So, when was the last time you took care of Number 1?

No – this isn’t such a weird question, and NO I didn’t allude to anyone’s bowel movements either…

I did however, say NUMBER 1!

If you still have to wonder “But what does she mean?“, then you’ve just answered my question silently.

The truth is that most people in business – their own or someone else’s – hardly ever take time for themselves, or time off. As women in business, we are jointly even more guilty of forgetting the ‘Golden Rule’.

The result? An ever more stressed out society and and a depleted spirit.

The statistics about the damage stress can do are many and all-encompassing, so I won’t launch into that part of the topic. But what I ask of you is to sit and think just for a sec…

When was the last time you truly took a break?

I’ve touched on this topic before, so here I will take an unexpected turn! And ask you – when was the last time you truly knew who and what you want out of life?

Consider this;

The most important lesson you learn in business, or a project for that matter, is that you have to have a clear and specific goal – a measurable milestone/benchmark, etc. Fail to set that and you will almost certainly fail the task…

So how come so many of us, apply this to our business, and not our personal lives?

How come, most people take 40 to 50 years of their life (and some take a lifetime) to come to the conclusion that they are THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN THEIR OWN LIVES? And then to set clear goals of what they want out of them? And then set about to achieve it as if someone was going to hold them accountable?

Why do so many people still put “what people think” of them before what they, themselves feel and would like to do?

How come, so many people take charge in their business tasks, and yet fail to stand up for their personal lives?

So what’s the point of this post?

Well, I want to give you a “wake up call”, a kick in the privates if you want – your private thoughts that is…

Start being selfish! There’s nothing wrong with that if done in the right way.
Try this on for an experiment, and you WILL see the freedom it will give you.

Sit down and think of one are of your life that you would like to get a resolve. Then put time aside and tackle this as if it was a business task/project that your boss gave you – or if you’re self employed – that you need to complete so your business can survive.

See the quality of results you get…

Have fun :o )

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5 Responses to “So, when was the last time you took care of Number 1?”

  1. DougS says:

    And I thought that all girls just had lunch and got their hair done:)

    But it is dam hard to rest when this industry is so interesting.


  2. Garrett says:

    I’ll pass on the kick to the privates, but thanks for the reminder. [makes note on calendar to get Jeep ready for summer] :)

  3. Doug – I know what you mean! And yes getting your hear done was a great way for me to relax too – but now hairdressers just seem to have a mind of their own… So it’s like going to the dentist for me now… yes I have issues :o )

    Garrett, better yet, put a reminder in your calendar to “take out Jeep” more often! LOL

  4. David Temple says:

    Thanks for the kick in the privates. Actually my wife has been kicking of late and I’m taking 2 weeks off. Off as in all off line. No computer, no crack berry, no nothing. I haven’t done that in, well……..never done that since before the internet and cell phones (yeah I’m that old).

  5. Lisa says:

    Couldn’t agree more with this post – I recently quit my part-time job to concentrate on my own company… was nice to have the secure income, but I was getting soooo stressed out! Working every evening and weekend to get all the client work done. So I decided I had to bite the bullet otherwise I would have total melt down in a couple of years!

    My tip would be – on a day when things are getting on top of you/you’re feeling the strain – go out! Go for a walk, go and get a coffee – just get away from the computer screen. As tempting as it is to think “I’ve got so much to do, I can’t spare the time today to get some fresh air” it makes you so much more productive if you do! I did it last week (my first week of complete self-employed ness) and I finished the day early, having achieved all that I’d intended to, even with a stylesheet crisis along the way! lx

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