The Importance of Finding Balance in Life & Business: How You Can Show Up for Both
Life, business, and everything in between is the topic today! In today’s post, I’m talking about showing up for your business when life is going on. Life can be beautiful, amazing, crazy, hard – the full range of emotions. And when things get tough, showing up for your business can be super tough. That’s what I really want to touch on today.
Many of the individuals I coach noted that one of the things they’re most proud of themselves for when looking back on 2021 is their resilience. It’s not always easy to push through when things are hard and to continue believing in yourself, but doing so takes perseverance and spurs growth.
Share What You’re Comfortable With
The truth is that life is always going to happen. But regardless of anything else, life is going to happen. You can’t plan everything! When it comes down to it, it’s downright hard to show up in your DMs or do an Instagram Live or do an interview and there are other things going on that are draining.
But one thing I want to make clear is that you don’t owe anyone an explanation of what’s going on in your life. Even if you consider yourself a personal brand and share things about your life, you don’t need to share private details or anything you don’t feel comfortable sharing.
Compartmentalizing My Business and Personal Life
Through hard times in my life – like my separation with my husband – I found I was still able to show up and be present for my clients. One thing that made this possible for me was my ability to separate work and my personal life. I know this can be really hard for entrepreneurs because we’re so invested in our work and all in.
But one thing I’ve done that is helpful is that I have begun treating my job like a nine to five. I’m not super strict on it, but I don’t want to let my business bleed into every aspect of my life. I want to have something that defines me besides my business and my work.
While my business is a part of me, it’s important to me to work on figuring out who I am at my core. I encourage you to do this too and to think about how you can compartmentalize with work to allow yourself to be very present regardless of what else may be going on in your personal life.
Listen, I know that it’s easier said than done! But it takes consciousness, intentional action, and practice. Things like meditation and journaling also helped me with this and are other great habits to start.
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Putting Intentions Into Perspective
Another thing that really helps me show up for every client is putting into perspective before a call what the intention is for that meeting, who the client is, and how I can make them feel heard and seen.
Also, remember that the beauty of having your own business is that YOU get to call the shots and figure out what you need and then work around that. It’s important to trust yourself and to allow yourself space when needed and – if you need to take off from work – make that happen!
None of this will be a perfect science. Remember that! But getting rid of distractions, silencing notifications, setting the mood for what makes you most productive, and getting into your zone will really help you separate from everything else in your life as you gear up to work.
Practicing Being Present Makes Perfect: The Bottom Line
The reason people stress out a lot of times is that they’re thinking about the future or they’re thinking about the past. So try to just be in the present.
You’re not alone if you look back on your 2021 or even examine what your life is right now and think you had or have so much going on. Even though it’s easy to see the highlight reels of others, know that everyone has their own stuff.
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