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’re drawn to and take in the smallest details. And if you really want to, take a photo of that droplet of water on a leaf or a bud opening up on a cherry blossom, print it out (old fashioned I know) and stick it to your computer.
Every time you look at the picture at work, take yourself back to that peaceful place.
My dog Zoe makes everything okay when adversity is upon me.
BE CAREFUL WHO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME WITH
This is something that I’ve been talking about when it comes to networking.
Another old saying is ‘if you lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas’. Harsh but somewhat true.
It’s more important than ever to avoid hanging around people who are negative or who are what I call the ‘conspiracy theorists’ who look for doom. You know the kind.
They’re negative all the time. They look for problems and they only ever focus on what you haven’t got as opposed to what you do have.
Be very mindful who you spend your time with and don’t get caught up in that negative vortex.
Keep away from that sort of people, and find the positive, proactive and energetic business owners who are too busy getting on with it to get caught up in the misery brigade.
And even if it’s just one person and you don’t have a big cheer squad, reach out to that one person.
If you like, please reach out to me, I don’t mind, but start having quality people in your network, it will really make a huge difference when adversity strikes.
You can invest on your business and you can invest on yourself.
This is the time to invest IN yourself.
Gratitude has been around since the beginning of time, the thing is, it is not ‘lived’ by many.
Take a moment to show others you’re grateful for their presence. If you pass somebody in the street or if you connect online, make sure you genuinely tell them that you’re happy to see or connect with them.
But of course, only if you mean it.
What I’m talking about here is being in the present, really pausing when you meet that person, give them eye contact, listen above all else.
And because it’s so easy in this digital age to lose the human connection, these little moments go a long way, both for yourself and for your clients, your customers, your friends and your family. It’s a win-win for everyone.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
One of the most overused quotes of all time is the definition of insanity.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
It’s said a lot…the irony of this, perhaps this is insanity too.
There’s a lot of controversy on who said it. Albert Einstein is the most common person who is believed to have said this, but it doesn’t matter who said it because I believe it is true.
This is relevant to both your investment in yourself and investing in your business, you may need to try something new. Be prepared to try something new…the foundation to entrepreneurship.
When what you’re doing isn’t working, it makes sense to try something different.
It sounds logical, but I have watched many businesses slowly go down simply because they kept doing the same thing right to the end. Where the doors have closed because of the same way of doing business, and not doing something new.
You have to be prepared to try something new outside of your comfort zone, outside of your knowledge and look for others to help you in that space.
Our brains are automatically excited by the thrill, the exhilaration, and the slightly scary part when you try something new.
Sometimes all it takes is one tweak, one step or one shift to re-excite our brains.
Make joy the focal point of your day.
And this has nothing to do with your business, yet everything to do with business at the same time.
It’s about finding the joy and spreading the joy as much as possible within what you’re already doing, because the chaos may not change, that is the life of entrepreneurship!
It may be completely out of your control.
It’s about focusing on what you can change. It’s focusing on what you can do, which is finding the joy in every-single-day. And this means being in the present.
It means looking at the trees, the sky, the blooming flowers. It’s meeting at a coffee shop and actually watching the barista make the coffee with appreciation, rather than looking at your calendar for your next appointment.
It truly is the little things that matter when adversity strikes.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Have a great week,