5 Strategies To Put Your Family First
A recent trip to see my Kiddo Alex at their college got me thinking about how I spent my time. As an entrepreneur, the responsibilities of managing your business can seem never-ending. Phone calls, meetings, paperwork, webinars, networking, and business travel can occupy much of your time. However, keeping your work from consuming all your time and energy is important. One way to ensure you maintain a healthy work-life harmony is by making family time a priority. In this article, we will discuss some strategies for scheduling family time, asking your loved ones what they want and need, and why prioritizing quality time with family is essential for both personal fulfillment and business success that might serve you.
Here are five strategies you may want to consider:
- Schedule Family Time: Just as you schedule meetings and appointments for your business, it is vital to schedule dedicated time for your family. Putting family first will require you to set boundaries and make decisions that will create harmony. Whether it is, setting precise working hours, digital free time, a weekly dinner together, a movie night, or a weekend outing, setting aside specific times for family activities ensures that you prioritize spending time with loved ones. By putting these events on your calendar, you are more likely to follow through and create lasting memories with your family.
- Ask Them What They Want and Need: Communication is critical when it comes to making family time a priority. I overlooked this step and was shocked when I discovered my college-aged child needed my undivided attention and cuddle time. Take the time to ask your family members what they enjoy doing together and what they need from you in terms of support and attention. By actively listening to their wants and needs, you can tailor your family activities to ensure everyone feels valued and included. This open dialogue also fosters stronger relationships and helps create a sense of unity within the family unit.
- Disconnect from Work: It can be tempting to check emails or take work calls during family time, but setting boundaries between work and home life is necessary. Make an effort to disconnect from work distractions during designated family time so that you can fully engage with your loved ones without any interruptions. This separation allows you to recharge mentally and emotionally while strengthening bonds with your family members. Putting away my iPad and iPhone during my visit with Alex earned me major cool points.
- Create Meaningful Traditions: Establishing meaningful traditions with your family can help strengthen relationships and create lasting memories that family members will cherish for years. Whether baking cookies together during the holidays, going on an annual camping trip, digital free time, or creating fun at home like date nights with your kids or significant other, these rituals provide opportunities for quality bonding time and allow everyone to look forward to special moments shared as a family.
- Prioritize Self-Care: To show up fully present for your family, you must also prioritize self-care. Make sure you take care of yourself physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally so that you have the energy and capacity to give back to those around you. I encourage you to commit to your well-being by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, or practicing mindfulness techniques; investing in self-care ultimately benefits you and your loved ones.
Making family time a priority is crucial for entrepreneurs striving for success in their personal lives and businesses. By scheduling dedicated time for your loved ones, communicating openly about wants and needs, disconnecting from work distractions, creating meaningful traditions, and prioritizing self-care, you can cultivate strong relationships with your family members while achieving greater fulfillment in all aspects of life. Remember, harmony within your work and home life is essential for overall well-being. More importantly, it is your choice to make sure not to let precious moments with loved ones slip away amidst the business of entrepreneurship. Ready to create harmony in your business and personal life? Join the Soulutionist Portal and get help doing business your way as you make family a priority.
Today, a connection call with someone I was looking forward to meeting was canceled because I would not make the first contact by phone. As an entrepreneur, connecting with others is critical to growing your business and achieving success. However, with the rise of technology and the prevalence of bots and misrepresentations, it can be challenging to make meaningful connections. That is why I prefer video first-time connections over phone calls. It has been almost three years since I received the phone call that changed my life (That is a story for another time). However, I will explain why video is my preferred method and how it has allowed me to make more meaningful connections that serve both myself and the other person.
I Like Personal Connections
Video calls provide a level of personal connection that phone calls cannot match. I like knowing I am dealing with a natural person. Seeing someone’s facial expressions and body language can help me better gauge their emotions and intentions. It helps create a more personal connection between two people who may have never met. When connecting through video for the first time, I am more likely to be talking to an actual human instead of a bot or automated response system.
