How often do you work to the "nth" moment, and let up only after you feel utterly exhausted or time's run out on the day?
So many of us, in business, or as people keeping the family together, covering the mortgage or rent, ( our "monthly nut" ) spinning twelve plates in the air at once, end up burning out. As a longtime business owner and business advisor, I am convinced this is one of the core problems for entrepreneurs. A big problem. Many of us just don't know when to stop.
Do you know what the odds are of failure for most start ups? I believe one of the key reasons businesses fail if because of this all or nothing / work 'til you drop mentality. Sure, business Experience, timing, finances all influence the outcome for new ventures. Recall those nature programs where the pride of lions is just.... resting?! Most human hunter gatherers worked fewer hours in the day, as a norm, than we do. What gives?
Nature is smarter than this. Nature works in cycles of continual renewal.
HERE'S A NEW/ OLD PARADIGM DISTINCTION: This is about NOT HONORING masculine and feminine balance,or the yin/ yang aspect of life. Nature is smarter than this. Nature works. Our businesses and our lives work more fluidly, we become more resilient, healthy... more ALIVE when we follow natural clues: Signals from our body, from the children, asking us to play with them.
We really need to get this:
- Nature works, and we are nature!
- We can so much more easily feel refreshed by listening to our bodies, and sometimes instantly reset through listening to the sound of wind in trees.
- This is our essence and it is not difficult.
- We do need reminders.
- We do need to unlearn habitual toughness that makes us less sensitive to our real needs.
HERE'S A KEY STRATEGY FOR YOUR BUSINESS SUCCESS:
"Reset / Refresh... Renew." When you feel well, in balance, alert and alive, do you think your reflexes and your choices are quicker, clearer? There's no doubt.
Renewing, beginning fresh again, ideally happens MANY times a day. LOTS of mini-breaks are natural for our body-minds. It's how we are built as earth creatures.
This small thing, which I call "reset / refresh”, is a worthy practice for all business owners. Not working ourselves to a fried-state is important modeling for the young
around us. Prioritize LIFE- breathing, recreation, creative play. Smile, listen to the sounds of nature- give yourself a break. Cultivate any practice that lets you suddenly feel more alive... relax! This helps your business breathe LIFE.
The perfect grey squirrel just came for a drink from my bird bath... it makes me ask, have I gotten up since I saw her earlier today, have I refreshed myself with a drink of water and bit of scampering about, moving my body, being part of the living world? I haven't. This is a confession. Over an hour ago s/he came, and I told myself "It's time... “That’s my signal- small visitors. (I see the birds and squirrels approach through the window near my computer.) Here I still am. Here I go now... standing up.
Walk away for a time. Breath.
- How is this for you? Are you good at it?
- Does the Masculine/ feminine new paradigm connection resonate for you?
- How do you instantly reset, and what reminds you?
- Is there a great reminder could become a touchstone for you, or something to share? (Please post below.)
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*See my last blog post for a practice and reflection about the new day and the cycles of our days. Sunrise is in our cells all day long!