I was approached by a company called GoSolo to write a blog about what it’s like to own a business. I don’t respond to these types of requests very often. Mostly because I don’t want to do things that take me away from my purpose: giving back by helping others and becoming the best version of myself.
After noodling it for a bit, I decided to write the article. There are a lot of people out there looking to start a business, find a better way to run the one they have or create a side hustle to lessen the financial squeeze the current recession is causing. Since all these reasons fall into my core objective to help others, it was easy to say yes.
The advice I gave was not unlike the recommendations I offer my clients. It’s a back-to-basics approach that’s simple but not always easy.
- Stay focused and keep doing the thing that works.
- Ask for help.
- Invest in yourself.
- Be kind to yourself.
If you’d like to read the full article, you can find it here:
There are a lot of reasons why the simple things aren’t always the easiest. I talked about this in a recent blog, Bright Shiny Objects. There will always be something new and exciting to distract us.
I know it can feel like a grind to do the same thing repeatedly even when it’s working. But that’s the pathway to success whether for business or your own health journey.
Asking for help was one of the hardest things for me. I’ve always been self-sufficient and prided myself on finding or making a way to get things done. This led to a lot of wasted time and energy. Last year I wrote a blog called Burn the Ships that talks about stepping outside my comfort zone and hiring a gifted and talented assistant named Vanessa who has help me grow faster in one year than all the other years combined.
Another thing I’ve noticed is people often spend money on what they want, not what they need. I’ve seen it time and again, and I’ve done it myself. If I have a choice of buying a pair of new shoes or saving the money to buy new tires for my car, you know the shoes are going to win.
Every. Single. Time.
Until a tire blows.
In my defense, my mom, and her twin sister were shoe models when I was growing up. You could say pricey shoes are in my DNA!
All kidding aside, for me, health trumps everything. Even shoes.
There’s a quote that sums it up.
“A healthy person has a thousand wishes, but a sick person has only one.” — Indian Proverb
I’ve been to my personal health rock bottom and not even a new pair of shoes can entice me to go back. Staying focused, investing in my health and wellbeing, having compassion for myself when I mess up and asking for help are areas I work on consistently. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.
If you’d like to have a chat about your business or your health, please feel free to schedule a complimentary Discovery Call. It would be my pleasure to be the person you ask for help.