As entrepreneurs, we tend to be focused and driven. Like so many of my clients, I often work too hard and become so outwardly-focused that I sometimes forget that self-care is critically important to the well-being, creativity, productivity, and overall success of a small business owner.
Why Entrepreneurship Is Dangerous
Let’s face it: if you’re an entrepreneur, you know that entrepreneurship can be addictive. The thrill of brainstorming, the excitement of creating and building something new and watching it grow…we love it! And what happens when you do what you love? You want to do it as much as possible, right? But we all need balance. Eat too much chocolate and you’ll gain weight. Work too many hours and the rest of your life will suffer.
The Importance of Self Care in Entrepreneurship
As the success of Business in Blue Jeans has grown over the years, I’ve increased more and more work time to my schedule to meet the increasing demands on my time, while still producing as much valuable content as I can to help entrepreneurs authentically grow their businesses. As a result, I’ve had to work hard to maintain balance across all the spheres of my life.
If you don’t pay close attention, time can get away from you and before you know it, you’re stressed out, overworked, and completely out of balance.
Why Being out of Balance Is Bad
When your life is out of balance, even if you’re achieving success in your work, you’re really only partly successful. Clients often come to me for help in getting back in balance, because they’ve spent so much time trying to grow their businesses that their health, their home, and their relationships have suffered. When you pay too much attention to any one sphere of your life, the other spheres get neglected. Neglect parts of your life and you won’t be living a whole life. Plus, because being out of balance usually comes with feeling like there are too many demands on your time and not enough “you” to go around, you’ll get even more stressed and freaked out.
If you’ve ever thrown a pot on a pottery wheel, then you know what happens when the pot gets out of balance, right?