Greater Than Business Podcast – Episode 010

 

This is episode 10 of the Greater Than Business Podcast. And I am absolutely thrilled that you have decided to join me because today we are going to be talking about the number one asset that you have in your business and what you need to do to take care of it. So first off, I want to tell you what the number one asset is in your business. And if you haven't already listened to past episodes, you can probably determine what I'm going to say here. But the number one asset in your business is you. So no matter who is running your business, you may not be the CEO. Maybe you're just the brains behind it. Maybe you don't run the day to day operations. Maybe you do, maybe you do everything regardless. You are the person that created this business. You are the person who has the vision and you are the most important asset because the businesses success is determined by how you do your job or who you hire to help you in your company.

So the biggest asset that you have is you. So, with that being said, I want to take a moment and explain to you different ways that you can take care of yourself so that your business can thrive. Because if your business starts to slow down or starts to stress you out, you are going to suffer personally. And that is not something that you want, that is not a place where you want to be. Um, if you haven't listened to episode five, I talk about when I hit rock bottom in my business and how that basically awakened everything in me. It led to starting this podcast. It led to a massive overhaul of my business. It basically changed my entire life and my entire business. So I am passionate about making sure that entrepreneurs know that their business will survive without them. But you also need to take care of yourself.

You can take a step back from your business if you need to, but it's better to take preventative measures in place before you hit that rock bottom point. And you have to literally tear everything down to build it back up. And I don't recommend that, but I, I just really want to get across the point that you need to take care of yourself no matter where you are in your business growth. And I get it that it's really hard at the beginning when you're trying to do everything and you don't know how to do everything, but you can't afford to hire out and you basically need to figure it out all on your own. I've been there, I've done that and it sucks. But you can come out on the other side. You can be bigger and better and stronger, and the lessons that you're going to learn are phenomenal.

The only thing that I wish I had have known prior to my breaking point was that I should have been taking care of myself on this journey and prioritizing myself ahead of my business, which I wasn't doing. So what I want to do is explain to you a couple quick things that you can start implementing in your day to day that will help to push your business forward, but also keep yourself happy and sane and well rested. So first things first, I want you to make a point of scheduling daily self care. So whatever it is that you do for self care, if it's running, Yoga, meditation, showering, going in, um, a pool, hot tub, a sauna, relaxing, reading a book, whatever it is that you find joy in, something that allows you to relax and rejuvenate yourself. I want you to schedule that into your day and make it a non negotiable.

So no matter what deadlines are coming up in your business, no matter what, how many calls you have in a day, I want you to make sure that you are scheduling your self care and it has to be a non negotiable. So you have to make sure that this is time you block out, turn off your phone, shut off your computer, basically put up a do not disturb sign on your life and make sure that whatever it is that brings you joy, you take an hour or two or three to do it. Obviously you probably can't schedule three hours every day cause that's a big chunk of time. But there's certain days of the week where maybe you know that you don't take calls, so you've got a three hour gap, then why not go for a hike or do something that makes you happy for that amount of time where you can kind of reset, take a deep breath and also brainstorm.

I don't know about you, but if I get five minutes to myself and I tried to not think about work, then that is when I get my best ideas. So actually the idea for this podcast came to me. I completely decided to shut down my business for the day I went outside to cut the grass and cutting the grass for me is very relaxing. Um, and when I was out there, I just, it hit me that this podcast had to become a thing. So trust me, if you take a moment and shut off your brain and try to not think about work, nine times out of 10 you are going to have the greatest epiphany that you could possibly ever imagine. So total side note there, but I just wanted to let you know that it is completely possible to take time away from your busy busy work and you will actually find way more peace with yourself and honestly a lot more motivation.

