Why a shift is necessary before you start resenting your business: The BOSS™ Manifesto
Nobody goes into entrepreneurship wanting to burnout and ultimately resent the business they have invested so much time, energy and resources into.
I think it is safe to say that most overworked entrepreneurs want to work on their businesses instead of staying busy working in their businesses - however many still push aside realistic work capacities and take ownership of wearing all of the hats in their business anyway.
But busyness isn't business.
And sacrificing your well being and relationships in the pursuit of achieving unrealistic expectations isn't life goals.
Ask me how I know.
The behavior of working myself beyond the point of exhaustion to prove that I was capable and worthy in my past corporate life, is the same behavior that I see playing out in the lives of the business owners that I connect with in the marketplace.
When I resigned from my position in Corporate America and resumed work with private clients I knew I had a calling to work with women entrepreneurs - overwhelmed with busyness and on their own journey towards burnout.
I know how it felt in that place of burnout and I also know that I can not stand by and watch other women to that to themselves.
It is my mission to help women build businesses that nourish them - and that work is anchored in helping them build automated backend systems and practicing renewing self-care.
And the work starts with adopting a battle cry, like the BOSS™ Manifesto that I wrote for you here, to jumpstart your shift from overworked to creating your own culture of work-life balance.
Let the shift begin - recite this manifesto out loud and own each and every word.
I am done glorifying busyness.
Busyness is not the new chic. It is not business goals or a cause for celebration.
I will no longer be a complacent participant in the unrealistic expectation that sleepless nights, exhaustion, overbooked schedules, and inner turmoil are the only ways to show how capable I am.
I am actively cultivating my own culture of work-life balance.
I’m empowered to take a step back and rest when my body, mind, and spirit whisper for me to do so.
Burnout is not my final destination.
I am no longer blurring the line between ambition and self-endangerment in the name of achieving success.
I am defining and achieving success on my own terms.
I hold myself to a standard of excellence and grace, not perfection.
I ask for and receive help when I need it, without shame.
I am becoming fluent in self-compassion.
I am committed to infusing my own well-being into the way I live my life and balance my work within it.
I declare that the work I do and the way I do it will nourish me.
I am building systems fortified with self-sustaining routines that create moments to breathe.
Each day I give myself permission to use my time, my energy, and my resources to take care of myself, simply because I am worth it.
The benefits of adopting this manifesto as your own
1 - Repeating it consistently will help you resist the expectation of being overworked as the only path for success
2 - Taking ownership of each phrase will help you acknowledge the suffocating weight of the overwhelm your experiencing, and act as a catalyst for you to do something about it
3 - Implementing it will help you develop efficient systems that will do the heavy lifting in your business
4 - Living it will help you infuse your business systems with deeply resonate, self-preserving routines
I am confident that exhaustion, busyness and burnout aren't part of your life plan. So if you're on-board to adopt this manifesto as your own, I'd love to hear from you in the comments about what your biggest takeaway is.