Business Burnout! Look for these Signs…

Business Burnout is a very real problem, especially for solo-preneurs. Even though partnerships can have their ups and downs, at least you have someone to handle some of the stress and responsibility. Solo-preneurs are by themselves and feel the entire weight of their success on their lone shoulders. This large responsibility often leads these business owners to work 14+ hour days and lose track of what’s happening at home with their families. But is focusing so much attention on your business a wise decision?

No, not if you want to achieve a work/life balance that makes you and your family happy. Even if you’re single, making time for self-care and relaxation will improve your overall health and mental wellbeing. Let’s talk about the 5 signs to look for that indicate you might be headed toward a burnout.

  1. Insomnia. If your brain can’t shut down because you’re consumed with work, your sleep pattern will get disrupted, leaving you overtired, lacking energy, and lacking the mental energy to make wise business decisions.
  2. Procrastination. Do you cringe at the length of your daily to-do list? Did these tasks once excite you but now they make you want to crawl under a rock? Procrastination leads to missed deadlines and opportunities to promote your business.
  3. Tired or Fatigued. The human body is only capable of handling so much stress on limited sleep. Certainly, you’ve heard the phrase “burning the candle at both ends”? That’s what happens when you work yourself to the bone and don’t give your body and brain enough time to recover before starting another high-stress day.

At some point your body will want to give up, causing severe fatigue and other possible illnesses that will keep you out of your business.

  1. Changes in appetite. For some people, stress causes them to overeat; for others, stress reduces their appetites. Neither extreme is good for your body. For optimal health and mental clarity, take lunch breaks away from the desk and choose natural, healthy food choices instead of fast food items.
  2. Anxiety. High stress causes anxiety, which can cause crippling fear or other physical symptoms. Keep in mind: there’s a big difference between the anxiety you feel when stepping out of your comfort zone versus stress-induced anxiety that doesn’t seem to go away.

Think about this: as a solopreneur, if you are not physically able to run your business, what happens to it? Chances are, you’d have to close your doors and any streams of income you currently have will disappear. And, we don’t want that to happen!

Take care of your whole body, mind, and spirit. Take quiet time to relax. Get outdoors and breathe in some fresh air. Unplug for a whole weekend and live in the moment with your family. Reconnect with old friends. Start a hobby.

I discovered amazing changes in my own business and my mindset, once I started taking care of myself and living my life for me, not just my business.

I have lots of ideas for your Self-care and how to streamline your business. Join me every day this week, October 8-12 at 3 pm ET for the Facebook Live-inar in the Be Boldly Brilliant Facebook group.

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There are so many choices for Self-Care. Let’s share them. Join the 5 Day Self-Care Challenge! Post a text, an image, a video or a Facebook Live of your Self-Care for the day. Post each day and be in the random drawing for a $20. Amazon gift card.

Do you know friends who need some TLC and Self-Care? Invite them to join us in the Challenge. https://Facebook.com/groups/BeBoldlyBrilliant

 

Do YOU emotionally over eat? STOP getting FAT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do YOU emotionally over eat? Emotional overeating is when we use food (usually high fat, sugary, comfort foods) to stop uncomfortable feelings such as anger, fear, stress, sadness or loneliness. We turn to food for comfort not sustenance. To avoid negative emotions, we overeat. Researchers estimate 75% of overeating is due to emotions we don’t want to feel.

Emotional overeating can cause obesity and lead to a food addiction. Learning to solve problems and how to feel emotions and release them is key to prevent emotional overeating.

We need to find ways to experience feeling good, to feel less stress besides eating. Thankfully, there are many ways to do this.

Tips to stop emotional eating:

  1. Reduce the stress in your life.
  2. Be Conscious. What am I feeling? What am I truly feeling? Boredom, anger, lonely, etc.
  3. Meditate.
  4. Take a physical movement class (ZENgevity, Yoga, Zumba, Step, Tai Chi).
  5. Talk to a friend.
  6. Read a good book, look at a magazine.
  7. Play music. Dance around the house.
  8. Write a blog post.
  9. Keep a diary for your feelings.
  10. Create a Visual Journal for your feelings.
  11. Play a game with a friend or online.
  12. Take a walk or run.
  13. Do some housework.
  14. Paint a picture.
  15. Go out to the movies.

