The world of business can be an all-consuming place to exist. Whether you’re just starting out and finding your way into the game or have been in the field of play for decades now, there is no denying that once you decide to play, your chances of being substituted are slim (not even for injury). Your mind is forever thinking about what needs to happen next to keep the game alive and ensure all players are moving in the right direction.
I’ve personally battled with maintaining the balance between running (and growing) a successful business and keeping myself alive and well.
The truth is, most of the time, I am guilty of sacrificing my general health, wellbeing, social life and relationships in order to get ahead in the game. I really do love business coaching, running a magazine and creating epic content that will help other people to live their dreams, so when it comes to putting it second, it’s a tough ask.
What I’ve come to learn though is this: without abundant health, wellbeing, community, fun, friends, mentors and time out, there is no business. Whilst I might like to think that I am as unstoppable as Wonder Woman, the reality is, I am only human.
The perks of being a human that runs a business is that I can adapt, change and grow according to the needs of my clients and my business. The downfall is that human-like things happen to me. My mind tells me I’m not good enough, I get sick, my relationship crumbles, some people don’t like how I do business, I run low on energy and the list goes on.
Implementing these 3 things has allowed me to keep achieving as a business owner amongst the chaos of human life. They have empowered me to take time out of running a business in order to reconnect with myself, rebuild my health and refocus my energy when life throws me curve balls.
Set up passive income. One of the best things I ever did for my business was to set up passive income streams (e.g What The Hell Next? Marketing 101 eBook) that have allowed me to keep earning an income even when I’m not physically able to run the business. It has also granted me the financial freedom to travel the world with ease as money kept rolling in through online sales.
Find a solid mentor. For the past 6 years now I have seen a mentor or coach on a fortnightly basis. It’s honestly been one of the most empowering investments of my adult life. Not only does it provide me with accountability to be the best version of myself but it also gives me someone to share my highs, lows, achievements and challenges with. This in itself if priceless.
Get out in nature and get IN your body. Unless you’re working in a physical labour job, chances are you’re spending your days at a computer, in meetings and in your head/mind. Often this leads to overthinking, mental fatigue and disconnection from others. At the end of the day, put your phone and computer away. Step out into the earth, breath in fresh air and reset your mind before heading home to connect with yourself, your lover or your friends. No one likes a distracted zombie anyway.
Don’t forget, you are the most important person in this game. Unless you’re clear, focused and switched on, your business is going to suffer. The trick is to catch it before it happens, take action everyday to stay connected to you and don’t be afraid to take some time out.