When you start a small business, you are excited, eager to do well and have visions of success and earning lots of money. Other businesses can do it, so you set your targets high and off you go. Before you know it, you have got clients coming out of your ears, work opportunities all around you and you are working 7 days a week and longer hours than you would ever work for an employer!
Now whilst this might be sustainable for a while, if you don’t take a holiday which is planned and paid for, you might arrive at the holiday you provisionally booked in your diary and start thinking:
a) I can’t leave my clients, they might need me
b) Something might happen when I am away and who will sort it out?
c) I don’t have the money to go away, I have bills to pay. I will work a bit harder to allow me to go away in a couple of months time, and you spend the week working even harder to get more money in
If you are not looking after yourself, you will then develop a habit pattern within you of an ‘inability to relax’.
Morale of the Story: Go on holiday or at least take some days off which contain no work in them. If you don’t you will earn less in your business! If you need permission, I am giving it to you now. Thank me when you return from your holiday and when you are feeling fab and reenergised!!!
If you get tired and drained, your energy goes down and it starts to affect the quality of your work and the success you are having. Often entrepreneurs/business owners I work with have the belief ‘I can’t relax’ or ‘I must not relax’ which means they never really stop and their mind is on the go thinking about work the whole time. This is really bad for the body, as you are putting yourself under massive stress which will lead to problems with your health or will make current chronic health conditions worse.
Reasons for not relaxing and stopping
- You are worried that your business may fail if you can’t control everything
- You feel that by working harder, you will earn more money to pay the bills
- Your business is your life and if you stopped you would have to face other personal stuff, it is easier to keep going
- You feel so overwhelmed by having so much to do, you can’t see anything else apart from your work
The thing is, if you actually take the holiday and actually do ‘stop’, you will receive massive benefits for doing so. Not only will you be relaxed but you will be more creative, you will receive fresh ideas for your business and you will come back to work with a more positive picture of how to take your business forward and to set it in the right direction. You will also be able to meet your goals more easily.
Schedule your holidays now
By scheduling holidays in advance in your diary and paying a deposit for the holiday, means that you will have to find the money for the holiday and then it will actually happen. If you can find the money for website design, business cards, leaflets, networking, etc, then you can find it for a holiday! If you think you don’t have the money for a holiday, you are still living from scarcity in your thinking. If you are in debt, then just take a few days out and do something that is free like walking by the sea or visiting free museums. Whilst it is admirable that you want to ‘serve’ your clients, remember that you are just as important as they are and your happiness and health must always come first. I promise you, you will serve them even better if you put yourself first.
As Daniel Priestley says in his book the Key Person of Influence ‘the harder you work, the less you earn. The best ideas come out to play, not to work. Vitality requires you to be energised and joyful. Success isn’t about engaging in the struggle, its about getting into your flow.’
Your flow relates to your energy and your energy will only flow well if you are relaxed. Schedule your time off now – not just your holidays but actual days off too!!!
I’m giving you permission. Go and book a holiday in your diary now!
Want to learn more?
To learn more about how to be less stressed in your business and to change your attitude to money and the stresses in life, you may wish to use my Money Mindset workbook ‘How to manifest more money into your life’ or come on one of my money mindset workshops/courses. If you are in debt, don’t worry. One of the workshops is free! As a business mentor, coach and therapist, I’m happy to work with you on a 1-1 basis if you need some additional guidance or if you are feeling really stressed, take a therapeutic approach with you. Whatever works best for you. All information can be found at www.insightfulminds.co.uk or you can ring me on 07815 904848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org #money #moneymindsetworkshops #themoneyattractionangel