Entrepreneurship…where you take an idea and create something pretty cool from nothing but thin air.
It takes guts, determination, courage, and strength, yet at the same time entrepreneurs are generally terrible at taking care of themselves.
What, with the long hours, not moving around much at the desk, sitting for hours, the early mornings, the late nights, the hustle and grind of growing a business.
It happens to the best of us, where getting the job done is the first priority and taking care of ourselves goes right out the window.
And then the inevitable happens…adversity.
Whether it be cashflow, health, a relationship break-down, a business bust up…it’s not a matter of if, it is a matter of when.
TWO TYPES OF BUSINESS OWNERS
Generally, there are two types of business owners. There are those who have had tough times and those who are going through tough times.
I have been in business for nearly 10 years, and during this time, I can personally tick off both of these.
Let me explain…early days in start-up mode, with little understanding of technology, to leaving my paid employment and jumping into running a business full-time. Late nights, juggling five boys and then finally, the one which brought me to my knees…breast cancer in 2017.
It’s during these times that we tend to focus on what we can DO in the business and not so much on what we can DO to HELP ourselves…but I believe it’s a combination of the two.
For me, you or your future you, it’s about managing your well-being health starting from the inside out, starting with self-care.
I know the words ‘self-care’ are bandied around as much as the words, hustle, 10x your business, authenticity and passion.
It is definitely possible however to have serenity within, when a raging storm of chaos is around you.
Let’s take a look at the little things you CAN do to launch you into a healthier, happier place, where you can take care of you and your business.
GET THE IDEAS OUT OF YOUR HEAD
Don’t make things worse by doing nothing and leaving all your thoughts in your head.
Whenever you see adversity looming, it’s really important to take action. It’s a bit like the deer in the headlights, not quite believing what’s going on, frozen on the spot and can’t believe that this is happening.
It’s during this time that if we don’t leap into action and do something, it will get worse, the finances will drop, your health may suffer, your family may take the brunt of it and it can lead to money-related issues.
I get it, where the thoughts are whirling, the s*^t is hitting the fan and you’re wondering what on earth you can do.
Get it out of your head, it only takes 10 minutes.
Set a timer, get out a notebook and pen and start writing.
This is my bullet proof system on clearing the crap from your head and bringing the high priority, high return items to the top of the list.
ASK FOR HELP
Now, be careful here, be certain on the person you ask.
Let me explain…if you’re asking someone who is not in business or who’s been in ‘corporate’ all their working career, they may not be the best person to help you with a business decision and give you the information that you require.
They may mean well, for example mum or your Dad will no doubt have an opinion, but please be careful what you ask for.
What you’re looking for is fact and not fiction.
Make sure you are looking at what actually is as opposed to what could be.
And this is why when you’re asking for help, ask the right person.
It could be a mentor. It could be someone in your networking group, it could be on Facebook in a group.
Find someone who can understand and relate to what you do and support you to find the next step you can take in the next 30 days to take action.
LOOK IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD
Now, this has nothing to do with business and EVERYTHING to do with you.
This has to do with creating joy within the chaos. Looking in your own backyard.
It could be hanging with your pet, or looking at your garden, you really can go and look anywhere.
It’s more to do with being in the present, with slowing down and literally smelling the roses.
It takes less than a couple of minutes, to walk out into your backyard, slow down and start tuning into and notice the small details around you.
It’s spring here in Australia. Smell the flowers. Look at the bees. Slow down and feel your feet on the grass. Take your shoes off…take a deep breath.
Focus on your senses, feel your skin, take in the smell and open your eyes to listen to what’s going on around you.
Notice what you