Lots of ways to distract ourselves from emotional eating. Next time we talk about ways to stop emotional eating with our food choices.

Share with us on the Be Boldly Brilliant Facebook page what works for you. How do you stop emotional overeating?

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Stand Up! Stand Out! Find Your Voice!

What is your true voice? Do you have a burning passion? Do you have a message to share?

We ALL have a message to share. Some share it powerfully and profitably. Some will never share their message.

Fear, frustration or self-doubt can silence our message.

Let me share the ABCs of finding your true voice and sharing your message, using the whole self approach, your body, mind and soul.

Your voice is unique. It has a sound quality that is all your own, like a fingerprint. We have many thoughts and judgments about the physical sound our voice speaks. We need to find our strong, vital and lively voice tone (body) to be successful. Our voice is our power. Our voice expresses our thoughts, feelings and intentions (mind). Our voice shares our mission, our purpose in life and our experiences. The “Who” we are (soul). Discover your true voice.

Step A: Awareness. Ask yourself the tough questions.

Who am I, truly? What am I here for? What are my dreams, hopes and ambitions?

What have I done in my life that I am most proud of? What is the one thing that is most special about me? What is my message? Write out all of the answers. Take your time with this. If you feel too confused, ask for help (coach, counselor, friend).

The first step is to understand ourselves, become more aware and become conscious of our beliefs about who we are. You Find Your Voice. If we don’t know who we truly are, we will not attract people to our mission, our purpose or to our cause.

Step B: Belief System. Do you truly believe?

You now know who you truly are. You know what you believe. This step is to claim it. We may think and know our purpose, dreams and intentions, but do we really believe it? Do we have any doubt or fear? We can have a meaningful message, yet be too afraid to share it. Do you see yourself as someone who has something important to say? Is what you say valuable, purposeful and meaningful to you, to others? What you say becomes what you Stand Up for. You stand for your purpose, what you want out of life. Do you believe with your whole self? Mind, body and soul? 

Step C: Connection.

Next step, is to Stand Out. You know who you are, you fully and completely believe in your  message and now you need to put your mission into action. We claimed it with our belief, now we make it our own, make it real. How do you share your mission and make it real? By bringing others into your cause. Connecting with others by sharing your message, saying what you believe in and taking action will bring you success. When we find our voice and use it to speak our truth, to create our dreams and set our intentions into motion, we change the world.

This is the first 3 steps to our birthright. To complete our mission here on Earth. To find the courage and clarity we need to change this world. There is so much more to sharing our message, the practical as well as the magical. Let me share more with you, as we change the world. Join the Boldly Brilliant Facebook group (it’s free) at http://facebook.com/groups/beboldlybrilliant

You take your life into your own hands, and what happens- A terrible thing- no one to blame.Erica Jong

7 Super Smart Ways to Survive Perfectionism.

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Being a perfectionist stops your success.

In our competitive society, everyone wants to get ahead. Be the best, win the Super Bowl, score a perfect 10 and get that promotion are just a few ways we hear about perfection. How often have you heard “practice makes perfect?” There is an underlying belief that perfection can and should be obtained. And, society rewards perfectionists.

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The big problem is perfectionism causes anxiety disorders, depression and people can suffer health problems. Often, perfectionists feel self-critical, judge others disparagingly and never feel good enough about themselves (I got an A, not an A+). Perfectionists are plagued by guilt, shame and are often procrastinators (fear doing anything, less they are judged less than perfect). You can learn how to achieve excellence, achieve your goals without the perfectionism.

If you feel you work too hard, work too much and people have called you a workaholic, you might be a perfectionist. Are you a people pleaser? Do you have a hard time opening up to people? Do you take everything personally? If you suffer even one of these symptoms of perfectionism, this is what you can do about it.

