Why a shift is necessary before you start resenting your business: The B.O.S.S. 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 B.O.S.S. 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’s not business goals or a cause for celebration.
I no longer want to 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 want to actively cultivate my own culture of work-life balance.
I want to empower myself to take a step back when my body, mind and spirit whisper for me to do so.
Burnout is not my final destination.
So I will no longer blur the line between ambition and self-endangerment in the name of achieving success by how others define it.
Instead, I am becoming fluent in self-compassion.
I am committed to infusing my own well being into the way I live my life and run my business.
I declare that the work I do and the way I do it will nourish me.
Therefore, I will build systems that are fortified with self-sustaining routines that create moments to breathe.
And each day I will give myself permission to use my time, my energy and my resources to take care of myself, simply because I am worth it.
Life is happening right now, and I’m going to live it, all of it on my own terms.
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.
Also, if you'd like to download a pretty PDF version of this manifesto to print out, you can download it below.