Balance Is Not a Four-Letter Word

What does the word “balance” mean to you? Balance can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. I’ve noticed that many people stonesthink that life balance isn’t possible, or even desirable, because they are hung up on the word “balance.” Some folks think that balance means dividing up your time equally between work and home. I don’t know about you, but that does not sound appealing to me at all.

If you’re a left-brain, math-type, maybe you think of life balance the same way you think of balancing your check book.  Again, not much fun to me.  I guess I have a more right-brained, creative view of balance.   To me, balance is about finding your perfect mix or flow.  It’s like plant fertilizer.  If you want your orchid to grow and blossom, you have to find the right fertilizer mix for that particular plant. Orchids need the right balance, of soil, water, and sunlight to really thrive.

Work life balance is not about equalizing everything–it’s about creating harmony between your business and your personal life. 

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Maybe You Should Keep Your Day Job

Over the last year I’ve seen several women entrepreneurs quit their full-time jobs in order to work on their businesses full-time.  Some of themLetter of Resignation had great success while others really struggled and ended up burning themselves out, put their businesses on hold, and headed back to a j.o.b.

The main difference that I noticed between the two groups was a lack of planning on the part of the entrepreneurs who struggled. The one’s who dove in head-first without checking out the water had a rude awakening when they hit bottom. The biggest challenge they had was that they had quit their jobs prematurely. One day, they just decided that it was finally time to grow their own business so they gave their 2 weeks’ notice and quit their job.

I know you have heard phrases like, “start before you’re ready” or “take the first step and the next step will appear,” well you also need to look both ways before crossing the street. There is a big difference between taking a risk and being reckless. A little planning and forethought goes a long way.

Here are the top 5 things you should do before you quit your day job:

1) Know how you are going to pay the bills.

Many of the successful entrepreneurs you see today were working at some type of job when they first started out in their business.  Sure, some of them were homeless and living out of their car or sleeping on their best friend’s couch, but is that really what you want for yourself? Their struggle doesn’t have to be your struggle. Not everyone thrives under desperation.

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Are You Flying by the Seat of Your Pants?

Are you using the “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” approach to running your business? Many women entrepreneurs are. Generally speaking, Profile of a Flying Attractive Womanwomen tend to be very intuitive and trust their instincts to guide them along the right path. This is actually a fabulous gift in most situations. If you have this gift, consider yourself blessed and cultivate it as much as possible. However, if you feel like you’re lost when it comes to steering your business down the road to success, hear me out.

Many women business owners are working very hard, spinning their wheels in the ditch alongside the road to success because they don’t have a planned course of action. As you can imagine, this can be very costly in terms of time, money, energy, and frustration.

So how do you avoid the wheel spinning?

Here are 4 tips to keep you firmly grounded on the path to growing your business:

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GIFTS for Achieving Sure Fire Success

With the giving season right around the corner, I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about GIFTS again. This is the
perfect time to remember that you have all the GIFTS you need to succeed in business (and life)–you just need to use them
. Hands and Gifts

Most people would agree that it’s a shame to get a really cool gift and then never seize the opportunity to use it to its fullest potential. Well now is the time to start focusing on the invaluable GIFTS that you have that will ensure your business success.

Allow me to explain. You see, there are certain things that you need to focus on, and build your business and life around, in order to achieve a high level of success and satisfaction. I call these things your “GIFTS” and they truly are gifts.

Let me define them for you:

“G” is for Genius. Think of “genius” as your creativity, your brilliance, your expertise, and your uniqueness. It’s your ability to problem solve and think things that no one else is thinking. It’s what makes you you. It’s what sets you apart from the crowd and makes you stand out. Genius is your extraordinary intellectual and creative power. Your genius contributes to all of the other GIFTS in your bag.

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3 Signs Your Business is Not Really a Business

Is your business really a business?  Seems like an odd question, doesn’t it?  Well, I’ve realized over the years that many solo entrepreneurs actually don’t haveSmall business owner holding up Open sign businesses.  Sure they’re offering their services in exchange for money, but they don’t really own a business.

You see, a business typically runs systematically and continuously no matter what.  There are systems, processes, policies, procedures, and support people to ensure that things run smoothly.

With solo entrepreneurs, especially service-based entrepreneurs, life often gets in the way of things running smoothly on a consistent basis.  Income generation (and often everything else) depends on the “business owner” so when the business owner is out of the office, sick, on vacation, etc. the business is practically shut down.  This isn’t the way to run a real rock-solid business.

Many entrepreneurs think that they’re business owners, when they are really freelancers, practitioners, or hobbyists.

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