So number one, if you don't take anything away from this, schedule your self care. So the second thing I want to talk about is making work fun. Obviously you started your business because you wanted to do something different with your life. You wanted to help more people. You wanted to have a bigger purpose and a meaning with your life and obviously with your work. So why not make it fun? If you are doing something in your business that you don't like doing, then stop. Hire someone to do it. Hire someone to help you out or just completely stop doing it. Change what you're doing. For me personally, I hate writing. I hate it, I want to love it, but I just can't. And if I could outsource writing, I would. I will basically just suffer through it as best I can. But I've tried to make it at least fun for myself.

So even though I don't like doing it, once, I start going, I just, I don't think of it as a task or a job. I try to think of it as something fun. I spin it so that I know that every word I'm writing is going to help somebody somewhere someone is going to read this and it's going to help them. So I make it more enjoyable for myself because I know that I'm helping people in the long run, so I can take five minutes of misery of writing so that I can help somebody for the rest of their life, change something on their path in either entrepreneurship or their life. So I try to spin everything that I don't like doing and make it that way. So it's all about mindset. It's just about being positive, thinking positively, and obviously doing things that bring you joy in your business.

So if I could outsource writing, I would, but I also believe that for my brand and my name, I need to have my voice behind it. So unfortunately that means I need to keep writing and I am getting better at it. I at least I think I am, but it's a work in progress and every single day I get better at it and that is one of the biggest things that I've taken away from my whole entrepreneurial journey is that even though I don't like something I can still make it fun, but back to making work fun, what I want you to do is try to focus on completing the tasks that aren't so fun at the beginning of the morning. If you start those off and you do those as quick as you possibly can, obviously still do them well, but get them out of the way and then spend the rest of your day doing things that you enjoy in your business that will help you tremendously.

Keep your spirits high, keep your stress levels down. Another thing that is not on my list, but I do want to just mention is making sure that you are drinking lots of water during the day and eating good food, healthy food, things that are going to fuel your body and your brain are key to keeping yourself happy and sane on this roller coaster of a ride that you are on. So that is not on my list of actual topics I wanted to talk about, but that is so important. So make sure that you're drinking plenty of water. Make sure that you're eating healthy snacks as best as you can throughout the day. Make sure that your lunch is filling and fulfilling so that you can use every ounce of that energy that you get from your food to push you through the last part of your day.

Okay. Now the next topic is prioritizing your life around your work. So making sure that even if you have a really, really big deadline looming in front of you, that you're still prioritizing life. So if you have a recital at your child's school that you need to go to, go to it. Don't just use work as an excuse not to go. Don't let it. Don't let yourself feel guilty for going. You need to be able to take time away from your business. I get it that your business is your baby. It's your livelihood. It is one of the most important things that you have right now, but trust me, if you don't take time away from it, then you are going to start to out. You need to take that time away from your business and allow yourself to actually live your life. So prioritize your life around your work.

If you have an event that comes up in the middle of the work week, if it's at 2:00 PM on a Wednesday and usually you're working at that time, schedule it, work around it. You don't need to schedule your life around your job. You can always schedule. You run the company, right? You are the boss. You can decide that you're going to take afternoon or that afternoon on Wednesday off. Go to whatever it is that you need to go to, and when you come back, your business will be waiting for you. It's as simple as that. Okay. The next topic that I want to talk about is being yourself. Being authentic. That is the key to taking care of yourself in your business. If you are trying and striving to be something that you're not, you're going to make yourself miserable. Be You. You are amazing. Be Yourself.

Do all of those quirky things that you love to do in private. Do them on your social media feeds. Integrate them into your business because that is what is going to attract your true tribe. People can smell fake from a mile away. Be Vulnerable, be you. Don't sugarcoat things. Explain when you're having a tough moment. My next episode is going to be a very, very vulnerable episode for me and I am trying to keep this podcast as authentic as possible and honestly, that episode is terrifying, but it's something that I have to do and something that I have to get off my chest and it's going to benefit people out there by someone talking about it. So stay tuned. It's coming up. There's a little teaser for you, but I really want to stress the point that you need to be authentic. You need to be yourself.

