Last year I worked too hard. Not because I was told to, definitely not because I was forced to, but because I was the worst boss ever.
How did I finally realize this? Another women told me!
Imagine me bumping into a mommy friend who I haven’t seen since those lovely maternity days (and yes even with a new born I was still working, but I spent a lot more time getting to be a mom.)
She says, “Wow you’re busy. I see you all over Facebook
with your coaching, DWA meetup, and your workshops,
along with other places.”
And so we chatted about the things I was working on, I heard how she was doing and got updated on the progress of her kids (she has two.) She told me I should be proud of myself. (That comment in itself could be an entire blog post on the impact of a positive acknowledgment).
I thanked her and said that this year I was focusing on getting my programs online so I could reach more people internationally. I wanted to streamline and spend more time with my family because I worked too much last year.
Her response, “Well, don’t you work for yourself?”
Well smack me over the face! I do! Hahaha! She was so right! I do work for myself and I work myself hard!
I LOVE what I do! I really do.
With the drive I have for my work and the passion I have for the people I serve, I feel like I want to work…A LOT. But it’s a thing of the past; I’m changing.
Well, the hard work gave me success, got me established, achieved great results for my clients, and gave me great nourishment. But it also cost me some things. We can only sprint for so long.
I want to live the width of my life as well as the length of it. (Something I just spoke about in January to a group of mompreneurs).
Now I have a different set of goals; ones that focus on the process of life over the results.
Maybe in a part of your life you need to be a better boss to yourself. Or maybe you just need a friend who points out things you’ve been blindly ignoring. I’m curious, what would they say to you?
P.S. I’m thinking that I’m not the only one who works themselves hard. Please tell me I'm not alone.
P.P.S. Inspire me and other entrepreneurs with how you are going to be a better boss to yourself.