Ways to Love Yourself in Business
Wherever you are in your entrepreneurial journey, there is nothing more powerful for your business than your own self-belief. No amount of time, money or careful planning can match up to the strength of valuing yourself highly and believing you will achieve all you wish for. Yet, it's in the early days in your business (when more hours in the day and more cash in the bank feel like the Holy Grail) that a high level of self-confidence is most crucial. Loving yourself in business enables you to pick yourself up from your failures, push yourself past your fears, and keep your emotional and physical well-being in check, too.
Here are four ways to respect and love yourself in business:
Design in alignment – Recognize why you ventured into business in the first place, and allow yourself the luxury of designing your business in complete alignment with your vision for the future. Building a business takes dedication and focus. Why work so hard if you are not reaping the rewards that you truly wish for?
Designing your business in alignment with who you are and what your future means to you includes serving clients you are passionate about, creating products and services that get you excited, setting a schedule that allows flexibility and freedom, and pricing and packaging what you offer to match your income goals.
Set clear boundaries – Setting boundaries can feel like a distrusting and unnecessary requirement for many entrepreneurs. You approach your clients with respect and kindness, so how does putting rules of interaction in place fit in with that?
By putting clear boundaries in place with your clients (whether it's for payment terms and times, appointment cancellations or the hours in which they can email you), you allow both parties the freedom to get straight to the job at hand. Everyone knows where he or she stands, and neither you nor your clients are left worrying about how to meet expectations.
Take time out – It's easy to get wrapped up in the idea that to build a business and reach your goals, you need to be working hard 24/7. In reality, when you don't allow yourself down time to unwind, refresh and enjoy life to the fullest, you are constantly working from a place of desperation, exhaustion and lower productivity.
Respect the needs of your body and mind by allowing yourself rest or fun whenever you need to re-energize. Bring yourself back to a place of positivity.
Get support – Reaching out to get support where needed is a vital step in demonstrating a high level of self-love in business. Nobody can do everything. You can't be expected to be an expert in all areas of your business—and even if you feel you are, it's nearly impossible to make every decision without some external input. Whether you reach out to a fellow entrepreneur, invest in coaching or hire a virtual assistant, taking the pressure off will allow you space to keep pushing your business forward with confidence and enjoyment.