Like most entrepreneurs, you can probably instantly say what activities you find irritating or just okay and would like to be freed up from. But when it comes to things you find irritating, the input is coming from outside you—it’s an activity that’s outside of you, a situation that’s outside of you, a relationship that’s outside of you. So, to a certain extent, the world is doing the work for you. In other words, it’s irritating you and it’s not giving you stimulation that’s anything better than okay. You want freedom from these activities.
Even though Strategic Coach entrepreneurs represent over 60 different industries and dozens of countries and cultures around the globe, and are as different as they could be as individuals, the majority share one common trait: perseverance.
I’ve discovered that when entrepreneurs become emotionally engaged with a big new possibility or idea, they’ll often find themselves procrastinating on achieving it.
In my ABC Model exercise, I encourage entrepreneurs to increase their freedom and improve their lives by eliminating activities they find irritating (“A activities”), delegating or automating activities that are “just okay” (“B activities”), and increasing the amount of time they spend doing activities that are fascinating and motivating to them (“C activities”).
If you look at almost any entrepreneur — just starting out, successful, or somewhere in between — one thing they’ll all have in common is that they’ve battled or are currently battling complexity.