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I had a bit of a down day yesterday, which got me thinking …

Sure, my work as a coach is all about helping people.  But how do I balance that with what I do outside my business?  Here’s today’s thought:

deniz-altindas-38128Running a business is hard work, and you don’t have enough hours in the day. Big surprise! Your attention on self-care is one of the first things to go.

You know as well as I do that this is hurting the business. And it may well put you in the hospital at an early age.

So how do you maintain health and balance as a leader?

Physical health

Your mental state reflects your physical health. I’m not talking about extraordinary health care, either, just attending to health issues quickly, eating wisely and maintaining a good weight.

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unbalancedThe whole concept of work-life balance is a distraction, in my opinion.

The problem is that we usually think about putting our life into tight little categories.  Work.  Sleep.  Recreation.  Spiritual.  Networking.  “Quality time.”

So what happens when you’re networking, at work, and it turns out to be a quality spiritual experience?

We don’t know how to deal with it.

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Mission ProfitYou’re on a mission to achieve great things in your business, even to change the world. But the truth is that you spend more time worrying about how the economy is doing, and whether you’ll be able to make enough money to survive.

There’s hope for you!

The first question to ask yourself is: How essential is your mission to your business success? Read the rest of this entry »

SGCTen years ago, Bo Burlingham wrote a business book named Small Giants which became quite popular. So much so that communities have sprung up around the world to support businesses which are putting these concepts to work.

What’s the new idea?

Bo profiled a number of companies who built powerful organizations by choosing to remain privately held. Read the rest of this entry »

graphI’ve been putting together a workshop at the local SBDC next week about incorporating mission and values into your business.  There’s a breakthrough concept that can be applied here which changes how you achieve your goals.

In business, we have assumptions that:

  • If it can’t be measured, it won’t get done.
  • Everything has to be measured in numbers, preferably with a dollar sign in front.

When I state it this bluntly, you can see where the fallacy is.  Can you imagine measuring your personal happiness this way?

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The standard response to “How’s it going?,” has now become “I’m crazy busy!”  Or variations on the theme.

And it’s true.

If you think about it, this is an odd state of affairs.  For over a century, much of our technology development has been in labor-saving devices.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Source: incisler

I was reading a great article by one of my friends today – she’s talking about finding work/life balance in her own life.  It reminds me of a conversation I have with people whenever I do career coaching.

My first observation is that two hundred years ago, our ancestors would have found this whole concept pretty ridiculous.  Not because they were incredible workaholics or anything, but because they didn’t see “work” as such a separable thing.

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“I don’t even have time to think any more.”

Owning a business is all-consuming. Even when you’re not “on the job,” you’re worrying about all the issues that came up today and the fires you’ll have to put out tomorrow.

But I hope that you want your company to thrive for years and decades to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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