If you run a small business and are covering your bills and employees expenses every month - you feel as though your doing OK. But if you are not paying yourself a reasonable salary, you're not profitable and you're not doing ok.
If you pay yourself first and then cover your bills, this forces you to figure out a way to make it work. There is no false sense of comfort when you do this and if you can't make it work, you probably need a "Plan B". Even if you are only paying yourself a small percentage of your revenue each month, you're still getting paid. Increase that percentage every month - again forcing yourself to grow your business. But pay yourself first - then deal with bills.
This article below offers a good perspective on this topic. Take a look.