5 Strategies To Put Your Family First

5 Strategies To Put Your Family First

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: 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Conclusion:

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.

Why Video First-Time Connections Are Better Than Phone Calls

Why Video First-Time Connections Are Better Than Phone Calls

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.

Improve Comfort

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.

Conclusion:

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.

8 Strategies That Help You Get Through Hopeless Situations

8 Strategies That Help You Get Through Hopeless Situations

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.

Conclusion:

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.

Websites Made With Google Business Profiles End March 2024

Websites Made With Google Business Profiles End March 2024

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, you rely on your website to connect with customers and grow your business. However, if you created your website using Google’s Business Profile platform, you may be in for a surprise. I just discovered Google announced that it will shut down all websites made through this platform by March 2024. This means businesses wanting to maintain their online presence must rebuild their sites using an alternative platform. Millions of websites will be affected, and those of you in the website-building business need to be prepared for new business NOW! This blog will explore what this change means for your website and offer some tips on smoothly transitioning to a new platform.

I read an article by Search Engine Land. They indicated a Google spokesperson told them:

  • “Websites made with Google Business Profiles are basic websites powered by the information on your Business Profile.”
  • “Domains that end with business.site and negocio.site will be removed from the website field on your Business Profile in March. We recommend that you update your Google Business Profile to point to a new website.”

So, what does this mean for your website? If you have been using Google Business Profiles to create your site, you must act fast and find a new platform before March 2024, when the shutdown takes place. Otherwise, you risk losing all of your data and content. Many options are available in today’s market, such as Wix, Squarespace, WordPress.org, Shopify, and more, each with its own set of pros and cons. Please do your research.

Secondly, when transitioning to a new platform, consider these key points:

  • Take backups of all files and data before starting the migration process.
  • Choose a design template that fits best with your brand image.
  • Optimize content with relevant keywords so search engines can easily find it.
  • Make sure to verify ownership and other settings on the Google My Business page.

Thirdly, it’s important to note that not all platforms are equal. While some may offer more customization options, others may have better SEO features or be easier to use. Therefore, it is important to do your research and choose a platform that best suits your needs. Take advantage of free trials or demos these website builders offer before making a final decision.

Fourthly, if you do not feel confident creating your website, consider hiring a professional web designer to assist you with the transition process. They can help you design a custom-fit site for your business needs and ensure everything runs smoothly once the site goes live.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, the shutdown of websites built using Google Business Profiles has left many small business owners scrambling to find a new platform for their websites. However, with careful planning and research, this transition can be simple. Consider the key points mentioned above when choosing a new platform. Take advantage of available resources such as free trial periods or professional web designers to ensure the process runs smoothly. By doing so, you can continue to maintain an online presence for your business and reach out to customers effectively. Need help taking your business to the next level? Join The Soulutionist Portal Today. #NoOpportunityWasted

The Therapy of Business Coaching

The Therapy of Business Coaching

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

  1. 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.
  2. Alignment with Business Goals: Ensure the coach’s methodology aligns with your business objectives, offering solutions tailored to your unique challenges and opportunities.
  3. Effective Communication: Choose a coach who values open communication, understands your vision, and fosters a collaborative partnership built on trust and transparency.
  4. 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.