I Want To Establish Trust
Visual connections allow most of us to establish trust more quickly than just hearing someone’s voice over the phone. Trust is essential in any business relationship or partnership, especially when working remotely or with people worldwide. Seeing someone face-to-face creates a stronger bond compared to just hearing their voice on the phone.
Non-verbal Cues Are Helpful
Video calls give you access to non-verbal cues that we would otherwise miss during a phone call or email exchange. For instance, if someone looks uncomfortable with what you are saying or seems disinterested in your proposal, it will be easier for you to detect that through visual communication rather than on a regular call.
Video calls can aid in building better relationships by allowing you to put a face to the name of your contact list. As such, it makes future interactions more comfortable since you already know what they look like and how they present themselves.
In conclusion, while phone calls have traditionally been used to make connections, video calls are the future with all the automation to help instill a sense of trust. They provide a level of personal connection, establish trust more quickly, and allow you to access non-verbal cues that would otherwise be missed during a phone conversation between callers. Video first-time connections make it easier to build relationships with people, which is critical for entrepreneurs and businesses. What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you prefer video over phone calls for your first-time connections? I would love to hear your thoughts, for or against. Let’s discuss this in the comments below. Be Blessed.
Entrepreneurs wear many hats. CEOs, creators, marketers, strategists, the list goes on! But amidst the daily hustle, a silent thief steals our most precious resource: focus. Distractions lurk everywhere, from buzzing notifications to endless social media scrolls, threatening our well-being and, ultimately, our business success. For me, it is guinea pig videos. Seeing those little souls brings me joy and sometimes becomes a lovely distraction lasting for hours.
But it does not have to be this way. Forget the “hustle hard, die young” narrative. True success lies in life harmony, where business thrives alongside your mind, body, and soul. Today, we will embark on a distraction detox journey, unlocking tips and tools to reclaim your focus and live your best life:
- Tame the Tech Tiger: Identify your biggest digital distractions (think endless emails and social media rabbit holes), and silence them ruthlessly. Utilize tools like website blockers, notification management apps, and designated “unplugged” hours.
- Embrace Mindfulness: Meditation is not just for hippies! Start with five (5) minutes of mindful breathing daily to cultivate focus and inner peace. Apps like Headspace and Calm offer guided meditations for beginners.
- Schedule Your Success: Chunk your workday into focused slots dedicated to specific tasks. I utilize the Pomodoro Technique twenty-five (25) minutes of work followed by a five (5) minute break, to boost productivity and combat burnout.
- Move Your Body, Move Your Business: Schedule regular exercise, even if it’s just a twenty-minute (20) minute walk. I walk inside my home in between meetings to get my steps in. Physical activity reduces stress, improves cognitive function, and boosts energy, leading to better decision-making and increased productivity.
- Fuel Your Fire, Not Your Fatigue: Ditch the sugary snacks and processed foods. Nourish your body with whole, nutritious meals that provide sustained energy and mental clarity. Remember, you are what you eat! Check out Jeniece Pagie aka Coach J at Black Vegan Health and Wellness for healthy food choices.
- Sleep is Your Superpower: Prioritize 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night. Invest in a comfortable sleep environment and develop a relaxing bedtime routine. Well-rested entrepreneurs make better decisions and achieve more.
- Connect with Your Why: Remember the passion that ignited your entrepreneurial journey? Reconnect with your core values and purpose. Remind yourself why you started and what truly matters to you. Keeping my “why” front and center has helped me stay focused during rough times.
- Practice Gratitude: Take time each day to appreciate the good things in your life, both personal and professional. Gratitude fosters positivity and resilience, essential qualities for any entrepreneur. I am grateful you are reading this article.
- Disconnect to Reconnect: Schedule regular digital detox breaks, even if it is just an hour a day. Step away from screens, immerse yourself in nature, and reconnect with the world around you.
Remember, distraction is not inevitable; it is manageable. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can achieve laser focus, cultivate inner peace, and build a business that fuels your well-being without depleting it. Let’s rewrite the narrative: entrepreneurs who thrive mind, body, and soul are the true game-changers. Now go forth, detox, and create a life and business that reflects your best self!
