As an entrepreneur, you are constantly trying new things to grow your business.
Finding a more efficient and profitable way to do things is an ongoing process in the incredible world of business you and I get to be a part of.
Nobody nails it on their first try. And even if they did, there’s a pretty good chance the rules are gonna change somewhere along the way and they will have to adapt accordingly.
You’re constantly having to find new ways to solve problems and keep up with the trends. That’s just how business rolls.
This is particularly true in Network Marketing.
When you are consistently engaged in your business and have your finger on the pulse of its ebb and flow, then you are positioned to make good business decisions that will continue (and potentially increase) the momentum of your business.
But the actions you take and decisions you make for your business aren’t the only essential elements of running a successful business.
You must also be in tune to the well-being of the business owner (ahem… that’s YOU) and do what’s necessary to take care of them.
One of the hardest things for people to do is to take care of themselves.
I get it. Running a business is hard work and takes a lot of time and energy.
But here’s the deal, sister. That business won’t run without someone to run it. And if you’re not properly caring for the “business owner”, then who’s gonna steer that ship when suddenly one day your “get-up” has got up and gone?
So, while we’re here, it’s important to mention that self-care is about so much more than good rest, healthy eating, and exercise. Don’t get me wrong. Each of these things are essential to self-care.
But there is one critical component of self-care that I see many women deny themselves – showing themselves GRACE.
Grace is a form of self-care that gives you permission, time, and space to be a work in progress.
It prohibits you from getting derailed, staying stuck, or giving up on your hopes and dreams.
Running a business is H.A.R.D. – HARD. There will always be struggles and hurdles that will test your perseverance and drive.
If you’re hard on yourself, take things too personally, or wallow in self-pity when things don’t go your way, you will find yourself kicking those dreams and goals farther and farther down the road.
There will always be obstacles you have to contend with along the way: fatigue, illness, mood swings, difficult people, etc. But that’s life, right?
Here are some healthy habits to help you work yourself back into a place of clear thinking and intuition when life goes bump and knocks your train off the track a little.
When these practices become your natural response to sucky circumstances, then it becomes a lot easier to enjoy your journey as an entrepreneur… even when it’s hard.
How to Enjoy Your Journey as an Entrepreneur
1. Make a to-do list and designate your priorities, but be flexible with your deadlines. If you are attached to a rigid list or timeline, you won’t allow for times when life just happens. And you and I both know that it WILL happen. Do what needs to be done now and reassess when necessary.
2. Take a freakin’ break. Rest should not be a reward for your journey. It should be part of your journey. Step away from the grind, take a deep breath, unwind and enjoy life. Know when you need to slow down and take a break.
3. Cut yourself some slack and instead of focusing on what’s going wrong, step back and consider all the things that are going right. There is always, always something to be grateful for.
4. Let go of perfection. It’s way overrated, not to mention impossible. Yet we still strive for it, don’t we sister? Remember that each experience (good or bad) is a small piece of the bigger picture; a stepping stone to that next level of goodness waiting for you on the other side. Progress over perfection… always.
Take care of yourself and enjoy your journey. It’s the only one you get.