This past month we’ve been exploring the theme of fulfillment. The first post explored how fulfillment can be rooted in the passion of running your business. The second post talked about ways to find a sense of purpose outside of your business. Part three identified key areas of your life that may bring you more fulfillment. And finally, part four (today) will talk about how to feel fulfilled by creating more space or openness in your day.
As technology advances, it seems that our lives are getting busier. We feel pressure to be constantly connected and available at all times. We have thousands of online “friends” yet few meaningful connections. That mindset makes it hard to truly shut off at the end of the workday, let alone feel fulfilled. The go-go-go mentality is a recipe for burnout and leaves you with a feeling of emptiness. In an attempt to combat this rising concern, the UK appointed a Minister of Loneliness at the start of 2018.
While we don’t...
In the previous post, we explored ways to find a sense of purpose outside of your business. This week will look deeper into the different areas of your life that can round out your sense of fulfillment. We’ll look at family time, community contribution and having a sense of spirituality.
I love a phrase that I learned in nursing school that says, “family is who you say it is.” We all come from different family backgrounds. Some of us come from loving families who we love to spend time with. Some of us come from dysfunctional situations that we’ve completely separated ourselves from. And everything in between. Regardless of what your biological family looks like, you still have a family.
That’s the people who love and support you unconditionally. They may not be blood. They are your family. Some of your personal fulfillment may come from contributing value to your family. Helping to raise children. Taking care of aging parents. Or being a mentor to a...
Last weeks post introduced the concept of fulfillment and how it can be deeply rooted for any business owner. This week, I’ll discuss some of the other ways you can bring fulfillment into your life.
One area that’s often overlooked, is the ability to set a reasonable perspective. After all, your business is your baby, right? You’ve raised it up from nothing. You’ve poured your heart and soul into it and you want it to flourish.
When you’ve invested that amount of emotional capital it’s hard to let it go. A business failure feels like an attack on your personal character. It’s important to understand that your lifeblood is not your business. Easier said than done, right?
Despite having the right skills or ability for the job, there could be many other factors at play. The business could have been launched during a bad economy. Or a competitor could have launched at a similar time. You may have a great business but it’s too early or too...
The theme for this month is fulfillment. I’ll cover this topic over a series of four blog posts. We will explore the impact of fulfillment on our lives and how it relates to business. The first post will talk about how fulfillment can be rooted in the passion of running your business. But what happens if or when that’s all taken away from you? The second post will discuss some of the other ways you can bring fulfillment into your life. In part three, I’ll identify other areas that may bring you more fulfillment. And finally, part four will talk about how to feel fulfilled by creating more space or openness in your day.
Fulfillment ties into one of the topics in my book, Healthy By Choice. In the chapter on mental health, I talk about the 5p’s that are critical to good mental health. They are people, pleasure, purpose, pauses and positive self-talk. Those five factors apply to every single person. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman. If...
This is the last post in the five part series. We've been talking about how leadership interacts with health and wellness. We started talking about how to be a better leader of yourself and in your family. Then we expanded out to your workplace and your greater sphere of influence. If you've missed those posts, pop back and have a quick read before moving on.
This post is going to tie all those concepts together. We'll talk about the six ways that you can be a leader in your own health and wellness. I want you to be the best version of yourself and I'm here to help you do that.
To mix it up, lets work through that list backwards:
Think about who your trusted, go to resources are. People that you know you're always going to get good quality information from. I hope that I'm one of those trusted people for you. If I'm not that's ok. I hope that you do have other people that are your go to sources. If you don't have someone, go out and find a person to know, like...
This post is about your sphere of influence as a leader. In this five part series, we've been talking about how leadership interacts with health and wellness.
I've often get asked the question about how can I have a bigger sphere of influence. How can I affect greater change? How can I help more people be happier, healthier versions of themselves? You may be considering a career change or looking to influence change from your current career.
Start by looking at your sphere of influence. It may be extremely big. Or it may be extremely small. Within your current sphere, how many people do you currently have connections to?
Let's start on the small end of that spectrum. Perhaps you're a new entrepreneur or small business starting out. Your influence is quite small. You haven't developed a big email list yet. You don't have a lot of followers on Instagram or social media yet. It's easy to question how you can affect greater change when you have such a small piece of the pie. Especially...
If you want your team to be their best, you need to be ok with them putting their phones down. To not be constantly connected, or give instant replies all the time. When you teach your team to have down time and to be able to put their phones away, it's a more cohesive message. It's in alignment with prioritizing health and wellness.
Consider how that applies to other things in your work environment. What other aspects of your job are in alignment or in discord with supporting health and wellness? Go through your business. Look at all the different components you'll be able to break apart. Practices that are considered normal or accepted. Are they in alignment with supporting health? After identifying the sticking spots, you'll be able to put in place new strategies and tools to help your employees be happier and healthier.
There's lots of different areas that you can make changes to. Every company is different. What works for one business, may not work for another. Some business...
This post is about leadership in your family and how it connects to your own health and wellness. I know that it's challenging for you to put your own health and wellness first because you feel selfish. Let's apply the idea leadership to how you can be a leader in your own family. Becoming a stronger family leader doesn't mean that you have to do more things. In that context, you can probably take a step back and do less than you are doing right now.
So what does leadership within your family look like? How does it relate to your own health and wellness? The idea of leading by example, doesn't mean that you do it all yourself. If you're a parent, there's a good chance you're running around the house with a ton of things on the go all the time.
At some point in your children's life, you want them to grow up and leave the nest. Part of that process is to equip them with the skills, tools and abilities for life. When they do leave, they'll be successful. It's the same as your exit...
There’s lots of information about how to be a leader of an organization or a group or in the bigger circles outside of yourself. There isn’t as much research about how to be a leader of yourself. Most of what I talk about is health and wellness, but leadership ties into this space really well. If you can’t be a leader of yourself how can you expect to lead by example for others? Or to be a more successful or productive leader within all of the other aspects of your life?
I’ll leave the leadership talks to the leadership experts in terms of how you run organizations. That’s a whole other ballgame. How you lead through yourself is definitely in my wheelhouse.
When we think about leadership, let's go back to the blog post from last week that talked about stoicism. If you haven’t heard about Marcus Aurelius’, the idea of Stoicism focuses on the contrast between our vices and our virtues. It’s the constant put between them. The idea of...
In this series, we've focused on how to be more successful in following through with your goals by knowing your why. The big motivating force to base your goals on. Then we deconstructed the steps you need to turn your big pie in the sky goals into small manageable mouse-sized goals.
This post will focus on even smaller pieces of the goal process. The stuff that happens during your day. The details that change on an hour to hour or minute to minute basis.
There's a philosophy of stoicism that teaches that virtue is the highest good. The readings and meditations by Marcus Aurelius are quickly becoming a Marie Kondo sized movement. By focusing each day on an intention - you'll have a starting point to focus on higher virtues and let the small stuff in life go.
Stoicism goes deeper than that. It's not just about picking a daily intention to help you to be a better person. It's about striving to live your life in the highest honor. Stoics believed that everything...
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