- Books: “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks, “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg
- Apps: Freedom (website block), Headspace (meditation), RescueTime (productivity tracker)
- Websites: Freemmindfulness.org(mindfulness), Mindful.org (stress management)
Remember, you are not alone on this journey. Share your own distraction-busting tips and experiences in the comments below! Join The Soulutionist Portal group coaching to gain confidence and knowledge, collaborate, connect, and learn how to make passive income. Together, let’s build a community of empowered entrepreneurs who thrive in every aspect of their lives.
Yesterday, I was informed of the loss of another beautiful soul. This writing is my attempt to reach out in case someone else believes they are in a hopeless situation. As entrepreneurs, we all have days where we feel hopeless and discouraged. It could be a failed business venture, a lost client, the end of a relationship, or a rough patch in life that has left us feeling down and out. Some situations must run their course; at other times, plans must be made. Hopeless events do not exclude the possibility of better days ahead. The good news is that there are ways to navigate through these situations and come out on the other side stronger than ever before. In this article, I will share eight (8) strategies that have helped me through tough times, and I hope they will do the same for you.
Try these strategies when it appears all is lost:
1. Let it go. If the outcome is inevitable, does obsessing over it ever help? Letting go may seem like surrendering, but why persist with something unwinnable? Choose to release it and embrace the next chapter of your life. Letting go of beliefs, people places and things that no longer served me was one of the greatest gifts I gave myself.
2. Purge your emotions. Let your feelings out. There are healthy ways to uplift yourself. Some find solace in exercise, while others feel relief after a good cry. Spending time with loved ones or having dinner with friends may boost your spirits. I purge my emotions in a journal because a blank page holds no judgment. Sometimes I cried as I Journaled. The key is to seek a positive outlet. Reckless drinking, substance abuse, and impulsive spending are unhealthy choices. Choose wisely.
3. Try to learn something. In most cases, dire situations stem from past decisions. Reflect on your role in the current circumstances. Did you overlook warning signs in a relationship? Did you take on a mortgage beyond your means? Give yourself some grace and learn from your situation. I choose to look for the gift in every situation. It allows me to see any circumstances I encounter from a different perspective. It is common to repeat our mistakes. What can you learn to avoid a repeat performance in the future? Imagine how great your life would be if you only made each mistake once. Imagine what you would learn if you saw the gift in each situation.
4. Enjoy yourself. Now might be the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant, take a walk in the park, or see a movie with a friend. Despite life’s challenges, you can still have a good time. Laugh and move forward. I look for joy in the small things. It gives me peace. I practice positive affirmations to increase my joy. My daily mantra is I bring joy, I am the peace. Try it or create your own. Because what you tell yourself matters.
5. Keep up with your responsibilities. Your children, family, and friends still need your love and attention. The bills still have to be paid. Avoid neglecting other areas of your life. When I found myself overwhelmed, I asked for help. I have discovered asking for assistance is not a weakness. It is a sign of strength. Sometimes, it was having responsibilities that kept me safe. Having a sense of purpose is essential, especially when you are in a perceived hopeless situation.
6. Create a plan for the future. Anticipating an interesting and exciting future can propel you forward. A bleak future makes it hard to be happy. Embrace the possibilities and craft an inspiring future for yourself. Then, take one small step towards making it a reality. Take time to write out your perfect day in great detail. Journaling is a great way to gather your thoughts and to write the story you want to live. I update my perfect day as needed to ensure I stay clear on what I desire for my life. Then I align my actions to ensure it comes to pass.
7. Make a list of all the things that fill you with gratitude. It is likely there are many people in the world with far more challenging circumstances. It can be easy to forget this fact. Reflect on what you have going for you and add to the list regularly. Refer to the list whenever you need a reminder that your life is worth living. Each morning when I rise, I think of ten things I can be grateful for to start my day positively. I have chosen to live with an attitude of gratitude, and it has made a world of difference in how I see my life.
