When someone starts to systemise and plan the way they work on their business they can initially feel overwhelmed with doing this alongside their day-to-day management.

That sense of overwhelm can threaten to make working ‘on’ the business a secondary, often delayed project.

In this clip from our group coaching calls, one of our clients poses the question of how to integrate this strategic work alongside their everyday work. The answer is helpful to anyone who wishes to focus on furthering their personal and business growth:

When you start any business growth programme, you will need to start working a little differently. That change can feel painful at first – and that is ok. You are forming new habits, and you are creating a better way of working.

Remember, this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.


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So the question is how do I implement the training into my business instead of alongside it?

So, Simon, let me just unmute you. Hiya!

(Simon) Yeah, I’m trying to sort of explain. I think really what it is is that, because I’m relatively new to ActionCOACHing, and I think I probably need to sit down and sort of start from scratch.

I’ve sort of grabbed bits and bobs and, in a way, I think what has actually been done is that it’s made me probably more disjointed than I already was, in a funny kind of way. Does that sort of make sense?

(Shweta) So what you’re really saying is that you’re relatively new, which I know you are, to actually ActionCOACH, or to working on your business in this form, and therefore you’re saying rather than making it alongside, how do I make it an integral part of the business?

And it feels right now to you as if it’s another thing to work on, it feels disjointed. That’s what you’re saying?

(Simon) Yeah, exactly that.

(Shweta) Yeah, okay. Perfect. That clarifies so, guys, how do you make this an integral part of your business? What’s your experience and you need to remember how it felt when you were starting versus how it is now.

So what would be your suggestion to Simon? And he’s literally just had a couple of sessions right now and the planning session. So it’s not like he has even completed one month or a couple of months with coaching; he’s very very new. 

What would you suggest to Simon? What’s the best way what works for you?

So, some of the comments, guys please give comments because this is so helpful to someone who’s relatively new, and hearing it from you, listening to it from you, your comments make a hell of a lot of a difference.

How do you make sure that learning & training is not a separate thing and you make it part of your business, the integral part of how you’re working?

So they say here, “Trust the process. It seems separate till you get better at it.” That’s what Radek is saying. It feels separate until you get better at it. And then it feels a lot more aligned and trust the process.

Bob you’re writing “ActionCOACH helps me plan my work, then at work, I work my plan.” And actually that’s the disjoint bit that’s happening in the business. It’s not a bad thing Simon, that’s how I see it. If you feel it’s something different, yeah it is something different! It’s not something that you’ve been doing it from, you know, over your last years. So if it feels like you’re sitting down, you’re thinking differently, you’re working differently, you’re planning differently, and then it’s another thing to do along with your others bits that are happening. It’s fine. It’s the habit formation that’s happening.

Kim you’ve written here, “I found it overwhelming at first. I suggest you break everything up into small chunks and focus on getting one thing right at a time.” This is another very important thing I remind clients. A great point there Kim. It’s not a sprint guys. It’s a marathon. There’s a reason why multi-million sized businesses have been working with us for the last ten years, seven years, six years, five years, you name it. And they’re all good, solid, successful businesses. Because it’s not a sprint it’s a marathon made of small sprints. And you take one thing, you really do it well, you start seeing the results, and then there’s a next level. And then a next level of complexity that needs to be taken care of. That’s how the business moves. Break it down into small parts and focus on one thing, rather than trying to eat and swallow everything in one go and feeling overwhelmed.

“Simon, ask lots of questions and you will eventually find the strength that helps you.” So again, clarify, don’t just sit and be confused. 

Colin, “Set time in your diary each day to work on ActionCOACH items and on the business. Read lots of books and start to bring the ideas to the key members of the team and encourage them to engage. And why Colin is saying that Simon is because the more you involve your team and make them engage in the process, the easier it becomes for you to delegate, and you can therefore actually get things done because you’re not the one who’s trying to do everything.

In the Beginning, It’s Like The Gym

And the point is Simon for the first, I would say, five to eight months, yes there is more time, and more effort, because you’re not used to it. So it’s okay. But over a period you will see that it becomes a lot easier. You understand how the rhythm is flowing, it starts releasing more value, more time for yourself, the team becomes better– you start seeing the benefits. But in the beginning, it’s like going to the gym: muscles hurt, you don’t want to do it, it feels disjointed, you have to go against your will. But then as you get into the habit you actually start enjoying this. You get addicted to it, in a good way, and start seeing the benefits of it. In fact, you miss it if you’re not going to the gym or not doing this kind of strategic thinking in work.

Neel, you’re saying “Really good question, I felt very similar. So much to think about and to do all at once. For me, slow right down. Do just one thing a week, each will have a positive effect. Also, you must dedicate time to do it. So, I now take one day a week to work from home, so I’m less disturbed and can focus on my objective for this week.” Absolutely Neel. Great comment there.

And Neil, you’ve written here, “As someone who’s also new decide on your goals and start to integrate ASAP. Believe in the future goals.” Know why you’re doing it, why are you willing to go through the pain. I’ll recap this for everyone on the call right now, not just what Simon has asked, but overall you know in in business or in life. When you’re feeling that strain or stress or pain or it’s not flowing, everyone out there, you ask them, saying, do you want to achieve more in life? And they’ll be like, yeah, yeah, of course, I want to achieve more, I want to become better and I want to have more.

But the question really is what pain are you willing to go through for that? What are you willing to become and what are you willing to do to actually achieve that?

And there are not very many people who are willing to go through the pain to achieve and to become what they really want the become.

So, Simon when you feeling that it’s a great thing. At the same time all the practical tips which people have given you here, who have gone through the process, pay attention to that.

And I’ll also make sure that in our next session we also just make sure that you are having that time in the diary, you’re very clear as to what needs to be done, and we’re doing it in small chunks. Just to make sure that we’re not getting overwhelmed. Is that ok?

(Simon) That, that will do it. That’ll be spot on, that will do it.

(Shweta) I’ll help you with that, that’s not a problem, we will take care of that. Ok? Super, so great question there Simon.