Work/Life Balance

Your #1 Client

I spend a lot of time observing other businesses and business owners, always looking to pick up an idea or two that I can apply to my own business or teach my clients.  One of the things I’ve recently noticed is business owners who put everything and everyone ahead of themselves.  While I understand (and believe in) the servant leadership model, it doesn’t require us to stop caring for ourselves ahead of others, and in fact might even require us to take better care of ourselves. 

I started asking my clients who their #1 Client was, and across the board I got one of two answers, both wrong.

We Hold These Truths...

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Each year as we approach the celebration of Independence Day here in the United States, I set aside time to read the Declaration of Independence and reflect on what this document means to me. The impact of this document and the country created by it has resonated around the world for the past 243 years, giving those seeking opportunity a place to achieve greatness. For those of you who were brave enough to take a chance on your dream of starting a business, and who now reap the rewards that came with taking that risk, congratulations! My hope is that your business is providing you with the following: Life, Liberty, and Happiness. How would you rank yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 in each of those areas?

Are Your Business and Life Out of Alignment?

Many business owners get to the point in their business and their life where things just stop improving. They reach a comfortable level that many call a plateau, where things are good but not great, and the majority of their previous level of dissatisfaction is now eliminated. While this may sound like a nice place to be, it is also a dangerous place to be. Staying at this plateau can led to complacency, and when you least expect it, it slowly takes you right back where you were without you ever realizing it.

Don't Forget to Breathe

For many of us, this phrase is a reminder of that classic movie Karate Kid, and brings up images of Daniel-san painting the fence and waxing the car.  For me the images are more recent and personal, and I now add an addition to the end of the phrase – “and Live”.  Too many of us are living to work, living to be the best, to win the game, and we sometimes forget to look up and around and simply take a deep breath and enjoy life.