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5 Steps to Boost Your Business with the Guidance of a Business Coach

Updated: May 14


Sarah Ziesler, business coach at Leadership Ladies
Sarah Ziesler, Shine, ShEO! Business Coach and CEO at the Upstate South Carolina Leadership Ladies event.

Do you ever feel like you're on a treadmill, racing at full speed through your busy schedule with no end in sight? You're not alone. As a business coach, I see women business owners who deem being busy has become synonymous with success. But is being busy truly the same as being highly productive?


Let's break it down.


Busy vs. Productive: The Crucial Difference

Being busy is easy. It's the chaos of activity, the constant motion without a clear direction. Nowadays we like to share all our busy tasks to feel assured that we are on the right track.


On the other hand, being productive is about efficiency and effectiveness. It's about accomplishing meaningful tasks that align with your goals and values.

What happens when our busy schedules aren't producing results and now being busy all the time turns into feeling stressed and defeated? You start loosing the joy you started your business with and instead of having fun, it becomes a burden. Instead of the business you built for more freedom, you now find yourself in a self-created prison of your time and schedule. That's why having a business coach can help identify when we are leaning into the chaos, instead of feeling joy.


So, how do we shift from busyness to productivity? Here are five steps to help you grow your business with joy:


1. Mindset Matters

Jim Rhone, a successful entrepreneur and business coach, wisely said, "Stand guard at the door of your mind." Your mindset shapes your reality, so it's crucial to cultivate a positive and growth-oriented mindset. Start your day with intentional practices like gratitude, visualization, or meditation to set the tone for success.


2. Time Management and Boundaries

Time is our most precious resource, and managing it effectively is key to success. Identify your most productive hours and prioritize tasks accordingly. Set clear boundaries around your time to avoid burnout and ensure that you have space for both work and personal life. Shine, ShEO! works to provide a variety of resources for women entrepreneurs looking for business coaching. You can download our Free Productivity Made Simple Guide here.


3. Set SMART Goals

Goals give us direction and purpose. Use the SMART criteria—Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound—to set clear and actionable goals for your business. Partnering with a knowledgeable business coach can provide invaluable support in refining your objectives, ensuring they are not only well-defined and attainable but also aligned with your long-term vision and growth strategy.


4. Develop a Strategic Action Plan

As the saying goes, a goal without a plan is just a wish. Create a strategic action plan outlining the steps you'll take to achieve your goals. Break down larger objectives into smaller tasks, and assign deadlines to keep yourself accountable. Need guidance? Get a Replay here for our 3X your Business Masterclass and create your plan of action.


5. Measure and Adapt

"You can't manage what you don't measure." - Tony Robbins

Regularly assess your progress and adjust your approach as needed. Measure the effectiveness of your actions, identify what's working well, and course-correct where necessary. Remember, success is a journey, and continuous improvement is key to sustainable growth.


Embrace Productivity and Find Joy in Your Business

Find your path to productivity and joy in your business with the guidance of a skilled business coach. In a world that often praises busyness, it's crucial to redefine success on your own terms. Prioritize productivity over mere activity to become more efficient, fulfilled, and joyful in your business journey.


So, take a step back, reassess your priorities, and implement these steps to transform your busyness into purposeful productivity. Your business—and your wellbeing—will thank you for it.


If you're looking for the right business coach to help you get to a new level of joy in your business, schedule a free discovery call with us today to take your first step!

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