When entrepreneurship is done right, it is a holistic activity. Having a sound mind, body and soul creates a balanced life -- and a more fruitful entrepreneurial experience. It prevents the blending of days and bleeding together of hours, as you constantly push yourself to do and produce.
Your self care is just as critical to the health of your business as hitting your bottom line. Each month you should set out to engage in activities that nurture your entrepreneurial spirit as a whole. Honoring all parts of you, and what it takes for you to run your business.
What are your goals? What are your skills? Where is there lack? Take time to work in a way to advance your personal skill set, so you are sure to achieve the goals you have planned out. Buy a book, take a course or find a mentor. Each week, in a different way, take intentional time to grow your strengths -- and account for weaknesses. Of equal importance are your personal goals, although they may also line up with your business -- what happens when they don't? What if you want to run a marathon? Or learn a language? @@Just because you are an entrepreneur does not mean the rest of your life is put on hold.@@ It takes preparation and proper planning to balance life and business. Start each month with a clear idea of where you are and where you want to go. Read here for help setting SMART-er and clearer goals.
Connect + Collaborate
Grow your network, spark creativity and maintain your social life. Build in time to meet up with a friend (or a contact) for a casual meeting. Everything cannot be all business all the time. The quickest way to turn off a new networking connect (or an old one) is to do just that -- treat them as if they are only a connection. Networking done right is less about what you can get but, what you can do. You must provide value as well. Host a brainstorming session, and encourage your peers to be honest in their feedback. Thank them in words and in actions, share useful information and maintain meaningful communication. Help each other grow and evolve. Visit Mayaelious's blog to learn more networking tips.
Be Nice, Be Concise
Choose kind words when speaking to yourself, and assume the best of people. What does this have to do with entrepreneurship? Well first, we are hardest on ourselves, but, we also unfairly hold others to our standards. Entrepreneurship is like a game of chess, you have to anticipate others moves, but you cannot dictate them, per se. The quickest route to disappoint is having expectations of others behaviors and actions that they are not aware of -- as well as your own. How do you have expectations for yourself without knowing? It's simple. @@When you compare yourself to others, you ultimately diminish your own accomplishments.@@ Looking at fruit of someone else's labor is unfair to you and your distinct journey. Be concise in your expectations of others, and yourself. Revisit your goals often, make sure they are still valid, and #slayinyourlane.
Face your fears, and take risks. Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable is essential to your growth as an entrepreneur. You need to evolve personally but also in relation to the evolution of your business and its needs. Each stage brings on new challenges and you have to have the confidence, ability and energy to face them. The only way to do that is to practice. Make a list of your fears, as well as areas you'd like to grow stronger in. Each week or so pick one or two and work on overcoming them. The more confident you become in yourself, is the more confident you become as an entrepreneur.
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