I have learned long ago that my business life and my personal life are all one – MY life. Your life is the same, and so are all of my clients’ lives. For example, here is the story of one of my clients… let’s call him Barry. Barry dreads coming to work. He worries a lot and often his nights are sleepless. He started his business 9 years ago, dreaming of finally seizing back his freedom from the corporate world. Barry forgot to do one very important thing however; he forgot to unpack his baggage before he began.
Like many entrepreneurs, he carries with him a deeply embedded belief that his personal life should be kept separate from his business life, when in reality he has only one life to live, so he needs to fit everything into that one life in a balanced way that makes him happy.
A decade ago and prior to that the buzz was to create a business that works without you, so you don’t have to be there, because your work was not a happy place. The shift now is to create the conditions in your business where your needs for happiness are met and you enjoy being there, in a good frame of mind because your business works well and it’s enjoyable.
The average life expectancy has grown from 72 to 85 in the past 50 years. Some of us are going to live until we’re 100 (I am secretly hoping I will reach this milestone). We’ll probably need to work longer, both for money and purpose, so why not build your business for happiness and satisfaction?
Clint Best is a business coach and the founder of Kaizen Business Coaching in Kelowna, BC. Clint has been guiding forward thinking business owners through change and growth since 2002.