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
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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