8/25/2017 0 Comments
1. Get rid of idea of perfection and embrace the reality of grace.
Some of us hold on to the idea of how we expect things to go. If I do x, then I should get y. If I put in this many hours in my business, then I should make this amount of money. I wish that was the case. Running a business isn't easy and there is no set formula to guarantee success. We must embrace the reality of grace and know that things won't be perfect. There are going to be seasons in which you have long sleepless nights yet no sales. There are going to be days in which we planned everything down to the second, yet something unexpected happens and now we have to become flexible. Life happens. You can either be upset becuase things didn't go as planned or embrace the reality of life happens so let's make the best lemonade we can male with these lemons.
2. Set aside time aside for each aspect of your life.
Yes, you are a business owner but you are also an employee, wife, father, daughter, brother, and so much more to do many people. In addition to scheduling time in your business you must schedule family time, time with your spouse, time to hang out with the girls (or the guys), etc. And most importantly in which a lot of particular people miss, is "me time". You have to schedule me time. If you don't care of yourself, you will eventually won't be able to help others.
3. When you're at work, WORK!
I know it's easier to say than done but when you're at work, focus on your job and not business. Yes, it's going to be tempting to check your business email every five minutes while you're go on the clock but wait until your next break to do so. You don't want to slack on your workload because you're at work, working on your business instead of what you've been paid to do.
Also, you want to have a peace of mind that you're job isn't in jeopardy. You don't want to lose your job before you're ready to.
4. Take a break before you burn out.
Working for someone else and running a business is a beast. You work your job during the day, your business at night and then the other 500 responsibilities you have. When you feel like you've had enough or even before then, take a break. Take a break before you break someone or something.
Pause, reset and refocus. This is something I do when I feel overwhelmed with all the things that I need to do and I am ready to throw it all out the window (or something like that). Work, ministry, being a wife, auntie, sister, business owner, mentor...... I politely tell people no because if I don't I will become miserable, resentful and that's not how God created me (us). As much as we pour out, we have to be refilled. You can't keep pouring from an empty cup. Take time out for your self and don't feel guilty for doing so.
5. Stop comparing yourself!
Social media has a lot of people fooled that success is pretty, an easy road and even overnight. Hmmmm wrong. This is the very thing that I fell victim to and I had to rethink some things. I started to compare myself to others on social media, my Facebook timeline became full of people accomplishing this, or working on the latest project, making x amount of dollars and so on. It became to much for me and I honesty began to question my validity as an entrepreneur. It seemed like everyone on social media had it together but me! That was so far from the truth and even if it wasn't I had to reflect on how bless I am. I have clients and I am making progress in my business. I am able to travel and do the things I love. I have a husband that supports me and my vision. I'm blessed to be his wife because he is so awesome. Shout out to my boo! I may not be perfect and have it all together but each day I'm learning more and getting better.
No one can do business like you because there is no one in life like you. You are unique. So stop comparing yourself and do you!
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