Pascal Bachmann, founder and CEO of Strategy Achievers.
The right strategy and plan are crucial for any business’s success. Many business leaders lay out these strategies and follow them to the letter: for example, well-laid-out business plans, key performance indicators (KPIs) and goals for different milestones, among others.
Once they achieve these, they label themselves as strategy achievers but forget they also need a plan for their personal life, which, if ignored, can lead to other problems—stress, an unhealthy lifestyle, disastrous relationships and more. On the one hand, they are financially stable, while on the other, their personal life is in chaos. If they continue down this path, how can they enjoy the wealth they create?
So, how do you find the perfect harmony between your personal and business life?
Here are strategies to achieve harmony in your business and life.
To be a real strategy achiever, you must prioritize your personal life as you do your business. Remember, life is not just about business; business is just part of your life, like other aspects, such as relationships, health and hobbies. Being a business leader does not necessarily mean that you have to dedicate everything to your business. You should make time for your personal life as well.
You can have harmony between your life and business by implementing strategies for these areas of your life.
Have a vision for your life.
Know what you want in life. What is your goal? Is it to become rich or wealthy? If so, how wealthy do you want to become, and what would you do with the money you make? What type of relationships do you want? Where do you want your health to be? The vision for your business should not be independent of your life’s vision. It should align with your values and identity so you don’t lose who you are. This will help ensure that you find fulfillment in your pursuit of business success.
Food is fuel for the body. The right diet will provide you with the adequate amount of sustenance you need and give you the energy to perform your tasks. As a result, you could become healthier and stay in good shape, not just physically but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In essence, health is a significant factor in ensuring harmony between your life and your business.
Find the diet that fits your body’s needs, one that provides you with the essential nutrients that will allow you to perform optimally. If you have unhealthy eating habits, try to learn how to acknowledge them and, in turn, change them. What good is having a successful business if you have compromised health?
Relax and slow down.
Running a business, especially a new one, requires a lot of effort. While trying to get quick results and achieve more, you might overwork yourself, neglecting much-needed rest for recovery. Without the right plan, it is easy not to know when to stop. However, in time, this will have a negative effect on your body.
First, you risk your mental and physical health, which can lead to lesser productivity and, in the long run, fatigue-related stress.
Make time to simply relax. Step back and take a breather. This ensures you have enough energy to take the long-term journey. Include a cooldown plan in your daily program and ensure you get enough regular sleep. This will help heal what needs to be healed and rejuvenate your body. You can also adjust your schedule if you need to slow down when you get tired. Sometimes doing less, like concentrating on a single task at a time, might yield better results than being all over the place trying to do it all at once.
Maintain personal relationships.
Make time for personal relationships. As social beings, we thrive on having connections and interactions with others, especially with our loved ones. Set time boundaries between your work and personal life to avoid burnout. It is essential to maintain harmonious relationships with the people around you because, as John Donne said, “No man is an island.” People matter, so don’t compromise your relationships just to accomplish an extra task on your to-do list.
Have fun and make time for your hobbies.
All work and no play made Jack a dull boy. Don’t be Jack. You will have a more fulfilled and impactful life when you regularly do the things that bring you happiness—things that make you feel more alive. Pull out that puzzle you kept in your cabinet and finish it with your friends or family. Go out for a few drinks on a Friday to loosen up a bit. Grab a cup of coffee at that new cafe in your neighborhood. Whatever it is, don’t sacrifice time for fun and hobbies because, otherwise, you’ll be living the life of a robot programmed to work repeatedly.
Have the right end goal.
Starting a business should not be the end of your life. In fact, your business should complement your lifestyle. While you work to make it stable, it should support your visions and values instead of enslaving you.
If you take the time to lay out strategies for all areas of your life, your life will be full of positive energy. As a result, you will become a better business leader spreading positivity, providing value to others and making an impact on society.
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