Entrepreneurs make investment decisions almost daily. You decide whether to spend limited money and time for projects, capital equipment, additional staff, inventory, brand marketing, professional services, employee development and training, and computer systems, etc. But the best investment you can make for the health of your business is in your own personal vitality. Long hours and stressful situations are standard fare but that doesn’t mean you can’t be energized and inspired. YOU are the soul of your business and it takes energy to build a strong business. Investing in your self-care pays dividends in greater reserves of energy required to build your business.
Invest in yourself. You are the soul of your business so it’s essential to “pay yourself first.” If you are lacking physical, emotional, or mental well-being, it will reflect on your bottom line. Taking care of yourself by following a wellness program combining eating right and exercise will improve every area of your life and generate energy needed to build a business. Commit to ongoing learning. Online classes and webinars are available on any topic and price point so there’s no excuse for not investing in your professional development.
Invest in relationships. Entrepreneurs profit from developing relationships with other business owners, coaches, and communities. You may be independent by nature but the ability to call on an advisor, coach, and colleague or mastermind team member in the midst of an issue is a priceless investment.
Invest in your legacy now. Don’t just make giving a line item in your will or your balance sheet – get out there and find a way to get active. Volunteer as a mentor or support local community fundraisers – there are countless ways to get involved. Giving is good for the soul and the positive feelings it generates in you reflect back to your employees, your customers, and your community.
Small Steps to Better Than Ever Business…
Investing in your personal well-being, nurturing power partnerships, and creating a legacy now will generate inspiration and vitality that powers your life and business with immediate momentum.
Choose one area you think will give your psyche the biggest lift. Start an exercise program. Sign up for an online class. Call a local college and volunteer to mentor students. Start a mastermind team. Volunteer for your community 5K. Can you find a way to combine all of the above? Repeat tomorrow and everyday thereafter and soon you’ll feel the dividends in your personal life and your bottom line.