Many people believe that to achieve great work, they must focus single-mindedly on their goals, at the expense of their personal lives including family, health, or community engagement.
I have found when we harness our passion and power from the various parts of our lives and bring them together, we create a life of harmony, wholeness, and fulfillment bringing more happiness, love, and success into every area of our lives.
To win in business and build the life you want to live, you must be incredibly conscious of the choices you make. The ideal life you visualize serves as a compass to keep your choices oriented toward an end goal. When you recognize your individual choices shape your overall life, you start to hone in on what you truly want and eliminate distractions that pull you off course.
Use the following list to assess if you’re on track to win in business. Give yourself a “3” for each point you’re hitting, and a “1” if you feel you have work to do. For each of your low scores, identify the first action you can take to turn it into a business win.
PURSUE YOUR PASSIONS
When people work on what they love, they feel fulfilled and happy. When the journey gets tough, they tap into their power to continue the journey.
KNOW WHY YOU’RE IN BUSINESS
A passionate commitment to your business can make all the difference between success and failure. Don’t just look at profit and growth. Ask yourself: what is the impact you want to have through your business?
DO WHAT YOU LOVE
It’s important to feel motivated and inspired by your work. Without the drive to excel, your performance will lack passion, and in turn, your company may suffer.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Doing good is good for business. Not sure what you can do? It could be as simple as donating your expertise to an organization that can benefit from your knowledge.
DON’T GIVE UP
Ignore the nay-sayers and negativity. Learn from trial and error to get better. Remember, the struggle will make you stronger.
Make fun a priority. If you’re not enjoying yourself, how long will you keep doing something you don’t enjoy?
RESERVE “ME” TIME AND FAMILY TIME
Business can be hard, so spending time with loved ones and taking care of yourself physically and emotionally is a must. Rejuvenate and replenish your energy.
BUILD A TRUSTED NETWORK OF PEOPLE
You want to brainstorm, share vision and exchange ideas. Talking with other professionals will boost your creativity, provide perspective and help you get better at what you do.
Give it time. Dreams don’t get built overnight. The bigger the dream, the more time you need.
INVEST IN YOUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
This is often a missing piece for business owners. Work with a coach or mentor who will help and challenge you to climb to higher levels.
To win in business, the doing is not enough. First, you have to win in your mind!
By Bernadette McBurnie