This week’s blog is an excerpt taken from my e-book: “The Top 10 Rules to Starting Your Own Business.” (You can find the complete book on my Free-Be’s section.)
Given we’re smack dab in the middle of the holidays, and most of us are trying to balance the inundation of holiday parties (and holiday cookies) while simultaneously attempting to reenergize and refocus for the new year, I felt this “rule” was especially apropos.
Once 2015 commences, roadjesstraveled.com and The SimplyBe Agency are going to hit the ground running with loads of tools, videos, webinars, live events, courses and weekly updates on building, branding and growing your business. But in the spirit of this time of year — a time away from work, a time to be with family, a time settle to down a bit — I wanted to remind us all what being an Entrepreneurial Babe really takes. And it might not be what you think.
#10: Take Care of You. You’re Gonna Need It.
“I saved this one for last because I firmly believe this is the most important rule…
There is nothing as exhilarating as running your own business. That’s a fact. It’s quite possibly one of the most gratifying experiences in the world. If you’re the type of chick who wants to Simply Be in control of her career, then it will come naturally to give, give, give in order to make it grow, grow, grow. However, this passionate romantic affair you have with your business/career won’t be a two-way street.
You might love your business with all your heart, but it does not have the capacity to love you back.
It won’t cuddle with you when you’re exhausted, pour you a glass of wine at the end of a hard day, pat you on the back after you crushed a presentation, absorb the tears after you bombed the pitch, or tell you a joke so you can stop taking yourself so seriously. This is why, as an Entrepreneurial Babe, self-care is critical to the health and happiness of your mind, body, heart and spirit.
Incorporate moments of solitude in your day. (Read: Put down your iPhone and pick up meditation.) Book regular mini-trips, if you can afford to, to shake up your routine and get outside of yourself. Drink green juice, take your vitamins and keep your immune system in tip-top shape. Take yoga. Eat clean, wholesome, delicious food. Make sure that fun is a priority. Schedule time with friends, family and people outside of work to gather perspective and gain balance. Sleep, sleep, sleep and sleep some more.
I know how hard this is.
As a girl who used to keep her MacBookPro next to her pillow because she couldn’t part with work even during bedtime, I am not implying that any of the above is easy. I have had relationships fail, my health severely suffer and my happiness rot because I wasn’t willing to set boundaries. I learned the hard way.
Yes, your business needs you. But you need you, too. (And I guarantee so do a lot of people you love, who love you in return.) And there is nothing – nothing – more Simply important, than that.”
If you loved this rule, check out nine others in my tactical, pragmatic and brutally honest e-book, “Top 10 Rules to Starting Your Own Business.”