"To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time . . . Time isn't precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed." --Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
When success strikes in your business, it can be easy to find yourself cutting corners on your well-being. Rather than relaxing and celebrating your victories, you might find yourself struggling to keep up with all the momentum.
When launching the Client Accelerator for Conscious Entrepreneurs, the business generated record breaking sales in just 3 weeks. Yet in leading up to the launch, I noticed how quickly I started cutting back on my morning ritual routine, bedtime routine, or mindful exercises throughout the day to make more time to work.
I'm sitting in my energy session with my energy coach, and keep falling asleep. As I grew aware of my body's sensations, I noticed all the pain arising, the headache that just minutes before I was blissfully unaware of in my own numbness. For a moment, I freaked out. IS it possible to make lots of money AND live a balanced life?!
Thanks to my energy coach, she reminded me what great news it was I could actually feel my body's pain--the first step to being present. In the past I would have unconsciously ignored my body's pain, felt numb, and pressed forward to the point where my body would "force" me to stop from sheer exhaustion.
Instead, I am catching it sooner, noticing I need more water, the shoulder pain. I can hear the gentle murmur of my soul's inner wisdom: I love you. Connect within. Please take care of yourself.
As I continue to discover what work-life balance looks like at different phases of success in the business, it's critical that we treat work life balance as exactly that. A balancing act. Imagine balancing on a board that's on a ball. You never expect yourself to ever be at a standstill, perfectly balanced in the middle. Instead, balancing on a ball is a constant moment to moment push, then pull, tensely shaking, then catching yourself from falling. To the observer from afar, it might even look easy. But you know balancing is constant work.
This is no different than in business, balancing work-life balance. So how do you manage work-life balance when success strikes?
Here are a few tips:
1. Close your eyes and sense your inner body. What pain, tingling, soreness, stiffness, tension, or hard spots do you feel? There is great wisdom in your body. You must first be willing to listen to it and not use alcohol, work, entertainment, caffeine or any other thing that distracts you or makes you numb to what your body actually feels for at least 24 hours.
2. Say outloud to your brain exactly where it hurts and in what way. Ie. There is tension in my upper back by my shoulder blade. There is some pain and hardness in my gut. If you can actually feel your tiredness, pain, stiffness or be aware you are numb--this is a HUGE first step to reawakening your body's natural healing.
3. Do gentle body and brain yoga exercises that will help clear any blockages or lessen the pain. Here are free you tube videos you can use to start to build a relationship connecting your body and brain. As you do the exercises, stay mindful by bringing your awareness into the feelings of your body. Body and Brain yoga Exercises
4. Connect with your body like this 3x day, by repeating steps 1-3 above. You can also you a free app called One Minute Change and do 1 minute exercises through your day to stay connected with yourself.
Bonus: Think of one bold action you can take for yourself to bring more relaxation and focus into your business.
My action was planning a deliberate staycation during 4th of July week with my 7 year old and husband. I got to really unwind, reflect, and connect with myself planning out my next 2 quarters.
How about you?! Please comment below what bold actions you can take for yourself and/or sharing from doing the exercises above!
Anna S. Choi helps conscious businesses and social entrepreneurs attract more clients through her signature program The Client Accelerator for Conscious Entrepreneurs. She takes clients from scattered marketing approaches to an intentional strategic marketing plan. If you're interested in gaining focus, clarity, accountability in a community of conscious entrepreneurs, please watch this free training video on attracting clients or join her email list.
Anna Sun Choi