The Formula for a Happy Entrepreneur by Julie Holloway
What makes up the formula for a happy entrepreneur?
This may sound simple, but first and foremost,
be happy with your decision to be an entrepreneur or small business owner. If you are questioning yourself inside, questioning your abilities or reasoning for doing what you are doing, you will never be happy. Do it because it’s doing something that you truly love or are wholeheartedly passionate about, and do not do it for any other reason.
Embarking into entrepreneurship whether full or part-time, is a journey! You must ensure that your confidence levels are at an all-time high! You are bound to get hit from the left and right with challenges that question your actions, skills and philosophies on a regular basis. As long as you stay true to who you are, and what your goals are, you are bound to be happy. Have the confidence to demand the respect and value for your work, whatever your industry. If you do not, you will find yourself broke and unhappy.
In my days in corporate America I was quiet and shy, timid and hardly ever spoke what was on my mind. Speaking from experience, that gets you nowhere very fast. In your quest to be a successful entrepreneur, one must be bold, take risks, endure challenges and step back up again with courage. When I ventured into entrepreneurship, full-time, fear and courage (which often go hand in hand) were my first two tasks! With a little coaching and a lot of experimenting, overcoming and defeating the challenges that were hindering me early on as an entrepreneur truly made me happy inside.
This is one of my favorite quotes about fear having courage: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” — Nelson Mandela
Stop. Collaborate and listen. An entrepreneur will never be truly happy if they do not learn to collaborate with others. Think about all of the departments that a small corporation is made up of. Now, think to yourself, how can I possibly be “every” department within my small business? It’s impossible. Do not try to do everything yourself. You are bound to be much happier if you learn to create a team. Collaborate with others in your industry. Delegate the tasks that you dislike with those who actually enjoy them. You know the old saying, “stay in your lane.” Do the things that you do well, and outsource or collaborate on the rest; and your happiness will skyrocket!
Do something for yourself each morning before you handle any client related business. For me, I take the time to check on my own social media pages, listen to my favorite uplifting songs and take a few moments to gratefully give thanks for the journey ahead, and the blessings of the past. Before I handle any client business I take time for me, and it truly makes me happy inside.
Do not go a day without giving thanks to the opportunities that have crossed your path. Gratitude is one of the most powerful tools in your entrepreneurial toolkit. If you are not grateful for your experiences, your clients, your family, your gifts, your blessings, your challenges, what are you doing then? The more you practice gratitude inside and out, the happier the energy will be that comes back around your way. Many people who are unhappy, simply do not know how or do not make the effort to first give thanks for all that they have. They are typically focused on their insecurities and what they are lacking. Be happy. Be grateful!
My favorite word is creativity! Take a little time each day to do something wildly creative. Whatever your profession is, there will always be room for creativity. Whether you are artistic or not, there are many ways to live creatively. Express your feelings through writing, music, art, social media, presentations and performance. Whether you are an accountant presenting new services to your clients, or a graphic designer presenting new concepts to your clients, there is always room to spice it up and insert your own personal form of creativity in all that you do. I find that when I am extra creative for my own brand, or through activities with my children or even during my own creative personal inflection time, I am much happier once I have expressed what I am feeling inside! If you are a creative in your profession, take some time on the “side” outside of your client engagements to do creative things for yourself. It’s such a fun feeling.
Get out of the house! As entrepreneurs, we tend to work extremely long hours and in some cases can feel a bit bogged down. Wherever you work, whether in your home, a shared office, a boutique, an agency, be sure to take some time to roam. Plan one activity a week where you will go out and engage with others, whether a coffee date, a networking event, a social function or even a sporting event. Just take that time, to ensure that you are not isolating yourself. I used to look up and before I knew it, the weekend rolled around, and I had not left my home-office all week. Now, I take one day a week (most weeks) to meet with a client, friend or family member for some social time, or attend an event to network. It has made a huge improvement in my overall happy barometer in my second year as a full-time entrepreneur.
You are what you eat. For me, that means I am made up of smoothies, seafood and coffee! The past few months I have altered my diet and exercise routine and it has truly brought my happiness out. Our family typically eats fairly healthy; however working from home, at a desk, 8-12 hours on a given day does not amount to very much movement at all. For the past few years I have put on a few extra pounds because I have not been as mobile as I was when I worked a corporate job. With that, all of the experts say that it is truly best to eat well, sleep well and get out and exercise! So, this year I finally decided to join a gym. My happiness meter has again risen like never before. Why? Well, most likely because I am finally taking care of my body, mind and spirit in a much healthier manner. What will you do to make your body smile this week?