How do you grow a successful business without burning yourself out? This is the constant question that I get asked, typically on a daily or weekly basis. The answer is simple. I am horrible at balance. HORRIBLE in all caps! Your probably saying “well how in the world does that make you successful and not burn yourself out?”” Or how does that help me understand how I can run a business and not burn myself out.” Well that is just it… the key to being successful or at least my definition of successful is that I OWN IT!!! Own your crazy and own your struggle.
Now, I am not saying that in order to be a successful business owner you have to live off Monster energy drinks, work till midnight every night, or commit to not commit to anything personal (but yes I have done this all). What I am trying to get across is that everyone has their own struggle.
OWN YOURS AND FIND AN OUTLET.
Running. One simple word took me from an organized mess to a well rounded woman. I found running about 6 years ago and it changed who I was as not only a person but as a mom, an insurance agent, and a wife. It found me in a rough spot in my life and really brought me back to a positive place. Since then… I have made it my goal to conquer personal records, new distances, and ultimately to find the most stylish running gear on the market.
The down fall to running, if you know me at all is the fact that it takes time. As much as I would love to go out and win the Boston Marathon next year I simply don’t run a 4 minute mile. So if you are like me… having the time to commit to running tends to be the problem we are most faced with.
So how does something I am so passionate about get put on the back burner? Well it’s easy, reference above. I AM HORRIBLE WITH BALANCE. I tend to go big or go home. I put all my eggs in and go head first. Kind of like what I chose to do in my business. I go hard every day and do what’s right for my customers. I try to make sure I am available as much as possible and there are times I fail, but the idea to this is when they need me I will make sure I am there for them…always.
In essence (as Grey’s Anatomy so nicely puts it) I am their “PERSON“. So who is my person? So many times running has been that figurative person for me. With that said, it is also the easiest part to say… “Oh I will get to that later”. So how do I bring it from the back of the stove to the front? This was a question I can thank a friend of mine for helping me answer. You put it on your calendar.
Finding balance in my life is my constant struggle. I get it, I own, and I commit to working on it. So what is yours? I am not going to finish my blog out with some profound way of how I am going to continue to strive to be better or some other bogus statement. However, I am going to tell you that no matter how hard I try and no matter how successful my business is or will become I will never be perfect at balance.
I will always be a work in progress. I make mistakes. More than I probably should even admit to. I have to humble myself when life doesn’t go the way I thought it would or even had planned. But just like my life… I OWN THESE STRUGGLES. Everyday all day.
As an insurance agent my job is to do one thing, take care of my people. As a mom my job is again…to take care of my people. As a wife my job is to take care of my person. See where I am going with this? No one does this stuff gracefully… certainly not I. You might not have balance in your life, and you might not have it all together but at the end of the day… just focus on taking care of your people.
They will help you realize that balance is almost never possible and that in the end not doing things gracefully is ok. So for now I am going to continue to sip my energy drink (although I have chosen Spark instead of Monster these days), stay up working until 1 am, and basically not go to anyone’s personal events that I haven’t had in my calendar for 3 months (sorry about that in advance).
So don’t hate me… just bear with me as I work through my struggle and come to terms with the fact the my struggle is indeed very real.