I’ve got a confession to make. Sometimes I eat popcorn for lunch, don’t drink enough water, and I’ve often procrastinated about leaving the house.
I started my business to give myself more flexibility and abundance, but I’m the first to admit that I let my self-care slide all the time.
If you’re in the same position, today I want to inspire you to change a few habits. Together, we can make a commitment to create a First Class life in all areas.
I’m up for it if you are!
Let me ask you a question…
As anentrepreneur, you’ve probably done some pretty insane things in the name of “getting the job done”. Whatever you did probably made complete sense in the moment. After all, you did it to build your business, meet a deadline, or avoid letting someone else down, right?
Richard Branson said, “Entrepreneurs work 100 hours a week so they don’t have to work 40 hours for someone else.” But you can’t live like that forever. It’s just not sustainable.
Look, there’s nothing wrong with a little hustle when you need it, but that kind of logic is exactly why you find yourself doing bizarre things like:
(I’ve totally done all those things at least once in my business.)
Girlfriend, it’s not cool to treat yourself like that!
Self-care isn’t just about getting manicures and facials. It’s about giving yourself the time and space to live your life as a well rounded person.
It’s about treating yourself the way you’d treat your best friend.
If most of us are honest, we’ll admit that we weren’t too super-hot at self-care even before we started our businesses. Let’s face it: our culture and society just doesn’t encourage us women to take real care of themselves (but that’s a rant for another day!)
At least as an employee, though, you get natural, built-in boundaries between “work time” and “not work time”. There often aren’t a lot of other advantages to working for someone else, but at least there’s that! I think your boss would notice if you didn’t shower for days at a time!
Once you start working for yourself, though, no-one else is responsible for your boundaries. That makes it so much harder to keep yourself from working 24/7 because there’s so much to do!
And it often just seems natural to prioritize your business now and figure that you’ll look after yourself later – once you become “successful”. But trust me when I say that I still struggle with this stuff, even though I don’t have to work as hard now as when I first started my business.
Self-care really is a mindset problem rather than a logistical one.
If you watch TV ads, you could be forgiven for thinking that self-care is about which brand of shampoo or air-freshener you buy. (And yes, that’s another rant of mine!)
The truth, of course, is that self-care is about looking after yourself at a deep level in a number of areas. Here are some of the fundamental self-care mistakes I regularly see business owners making.
(Hey, I love my business as much as you do, but I think we can both agree that they really shouldn’t be our only hobbies!)
Here’s a fundamental truth: there’s only one resource that your business truly can’t do without, and that’s YOU. If almost anything else in your business breaks down, you can find a way forward. It might be a pain in the butt, but you can do it.
If you drive yourself to the point of adrenal fatigue (or just to the point that you can’t do your best work), it’s a lot harder to bounce back.
I’ve met many entrepreneurs who’ve had to abandon their life’s work because the Universe practically forced them to rest with a major health problem or accident. We don’t want that to happen to you!
That’s why deferring your self-care “until you become successful” is the quickest route I know to burn out. And the paradox is that it actually stops you from being successful. (Much like refusing to pay yourself “until you’re successful” … which is ANOTHER rant of mine: wow, this is a ranty post!)
In fact, you might even be able to combine self-care and business together!
For example, I take quarterly business retreats with my girlfriends. We drive for an hour together to a spa, talking business the whole way. Then we have massages separately, have our mani/pedis together, and end the retreat with a nice lunch.
Well, one of my mentors Kendall Summerhawk says “how you do money is how you do everything” and I’ve found the reverse to also be true.
How you do self-care will bring up stuff around your mindset and beliefs.
Are you worthy and deserving of self-care?
Will the money stop if you take some time out for self-care?
If you’re resisting investing money on self-care, where else in your business are you resisting spending much needed money?
Is your self-care routine “economy”, “premium economy” or “First Class”? Where can you make an incremental upgrade today?
Is your lack of boundaries and systems in your business making self-care more difficult?
Finish this sentence… “When I take care of myself first, my business will…”
This is the type of reflection and exploration we do in my Money Bootcamp course and community, especially on our monthly group coaching calls.
If you want my support to work on your relationship with money and the beliefs and habits you have around spending and receiving then click here and message me the word “Bootcamp”.
Here are a few practical ideas for you to try out:
It’s your time and you’re ready for the next step.
I’d love to hear from you. What is a recent self-care practice that has helped your business grow?
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