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Yesterday my best friend, Marcia, gave me a shock.
We were chatting about work and out of the blue Marcia said she has “never worked a day in her life.” Now, if you knew my friend Marcia you would laugh and say to her, “Don’t be ridiculous, you are always working”.
Hard Work Never Killed Anyone
Marcia is one of the most hardworking and dedicated entrepreneurs I know. In fact, her work ethic and ability to maintain and grow a successful business is the inspiration behind today’s post.
Marcia is one of those types for whom, work is play. From a young age Marcia knew she wanted to be her own boss and work for herself. Over the years, my friend applied herself, did the appropriate apprenticeships, swept the floors, made the bosses coffee, did as her mentors suggested, found her niche and slowly worked her way up the ranks of her profession to enjoy the tangible signs of success and favourable reputation she now has.
As you know, over here at The Next Goal we aim to inspire and share what we know to support and encourage you to reach “your next goal”. If you are like me and keen to grow and expand your business I am sure you will enjoy hearing the five habits my friend has cultivated over the years which helps her enjoy the success she has “without working a day in her life”.
Marcia’s 5 Secrets To Business Success
Secret #1 Choose a career so that when you reach home it feels like you have been playing all day.
As you know, it is easy to fall into any ole career and do something which is convenient, pays the bills or meets your family’s or community’s expectations. This is fine, yet the more I interact with Marcia and other entrepreneurs the more I notice just how much fun and enjoyment they get from work. Each day is a pleasure. And I’ve noticed since being self-employed first as a yoga teacher and know a blogger how much I too enjoy and look forward to playing all day at work.
Secret #2: Organise your life so there is time for work, rest and play.
As a Yoga Teacher, I fully support this. Time and time again my yoga students share how stressful and exhausted they are. The pace of life and challenge of balancing work commitments with family duties and social ties leave little time for rest and play. Many of my students come to yoga as a way of redressing the negative effects of stress in their lives. Nearly everyone is aware of the need to eat healthier, to exercise, get enough sleep and take regular breaks yet everyone struggles to live the healthy lifestyle they desire. Finding simple effective ways to work rest and play is essential for your emotional and physical well being.
Secret #3: Apply strict rules to your life and stick to them.
This is an interesting tip. One of the things I noticed about my friend is her ability to focus and complete multiple business and personal tasks each day. Marcia says when you are clear of your personal values, ethics and business goals, it is easier to set boundaries around the different segments of your day. I believe you need to build in an element of flexibility and be spontaneous with your time, especially if you have children or care for elderly parents, yet working within a tight framework helps you structure your day and make effective use of your time.
Secret #4: Always have targets- don’t just work without a goal to aim at.
This is a pertinent habit to develop for everyone and not just business owners. Knowing where you want to go, working out a plan on how you can get there makes the journey easier to navigate. Life happens to us all, yet once you have an idea of what direction you wish to travel in, it becomes easier for you to say no to people and situations which do not support your overall desire or vision.
Secret #5: Eat well and keep your body healthy.
As we say in yoga, your health is your wealth. Without good health and vitality it is difficult to cope with the complex demands on your time. Making the effort to eat well and eat foods which strengthen and nurture your body is vital to help you stay energised and cheerful. Regular exercise, good sleep habits, time alone in prayer and meditation, and scheduled time to rest and relax all contribute to you having the energy to build and grow a viable business.
This blog post was inspired by my hard working friend who said she has never worked a day in her life! Well, when I look at how dedicated and committed Marcia is I had to find out more. What do you think of her secrets to success – Eat well and keep your body healthy, have targets and work towards them, stick to the rules you set, organise your life so you have time to work, rest and play and finally chose a career which makes you laugh and you enjoy doing. Do they resonate with you?
Looking at your life and lives of your friends and mentors, what other tips to success would you offer? I’d love to hear what works for you. Feel free to share your comments in the comment box below.
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