Starting your own business is an exciting time. You’re bursting with ideas, enthusiasm and passion! You spend every waking hour thinking about it and when you’re sleeping you’re often dreaming about it. It’s your all-consuming new obsession – a time of high energy and big dreams.
Mixed with the excitement can also be fear, trepidation and an abundance of challenges as you venture into this new territory, much like the unknown world of having your first baby! All of these feelings are normal and challenges are to be expected.
Once you’re up and running, then comes the reality of the daily operating of your new ‘business baby’. Day after day you need to maintain your energy and momentum, not only for your business but for all the other areas of your life as well – your partner, the kids, friends and social life (what social life I hear you say?) and the kid’s social life (yes, at times theirs will be better than yours). There are an awful lot of segments to your life and they all require your energy and attention.
When you’ve got a lot of bases to cover each day, how do you cover them all?
The one common feature in this picture is YOU! Your success as a mum, in business and in life, will be determined by YOUR health, vitality and resilience.
You can create a great business with savvy marketing and kick-ass systems but without being able to support your business with an energy-charged operator day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year, you’re at risk of burn-out and/or bankruptcy.
Beware the business owner trap! There can be a mentality with business owners that business comes first. It’s similar to that trap with mothers thinking that the kids always come first and mums should make do with the leftovers. Sound familiar?
To be successful in business you need to work hard, but you must also work smart. You are the leader in your business and as such you need to adopt the traits of successful leaders. Martyrs don’t achieve success or fulfillment in business (or in life).
As the leader in your business you must first lead yourself. To be an inspirational leader you must first inspire yourself.
This is where your health and wellness comes into it. It’s your ‘secret weapon’! Take care of yourself first and then you, and everything else, will perform more successfully. Self-care is not selfish – it’s savvy and sophisticated. Your health and wellness will not only benefit your business, it will benefit you as a Mum and a partner in your relationship.
When we talk about health and wellness, it’s more than just having a gym membership. You have to actually go to the gym (you know who you are) or Personal Trainer, consistently eat a nutritious diet, manage your stress levels and schedule in personal development and ‘you’ time.
This ‘secret weapon’ is how you lead yourself, ensure success and resilience as a business owner and most importantly ensure you’re the best role model for your children.
Investing time in your health and wellness will give you returns in personal and business growth and will maintain that passion and enthusiasm that you had as a start-up business.