As important as the bottom line can be, the health of your business is also strongly linked to your own personal wellbeing. Smart business owners know that the secret to success is to ensure a well-balanced personal life for themselves, which then flows on to their own business.
Here are some ideas on how to focus on you in order to help your business.
Take the time to look after yourself and you will truly be able to give your best to your work. Make your health - both physical and mental - a priority. Think about what you really need to focus on to feel better and put steps in place to improve your health. This might be making an appointment to see a dietitian, signing up for that yoga class or simply making the commitment to yourself that you will get out of bed early 3 days a week for a relaxing beach walk.
A common issue with business owners and those climbing the corporate ladder is burnout. Learn how to read the warning signs of when you are taking on too much. If you feel like you are always tired or have a shorter fuse than normal, this could be a sign that you're overloading yourself. It's completely acceptable to decline an invitation to an event, to take a lunch break or hire a professional to clean your house once a month. It's also ok to ask for help. If you're not coping, ask for help from your family, your boss, your partner or your colleagues. Running yourself into the ground is not going to do you - or your business - any favours.
Consciously make the decision to eliminate negative behaviour and thoughts from your day. Of course everyone can have a down day from time to time. But the more you focus on negatives, the more downsides you will find. On the flip side, if you focus on positive things in your day, you'll find more positives and - surprise! - your day will be easier too! If you know there are certain friends, co-workers or family members who have a tendency to complain or be skeptical, avoid them, or if that's not possible, try to ignore this behaviour.
Don't set yourself up for failure from the outset. Set realistic goals for yourself and your business, and take the time to reflect on your achievements and successes. Acknowledge that no one is perfect and that there will be bad days, but on those good days, be sure to celebrate your win in a way that is unique to you!