8. Remember other situations in your life that seemed hopeless. Like me, you survived and ultimately came out more resilient and knowledgeable on the other side. Take time to recall past hopeless situations. If you are reading this, it means you survived. I pray you emerge stronger and wiser. As a woman of faith, I often rehearse God’s resume to remind myself that I am never alone, and this, too, shall pass.
Hopeless situations are inevitable in life, but they don’t have to define us. Letting go and moving forward can be the best choice. Worrying has never altered the outcome of any situation. By implementing these eight (8) strategies, we can gracefully navigate challenging times and become stronger on the other side. Remember to take care of yourself, seek support from those around you, seek professional help when needed, and stay positive in the face of adversity. No opportunity is ever truly wasted when we learn from our experiences and use them as stepping stones towards success. If you or someone you know are thinking of harming themselves, please call the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 Veterans Press 1. That line is available twenty-four hours a day. Be blessed and stay safe and remember that help is available. You are not alone.
The Therapy of Business Coaching
When I began physical therapy for a knee injury, I assumed when completed, that would be it. The truth is I was not prepared for the reality. As entrepreneurs, we are often told to embrace the journey, overcome obstacles, and strive for success. However, seldom do we discuss the toll this pursuit can take on our well-being and work-life harmony. Much like my own experience post-physical therapy, navigating the world of business can be riddled with discomfort, long-term challenges, and functional limitations that require expert guidance to overcome.
Embracing Discomfort and Seeking Help
When I first began my post-physical therapy life, the discomfort and pain lingered, hindering my ability to function optimally. It was a wake-up call that echoed the struggles many entrepreneurs face as they navigate the complexities of running a business. The relentless pressure, stress, and challenges often lead to a similar sense of discomfort, urging us to seek help in the form of a business coach.
The Therapy of Business Coaching
Much like the personalized and customized approach offered by my therapy team, a business coach serves as a guiding force, working alongside entrepreneurs to alleviate the pains and struggles of entrepreneurship while enhancing business operations and achieving work-life harmony. A business coach becomes an invaluable ally in the entrepreneurial journey by tailoring strategies to fit individual styles and needs.
Harnessing the Power of Personalization
My therapy team understood my unique needs and crafted a personalized plan to support my recovery. Similarly, a skilled business coach collaborates with entrepreneurs to create tailored approaches that align with their vision, values, and business style. Whether streamlining operations, reducing stress, or fostering innovation, a business coach offers the personalized support needed to thrive in the competitive landscape.
The Impact of Expert Guidance
While my therapy team guided me through exercises, provided support, and celebrated progress, a business coach can assist entrepreneurs in optimizing business processes, overcoming challenges, and embracing innovation. From refining strategies to nurturing leadership skills, the impact of expert guidance extends far beyond immediate goals, fostering sustainable growth and resilience in the face of adversity.
Practical Tips for Entrepreneurial Transformation
- Identifying the Right Coach: Seek a coach with a proven track record, industry expertise, and a personalized approach that resonates with your aspirations and values.
- Alignment with Business Goals: Ensure the coach’s methodology aligns with your business objectives, offering solutions tailored to your unique challenges and opportunities.
- Effective Communication: Choose a coach who values open communication, understands your vision, and fosters a collaborative partnership built on trust and transparency.
- Embrace Growth Mindset: Look for a coach who encourages continuous learning, fosters a growth mindset, and empowers you to innovate and adapt in a dynamic business landscape.
In closing, just as my journey post-physical therapy was transformed by expert guidance and personalized support, the entrepreneurial path can be enriched by the therapeutic influence of a skilled business coach. Embrace the opportunity to optimize your business and personal well-being, leveraging the power of personalized guidance to achieve unparalleled success and work-life harmony.
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Remember, the journey may be challenging, but with the proper support, innovation, and resilience, you can navigate the intricate terrain of entrepreneurship with confidence and purpose. Be Blessed.
