Small Business Articles from Make-it-Fly®
in Your Number One Asset
By Victoria Munro
Entrepreneurs are famous for working
long hours, often sacrificing time with family or time
to take care of themselves. The thrill of getting a
dream business off the ground and growing it into a
profitable enterprise can be addictive. But in the process,
small business owners often fail to take good care of
the business’s number one asset: themselves.
A healthy, rested, energetic you will accomplish more
in less time. If you’re in top shape, you’ll
be better able to take care of your clients and your
business. So resolve this year to take excellent care
business’s most valuable resource. What you invest
in yourself will yield a great return.
Ten Easy Self Care Tips:
to regular exercise. Studies show that exercise
reduces fatigue and benefits your brain as well
as your body. Go for walks in the park, play a game
of racquetball, swim laps or spend a day on the
slopes—whatever works well for you.
a healthy diet. Enjoy balanced, wholesome
meals eaten slowly in a relaxed setting, rather
than while driving in traffic, standing in the kitchen
or sitting hunched over a computer.
ample rest and sleep. Staying up late will
gain you more work hours, but you’ll suffer
from reduced productivity and be more susceptible
to illness. Stopping work to slow down and unwind
before bedtime can result in quality sleep.
time off. Take mini vacations—long
weekends away, days or afternoons off—just
to relax and have fun. Write them on the calendar
now. Carve out “me” time to just be—to
think, journal, play or just daydream. Include time
for spiritual activities too.
time to nurture the special relationships in your
life. Go out on a date, enjoy a cup of coffee
with a friend, write a note to someone telling him
or her how much you care, call a friend you haven’t
talked to in a while.
Positive. Take an Inventory of Your Thoughts
and Feelings. How’s your self-talk? Is what
you’re telling yourself kind and uplifting?
and celebrate your accomplishments and the
good things in your life. Think about and make a
list of everything you are grateful for.
go of negative feelings and any unforgiveness.
Remember, problems are opportunities in disguise.
your vision often. Spend some time looking
at where you want to be. Put up a picture of what
it will look like. Review and maybe amend your life
a coach or join an Advisory
Board to get the support, encouragement,
honest feedback and fresh perspectives we all need.
In addition, find ways
to inject fun and laughter into everyday life.
Resolve to invest wisely in your number one asset this
year, take good care of yourself,
and you’ll be well rewarded with an excellent
© 2005-2008 Victoria Munro.
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About the Author: Victoria Munro is
co-founder (along with husband Dave Block) of Make-it-Fly®
LLC, a company dedicated to creating success for
small-business owners through creatively designed programs
and tools. Victoria has started and run nine different
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