I determined my five absolutely YES words for business this year are:
- Respect (it goes both ways)
- Organization (always needed)
- Gratitude (show clients you appreciate them)
- Compassion (It is not all about the money)
- Enjoyment (love what you do and you will never work a day in your life)
On this last (Enjoyment), I recognize there are a few things I do in my business that I don't love. I am not talking about paperwork (hate it but necessary) and phone calls (hate them but necessary). I mean things that I offer that I just do not like doing. These usually stem from clients making a request over and above what I provide and my detrimental habit (some say character defect) of people-pleasing. I appreciate my clients and work diligently to provide the best events possible in order to exceed their expectations (where possible). Overreaching is dis-organizing. I am really going to practice awareness on this and examine my expectations and motives, pausing before agreeing and setting healthier boundaries with compassion and respect. - See how I can tie these concepts all together? I love this already.
I own my own business. I created it. I direct it. Sometimes it is a 60+ hour a week concern. I bring my goal of keeping the pounds off into all things, even work. This is why I stopped providing food as part of my events in 2014. It was a healthy boundary for me. It makes sense to bring other healthy practices into my work environment in 2015.
What helps you at work? What challenges you at work?