Episode 104: Want to Increase Productivity Fast? Do This 1 Thing!


Support

“It takes more courage to ask for help than to act alone,” -Ken Petty

Eek, oftentimes it can feel challenging to ask for support! Why is that? We all know the sense of relief that occurs when others are glad to support our requests. This is the 4th pillar in our 9 Pillars of Productivity series.

Sometimes it feels like asking for help makes us appear weak or stupid, we don’t know who to ask, believe we have to do it all, or no one can do it as fast or well as we can. When none of those are the truth at all. They’re simply limiting beliefs and those limiting beliefs about not being able and/or willing to ask for support impacts the ability to grow your business faster and to improve productivity.

The truth is we cannot do it all and we’re not good at all of it.

I want to share a quick personal story about how this showed up for me. Almost every summer we try to go to Nova Scotia to visit Brad’s family outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It’s one of our super happy places, a place we really go for a lot of rest and renewal as well as family connection. We came back from vacation, school was getting started, the kids were in band camp, and everything was getting crazy. I’m trying to grow this business, and this was before Brad came to work with me. I was really on my own, just me and a VA. I had that moment of going, “I can’t keep doing all of this by myself, I can’t do all the shopping, I can’t do all the cooking, all the laundry.” And nobody said, “Minette, you have to do this.” It was just those were the things that I took on.

So what happens when you try to everything by yourself? You instantly get into burnout, overwhelmed, you find yourself working nights and weekends, sacrificing time with family, not taking a vacation for years on end.

I realize I just needed to ask for support.

As usual, we were walking on the beach (we tend to do a lot of these conversations walking) and I said, “I need help.” And that was probably three or four years ago, and so everybody has nights that they cook, Brad and I share the grocery shopping, and for a while, we had a personal assistant which we loved. Asking for support is one way to manage energy as well as set clear boundaries, which we discuss in previous episodes.

In The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks, which is a terrific read, the author talks about how we all have 4 zones of competency. Four zones are: zone of incompetence, zone of competence, zone of excellence, and your zone of genius. And the goal is to spend as much time as possible in your zone of genius. This requires lots of support 🙂

Author Michael Gerber wrote in The E-Myth about how the entrepreneurial myth is: that we are all great at all aspects of building a business, which is just flat out wrong. Asking for help will allow your business to grow much faster.

Brad and I share 3 key takeaways for asking for support in today’s podcast. These are keys that we’ve implemented in our own business, which has allowed us to grow much faster. Listen to the full episode on asking for support.

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IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Why we don’t ask for help & support
  • What happens when you try to do everything yourself
  • How asking for support will allow your business to grow faster

LINKS:

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

The E-Myth by Michael Gerber

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Minette Riordan, Ph.D.

Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.



About Minette Riordan, Ph.D.

Dr. Minette Riordan is an award-winning entrepreneur with 17 years experience in media, marketing and sales. She is a lover of art, poetry and mythology and a complete geek who digs discussing how businesses work. One of her core values is continuous improvement; she is a seeker, wanderer and adventurer who loves dragons and coffee. Most days you can find her supporting her creative clients to build profitable businesses. And on other days you can find her in her art studio covered in paint.

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