After finishing my meditation this morning, I opened my eyes and took a long look at my window. There’s a smoky haze that makes it feel like it’s the middle of winter and we’re enclosed in a deep fog. Except it’s August, the grass is still green and it’s already 79 degrees outside at 8:00 a.m.
I reach over and pick up my phone, instinctively opening Facebook. I scroll down and see a post from a dear friend, that her father has passed. He was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer just a few months ago and given just a week to live. He got extra life than anyone expected at the end, but his life was still much more abbreviated than originally planned.
I sent my friend a text message and then opened my email to find this: I Nearly Died Last Week. Here’s What I Learned.
This year has outdone itself with the constant reminders that life is short. It changes in an instance. Which is something we all inherently know, but forget pretty much every single day until we are jarred with by harsh reminders. The cancer diagnoses. The car accident that takes the life of a friend.
Suddenly we are face to face with our own mortality.
In these moments, life seems to clarify. All the things that seemed so necessary just a few days before, no longer seem all that compelling. The blog posts, the Facebook followers, the number of subscribers to your newsletter.
And yet, you still have a mortgage to pay. The vacation to the coast you want to take with your family. The half marathon in Budapest you are training for. Life calls. Clients call. There is still work to be done.
How do you balance the sacred with the necessary? Especially when you’re running a business. When your financial well-being is dependent on you.
There’s always more work to-do. But there isn’t always more time.
For me, it comes down to asking myself these three questions:
- Why am I building the business in the first place?
- Is the business supporting me?
- Am I consistently making the time to do things outside of my business that are important to me?
Building a business that is financially sustainable is often how are conditioned to define success. But remind yourself that building a life is equally important.
If you are a small business owner who’s wants more profit & more time in your business, join me for the first Time to Profit workshop – The Price is Right… Or is it?