these are our goals.
Now, as part of the process, you should define longer-term goals, which will kind of say, you know, when you’re a small business, it’s really hard to kind of plan 5 or 10 years out, but you can set some high-level goals.
Then when you start to pull it in to two or three years, what do you have to accomplish two years out to hit that 5 or 10-year goal and then you back it into this year what do we have to do? This quarter what do we have to do? The quarterly goals really are the key and then of course boiling that down into monthly and even weekly.
So what I found is once I gave my team the flexibility to kind of guide me a little bit, then everything changed, right? Because I gave them the authority to kind of say, “Hey, that’s not really on task.” So, once you’ve kind of defined your goals, then everything you do should be driven by that. Now, I would encourage you to define those goals and do it in a way to where you set the bounds of what you’re going to do and what’s you’re not going to do.
And so what I found is I used to go off the reservation, hey, I’m going to go start a bowling alley or something ridiculous. Never did that but there were some ridiculous things in there. It is to basically say, “Hey, I’m a single family house investor. This is what I do.” I’m interested in multi-family and if I have some extra time, I’m going to do that but I’m going to do it with somebody that knows what they’re doing and I’m going to have a more passive role. Maybe I’m putting my own money in, maybe I’m helping raise money or something that’s not kind of a full time active role. But in my business of single family investing, I can innovate inside of that. I’m going to do some creative financing, I’m going to lean into this extra strategy a little bit more. So leave your innovation kind of inside of the bounds of what it is that you already do.
That is until you’ve built up a business that’s successful enough to where you can pull a team in and they can manage it largely without you on the day-to-day from a day-to-day standpoint. And then as an entrepreneur, the thing that I love about that is that gives you the freedom to go explore and spend more time on other things when you’re not doing everything yourself. Whereas we talk about this all the time on the show, right? Is how to scale your business to the point to where it’s not a job, it’s a business for you.
And then scale it up to the point to where they’re still guiding it. I’m not of the belief that you can build this business that you just walk away from it, it runs itself. That is very, very difficult for us. And the truth is, it’s not even really what I want. I don’t want to sit on the beach. But your goals are different. But I would say more importantly as an entrepreneur and as an opportunist, it gives you the flexibility then to go into other things and explore those a little bit and innovate some more.
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