In entrepreneurship, we often encounter a fixation on big goals and dramatic results.
"Get 1 million followers! … Build a 6-figure business!"
When that is the constant focus, two things happen:
To build a thriving authentic business requires multiple habits to be cultivated. If I had to name one habit that I would encourage everyone to start with, it would be to practice better sleep.
Surprising? Or maybe not, if you understand that better sleep is required to have the energy to plan strategically, to be creative, to set boundaries, and everything else that’s part of effectively managing your time and relationships.
In this article I’ll share with you what works for me to sleep better.
A client asked:
“George, how do you stay with such a regimented schedule… yet remain calm and joyful as you work?”
Every workday, I stick to a schedule, getting a lot done in an easeful manner, without undue strain. And yet, even with a full day of appointments and projects — whenever I meet with clients, they don’t feel like I’m in a hurry. I can still be my creative self with them.
It’s taken a lot of practice. Here’s the key:
Next time you earnestly pursue a project, yet still “fail” to get the hoped-for results, remember this: There is no failure, only redirection.
Even the lack of feedback is feedback. You’re getting the instruction from Life to try something else.
You are being redirected to another idea, another method, another experiment.
A higher purpose than “getting results” is your own learning, your inner growth in patience, lightheartedness, and courage.
One of the secrets to a joyfully productive life:
Learn to become sensitive — often — to your state of being, throughout the day.
And if you catch yourself in a less-than-optimal state, do your energy reboot practice, right away, to re-enter a good state.
A simple way to gauge your state of being is to ask:
“Right now, am I in green, yellow, or red?”
George Kao is a Marketing Coach for small business owners, especially solopreneurs such as Coaches and Mentors. He focuses on ethical & effective ways to grow one's platform and build true livelihood.
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