In this podcast episode, I'm sharing five ways to get you out of drift mode and into design mode with your business.
What the heck is drift mode?
Great question. Let me explain.
When you're in drift mode in your business, you're literally stuck in the current, drifting wherever the current takes you.
You don't have a clear vision of where your destination is and you're letting outside forces and influences determine your direction.
Making decisions is hard when you're in drift mode, reacting to the day-to-day ongoings of your business as you step back from being a visionary and instead, find yourself drifting.
Does this sound like you right now? If so, don't worry. I've got you. In this podcast episode, I'm sharing 5 ways to get yourself unstuck so you can start making shit happen in your business–by going from drifting to designing.
I want you to truly believe that you CAN build your biz–even in uncertain times–and that your business CAN flourish despite how you feel or the outside circumstances.
So, if you’ve been feeling like you're drifting, this episode is for you. Let’s dive in!
On Today’s episode of The Power in Purpose Podcast, we take you from drift mode to design mode in 5 easy steps:
- What drift mode is and how you know if you are in drift mode
- The difference between drift mode and design mode
- Why vision for your business is more important now than ever
You're listening to Episode 43, how to go from drift mode and into design mode.
Welcome back to the Power and Purpose podcast, it's me, your host, Candace, and welcome to today's episode, where I'm sharing five ways to get you out of drift mode and into design mode with your business. Do me a favor. Raise your hand. If you feel like you're drifting right now, you're not quite sure where you're going or what to do next. The future is certainly uncertain. That's one. One thing we can say right now is it feels very uncertain and you might just be drifting in your business and sort of hanging out in this place where you're not sure what to do next.
I've spent a few days in drift mode myself. It's a hard place to be. And my goal with today's episode. Is to get you out of drift mode and into design mode. I want you believing that you can build your business even in uncertain times and that your business can flourish in spite of how you feel or what the outside circumstances look like.
So if you've been feeling like you're drifting, then this episode is for you.
All right, so drift mode, what is it exactly and how do you know if you're stuck here? Well, right now there are two kinds of business owners, those who Dreft and those who design. So let me explain to you what it looks like when your business is in drift mode.
You are stuck in the current, literally and figuratively drifting wherever the current takes you.
You don't have a clear vision of where your destination is and you're letting outside forces and influences determine your direction.
Now, did you raise your hand earlier when I asked you raise your hand if you feel like you're in drift mode? If you did, then this is likely where you are stuck, just literally drifting, letting outside circumstances determine your direction and not having a clear vision of where your destination is. I mentioned that I was hanging out here in drift mode for a couple of days.
If you have watched me on Instagram live, I shared the story, but I'm going to share it here with you guys.
Now, there was a few days at the beginning of all of this where I was just drifting. It was a horrible place to be.
I felt overwhelmed, anxious, sad, tired, annoyed, angry and kind of paralyzed.
I wasn't sure what I could do, not just for my business, but also for you guys in helping you build and design a business that you love and one that is really guided by your purpose.
And so I was feeling pretty bad.
I was on day two of wearing my Mountain Dew T-shirt and I can you picture me on the couch? Having showered haven't changed.
I know you can picture it because I know you've been here before these last couple of weeks. It was a tough place to be. I just really couldn't pick up my laptop.
I couldn't pick up my iPad. I couldn't pick up a pen or a pencil and a notebook and put any thing into action. All of my routines got blown out of the water. I wasn't in my Asana and doing all the things. I wasn't responding to emails as quickly as I should, and I was just feeling really overwhelmed and anxious and sad and tired and defeated in my business and how I could serve all of you guys who listen to the show.
And so I was hanging out here in drift mode and my Mountain Dew T-shirt eating carbs and, you know, just kind of scrolling on my phone for what felt like days and hours on end. And the funny part of the story is I stumbled across this documentary on Netflix. I'm sure you've seen it. It was recommended to me by Sarah, one of my mentees, one of the women inside my group coaching program. And I said, you know what, I just need to watch something on TV.
I need to just zone out for a bit. And so I turned on Tiger King and you, Tiger King, brought me back to life. It literally brought me back to life. I had something to focus on. It distracted me from all of my negative feelings and how I was just feeling on that day in those last couple of days.
And my husband and I actually binge watch this thing from front to back in one day. And we were devastated when it was over because it was so good and it really just filled up our cup and distracted the both of us from the things that we were facing and the feelings that we were feeling. And so I mention this because I needed that distraction.
I needed that distraction to go to for a couple of hours so that I could come back to all those feelings, how I was feeling, what life was looking like for me and what it was looking like for my customers and for everybody.
