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The Other Side of Entrepreneurship: Personal and Professional Renewal

by lyn christian on August 2, 2010

One huge lesson I learned as a writer and developer at Franklin Covey Co. was something Stephen R. Covey said, “How many of us often find ourselves too busy driving to stop for gas?”

Have you ever felt that way in your work? When we are too busy to stop for gas we often find ourselves over stressing to eek our way on fumes until the next weekend or vacation. Other times we find our tank completely empty and we are stranded in an undesirable location unable to move.

As it is with gasoline and cars, so it is with energy and entrepreneurs.  We can and often do wear ourselves thin or completely empty.

So what is one to do?  Here are some basics that when practiced can help us pace ourselves over long and short periods of performance:

Every work-night (typically week days) turn the lights off and leave work behind at a specific time. One powerhouse I know has set the time as 7:00 p.m. At that point all phone calls go to a phone service and everything stops. He spends time with his family which includes sitting down and eating with them.  This practice helps you hit the ground running the next morning and able to keep a stronger stride all week.

At least three of four weekends a month stop working Friday night and don’t return until Monday morning. The only exception is to perhaps spend 15 minutes Sunday night making your weekly plans. This means cell phones and laptops can’t be used for work purposes. Leave it alone for two whole days. You’ll be amazed at how strong you can start a work week when this happens.

Take Vacations. Yes the word is plural so it means more than one a year.  Vacations qualify as such when phones, computers and work are out of place and irrelevant. You can have a couple three or four-day weekends as part of a vacation plan. However, the minimum break time is two weeks a year for strong entrepreneurs. That means you can split the weeks up or take them together for a jumbo vacation. As your success grows you’ll probably start ditching the extended weekend version of vacations and start taking four nice long breaks a year.

Mini-breaks scattered in your day. Finally there are such things as delightful little moments in the day when you allow yourself to eat lunch at a healthy chew and swallow rhythm. Or, perhaps you stop and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine for fifteen minutes with nothing more on your mind than how great it feels to sit still. If you do nothing more than begin to play with this option, you’ll have a good start.

There you have it. And there are two things I know for sure:

The power of renewal gets bigger and stronger, more fulfilling and profitable the longer you practice it.

Million dollar ideas can’t occur in a mind that’s in meltdown.

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Lyn Christian is the founder of SoulSalt, Inc., a coaching and coach training company.  She is passionate about the “free-agent” worker who wants to earn their living and live their lives by doing what inspires them.  Get more information by visiting www.soulsalt.com or contact Lyn directly through lyn@thecoachtoolkit.com.

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