Being your own CEO

Being your own CEO

Do you want to be your own boss? Of course you do.

Hi All. I hope that you have all had a good week. How did you find my blog post from last week? Did you take on board any of the advice about juggling jobs and responsibilities and choosing what to juggle? Did you find it a useful reflection on choosing things to focus on and to not become overwhelmed or overburdened by too many responsibilities?

As some of you know who follow my weekly blogs, each week I look at things which are either experienced by lived experience of the moment and or inspired by the fitness and wellness journey that I am currently on. Reflecting on my blog from last week, it did make me think that apart from juggling our responsibilities, part of successfully juggling responsibilities is knowing how to manage oneself.

In essence: is it possible to be your own manager? Is it possible to be your own boss? 

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Well yes, it is possible. But how you may ask? 

Well let us break down what a chief executive officer (CEO) does? They are the head of the business. How do they lead their business?

According to Study.com (2019), a CEO career:

“typically involves a wide range of job duties that all work to help an organization reach its goals. These professionals provide vision for the direction of a company and create and oversee operations that are consistent with this vision. Some of these professionals may work in specific areas of the company, like human resources or finance. Job duties for CEOs may include:

  • Hiring other managers
  • Implementing new policy
  • Managing budgets
  • Overseeing other top executives
  • Setting goals”

Of course a clear delineation needs to be made between being a CEO of a business and being a CEO of yourself. Where the CEO of a business will hold weekly and monthly meetings to review business, review existing policies and implement new policies, manage budgets and set and review goals, being the CEO of yourself is different but not too dissimilar.

Managing yourself is about providing a direction and a plan for your goal setting and goal progression which are consistent with your vision. Its about providing yourself with the tools to help you meet your goals, either through education and research, or through creating them through business development and social networking.

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It is about having a clear vision for yourself and setting up SMART goal setting to reach these goals. For those who may be unfamiliar with SMART goal setting, I touched on it in a previous blog (“I love it when a plan comes together (just about)”: https://fitforanyage.co.uk/2019/02/02/i-love-it-when-a-plan-comes-together-just-about/ )

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.– Bill Copeland

SMART goal setting is about establishing goal setting plans which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound.

It is about setting goals and then reviewing and revisiting them. This can be done by weekly / bi-weekly / monthly reviews. Review and measure progress against your set goals. Review and revisit what you are doing. If it is not producing the outcomes which you want, what do you need to change? Imagine being the head of a meeting and your team feeding back to what the business was doing well in and not well in. How would you review the shortfalls? Would you brainstorm? Would you task team members with researching why the shortfalls had come about and about ways to provide more success and profit on the next business review?

Imagine it being yourself. You would most likely read and research and provide yourself and surround yourself with people who are aligned to your vision and who will be able to advice and work with you to meeting your goals.

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Being your own boss also comes with dedication and discipline. If you are prepared to put in the work, you will see the results. It is about being consistent and about soldiering on even when business looks bad.

In summary, it is possible to juggle yourself and your responsibilities, but you need to be prepared to put in the work. Setting long term goals, having regular reviews and learning from experiences which may not have yielded desired results is also key to meeting long term goals. You can get there: you just need to put in the work. 

I hope you have found the blog of some help. Remember: it’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process. You will get there. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and have a lovely weekend wherever you are on the planet.

And remember: love yourself. 

References:

Study.com. (2019). How to Become a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Available: https://study.com/articles/How_to_Become_a_Chief_Executive_Officer_CEO.html. Last accessed 8th August 2019.

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A bit about the author:

I am a guy who is (nearly) 40, who is sharing a journey of weight management and wellbeing.I am also a mental health professional with a wealth of years of experience in supporting individuals who have challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders.

Prior to my current professional role, I spent several years supporting members of the community as a fitness professional, assisting individuals with weight loss and health improvement programmes.

I completed a PGDip in Mental Health Nursing in 2013, and an MSc in Advanced Practice in 2016 in which I looked at improving nurses’ level of engagement with patients with challenging personality disorders.

In 2018 I successfully undertook a Clinical reasoning in Physical Assessments course with the view to start studying toward becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in late 2019.

In 2015 I also undertook a Mentorship for practice (BSc Hons) course and have been supporting future nurses with their training and development. I have also recently supported a Healthcare Assistant Staff toward training in and successfully passing and achieving a Foundation Degree in Mental Health Nursing.

In my current role I am a person looking to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the individual. As part of my role within the health services in supporting individuals with mental health care needs, I am also currently looking to develop myself as a Wellness Coach, to support the individual with weekly wellness blogs, with the view to support individuals on a 1:1 basis as well as holding motivational lectures and seminars.

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