I needed to come back and see that the problems I was facing in that very moment were not too mountainous. It wasn't too big of a mountain for me to climb. And the fact is, is that I had everything within me to help move me forward and move my customers forward. I just needed some distraction and I needed to dig deep and figure out how I could help people the best way I know how, which is this podcast, which is coaching and which is helping people build a solid foundation so that they can design the business that they want.
And so I circled back to that and I started moving and things changed for me and I was able to get myself out of drift mode and into design mode. And so when your business is in design mode, you know how the current works. And instead of drifting, you use that current to your advantage. You know exactly where your destination is and the different pathways that you can take to get there. So you no longer lack vision. You have vision in your business.
And you also know that you can take a couple of different routes to get to your final destination. You also know that there may be rough seas ahead. That's life, that's business, that's entrepreneurship. But you have the foundation and the experience to weather any storm that might come your way. If you've heard me talk about business plans, you know that I believe in a solid foundation. And so I went back to that as a way to help you get out of drift mode and get into.
Design mode, and I'm going to talk a little bit about that later, but I really spent some time working on what I know best, which is foundation. And so I'm going to share with you today five ways to get out of drift mode so if you feel like you're drifting, you don't have a clear vision of the future. You're letting the current take you whatever way it wants and you're ultimately letting outside circumstances dictate what you do next. I want you to follow these five ways to get out of drift mode so that you can get into a better place where you feel excited about your business, you know what you need to do, and you're not going to let outside influences and circumstances stop you from reaching your destination.
So the first way to get out of drift mode is to vision cast for your business. I did this for mine and it really helped to put into perspective what moves I needed to make next. On the previous episode of the Power and Purpose podcast, Episode 42, I walk you through step by step on how to vision cast for your business. So I'm not going to go over that again here. But it is a powerful exercise to put the future in your sights, to dream big about your business and to design a business in a way forward that helps you reach that destination.
So go back and listen to that episode if you haven't. And here's the deal. If you have listened to that episode and you haven't put a date on your calendar division, gas for your business and your stock in drift mode, you need to do that right now.
Please trust me and believe in me that I am guiding you in the right direction. I want you to do that exercise because it's going to put into perspective so many things about what you can be doing right now. It's going to fill up your cup and help give you the momentum you need to start accelerating your business back in the right direction. So Episode 42, How to Mastermind for Your Business. I walk you through this step by step. The second way to get out of drift mode is to connect or reconnect with your mission, vision and purpose.
I've seen this at work with the women inside my group coaching program. And so I bring it up here because I've seen how it has the power to shift your thinking in the dynamic that you're currently in.
And so what I mean by connect or reconnect with your mission, vision and purpose, I mean, go back to why you do what you do, why you serve your customers, what life looks like for your customers after you serve them, and how you serve them in the first place, reconnecting with your mission, vision and purpose or your, as I call it, your MVP. And it really is the MVP behind your business. Reconnecting with this helps put in your sights why all of this is so important and why what you do is more important today than it was six weeks ago.
What you do is more important today than it was six or eight weeks ago. I hope you believe me when I say that because it is you might not be out here finding vaccines, curing cancer, reversing global warming.
But what you do is important. You serve people, you help them, you help them solve problems. And so I want you to reconnect with your mission, vision and purpose. During this time where you're in drift mode, it almost acts like an accelerant to help you push forward.
You feel connected with why you do what you do. You have a mission, you are on a mission. And you know that when you work with your customers, their lives look better, their lives look different. This can help you start to rethink your services and products. It can certainly help you get out there and sell right now, which I hope you feel comfortable doing. But reconnecting with your mission, vision and purpose is an important step in gaining some momentum to get yourself out of drift mode and into design mode.
Like I said, the women in my master mind are going through this and I've seen the power of this at work and my meetings with them and in our coaching halls. We've talked about this and it has really invigorated how they feel about their business and their customers. Now, I walk through this training inside my new course, the business plan blueprint. I'm going to talk to you about that at the end of the podcast episode.
But if you're looking for help and uncovering your mission, vision and purpose, I want you to enjoy join me inside my new program. I'm going to walk you through it step by step.
Now, the third way to get out of drift mode and into design mode is just to take some time away. You've likely spent a lot of time procrastinating and feeling all the feels sitting in your Mountain Dew T-shirt, just like I did. But I want you to actually schedule some time away from everything that is bringing you down, whether that is your customers, your bank account, your business, your group chat, the news, whatever it is, you should take some time away and a little bit of solitude with your own thoughts and your own feelings and deflect your attention to something else, just like I did with Tiger King.