You need to be vulnerable. You need to show the realness that is you because that is going to grow your business more than working 24 seven. Trust me on that one. Okay, this is another point, kind of building off the last one, but throw other people's opinions out the door or the window wherever. Just throw them away. You don't need them. If you are passionate about what you're doing, you will find other people that are passionate about what you're doing too. If there is one person that interjects their opinion in what you're doing, thank them for their opinion, but let it go. Basically say thank you and move along. You don't need to value your self worth based on other people's opinions because their opinions don't matter. You do. You do what makes you happy and make sure that as long as you're not hurting anybody else, that you are doing what's best for yourself.

Another point that I want to make on that topic is being kind to yourself. You can be your own biggest critic. So even if you don't have other people out there saying their little opinions and being just generally rude to you, chances are you are being that way to yourself. So take a step back and really just learn to be kind to yourself. If you're having a bad day and you just cannot cope any longer with what you're doing, then allow yourself to just step away, breathe, relax, come back to it tomorrow. But take a moment for yourself and remind yourself that it's okay. You don't need to be any other place than where you are right now. And where you are right now is where you're meant to be. So just be kind that's, and be kind to others as well. But mostly be kind to yourself.

And the last point that I want to make with taking care of the number one asset in your business is cutting out toxic people. So if you do have someone who keeps crushing all of your dreams, has very strong opinions that are against what you're trying to do with your business, then just politely part ways with them as best as you can because they're only going to keep dragging you down. And if they're dragging you down, you're never going to get to where you're going and you're going to feel like you're stuck because you can't move forward. Because every negative opinion that that person keeps pushing towards you is eventually going to start affecting you. So if you have someone in your life, obviously I'm in the business world, I'm speaking of, not necessarily in your family, cause you can't just cut them out. But if you have friends or acquaintances that are just not supportive, just stop talking to them.

I know that sounds really, really harsh, but you don't have time for that negativity in your life. You've got so much else going on with your business, your life, your family. You don't need to have those people weighing you down. And if it is someone in your family sit down and just have a conversation with them and say that you are trying to do something really important with your business and with your life right now and you'd really appreciate it if they could stop, um, stating their opinions because they really don't know what they're talking about. So find a nice way of wording that. But basically kind of let them know that this is your business and it's not their business. And although they may do something different and they may not agree with what you're doing, it's ultimately your business. If they would like to start their own, by all means have at it, but your business is not their business.

And it's always a good thing to keep in mind. And honestly for me, if I have problems in my personal family or friends that just don't understand what it is that I do, then I just stopped talking to them about what I'm doing. If they ask how work is, how my job is, how my business is going, I always just say, it's going really well. Thanks for asking. And then I switched the subject because if I don't give them something to criticize them, they can't criticize. And that is how I avoid it. But obviously because I don't want to cut people out, but I, I've just found that that's the best way of approaching the subject if you know someone is really negative towards your business. So those are my my tips, my steps, my structure of how I have learned to take care of myself in my business and what I would recommend you to do.

So just a quick overview of what I just covered. Number one thing I want you to do is schedule self care. Number two, make your work fun. Number three, prioritize your life around your work. Number four, be you be authentic. Number five is be kind to yourself. Number six is throw other people's opinions out the window and the final one is cut toxic people out of your business. And as I said before, kind of a a side note is make sure that you're fueling your body with water and healthy snacks and brain food while you're working. Because why not? It's just going to help you in the long run as well. So that is all that I wanted to cover today. I hope that you enjoyed this episode. I hope that you are going to take something away from it. Please, please email me if you want to continue the discussion. The email address is flow@flowautomationinc.com and if you have experienced any of these changes in your life and your business, I would love to have you on as a guest to explain how you took control of Your Business and started prioritizing your life over your business. So that's it for this week. I hope to see you next week. And in the meantime, you can check out the show notes for this episode at greaterthanbusiness.com/010 thanks for listening and we'll talk soon.

Greater Than Business Podcast – Episode 010

 

 

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