For fledgling & future entrepreneurs.

What’s the point of making loads of money if we’re exhausted all the time and our relationships are falling apart?

Seems like an obvious question, but with the excitement of starting up and the race to manifest our goals it’s easy to get caught up in working 24-7.

 

 

While we’re busy doing this our life disintegrates and we burnout within the first 18 months.

Been there. Done that. And it royally sucks.

We start our own thing to create more freedom, but at the outset that’s the very think we give up.

We sacrificing our physical, mental and emotional health in the pursuit of ‘success’, the metrics of which are often defined not by us, but by others.

In following my ideas over the last decade I’ve come across some pretty profound, like-altering hacks that have changed the way I live & work.

With a focus on life and living, I can work on my ideas with more passion, purpose and vision.

 

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With greater purpose and meaning. With more energy, imagination and creativity.

Building a brand takes time. Creating incredible products & services take time. Building a relationships with your audience takes time.

So let’s enjoy life while we’re alive and embrace a high integrity pursuit of a full-bodied life & lifestyle.

 

So we can thrive while we’re building our empire.

Here are my 13 life hacks for fledgling entrepreneurs that will amplify the impact of your life and work.

 

1. Move your body. Daily.

Struggling to hit the gym three times a week?

Try replacing your 1 hr gym sessions with 2 x 20 high intensity workouts at home 5 days a week.

‘As well as increasing your fat burning potential during exercise, high intensity training boosts your metabolism in the hours AFTER your training, says Amanda Bisk in her Fit Body Fit Mind Training manual.

‘With this significant boost in your body’s ability to burn energy, you will be increasing your fat burning potential during your regular day to day activities. This is where twice a day training really get’s results.’ — she says.

Package it as a 12-week personal challenge and add the accountability of over 2,000 members in a supportive Facebook group, and you’ll have a new personal training strategy for life.

More info here.

2. Eat your way to creativity.

Once you start rushing your meals and eating on the go it’s a slippery slope on a steep incline. You need to stay fresh, sharp and energised. Creativity has a large appetite for nutrients. Food can deliver this. Literally on a platter!

‘There are so many ways to keep mindfulness around what we eat on a day to day basis’, says Meg Worden, Health coach and creator of Salad Alchemy, 7 Life-Shifting Salads.

 

‘A little bit of a structure around your diet actually creates a lot more ease and options in ways you don’t imagine; it gives you a mindfulness around eating you don’t always have.’

 

Try these incredible salads and I’ll bet you’ll be googling more delicious, easy recipes that keep your mind & body nourished and vital.

3. Know yourself. Love yourself.

Making friends with yourself might not seem an obvious imperative, but unless you know and ‘own’ your strengths, your values and beliefs, and have the self respect and self love to nurture yourself on all levels, not only will there be absolutely nothing that is unique and differentiating about your brand or your products and services, but you also won’t be able to stay in the game long enough to figure out what they are.

Make them a priority at the outset. Do the work. Ask these tough questions, and above all, love yourself. ‘What if you don’t believe you love yourself,’ asks Kamal Ravant in his book Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It.

 

‘Doesn’t matter. You role is to lay down the pathways, brick upon brick, reinforce the connections between the neurons.’

 

Leave your mind out of it and rely on the innate intelligence of your own chemistry!

4. Activate your inner compass.

If you haven’t activated and regularly listen to your inner voice you’re literally giving away a very real super power,  leaving you without a compass on a new path without sign posts {or GPS}. Instinct is part of the core fibre of an entrepreneur and if you don’t listen out for it or consciously tap into it you’ll be fumbling around uncharted terrain in the dark without a torch. The ultimate catastrophe for us and you both, since then we’ll likely never see the reason the world was different because you were here.

To check-in for the long haul, find a quiet moment in your day to sit with your eyes closed. Just 3 minutes, or 7 or 11 to become aware of your thoughts and feelings. Focus on your breath if you want to. Repeat a mantra if you want to {Sa Ta Na MA is a good one from my Kundalini practice.}.

Do it first thing in the morning and last thing at night to find that the eye at the centre of the storm is all-seeing, calm and bursting with inspiration regardless of the seeming insanity or mundanity of the day to day.

5. Claim & fiercely protect your freedom. Now.

‘I miss my life,’ said a friend lately.

Ground more finely than a quality Columbian coffee bean, she works non-stop like a mofo and ‘doesn’t have time’ to spend time by herself.

Alongside sitting quietly with closed eyes, this is the single most energising, nourishing and regenerating imperative for fledgling entrepreneurs.

Doing something fun, creative or just something you’re passionate about is food for the soul and fires you up on all cylinders. Hit the city with your camera for an afternoon, sit in the park under Japanese cherry tree blossom and read your book, watch the latest art house flick in the middle of the day.

Give your laptop a rest. Carve out the time for yourself, enjoy the freedom you set out to create in the first place right now.

If that billion dollar IPO never happens, at least you’ve already claimed and fiercely protected your freedom life.

6. Schedule love.

The impact on our romantic relationships is often omitted from our business plan, but this is a huge oversight.

‘Sitting down and figuring out your different styles or modus operandi is really helpful because it means you can see the perspective of where someone else is coming from and why they’re doing what they’re doing,’ says Lea Woodward, Business Coach. ‘When you’re together you share common values, but when you’re approaching entrepreneurship everything is thrown up in the air.’

Whether you’re partner is still in the corporate grind or also launching on their own ideas, try scheduling a weekly, non-negotiable catch up so you can checkin with where you’re both at, support each other, listen to each other, and deal with issues as they arise and before they blow up in your relationship.

7. Focus on nurturing relationships.

Friends can be the fire under your butt or the lava that destroys everything in its path. Don’t underestimate their power to catalyse your vision or annihilate it.