When I tell you it really helped me. It really helped me. It was a turning point.
It was a corner that I had turned after I watched that and sounds so silly, but it was the simple act of distracting myself from all my feelings, diving into something totally absurd that captured my attention. It gave me the clarity I needed to go back to how I was feeling and say to myself, OK, these are all things that are happening, but it is not the end of the world. It really isn't. And you have the power to make a difference and a change and you need to believe that and start doing it.
So take some time away from all the noise, all the things that are bringing you down and spend some time doing other things that bring you joy. Taking time away and really intentional time can be the momentum you need and the solitude you need to think of your next greatest idea or division cast for your biz or to connect with your mission, vision and purpose. I've been reading this book by Ryan Holiday.
It's called The Daily Stoic, and I was put on to it because I read The Obstacle is the way I write holiday. And so I've been sort diving into philosophy a little bit. And in this book, The Daily Stoic, which I definitely recommend, is sort of daily affirmations from the Stoics, the philosophers that you can read every single day, and it just puts a good perspective in your head. And he talked about solitude and how important it is to sit with our thoughts and how much we can gain from just being quiet and cutting out distractions, cutting out noise and just thinking and maybe even having conversations with your spouse and talking about things outside of what we're facing can really lead you to discovering what your direction is.
I did this. I started reading a lot of books and carved out some time for myself that was quiet. And in that quiet time, a lot of noise started happening in my head that was positive. So take some time away and be really intentional about that.
The fourth way to get out of drift mode and into design mode in your business is to think about Stephen Covey's circles of control, influence and concern. So if you are not familiar with this exercise, Stephen Covey and author and a great thinker wrote a book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. And in that book, he talked about the circles of control, influence and concern. So let me break this down for you so that you can understand and sort of visualize what this looks like.
Your circle of control is the smallest circle.
It's the inner circle. It's the circle closest to the center.
And what lives inside the circle are the things that you can control, your feelings, your reactions, your actions, how you behave, what you do, how you spend your time. So within the circle of control is you everything that you can physically control, which is really just you, how you react, how you act, how you feel outside of your circle of control. The next circle and the bigger circle is your circle of influence. And this is things that you can influence.
These are things that you can make a difference on this. These aren't things that you can control, but you can certainly influence them. So if you're married, you know this all too well, you can influence your partner to do something that you want them to do that's within your circle of influence. You can control them, but you can certainly influence them. Things inside your circle of influence are your community, your family, your friends and your industry.
You can help to influence people, to do things in a positive direction, get them thinking about things, get them doing things, get them moving in a positive direction. You, my friends, are in my circle of influence. I can't control you, but I can certainly influence you and help you outside of your circle of influence is a circle of concern. And this is the largest circle and the outside circle of these three circles in the circle of concern lives everything that you can control and influence.
But they're the things that you spend most of your time worrying about. In the circle of concern are things like the news, the media coronavirus, what the government does, how your business is going to move forward with outside influences. All of that lives in the circle of concern. You're concerned about it. You worry about it. You spend most of your time sitting here, but you can't control or influence it. And I bring this up because it's a powerful, powerful exercise in knowing where to spend your time and your thoughts.
I want you to stop spending your time in the circle of concern and instead spend the majority of your time in the things that you can control and the things that you can influence. Now, you can control the vision for your business's future. You can control your mission, vision and purpose. You can control how you use your time and where you spend your time, how you feel and what you feel.
And so I want you to spend most of your time in your circle of control and also hang out in your circle of influence because you have the power to help people. That's what you do as a business owner, your customers, your industry, your best bestie, anybody who you might be able to influence in a positive way to help them also understand that they should be living in that circle of control. So I wanted to share this with you because I think it's a powerful way for you to get out of Drift mode, because when we focus on the things that we can control and influence and we stop worrying about the things that we can't control and influence, we have the opportunity to make an impact where it counts on our own lives, on our own businesses and the people that we care about most.
And the final way to get out of drift mode is to gain some momentum with noble tasks. Now, you might have heard me talk about noble tasks here before. That comes from John Acuff and the book Finish, which I recommended a gazillion times. And I highly recommend that you read it now if you're not finishing much. But John Acuff talks about deviating our brains to noble tasks, tasks that are quick wins, tasks that really have no big importance on the day to day growth of our businesses or our lives or her goals.
