Many coaches run their business as a sole-entrepreneur. In today’s guest post speaker, author & business coach Carrie Greene shares advice around one of the potential obstacles to happily running your own successful solo-coaching business.
An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Self Care
The last four coaching calls I’ve been on have focused on one topic. Self care. But wait a minute; I’m a business coach so why do I spend time with my clients talking about self-care?
Guess what? Unless you take care of yourself you cannot take care of your business.
Entrepreneurs tend to put everything and everyone in front of themselves. When they do that, they risk losing it all.
Now before you tell me (or yourself) that you don’t have time for self care, take a look at the following seven areas to keep an eye on. None will take you more than a couple of minutes a day.
– Go outdoors. It’s easy to spend your day stuck behind your computer or on the phone. Stop for a few minutes and step outside. Do this even if it’s really hot, cold, raining or snowing. It doesn’t have to be long (two or three minutes can make a huge difference).
– Exercise. It’d be great if you had a serious fitness routine but what I’m talking about is simply to use your body in some way. Spend a few minutes stretching, walk down the block, or walk up a flight of stairs. Bottom line – do something.
– Nourish yourself. Eat regularly. Stop for meals, don’t go hungry and keep yourself hydrated. Your brain can’t work when it’s looking for food.
– Laugh. You can’t be serious 100% of the time. Yes, the work you do is important and the money you earn from doing your work is vital to your existence but take a few minutes to laugh each day.
– Connect. A solopreneur’s life can get lonely so we tend to reach out to other solopreneurs. This is natural because we have common interests but then we talk shop. I encourage you to connect with someone and have at least one conversation every day that has nothing to do with your business.
– Play. Do something other than work that you enjoy that takes you out of your every day routine.
– Forgive. We tend to be harder on ourselves than anyone else and that’s simply not fair. It’s okay if you make a mistake. What’s not okay is to beat yourself up about it. When you make a mistake figure out what next step you need to take and move on.
What can you do to take care of yourself? What do you need to add to your life
About Carrie Greene
Carrie Greene is a speaker, author and business coach. She is a business strategist and productivity expert for entrepreneurs.
Carrie spent fifteen years on Wall Street in marketing and product development for major brokerage firms and The New York Stock Exchange. She left after 9/11 to take charge of her life and start her own profitable business.
Being an entrepreneur is incredibly rewarding, but it’s not easy. Many entrepreneurs follow other people’s systems. They may make money, but they aren’t happy. Carrie believes that an entrepreneur should enjoy what they are doing on a day-to-day basis and if they aren’t, they might as well get a job.
Carrie helps business owners get clear on what they want and create simple and straight-forward plans to get them there. It’s all about doing the things they enjoy so that they are both profitable and happy.
Carrie is a frequent speaker on industry panels and serves as the lead coach for Suzanne Evans’ 10K and HY Stars program. Carrie is the author of “Chaos to Cash: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Eliminating Chaos, Overwhelm and Procrastination So you Can Create Ultimate Profit!”
Carrie lives in New Jersey and is amazed that her daughter is a junior in college and her twin sons just started college. She and her husband are trying to figure out what they will do with an empty house.
For free resources and to learn more please visit http://carriegreenecoaching.com/
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