1. Strive for excellence and progress, not perfection. It’s absolutely fabulous to want to reach our goals and dream big. Always strive to reach your highest potential. Do YOUR best is YOUR best, not some ideal of perfection! You won’t fall short if you make a few mistakes.

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2. Be aware of your time. Spending way too much time on a project suggests you’ve fallen into perfection mode.

3. If your thoughts turn critical, take a deep breath, stop work and relax for 10 minutes. Take a walk, watch a motivating Youtube video or call a friend. I invite you to create a “Wonderful ME” list. Write down all your strengths. Add in any client testimonials praising your work. If you hear that self-critical voice, take out your list and read it!

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4. If you have chronic anxiety, depression or you feel inadequate, talk to your doctor, seek out a therapist, get help and support!

5. Accept your mistakes and learn from your mistakes. Nobody is perfect, NOBODY! Better yet, make mistakes and see that it is not the end of the world. Throw in some misspellings “ni yuor blag”, you won’t die from it. Really!

6. Delegate. Stop overworking. End the overwhelm. Get help. Trust the people you hire to help you and DELEGATE.

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7. Show respect for yourself. Practice self-care. Celebrate and reward yourself when a mission is accomplished.

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Remember, perfectionists usually suffer from procrastination, lower productivity and poorer health. This need to prove yourself is what stunts your growth. Perfectionism comes from the past. Our schools, our society create fierce competition. Demanding, perfectionistic parents, teachers, sports coaches may all lead to that voice that says you’re not good enough. The authoritative voices of the past may have punished you (verbally, physically and mentally), if you failed. That was bad enough. You don’t have to beat yourself up with blame, shame or unrealistic ideals.

If you want more success, stop chasing the perfection dream and be YOU!

You ARE good enough.

Join our community of recovering perfectionists at http://facebook.com/groups/BeBoldlyBrilliant

Be Bold, Be Brilliant…not perfect.

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3 Small Smart Steps to Attract Clients!

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Attracting clients is what keeps us in business. Without people to serve, we have no business. Many of my own clients who are new to business get overwhelmed with all they need to do to start a business. Often, they rush back and forth from one new marketing idea to another. They are busy, busy, busy and yet have no clients. I encourage them to take these 3 Small Smart Steps to attract their clients.

Step 1   ASK for help.

Begin, by asking for help. From everyone you know. Send out a message (both by email and a written letter) to everyone announcing your business and ask for their help and advice with referrals. Everyone likes to help and offer advice. It’s a good thing. You are NOT pestering them.

One letter is great. Be in touch with them monthly, is even greater! No one gets snail mail anymore (even our bills are paid online).

Imagine a personal, heartfelt letter asking you for your help and advice from a friend who’s starting a new business. Wouldn’t you want to help?

Step 2   PLAN your networking.

Often, people just network on the fly. They network HOP. They go from one networking organization to another, handing out business cards and talking without listening. That doesn’t work. Having a well thought out PLAN works. Thinking about what are your real goals in networking? What organizations attract your ideal clients? How much time do I need to network? What would the calendar look like (1 day a week, 3 days a week)? Do I enjoy being with these people? What kinds of opportunities might arise from this networking group (speaking, training, etc.)? Are there more opportunities online networking (Facebook groups, Twitter lists, Blab, Peri-Girls, etc.) then in person live networking events? Answer these questions before running to your next BNI meeting.

Step 3   Make 3 calls a day.

Set aside time each day to call 3 people who you know would be willing to have coffee with you. Invite them to coffee and let them know you want their advice on how to get referrals. Give them your attention and help them if you can. These coffee dates will lead to people you can call, invite to an event or send an email to. This is one on one relationship building and the time spent will serve you much better then eating a cold doughnut and listening to yet another boring talk at another boring networking meeting. Most people do not like networking. If that’s you, change the attitude, the format or ask for help from a coach. You need to network to attract more clients!

What’s next for YOU? Follow the 3 small smart steps above for a month. I am willing to bet you will attract a new client. Let me know if you do in the comments below.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at Georgia@BoldlyBrilliant.com Or, join our community at http://www.facebook.com/groups/BeBoldlyBrilliant