In this episode of Leverage for Growth, Jesse P. Gilmore talks about regaining control of your time and how it can impact your life and business. Being at the whim of the agency can lead to burnout and pain, but taking control of your time and separating yourself from the business can allow you to have vision and perspective. It's important to focus on both your life and business to achieve your dreams.
Episode 72: Regaining Control of Your Time
You are now listening to Leverage for Growth. Hey everybody this is Jesse P. Gilmore founder of Niche in Control and creator of the Leverage for Growth, welcome to the daily leverage edition.
Today’s topic is this “Regain Control of Your Time”. Sit back, relax and welcome to today’s daily leverage.
So this morning, I was doing my morning routine of stacking and reflecting on a live stream I did last week on the 5 main obstacles holding 6-figure agency owners back from 7-figures.
Today, I am going to dive into one of the main obstacles as many times these obstacles are things that people come to accept as normal and are unaware of the actual problem
Let’s solve that today by talking about when you are not in control of your time
The problem is that when you have no control of your time with the business, so a client calls, you have to drop everything and serve them. You… basically are on all the time. I find this a lot when clients are checking emails the moment they wake up or sending things the moment they’re going, right before they go to sleep. And basically making it to where the business is in control of them. And why this is a problem is that, you know, when you don’t have control of your business and your use of time, it’s like, time is basically an indicator of your relationship to the business. So when you’re working 12 to 14 to 18 hour days, five, six, seven days a week, basically the agency owns you. You are now at the whim of what the agency kind of needs at the moment. And without control, you start to feel pain.
Pain in the emotional attachment to the outcomes, pain as you’re not in control of your own life. You start to resent, you know, taking on new clients because it basically means more hours for you. And you get stuck in this kind of like rat maze of not being able to understand vision. You’re too close to the trees in order for you to see the forest. And what this leads towards is basically burnout. When I talk with, you know, agency owners in our free trainings or in our Alliance mastermind or… and they haven’t really mastered time and being in control of time, they are leading themselves towards a burnout stage. And they think that there’s an end to it. Like they have to keep on working for this period of time and then all of a sudden something will change and then all of a sudden they’ll work less. And in actuality, it’s something that you have to choose in the day, in the now, to not necessarily be at the whim of the agency. but ultimately to start to carve out eight to 10 hours per week for you to work on the business.
And what this allows you to do is really start to feel in control of both your life and your business. You’re able to take time each week and separate yourself from the business, which allows you to have things like vision and perspective and understanding that the agency is actually a tool to support you in achieving your dreams. and the things that you’re actually going after. And the possibility that comes from, you know, being able to control your time, ultimately comes down to an understanding that you can have a life in a business by design. And you can unravel the kind of craziness that you’ve created in the agency and be able to control your time. And when you do that, you realize that you’re basically like this marathon runner in this game called entrepreneurship. And by doing so, you focus on you, and you focus on really serving you in the most powerful way, which ultimately allows you to serve others.
So why is this important? Well, basically, if you’re not in control of time, you’ll always be running frantic, feeling as though you’re always behind. And what this does is it makes it so that you’re not really in the present moment, and you’re always kind of thinking about what happened. just a little bit ago, and then what’s gonna happen next, and you’re kind of in this frantic stage. And this will allow you, and this has probably allowed you to get to a point where you’re at the six figures. You know, when you’re in a hustling mode to get to six figures, that was kind of like your phase of growth. But once you hit six figures, you have to switch. And in order for you to switch, you have to start looking at your use of time in a different way than you did, you know, in the past. And by doing so, you’re really able to focus on vision and perspective and where is your life and business going over the next five, 10, 20 years, and then what are you doing right now and if you bring that vision into reality today.
So now it’s time for the daily leverage. So where in your world, whether in your life or business, have you really not had control of your time? Is it in your life with your health and body? Is it in your life with your spirituality or self-direction? Is it in your relationships with your spouse, partner, or kids? Or is it in your business, finances, or team? And once you have located where you’ve not been in control of your time and you know what you need to change, my question to you is this, what are you willing and able to do about it today?
That is the end of the Daily Leverage. This is Jesse P. Gilmore. You’ve been listening to the Leverage for Growth podcast. If you are enjoying these daily leverage and agency leverage episodes, make sure to subscribe on Apple or Spotify now.