Entrepreneurship can be a rewarding and draining path to choose or both depending on the day! You probably came up with a great concept or product for your business, developed a business plan and came up with unique marketing techniques. You were so excited to get the word out because you just knew all of your friends and family would immediately be supportive, right? Well, I know it’s not that simple and at this point if you have launched your business you most likely do too. RELATED: Maintaining a Relationship with Your Partner While Being an Entrepreneur It’s not that your friends and family don’t care about your new venture. They care and support you just as they have done for years. A lot of the time they don’t understand the support that is needed from the outside to help your business really succeed. They didn’t get to watch Steve
In 2016 I’ll be celebrating my 6th year as an entrepreneur, and my 10th wedding anniversary. Recently, I’ve been interviewed multiple times about my experience as a business owner and I usually end up talking about my husband, partly because he recently joined the team, and partly because he’s the biggest reason I can do what I do. He’s really supportive of long nights and the other adjustments that come with being in a relationship with an entrepreneur. People have asked me how we make it work and I tell them, “I make our relationship a priority. We were a couple before I started this company, and we’ll be one long after.” The thing is, I understand that it’s easier said than done. When you’re starting a business, and even when you’re finally hitting your stride, it feels like there’s never enough time, money, or energy to make it work.
I love to think of comparison as the little voice inside my head that starts to tell me I am not good enough. That if I try to do better or try something new, I’ll just fail. So, why even try? Then, I join in on a self-pity party and start to tear myself down – a spiral that gets me in a dark corner of self-doubt and toxic thoughts. RELATED: Why Self-Doubt is Actually Necessary for Your Success It’s not a good place to be. Once you’re there, it’s difficult to come out. It takes work to rid yourself of toxic thoughts (it can take years and usually requires the help of others). What you think really does determine who you become. So, you need to catch it before it gets to that dark corner. Why does the dark corner of self-doubt happen? Here is a break down: We make
“Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. If you continue to act as if you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is change your mind. – Anonymous” As the quote above so elegantly illustrates: Our beliefs are the seeds from which the fruits of our life grow. And, relationships are no exception. If you are currently not having the relationships that you desire (whether romantic, professional, familial, or friendship) then the quickest way to change your relationships is by changing yourself. Why? Well, in short, because it is absolute insanity for us to expect that we can change others without changing
Will I have enough money? Is my brand image strong enough? What the heck do I include in a business plan? Am I capable of navigating social media? Will this idea connect with my target audience? We ask ourselves a lot of questions when we start a business… None of which include the likes of: Am I mentally strong enough to build this? What resources can I surround myself with to prepare for the hard days? How will this effect my life and who I am as a person? How will I maintain my authentic self as I embark on this chaotic journey? Imagine if these questions were considered just as much as the first set. I was bit by the entrepreneur bug early. My first business opportunity came to me as a senior in college and it fueled a fire in me unlike anything else had ever before. Screw going to med school,
Are you the couple whose Instagram looks like a Fodor’s guide because you go on incredibly fun dates together like canoeing on pristine lakes, ice fishing in the middle of nowhere, or rock climbing the actual Rockies? Congratulations, friend, you are living your best life! This, however, is a list of wonderfully simple date night ideas for the rest of us looking to have a good time. Not that there’s anything wrong with rock climbing, ice fishing, or even the usual drinks-and-dinner somewhere nice, but, variety, as they say, is the spice of life so why not try something new? You can always fall back on reservations at your favourite resto if these aren’t your cup of tea although I’m positive there’s something here for everyone! Let’s get to listing the date night ideas, shall we? 1. Go bowling Bowling might have been America’s favorite activity once upon a time
Who are you surrounding yourself with while on your quest for world domination? Too often we find ourselves so busy just landing clients and running the day-to-day of our growing empires that we don’t make time for others in our lives. It’s far too easy to get wrapped up in our own world and shut people out when we’re in the zone. It’s even easier to find ourselves in that zone when we’ve convinced ourselves that we are doing this business thing on our own – cue the effects of isolation and mental health deterioration. There’s compiling evidence that people who surround themselves in strong, personal relationships not on live longer, but also cope better with stress, and exhibit better overall health. There’s even one study that found doubling your group of friends (IRL people, not online) has the same effect on your wellbeing as a 50% increase in income! Not to mention, it can get
Humans are a peculiar species with so many different emotions that I think a new feeling is discovered everyday. Combine the two, emotions and relationships, and there are sometimes big problems on people’s hands. The funny thing is that, although relationships are not easy and take a bit of give and take, they are totally worth it. When you love someone you find purpose in your life. This Mindful Monday post goes out to youngin’s who are just starting to date and to the wise elders of this world. Someone once said, “Not one human being on this earth is pure and perfect. If we avoid or leave people for their little mistakes, we will always be alone”-Anon. So would it not be easier to judge less and love a whole lot more? Now there is another side to relationships that should be discussed more openly. I see too many