You’re an entrepreneur. You run the ship. You make the decisions (most of them). Your office is your car and your business is your territory. You don’t work in a cubicle and you don’t have to beat the VP of sales into the office in the morning or stay until they leave…this is YOUR business! Your success solely depends on how you lead the ship to its destination.
So why do you feel overwhelmed, always behind, like there’s never enough time in the day? Growing your business can take its toll and leave you little time for you and your life, rarely getting to enjoy the subtle little things that pass before you every day.
Is your life in balance? Are you as focused on other areas of life as you are with business? Of course we have goals for our business but what about other important areas of our life? Our business/career is only one of six critical areas for us to have established goals.
When’s the last time you coached your child’s sports team or volunteered at a school? Are you saving for retirement or funding your children’s 529s for college? What about your spiritual beliefs, are you working towards a better understanding? Are you eating well and exercising for energy all day? Are you taking time to work on your own personal goals? Are you planning a date night with your spouse or significant other?
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving,” said Albert Einstein. To keep your balance you must keep moving ahead in life, not just work. Living a balanced life virtually eliminates that feeling of being suffocated; it helps you rest easy at night knowing that every day you’re working toward your life’s goals and not just business goals. You’ll be energized when you wake in the morning knowing that the day ahead is aligned with your priorities in life and not just work. And guess what? You’ll be more productive with your business because life is in balance and your bike is moving straight ahead without a wobble.
Agree? Great, the good news is balance is very simple…so simple that all you have to do is visualize what it is you want to accomplish, write it down and keep it visible to you every day. You read it right; Visualize your goals, Write them down and keep them Visible - V.W.V.
Take time for yourself, really shutdown and be alone in a quiet place for a few hours. Visualize what your life will look like in the critical six areas (Family, Financial, Career/School, Health & Fitness, Personal, and Spiritual) one year from today. Once you have a clear vision, then simply write it down and keep it somewhere so that you see it every day. When you see your goals every day you instinctively work towards achieving them. You’re constantly reminded of what it is you’d like to achieve; where it is your going. Visible goals eliminate the need for complicated actions steps, processes and procedures involving your written goal.
Now get on your bike and ride! And don’t forget, enjoy the view!