Last weekend I watched Harry Potter with my boys.
Don’t ask me which one - they’re all the same to me (sorry to die-hard HP fans out there).
The big baddie, Voldemort, never seemed to fully die. We learned that it’s because Voldy divided his soul into pieces, and hid those pieces in objects that were scattered around the realm.
These magical objects are called Horcruxes.
Voldy obviously knew that, being a big baddie, people would try to bump him off. So the Horcruxes containing bits of soul were kind of ‘wizard life insurance’.
After all, better to live with a bit of soul than die completely, right? Get killed and you’re only mostly killed - because you’ve got backup somewhere.
This got me thinking…
I think that most of us have bits of our soul invested in various things.
For some, it’s our family.
For others, it’s Instagram 😛
For entrepreneurs, a piece of our soul belongs to our business.
I’ve found this is especially true for people who have built their business from scratch. It’s their baby. They are highly emotional about it.
So the prospect of their business failing feels almost like death.
This highly emotional connection, while understandable, is dangerous. Because to place such an attachment on anything gives it incredible power over you.
And besides, I know that failing in business is not the end of the world.
Because years ago, I went through it myself.
And I’m grateful for the experience now, because it taught me so much, and sparked a massive period of growth for me.
But still, I completely understand how these business owners feel.
We give up our time, our money, our special moments with family, everything to fulfil our vision, our dream.
To prove everyone wrong who doubted us.
To show the world we’re capable of more.
To carve out our own living, our own way.
It’s a lot. There’s a lot at stake.
But that being said, maybe it’s time to realise that your emotional connection to your business is both a blessing… and a curse.
Because being so emotionally tied to your outcome skews your decision making. It affects how you show up.
And emotions influence your behaviour, and behaviour influences your results.
Now, I’m not saying that to be successful in business, you should be a stone-cold Voldemort.
Your business is your creation. Of course you care.
But you do need to learn how to systemise your business so it can set you free.
If you’re working ridiculous hours and having your business run rings around you… it’s time for a change, don’t you think?
Look, I don’t have a magical wand that fixes everything.
But I do know some business owners who are getting some pretty cool results in our business coaching program, Opulence.
Results like 10+ hours back a week. 3-6x growth in less than a year. First holiday in years. Most importantly, letting go and trusting that their business will run without them.
If you’d like to explore getting results like that in your business (without chopping up your soul to get there), taking the first step is easy.
Get in touch with one of our team by clicking here.