I drool over big, spacious, state of the art kitchens. Whenever my husband and I walk into the home improvement store (which is often) I hear the irresistible siren song of the kitchen section. I’m drawn there like a moth to a flame and I could literally spend hours opening doors, running my hands over the different textures…a feast for the senses.
The shiny stainless steel appliances, pots of every size hanging on racks, cupboards that are a marvel of ingenuity and efficiency, sleek countertops, the ubercool kitchen gadgets…and then there’s the crown jewel (at least for me anyway)
Oh that big gorgeous piece of kitchen equipment. I have my eye on a certain stove that is the mother lode of stoves. Lots of burners, double ovens, the griddle…oh the possibilities (excuse me while I try to get my salivating under control).
I can picture pots simmering and bubbling, delicious smells emanating, and masterpieces being created.
Kinda like what I want to create on my business stove. Let me explain.
As a solo-preneur, we always seem to have lots of pots on the stove. Some pots we need to let simmer, some pots we turn to turn the heat up on, some pots may need a lid on them, and some pots we may need to get off the stove entirely.
Much like a good cook who produces a great meal, running your business requires a mix of skill, talent, improvising, creativity, and intuition.
So how do you know what to do with your pots?
First, you have to know what, exactly, is in your pots. Things in my pots include: coaching, writing, workshops/speaking, passive income streams, collaboration, networking, etc.
Next, determine the size of the pot. How big is the pot for coaching for me? Pretty big. It’s important to figure out the size of your pot. Not everything on your stove goes into a stockpot.
How much heat do you need under each pot? Some pots can go on the back burner for now; with the idea that I may need to move them should the opportunity arise. A few pots need the heat turned up and others need to be taken off the stove for now.
Knowing how many pots you have on your stove and when to adjust the heat is a skill that takes time and experience to master.
Your pots are simmering…which ones are you going to turn the heat up on?