But they make us feel good. And I think now is the time where we can dig into some noble tasks because they, too, just like your MVP, act as an accelerant, to act as momentum, to move you forward out of drift mode and into design mode. I started doing some noble tasks myself and this really helped me. One of them was redesigning my website. So I had started doing this project a few months prior and it was just stretching it out, spending my time doing it.
I wanted to do a brand shoot and create some video and do all these great things right.
Well, this hit and all of that got thrown out the window. And so I decided that I was going to finish this project up and I was going to launch it and it was going to be what is going to be and it is going to be raped. And I did just that. And I spent hours upon hours upon hours doing my website.
And then I switched the floor desk and I spent hours and hours doing that. And those noble tasks were not vitally and critically important for my business. And my finances right now helped me to gain some momentum. It ignited a creative spark in me. I felt excited about doing it, to be quite honest. I was waking up at two o'clock in the morning and I was going downstairs as pour myself a cup of coffee and I was working on my website and then I was working on switching over to flodesk.
I haven't had that kind of energy in a long time. These tasks were noble, but they weren't as important as, let's say, making money. But they helped me in my business and just internally to start getting some momentum, getting some accomplishment behind myself so that I felt empowered to do something else. So you can gain some momentum by doing noble tasks, things that might not feel really important to do right now, but can give you some momentum and act as an accelerant to help push you out of drift mode and into design mode.
Now, I want to help you do everything I can to meet your needs during this time.
And so for the next couple of episodes of the podcast, we're going to continue doing these great exercises to help you work on your mindset, work on your heart, work on your business. And this is why I brought back my powerful master class, the ideal client blueprint, which, by the way, is on demand. It's available on demand. You can watch it whenever you want by going to candicecoppola.com/masterclass. But it's also why I've launched my new course, the business plan blueprint.
It's my step by step guide on writing a business plan.
Now, more than ever, your vision needs to be in your business. Your business needs vision and so do your customers.
And when we look back at life six weeks ago, eight weeks ago, ten weeks ago, so much has changed.
At the crux of everything I do, my purpose is I want you to use this time to reflect on the kind of business that you want, a business that will support your meaningful life, a business that is guided by your purpose and one that serves your customers and you. Now, I created this course because a solid foundation for your business is what is needed to weather any storm, this storm and storms to come.
This is the epiphany that I had after watching Tiger King. I said, I know business plans better than anybody else. Let me teach this and give people the gift of having vision and a strategy. And so my business plan blueprint is a six module course that will help you brick by brick, lay a foundation for your meaningful business. You might have heard me talk already about how I started my business in the Great Recession of two thousand and eight. I'm a reflecting back a lot on that time inside my group mastermind and of course inside the business plan blueprint here on the podcast, on my Instagram, basically all the places and I've been reflecting back on all the uncertainties we faced and all the lives that were changed and the struggle that came out of that time.
How was I able to build a business during that time? A business that grew quickly to become very successful in a marketplace where some customers lost everything and a business that I went on to sell last year in October of 2000. Nineteen, and the first thing that I did when I started my business was I wrote a business plan. I seriously went out and bought back when Amazon was just a book store, how to Write a Business Plan for Dummies.
And I spent a good amount of time doing that in building my business and understanding what my vision was, who my ideal customers were, how I was going to build my business to be a business that supported my meaningful life. And I believe that was the reason why I was able to build such a successful business during a time when so many other businesses failed. It was my secret sauce here and I want it to be yours. That's why I created the business plan blueprint.
So many folks have joined us inside my new program. I want you to be one of those people. There's still time to join. It's a six module course stripped out over the next six weeks and module one is waiting for you right now. So to learn more about the business plan, a blueprint, go to the business plan, blueprint dotcom. You'll learn everything you need to know about the course and how to sign up and be sure to take advantage of the course plus support option.
I created that with you in mind. So let's recap five ways to get out of drift mode. First, vision quest for your business. Next, connect with your mission, vision and purpose. Your MVP, as I like to call it, take some time away. Make this intentional time that you spend doing everything but feeling all the feels, listening to all the news, drowning and all the sorrows and working in your business. You, Stephen Covey, circles of control, influence and concern to direct your attention to the right places and finally gained some momentum by doing noble tasks in ordinary circumstances, I tell you that these are a waste of your time.
But in these circumstances, when you're in drift mode, sometimes you just need a little push in the right direction to get out of the current. So that is today's episode of the Power and Purpose podcast. Thanks so much for tuning in. I hope to see you inside the business plan blueprint and I hope that this episode has helped you. If you've enjoyed this episode, do me a huge favor. Leave us our review reviews, help us to get seen by more people inside Apple podcasts and their crazy algorithm.
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