Taking Care of Business Means Taking Care of Yourself by @SandraDawes

by Sandra Dawes | Featured Contributor

As entrepreneurs it can be easy to get so caught up in what you’re doing that you forget self-care.  When you’re passionate about what you do,

Taking some time to quiet the mind! :)
Taking some time to quiet the mind! 🙂

it’s easy to lose track of time as you get lost in a project.  Of course, we cannot survive on passion alone.  We need to make sure that we have fuel in the tank because running out of gas is detrimental to your health as well as your business.

We need to keep our tanks full in all areas of our personal life; mind, body and soul in order to give our best to our businesses.  Not only do we need to keep our bodies nourished, hydrated and in good physical shape, we also need to keep our minds sharp and focused.  We also need the emotional strength to deal with the inevitable setbacks that will present themselves at some point or another.  Easier said than done, right?

Maintaining high functioning levels in these areas takes discipline. Daily routines that make sure your constantly replenishing your internal resources are a must!  When we don’t make the time to take care of ourselves in order to do more for the business, we do ourselves a disservice.  Unless you’re one of the few who can sustain full power on no sleep, food or mental rest, there is no way you’re giving your all when you’re not at optimal health.

You want your business to run smoothly.  You want foolproof systems in place.  If you have a team, you want them to be responsive to client needs.  You expect everything to function at its highest capacity so that you can offer the best service to your customers.  You know that if the systems aren’t maintained, they won’t run efficiently.  You know that if you don’t maintain good communications with your team, the vision and mission will be lost.  It’s the exact same thing with you!

If you don’t listen to your body when it tells you it needs rest, you’re going to get sick.  If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll eventually lose focus and stamina.  If you don’t quiet the mind, how will it ever be able to be open to new and exciting opportunities?  Not to mention taking care of the relationships that are important to you.  It’s important to have clarity on what your priorities are at all times.  Yes, there are going to be times when balancing your personal and business life will be a challenge, but we have to make sure we’re aren’t neglecting the things that are important to us.  If you’re not clear on what those priorities are, you’ll be pulled in way too many directions and overwhelm is inevitable.

We all want to be successful in our entrepreneurial endeavors.  Our passion for what we do can consume us if we allow it to.  I prefer to coexist with my passion, so that I can serve it, and feel fulfilled in doing so.  This means making sure that I take care of myself in order to give my best in all that I do.  I haven’t mastered it yet, but now that I am aware of how important taking care of me is to my success, it has definitely become a priority!

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Sandra Dawes, Founder, Life Coach, Embrace Your DestinySandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker, as well as founder of Embrace Your Destiny, her life coaching practice. Her work involves teaching women how to stop making arguing for their limitations so that they can create the life that they want. Sandra’s inspiration to help others in this area comes from her own journey and experiences in dealing with the heartbreak of losing her father. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve, a story that outlines her personal journey, in November 2013.

In her down time, Sandra loves to read, do yoga and spend time with her partner Satnam and their dog Lulu. For more information on what she does, visit www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.

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