Your Unbreakable Link With Your Business
Contrary to popular belief, you and your business are not independent entities. There’s actually a symbiotic relationship in which seeing to the well-being of one positively impacts the other.
If you think about it, when mind, body, and spirit are healthy, you’re able to do more of everything; move, think, and act. When you’re run down, it’s difficult to complete the most rudimentary of tasks like showering, eating, and getting dressed.
By the same token, when your business is healthy and productive, it’s easy to find the time and energy to put more effort into it, to promote it, and to come up with new ideas. Your physical health benefits because you’re feeling good about the health of your business.
Self-Care for Work/Life Balance
The best way I know to ensure a healthy work-life balance, and ultimately, a successful business is to include inner work as part of your daily routine.
Whether it’s meditation, mantras, getting out in nature, or soaking in a tub full of bubbles, you need to clear away all the things that stress you out, and weaken your entire system.
Inner work isn’t a once-in-awhile thing. You acquire stress daily, so you need to release it daily as well. Stress weakens your body and mind, and ultimately, your business suffers. Stress is a downward spiral.
Think about a day when everything seemed to go wrong.
- You kept putting out fires, never addressing the things you’d planned to do because you ran frantically from one crisis to another.
- You ignored the needs of your body, feeding it whatever was handy instead of something healthy, and didn’t allow yourself any breaks.
Instead of working through the chaos, if you’d taken a few minutes to let go, you might have been able to see the forest for the trees, so to speak.
- You’d have given yourself a breather to recognize the pattern evolving through the day.
- You could have created a plan to manage everything smoothly without the stress, and you might have eaten something healthy to give you fuel for a more agile brain.
- You’d have lowered the intensity of the day, allowing yourself to address at least one of your pre-planned tasks, thus making you feel more in control.
Adding Self-Care to Your Business Plan
If you want to build a thriving, sustainable business, you need to create a plan for daily self-care which is non-negotiable.
Inner work has to be built into your daily routine, even if you only allow yourself 10 minutes. Even if all you do is close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, you’ll feel the tension in your shoulders easing. Better still, the tension in your brain will ease too, allowing you to focus and recognize what really matters, and what can be set aside or delegated.
When you’re building a business, you might think you have to do everything yourself. Yet, if you’re honest, you’re far from an expert on all aspects of the business you’re building, and in fact, you’re a rank novice in some of them.
- Would you cut your own hair?
- Perform your own physicals or surgeries?
- Grow all your own food?
- Perform regular household maintenance and repairs?
Chances are you can do some of these things yourself and do them well, but if you did all of them, it wouldn’t leave time for anything else. So you buy food at a grocery store or farmer’s market. You hire someone to fix your plumbing. You see a doctor or some kind of health practitioner to ensure your health is at it’s best.
The same is true of your business. You delegate or hire someone to do the things which are either time consuming or you’re not good at (or both!). In short, you make sure you have the time and energy to focus on your area of expertise.
Creating space lets you provide clients with the best you have to offer.
Map it Out!
Whether you’re building a house, a business, or a strong, healthy mind and body, you have to have a plan. There’s a picture of the finished product (or at least what you want to achieve right now), and there are the steps you need to take to get there. Some steps can be taken immediately, but most depend on other things happening first.
You may have limitations right now which mean performing steps at some point in the future, once you’ve lifted those limitations or gained new skills. Whether it’s time, money, energy, or knowledge, acquiring the missing components has to be built into your plan too. So does getting help.
Here are just a few resources I’ve used to help me build my business or improve my health and well-being. *Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links and I’ll earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase.
Resources for Streamlining Your Business
Genm.co – One of the toughest challenges for small business owners is getting the multitude of tasks completed. Struggling is no fun and is so overwhelming! I found this great company where I can give young people an opportunity to gain experience and get marketing help. A win-win situation. I’ve been using them for over a year with great results.
Flodesk – An amazing new email marketing system that’s so easy to use and creates beautiful emails and forms, plus you can create those all important sequences. The best part is you pay one amount NO MATTER how many subscribers you have. Use the link to get 50% off for life!
Dubsado – This is all around the best client management system for entrepreneurs. It’s the all-in-one solution every business owner needs. Simple and easy from invoicing and contracts, to to-do lists and calendars, appointment scheduling and emails. This tool can handle just about any event that needs to be organized between you and your client. Easily take payments with Stripe, Square and PayPal. Create leads, manage clients and more! Take control and get creative with your business interactions. They are constantly updating, adding more functions, and love to have feedback!
Maintaining the Flow of Mind, Body, and Spirit
Kundalini meditation or yoga – is often referred to as the yoga of awareness. I’ve found the meditations to be soothing and inspiring, allowing me a way to quiet my monkey mind and concentrate on connecting with Source.
Here’s an awesome definition from 3HO Foundation:
In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul.
I use these two favorites meditations every day now (warning if you try them, you might get hooked!):
- Kirtan Kriya – This mediation is all about bring mental balance to your whole being. I’ve been doing it twice a day for over a month and can tell if I miss one. The process is simple: Sit comfortably with your hands palm side up in your lap. As you do the meditation, you chant Saa,Taa, Naa, Maa. While chanting, touch your fingers with your thumb as follows: Saa – thumb to pointer finger, Taa – thumb to middle finger, Naa – thumb to ring finger, and Maa – thumb to little finger. Learn more here.
- Expand into Intuitive Knowing (Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad) This mediation is so powerful, they recommend you don’t drive while listening to the chanting. I listen to this each morning and then spend 10 minutes free writing. It has helped open up my creativity and connection with Source. It’s powerful!
Let Me Help You on Your Journey
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