Personal development is something that most business owners don’t make time for. I guess it is seen as something that is just not important, why would it be when you are spending so much of your time building your business empire?
The fact is, a new business is something which you are passionate about and is often all-consuming. There is a good chance that you have looked at many ways to improve your business but are forgetting that you are the nucleus of that business. I know, I have been there!
Over the course of building my business I have signed up for so many e newsletters and groups/courses that I didn’t know if I was coming or going. Worse than that, most of them were giving the same advice! I realized eventually that the business was taking over my life, but not in a good way. I was spending so much time on business development information that my business wasn’t actually developing. It was time to step back.
I downed tools for a couple of days. I took some time to find a way to help me, a way to get the real me back. I wanted to find a way to re-balance everything in my life. I found it, but the funny thing is I actually found it through a group that I joined for business. There was a discussion about books (who was reading what) and Twelve Lessons by Kate Spencer was mentioned by several women (it was a women’s group). I knew Kate was also in the group and I was intrigued. I ordered the book on my Kindle and read the first chapter, then the second and then the third…I couldn’t put it down!! Let me tell you a little about Twelve Lessons…
Twelve Lessons follows Stephanie as her world falls apart and is rebuilt with the help of the Universe. It shows how seemingly coincidental things blend together, in ways nobody can understand, to help people through the difficult times. Of course, there are things that Stephanie has to learn about herself and her position in the world in order for her to fully develop.
What I really liked about Twelve Lessons is that everyone can relate to it. Although Stephanie’s lessons were unique to her, it showed that no matter how tough life gets, it gets that way for a reason.
Twelve Lessons pointed me in the direction of The Lightworkers Academy. This is where you can find out how to live a more peaceful and spiritual life, how to implement the lessons in the book and ultimately how you can influence the Universe to be nicer towards you. If you become a member, there is a fantastic Facebook group where you can find support and encouragement from like minded people.
It was here that I found my ultimate in personal development. I know it’s not for everybody, but The Lightworkers Academy showed me that I should not be focusing on the light at the end of the tunnel, but taking more notice of the sign posts along the way. I have also discovered that I need to take some time for myself, regularly, to reflect on what is going on in my life. I have also learned to slow down and take notice of what is happening around me and actually see the sign posts when they appear.
How does Personal Development relate to business?
I guess what I am trying to say (in a long winded way) is that everyone, regardless of who there are or what they are doing, needs to slow down. Take some time out of your day to see the world in all of it’s wonder, notice the blades of grass and the clouds in the sky. Step outside, feel the sunshine and connect with Mother Earth.
If you are not at your best then neither is your business. When everyone and everything relies on you, you need to be able to take the time to step back, regroup and recharge. This is always better than trying to come back from total burnout.
How do you take time away from your business?
Written by Emma Pollard.
Disclaimer: Just for the record, I am in no way connected to Kate Spencer and The Lightworkers Academy. This post was not meant to be a promotion in any way. I do feel, however, that this is valuable information which might help you in your life and business.