Now, being an entrepreneur might sound glamorous and appealing. You create your own hours, take holidays and get to pursue something you truly love. As a female business owner you often feel torn between your ambitions and the other entities in your life. You might be struggling to find balance and harmony whilst hustling to reach your business goals. Perhaps your money mindset is getting in the way of you achieving peak performance when it comes to your business.
It doesn’t matter why you’re feeling this way; the important thing is that you acknowledge it and don’t push it aside. If you allow this self doubt and tentativeness to escalate, your business isn’t going to have a strong and powerful owner. You need to be completely confident in everything you do so that your business can flourish as a result. It’s very important to know that taking care of yourself comes before taking care of your business! When your mindset and attitude is fully aligned, your business will be too. Here are eleven actionable ways to achieve happiness and harmony as an entrepreneur.
Happiness & Hustle
1.Happiness Starts With Hustle
This part is always going to be the hardest, but stick with it and you will get there. Your business will always begin with that day in day out hustle. You need to maximise your productivity and time to grow and monetise your business. Remember that this is only a short term occurrence and it will get better. In order to achieve happiness and harmony you need to put the work in.
Allow For Growth
2. Know How to Grow
During your hustle stage you need to gain complete clarity on the growth of your business. You need an end picture in mind that keeps you motivated every single day. You might be wondering how to negotiate an office lease for your company or startup or you might be thinking of creating a partnership. Having these big plans for your future is amazing, but make sure you’re willing to learn and take advice from others.
Work With Purpose
3. Know Your “Why”
Ask yourself this question right now. Why am I starting my own business? This might seem pretty obvious, but you really need to dig deep and know exactly why you’re doing this. Do you want a more flexible lifestyle for your family? Do you need to make more money to pay the bills? Do you want to quit your 9-5 job and be your own boss? Write down exactly why you are an entrepreneur and read it over and over again. Soon it will become engrained in your mind and you will always have that fire in your belly to achieve greatness.
4. Practice Gratitude
As an entrepreneur it can be very easy to forget about the amazing things you do have in your life. When your business is struggling and you can’t stay afloat you need to learn how to ground yourself effectively. Practicing gratitude is one of the most effective actions anyone can take as it really allows you to hone in on your own life. Every single morning you need to wake up and write down three things you’re grateful for. Whether it’s a hot cup of tea or a roof over your head, there will always be something to keep you going for that day.
Be A Goal Digger!
5. Get Into Goal Setting Habits
Setting goals is a very broad term that most business owners are familiar with. However, many don’t know how to set goals mindfully and in alignment with their personal lives too. The game changer here is to set both business goals and personal goals. You can’t just focus on your business for your whole life otherwise you will burn out and feel unfulfilled in other aspects of your life. Each quarter you should write down three to five business and personal goals that you want to achieve. Personal goals could include going to the gym three times a week, taking your kids to the park every Saturday or cooking a delicious home cooked meal every night. Business goals could be, securing three new clients each week, showing up on social media everyday and writing a weekly blog for your website. When you have the balance of business and personal goals you will be able to find much more contentment during your entrepreneurial journey.
Set Your Boundaries
6. Understand Your Non-Negotiables
It is so easy to get bogged down in your day to day business tasks; everyone has been there. However, you need to set clear boundaries for yourself and know your non-negotiables. These are the things that absolutely have to be done and you will never put them on the back burner. These could include picking up the kids from school, eating dinner with your husband or turning off your email notifications after 6pm. Write down your non-negotiables now and make sure you stick to them.
Success Goes Where Energy Flows
7. Don’t Hold Back on Your Ambition
Nowadays it feels so empowering and inspiring to be a female entrepreneur, however there will always be people who have something negative to say. If you’re a mother you may get asked how you balance your family life and work life. To be honest, it’s none of their business what you choose to do and they’re probably just jealous of how ambitious you are. You should never let anyone dampen your dreams or belittle your ambitions, because you are amazing. You already have so much confidence in yourself and it shows because you’ve been taking action. The more you streamline your focus and give less energy to the negative stuff, the more you with thrive in your business.
Ask For Help
8. Hire Help If You Need It
Despite what other solopreneurs say, you don’t have to do it all on your own. Hiring help when you need it can be hugely beneficial to the success of your business. Trying to balance it all will result in burnout if you don’t seek out assistance. You might need a social media manager, a virtual assistant or a marketing expert to help you track your website conversions and traffic. All in all, you should never be afraid to seek professional support. This will give you more time and creative energy to do what you do best in your business.
Practice Self Care
9. Self Care is Your New Best Friend
As an ambitious woman it is so important to practice self care on a regular basis. If you crash and burn, so will your business and your home life so you need to take care of number one. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a full day or weekend off to regroup. This will work wonders for your energy levels and you will feel so much more creative when you do return to work. It only takes a day or two to feel fully refreshed.
10. Be a Mindful and Focused Worker
As an entrepreneur, you know what it’s like to have a hundred different ideas floating around your brain at any given moment. You could be taking a shower and all of a sudden you come up with an amazing idea for a new blog post or project. When you are focused on one particular task, make sure you laser focus on it. That means that you push all of your other thoughts aside, you turn off your phone and you give full dedication to that particular task. When you are a mindful and focused worker, you will get so much more done because your brain isn’t flipping from one idea to the next.
11. Don’t Give Up!
The struggle is real for every entrepreneur, but please do not give up. You have already invested so much time and effort into getting to where you are today, so it would be such a shame to watch it all crash and burn. Stay focused on your end goal and you will be able to follow your dreams and have it all.
In the early years of setting up as an entrepreneur, the hustle is going to be real! You’re going to work harder than you ever thought was possible. This is completely normal when you’re first starting out, but it doesn’t have to be that way forever. It is so important to give yourself time to regroup after a tough week or month. Allowing yourself to have that headspace will make you much more creative and passionate about what you do. If you constantly work yourself to the bone you will never be able to sit back and enjoy what you’re actually achieving. We all know that being busy is cool these days, but you don’t have to be. Enjoy sipping your glass of wine in the evening and take full advantage of your days off. You deserve to have it all; you can be a boss lady and have harmony in all aspects of your life.
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