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Work Life Balance

Three Fundamentals of Work-Life Balance …

Many an author has penned an article about work-life balance. Yet, this oft-mysterious foundation remains an elusive goal for most of us. Nonetheless, if you are able to achieve that proper mix between career/business and your spiritual/social/personal side, you will achieve better success in your work and so much more satisfaction in your life.   The problem with creating the right blend of work and life was a common one for me. For the first 16 years of my life, that perfectionism was drilled into my brain in everything I did – whether work-related, school, or chores; actually, especially chores. The task wasn’t done until it was done to perfection. I struggled to be this superwoman for 40+ years before I realized how deeply ingrained this was within the very fabric of my being.   I needed to understand that there is a difference between delivering excellence in what you do…

Moments that Count …

To an outsider, owning your own business can seem like a dream. You can set your own hours. You don’t have a boss to whom you must answer. You have unlimited abilities to earn income, to provide a better way of life for yourself and for your family. Furthermore, you don’t have fears over losing a job, being transferred halfway across the country, or working endless hours for what appears to be limited rewards.   Indeed, many seek to start a company, purchase a going concern, or enter into a joint venture, to gain access to the entrepreneurial life. Yet, even in those businesses where the proprietor ought to know better — coaching, counseling, medical practices, even ministry — the entrepreneurial life provides challenges to the elusive balance between work and family.   Nonetheless, having a strong, solid family life is a key to a successful business foray. Many an…

Take a Break …

Summer holiday season is upon us. This is traditionally when singles, couples and families take some time off, a break from work, for a little rest and relaxation. Yet entrepreneurs, even coaches (who should know better) are loath to get away. The common reason offered is that when the entrepreneur is absent, revenues cease but expenses keep cranking away. Contrast this with a typical job. You may get a vacation for which your employer pays you. Moreover, your expenses or “overhead” diminish during time off, as you may save on commuting costs, lunches out during the week, childcare, or other expenses related to work.   Nonetheless, taking time away from your office and from your clients has much to offer. Even short stints avoiding the pressures of the practice or the worries of the work benefit you. You may find yourself refreshed, rejuvenated, and reenergized.   When you refresh your…