As entrepreneurs it can be easy to get so caught up in what we’re doing that we forget to take care of ourselves. When you’re passionate about what you do, it’s easy to lose track of time as you get lost in a project. Of course, none of us can survive on passion alone for long. We need to make sure that we have fuel in the tank because running out of gas is detrimental to our health as well as our businesses.
We need to keep our tanks full in all areas of our personal life; mind, body and soul in order to give our best to our businesses. Not only do we need to keep our bodies nourished, hydrated and in good physical shape, we also need to keep our minds sharp and focused. We also need the emotional strength to deal with the inevitable setbacks that will present themselves at some point or another. Easier said than done, right?
The ability to function at optimum levels in all these areas takes discipline. Daily routines that make sure your constantly replenishing your internal resources are a must! When we don’t make the time to take care of ourselves in order to do more for the business, we do ourselves a disservice. Unless you’re one of the few who can sustain full power on no sleep, food or mental rest, there is no way you’re giving your all when you’re not at optimal health.
You want your business to run smoothly. You want foolproof systems in place. If you have a team, you want them to be responsive to client needs. You expect everything to function at its highest capacity so that you can offer the best service to your customers. You know that if the systems aren’t maintained, they won’t run efficiently. You know that if you don’t maintain good communications with your team, the vision and mission will be lost. It’s the exact same thing with you!
If you don’t listen to your body when it tells you it needs rest, you’re going to get sick. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll eventually lose focus and stamina. If you don’t quiet the mind, how will it ever be able to be open to new and exciting opportunities? We also have to remember not to ignore our relationships either. It’s important to have clarity on what your priorities are at all times. Yes, there are going to be times when balancing your personal and business life will be a challenge, but we have to make sure we aren’t neglecting the things that are important to us. If you’re not clear on what those priorities are, you’ll be pulled in way too many directions and overwhelm is inevitable.
We all want to be successful in our entrepreneurial endeavors. Our passion for what we do can consume us if we allow it to. It’s important to find a way to coexist with passions, so that we can serve them, and feel fulfilled in doing so. This means making sure that we take care of ourselves in order to give our best in all that we do. Are you ready to make yourself a priority?
Sandra Dawes is a certified life coach specializing in helping women who feel unfulfilled with their 9-5 follow their dreams and pursue their passions. She holds an Honours BA, an MBA as well as a certificate in Dispute Resolution. She has completed her first book,Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve!