Why is Protecting Your Energy So Important?
How do you feel about your business and lilfe right this very moment? Do you enjoy it? Are you fulfilling your passion? Or is it dreary and tough to get out of bed every morning?
In a perfect world, you would jump out of bed happy and energized, ready to tackle the day (and your business clients) with ease. Your family would go off to school or work happy, your clients would love everything you had to say, and you would see the passive income checks come in every day from your book sales. Perfect Right? But what does it take to get there?
Complete perfection is not attainable but that’s not to say you can’t aim for a strong balance between your work life and your personal life. When your life is balanced well, then your energy increases, you feel revitalized, and stressful situations don’t stop you in your tracks. Positive flow of energy affects how we feel, how we think, and also affects our overall health. When there are no energy blockages, life is good and we can have a nearly perfect day. When we experience energy blockages due to stress, injury, trauma, poor diet, or other poor living conditions, our overall physical and mental health suffers dramatically.
Setting boundaries within your business is the key to maintaining your energy’s balance. Your energy is also your spirit or your liveliness and when you take on too much work or have clients who don’t mesh with your business philosophy, you become stressed, which dampens your energy, thus dampening your outlook on life - sucking your motivation dry! Protecting your energy is like locking your billion dollar trade secret in a vault! It is much too valuable.
Let’s go back to remember why you wanted to become a small business owner in the first place. No doubt - helping people was high on the list of reasons but many entrepreneurs state family and freedom as the primary reasons they started their businesses. Yes, hard work is certainly necessary to make a full time living, but if you are constantly thinking about business and have a hard time focusing your attention toward your family members, is it really worth all your effort? At the end of the day, which will you regret more: losing a few clients or losing time with your children?
Working non-stop and filling your calendar to the max will also lead to burnout and eventually resentment toward your clients. Even the most dedicated entrepreneurs take breaks between clients throughout the day or they take an entire day off. They also understand the importance of having set work hours and leaving work in the office before spending time with their families.
Clients are certainly important but if you don’t set boundaries with them, you’ll be ‘on call’ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your clients are taking away your free time, you will become resentful toward them, which leads you into a tainted business relationship because you won’t be able to hear their concerns and needs objectively.
Every entrepreneur needs boundaries because they actually HELP to make money. It may not feel good saying no, or setting things down for a little while to recharge your energy, but they surge in productivity that you get after enjoying some mental freedom will fend off any resentment or imprisonment to the responsibilities you have in your business so that you continue to find joy in the work that you do.
Check out these 10 tips we practiced in week 3 of in my 12 Week Virtual Process Academy below:
Step 1: Decide What You Want
Step 2: Tell the Truth About what You Dont' Want or Desire in Your life.
Step 3: Set Up Personal Boundaries for Yourself
Step 4: Create A Gauge to Measure your behaviors when your energy is Full, Half Full, or Empty
Step 5: Identify Your Time Wasters
Step 6: Evaluate What You Give Out vs. What You Get Back
Step 7: Learn to Say "NO".
Step 8: Create a " Tap Out" statement to let others now when you are disengaging to recharge.
Step 9: Do things to make you smile, laugh, and rest.
Step 10: Take A Hiatus from Social Media and Negative People
Intentional Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs
Every year, we entrepreneurs begrudgingly await December to evaluate the year and prepare for the next. We go crazy on social media and post all of our upcoming ideas and objectives to get everyone excited about what we will be rolling out in the new year, and then...life happens! We take time off for Christmas, count down the New Year, and then we look up and it's March! So, I want to take the time to share a few quick points to help you be SMART and Realistic with your goals!
If there’s one thing we know about goals, they have to be SMART, right? After all, that’s what we’ve been told for years. The only thing that matters is that your goals are specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely. Yet, while that looks great on paper—and clearly it’s easy to remember—it doesn’t go far enough for those who want to achieve big things and position themselves or their business in reach of new clients and new joint venture partners.
Think about it. Do you want to be stuck with “attainable” and “realistic” goals when what you really dream about is a 3-day work week, frequent luxurious travel, and enough money to fund a few charities or causes for humanity? (I know I don’t). Unfortunately though, those safe, smart goals ALONE aren’t going to get you there.
In fact, they might even do worse than simply “not get you there.” They may actively hold you back and slow down your momentum if you don't achieve what you thought you would in a time frame you desired.
Consider what happens when you set an “attainable” goal of earning 10% more than you did last year. You might work 10% more. You might spend 10% more on ads or product creation. You might even reach out to 10% more potential clients. And you’ll likely earn about 10% more. “Not bad!” you say. After all, that was your goal. But did that 10% goal inspire you to work harder? Or did it create a subconscious ceiling on your earning potential that you’re unable to break through? Sometimes you get stuck or comfortable and this my friend is when you get off track.
Rather than focusing on goals that are attainable and realistic, savvy entrepreneurs know that the key to incredible success lies in creating lofty goals that feel out of reach—maybe even UN-attainable. They don’t strive to earn 10% more than last year. They want 50% or even 100% more. They stretch themselves. They find new—and better—ways to do things, so they don’t have to work twice as hard, but they remain open to the possibility of doing so—at least in the short term—when it’s necessary.
Of course, you cannot simply declare crazy goals and expect God and or the universe to hand them to you. And that’s exactly why putting aside those smart goals is so…smart.
When you shun the attainable in favor of the “holy cow, how will I ever do THAT?” goal, you push yourself beyond those self-imposed limits and reach for the stars. Sure, you might not double your income, but you’re almost guaranteed to do better than a mere 10% increase you mentioned while you were caught in the sauce of everyone else's New Year Resolution momentum . So push your boundaries. Set big, audacious G.O.A.L.S that help you (Go Out And Live Spectacularly) . Even if you fail, you’ll be much further ahead than those smart goals would leave you. Cheers to all that you have in store in the new year.
Nu Epps, Author
Nu shares pages from her personal journal as she recounts some of the lessons and experiences she survived as a brand new entrepreneur. Between the stories, she also shares tips, tricks, and techniques to transform your mind, empower your creativity, and improve your business processes to keep you profitable and sane in your business.
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