You are more important than your career, your business or what you do for a living.

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Repeat after me, you are more important than your career, your business or what you do for a living.

Running a business isn’t easy. Being a human being isn’t easy. Life isn’t easy.

Sometimes it feels like there is a contest amongst business owners.  Who works the most amount of hours, who missed this pivotal life event because a client needed something, who can check their work email the most during dinner. I’ve fallen into this as well.

There is a myth out there that yes, you can do it all, balance it all, be it all. The work life balance myth. The truth is work/life is just messy. We can read great articles all day long on how to be productive, make lots of money etc. But the reality is, those are things we can master, but I don’t think you ever really master life. Life is way too wily for that. Every day things change. The only constant is us. So making sure we are doing what we want to do every day and being who we want to be is all that really matters.

Once you realize that and take a step back ironically your business, your career and what you do for a living blossoms.

Balancing Act

Earlier this year my Dad was diagnosed with cancer and was in and out of hospitals for over five months. I saw him go from being a healthy vibrant individual to someone who looked like they had aged 20 years. The good news is, he is much better. Balancing that, running a business, everyday life and an influx of new clients was challenging.

So, what did I do?

I worked harder than I’ve ever worked and then I took a vacation. (That picture above is from my trip to Kauai, Hawaii.)

I reevaluated what was important to me personally.

I reevaluated what was important for my business and my staff.

I took a break from social media. (Business and personally.)

I made exercise a priority.

I said goodbye to Cable.

What Happened

The sky didn’t fall in. The opposite in fact.

My business is doing better than ever.

And I’m doing really great.

Try it, see what you think.

 

4 Comments

  1. Glenn D. Lehman July 20, 2015 at 7:41 pm #

    Nice article. I do find the balance to be difficult, even more so during periods of expansion. One of the things we try is when attending a National Convention for the industry to extend a day or two on either side for a small amount of vacation time.

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    • Julie Purcell July 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

      Balance is never easy for sure. I think leaving some leeway before and after work travel is great. I think having that time makes us much more productive and effective during the conference as well.

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      • Lisa Heintzelman July 20, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

        Thank you for exploring this topic, Julie. I have facilitated many conversations on “Time Strategies for SUCCESS” with clients, groups, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Based upon best practices, it’s essential to define what success means to us and our personal, professional, and business goals to create the opportunity for and “live”, work/life balance.

        This has lead me to explore and reflect upon the question . . . How are you investing your time and energy in activities to achieve the personal, professional, and business results YOU desire?, which is now a part of my branding and power words within my competitive edge!

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        • Julie Purcell July 21, 2015 at 5:07 am #

          Great questions Lisa! It is always important to think about what success means to us in the various parts of our lives.

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