As a busy woman entrepreneur and business owner, you have a lot to juggle in both your business and in your personal life.
Of course, this is not to say that women in corporate do not have the same demands. They do so as well.
After experiencing the hectic demands of being in corporate in the course of my 20-year career and now as an entrepreneur, I have to say that there are definitely demands to both…just in a different way.
As an entrepreneur, the buck and every cent, and everything else starts and stops with you. That was a big realization for me.
Therefore, it is ever more important to stay focused and leverage your time in the best way possible so you can achieve your goals and dreams.
To do so, it’s critical to assess what you are saying “yes” to. This includes assessing these three key areas.
The first is assessing your business and personal relationships. The second is assessing your environment. The third is assessing your boundaries of what is permissible and what is not.
The act of assessing is also about de-cluttering and freeing up the energy in your life. And since we are nearing the end of the year, now is the perfect time for you to make space for this important action.
Here are some examples from my own experience in these three key areas, which can also help you.
Ask yourself and list what you are saying “Yes” to in the following areas. Keep in mind that the “yes” may not even be something you say. Rather it’s the actions you take.
1. Your relationships – de-cluttering in this area can be tricky and that’s why many people let relationships that are no longer fulfilling and no longer serving their growth to remain as part of the status quo. I’ve been there too, so I know that it takes courage to act and let that particular relationship (business or personal) sunset.
Are there relationships that are in your business and life at the moment that are draining your energy? Maybe it’s even your clients.
If so the best way to address this is to have a courageous conversation and to release them with love. Of course, you wish them well.
I have done exactly this. I have sunsetted business relationships, including with clients and personal relationships that were no longer aligned with my vision, my values and my boundaries (more on that in #3). And whenever I have done so, it feels like a heavy weight off my shoulders. Try it and see for yourself
2. Your environment – I cannot stress enough how important your environment is. This includes and is not limited to your physical environment.
Take a look at your office and home and ask yourself whether it reflects who you are as a million dollar business owner. If not, de-clutter. This includes your files physically and electronically. I make this a regular habit.
Another key area is to surround yourself in an optimal environment for wealth and success with other success-minded and success-oriented people who can take you higher.
I have found personally that when you are on a high-growth path with the intent of creating a business and life of prosperity, impact and success, you will definitely need support.
When you do surround yourself in an optimal environment you are saying “yes” to yourself and your success. This will positively affect your psychological and emotional environment from within as well as affect your spiritual connection to the Universe and Divine Source. Trust me on this.
3. Your boundaries – the topic of boundaries always fascinates me because whenever there is some type of conflict from within us or within a particular situation, it is likely something related to our boundaries. One of the best gifts that you can give yourself is to be crystal clear about your limits. When you are crystal clear and you honor them, then you have air tight boundaries and not “soft” boundaries.
This is interesting for women because we don’t want to hurt others’ feelings and we want to be liked and make others happy. The list goes on. The result is that many women will say yes to client, business and life requests and then secretly resent it.
If this sound familiar, take stock of what you are saying “yes” to that is not in alignment with honoring who you are and honoring your values and time
At the end of the day, saying “Yes” to something means that you are also saying “no” to another thing. And the “no” has to be a firm no and not a soft boundary no!
I finally learned this lesson after secret resentments. The lesson here is that situations and habits that are left unfinished will continue to come into your life through various people and events until you learn from them and move on.
I trust that his has served you!
Enjoy implementing these strategies and tips in your business and life. Then get ready to welcome a renewed sense of empowerment.