The title of this blog may upset a few people but so be it? I wanted to get your attention and unfortunately for most business owners, because they are so buried in the day to day, it takes something of a wake up call to stop, assess and think. 

There is a lot in common however, between the lies we tell ourselves about our body and the lies or excuses we make within our businesses.

Whether you care to admit it or not, at least for most of us, we have all made excuses for why we have put on weight or why we cannot exercise or eat properly. My family is big boned, I don’t have time to train, cooking takes too long, healthy eating is too expensive etc. You know you have done it and definitely heard others doing it. I have. For the large majority of us it is these excuses that we use to justify our image or health to ourselves when in reality we need to see it for what it is…FAT. It is not bad to say it or describe it this way, it is just a fact. 

The good news is you can do something about it. Start by taking small steps. We all have 24 hours in a day and 7 days per week. It all comes down to the importance we place on the issue and how we prioritise. 

Like in life people making excuses in business all the time as well. As a business owner you know that you have that staff member that is really not cut out for the job but you continue to employ them because it is just easier. You know you work harder than your team but again it is easier than trying to hold accountability. You know you should be delegating tasks but you don’t because no one can do it as good as you. Do I need to go on? I think not. You see our businesses are a reflection of us and as long as we make excuses for being fat, we will do the same thing in our business. The question is do you want the business you set out to create back when it was still a dream or do you want more of what you have? 

We all know the perfect time for making changes is New Years! But rather than like every other year, when you have the best intentions but the follow through is not there, I challenge you to make real change. 

With the year coming to an end take some time to write down all of the things you don’t like in your business, what you want to see stop or change, what staff changes you need to make, the stuff you personally don’t think you should be doing, how many hours you want to work. Anything that is making your business fat and needs to change. 

Once you have this list, select the three most important items to focus on. By important I mean what will create the most benefit or relieve the most concern for you. You see unless you prioritise there is just too much to focus on and nothing will ever change. 

Share your three priorities with the people close to you – family, friends, management team, key team members, advisers – and give permission to these people to hold you accountable and to help you because like your weight, we make excuses to ourselves. 

Finally break down the smaller steps required to achieve each priority (tip: seek proper advice in need) and ensure these steps are represented visually, in places you look at all the time eg the bathroom mirror! 

So will you keep telling yourself you are big boned or will you do something about it and create the business you started out to achieve? Make 2016 be your year.