A business consulting firm recently sent me an email entitled ‘The Soul of Sacrifice’. The word soul, the poetic layout of the article, and the beautiful photo grabbed my attention. I read the whole thing – not something I usually do with long emails. The point of the article was that serving my business required sacrifice. They suggested all the things that had to be given up in order to serve:
‘STOP!’ My heart cried out, ‘NO! ‘
A great business does require sacrifice – at times. But somewhere along the line we have convinced ourselves that building up a business requires breaking down our bodies and souls.
Yes, you might have to put in a few late nights. But when this becomes a pattern, you are allowing your business to eat you alive.
There is a better way! The soul of your business can become a thriving, living, serving entity without stealing its energy and joy from you.
It’s actually easier to birth a business by giving up sleep, family time, art, etc. However, you can create a healthy life and a healthy business. With careful planning, healthy boundaries, and firm discipline you can pour yourself into your business without giving up your entire life.
* Set your working hours at the beginning of each week with an honest assessment of what you truly need to get done.
* Delegate anything that can be done by someone else at least 80% as well as you would do it.
* Schedule time for meals, family, recreation, devotion and yes, sleep!
When you look around and see frazzled business owners racing to get ahead, remember that you are creating something that will endure: a life you love.