Starting up is an incredible filter for friendships, a test for their integrity. It can replace a previously positive dynamic with fear, jealousy, envy, resentment and low self-esteem as their own beliefs and emotions respond to your new direction.

Pay attention to the quality of your relationships and how they make you feel when you’re just hanging out, and also when you talk about your business ideas. Make a list of the top 10 people you spend most time with on a regular basis, and just take a moment to think about whether they are positive, trustworthy and supportive … or not.

These are the people who will have the biggest impact on your life, art, and business. Obviously or subtly.

8. Rally your most important investors.

Family can surprise us the most when we start up. I find their behaviour to be entirely unpredictable.

Some of you will be surprised by the unfailing support, some surprised by the lack of it.

To keep them on side and positively supporting you, tell them about your mini-successes every step of the way (website launched, twitter followers, first client) and answer their questions.

Tell them what they need to hear to feel positive about your ideas and comfortable about supporting them.

Tell them how much their support means to you.

Take them on the ride with you. If you can sell them your dream, you can bring them along with you.

Think of them as your first, most important high-interest investors.

9. Tap into the Master Mind.

Find your tribe. All over the world, entrepreneurship hubs, creative communities and collaborative workspaces are popping up, with one goal: to help you launch your ideas into the world. They host public and private events, seminars and workshops, often offer training and mentoring, and social events that connect you with your inner entrepreneur and other like-minded souls craving growth and contribution.

These places are hotbeds of creativity, connection and collaboration. You can make new friends and perhaps even future business or networking partners. Then go one step further and build your own master mind. ‘Through the assistance of his Master Mind group, Henry Ford had at his command all the specialised knowledge he needed to become one of the wealthiest men in America,’ says Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich.

If that’s not motivation to form an alliance with people who have similar success metrics to you, I don’t know what would be.

10. Embrace where you’re at. Let life & work evolve in it’s own time.

Even when we’ve started up there is still the tendency to question whether our capabilities, motives and even passion are great enough to risk everything. But even after you’ve made the big leap it’s still a case of experimenting and seeing where it takes you.

‘If you don’t know what you’re passionate about, figure out what you’re really good at and what you enjoy doing and find a way to monetize it, and then the passion will follow,’ says Shannon Whitehead, creator of Factory45.Co. ‘I didn’t know I was going to be passionate about sustainable apparel. I knew I was good at three or four things and then I found a way to intertwine them.’

Your business model might not always be obvious at the outset and your first idea will probably fail, but commit to exploring ideas and finding the ‘fit’ over time.

11. Focus on what really matters.

Getting your priorities in order and really focusing on what matters is as easy as paying attention to what doesn’t matter and not doing it any more.

‘If you look at the top performing CEO’s out there, they know that if they’re going to be at the top of their game they’ve got to take amazing care of themselves. They know that they outsource anything that really isn’t their zone of genius. They are not wasting time on Facebook,’ says Rachael Cook, founder of Yogipreneur. One of the obvious time wasters is email, ‘I see a lot of people who spend hours everyday dealing with their email inbox. So one of the first things I tell people all the time is, “Get out of your inbox and systematise everything you possibly can on the admin side.’”

Have systems in place to handle the business maintenance & admin while you focus on the business development and marketing side, as well as working with clients. And batch these activities into scheduled time slots in your calendar so they don’t create ‘busyness’ every day.

12. Unleash your desire for purpose and meaning.

If money and our own personal gain are the only reasons for wanting to startup, we get a sharp, unpleasant surprise when we burn out and file for spiritual bankruptcy within the first 18 months {according to Bloomberg}.

Most people refer to this as ‘mental health’ or depression’ but it’s really a spiritual awakening screaming for purpose and meaning. Sure, running out of money is scary and often shameful, but that’s not the real problem. Our work & miss must be something we love, and something that has a positive impact on the world, otherwise we lose our mojo pretty quickly, our energy, vitality and creativity will dry up. Worse, we have that billion dollar IPO and still feel ‘empty’. But we chase money relentlessly. Why? Because we haven’t developed out own metrics of success and deconstructed our relationships with and beliefs about money.

Read Backwards by Mark Silver to begin changing your relationships with, and beliefs about, money — positively life-changing (and free).

13. Create your own blueprint.

We’ve become pretty obsessed with courses, coaches and books outlining the latest blueprints for success which can lead to what I call the blur phenomenon where we forget or become confused about what we really want.

‘We confuse what we actually want with what we think we want,’ says Srini Rao, co-creator of the Unmistakable Creative Podcast. ‘Who you become is really what changes you and ultimately is what matters. We all want to reach for the stars and aim for something crazy but if we don’t have the level of self-belief… if you believe you can do something you’re behavior will align accordingly.’

Take care to balance the exhaustive search for the latest strategies & blueprints or you might miss the chance to evolve and benefit from your own.

Which of these resonates with you? What life hacks have you mined from your experiences of burnout and failure?

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Do you have a dream, goal or decision to make but tend to get overwhelmed or flustered when it comes to taking action?

Stephanie Holland Marketing Consultant

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Other posts in this Life Planning Series:

How To Write Goals That Manifest Miracles (and a FREE Planner To Get You Started)

6 Epic Travel Strategies for Solo Entrepreneurs and Corporate Misfits

5 Ways to Plan More Freedom Into Your Career

13 Life Hacks that Amplify the Impact of Your Life and Work

What Kind of Life Do You Want? Practical Lifestyle Design in 3 Simple Steps

 

Original image: Francis Taylor via Unsplash


Stephanie Holland
Stephanie Holland

I'm a strategist & traveler obsessed with thriving on all levels and helping fellow entrepreneurs launch their ideas with more ease, vision and likelihood of success.