Advocate for Your Mental Health and Live Your Best Life
Over the years, I have been blessed to speak to people worldwide with different business and career aspirations. One thing has been clear: as an entrepreneur, most of you are incredibly motivated to succeed personally and in business. I want to remind you that taking care of yourself is essential to living the best life possible. However, I am aware with the endless pressures of work and social media, it is too easy to overlook your mental health. In the past, I have neglected my own. I have even considered you may also feel like seeking help is a weakness that could hold you back. But nothing could be further from the truth. Advocating for your mental health is essential for living a fulfilling life devoid of anxiety and depression. In this blog, we will explore ways to prioritize your well-being, create a safety protocol for critical moments, and include a suicide prevention message to help yourself and others.
Prioritizing Your Mental Health
You must prioritize your mental health, just like you do your physical health. Self-care is a crucial element in preserving your emotional well-being. Take time out of each day for yourself; it could be meditating or taking a relaxing bath. Explore new hobbies or interests that could stimulate your mind and help you relieve stress. If you feel overwhelmed, take a step back and evaluate why. After a careful self-reflection, consider going to therapy.
Therapy is a proactive step for your mental health well-being management. Therapy does not necessarily mean that you have a problem; it merely indicates that you are taking care of yourself. ‘Talk’ therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have been proven to work wonders for many people. CBT has been tremendously helpful in my journey to mental wellness. The truth is there are numerous therapies besides CBT. With the help of a professional counselor, you can discover a therapy plan that works for you. I encourage you to keep searching until you find the one suited to your unique needs.
Creating a Safety Protocol
People who suffer from depression or anxiety can have suicidal thoughts. It is essential to have an action plan in case of an emergency. If you ever have thoughts of self-harm, it is not a sign of weakness or failure. Your emotions and thoughts are not who you are or what you will become. Make a safety protocol to keep yourself secure during these moments.
Your safety plan should include several emergency contacts, such as your doctor, therapist, emergency services, and a trusted friend or family member, all with their contact numbers. Write down positive affirmations you can review during the crisis and activities you can do to motivate yourself to get through the tough times, like taking a walk in nature. Make sure these coping mechanisms work when you have suicidal thoughts, self-harm urges, or depression. To start, download a copy of the Mental Health Safety Protocol I created for myself when I developed my TAPIN Method. Use it as a reference to create your own.
Suicide Prevention Message
On the subject of self-harm, suicide remains one of the most critical issues facing the world today. If you suspect someone you know may be dealing with suicidal thoughts, encourage them to seek professional help immediately. Listen to them, ensure they feel heard, and never lecture or judge. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is there to assist anyone needing assistance at any time of the day or Night. Dial 988, Veterans, press 1, and get the support you need.
One of the best ways to help prevent suicide is by acknowledging your feelings openly and building a support system you can rely on. Speak with trusted friends or family members candidly about mental health to help yourself and others who may also be struggling. Please do not wait until you are in a crisis mood to have the conversation.
The Benefits of Being a Mental Health Advocate
It is important to recognize the benefits of advocating for mental health for yourself and others in both your daily life and business practices. By prioritizing and modeling good mental health, you show a positive example for others to follow. Cultivating healthy mentalities at work can boost productivity and morale significantly. To achieve fair workplace standards, we all must understand our roles to foster a safe environment for everyone. Simple things like being mindful that we are all unique individuals, using desired pronouns, and learning to agree to disagree without being disagreeable can go a long way to creating safe mental health environments for us all.
In conclusion, the benefits of prioritizing and advocating for your mental health far outweigh any fears or doubts you may have. Do not be fooled by the life you see others leading on social media because, often, it is not authentic. Comparing your life to others is a way to feed the insecurities you do not want to foster. Embrace that you are unique and seek to develop your mind, body, and soul, emphasizing your mental well-being. Taking the time to advocate for your mental health is the first step in living your best life. You do not have to face these challenges alone; seeking professional help, creating a safety protocol, and including suicide prevention messages in your conversations can make all the difference. I pray this serves you as you strive to advocate for your mental well-being. Remember, each day is an opportunity, and it is up to you to seize it. Live your best life now – No Opportunity Wasted!