The Missing Ingredient For Today's Entrepreneur by djsgjg0045

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									Well-being is commonly used in philosophy to describe what is ultimately good for a
person. Well- being is both subjective and personal.
  I am so fortunate to work daily with successful, talented and passionate business
owners! They are driven, have vision, work ethic and a strong moral compass. Far too
often, their extreme business focus has left them unbalanced and often unhealthy. The
affects are everywhere, in their relationships, their environment, and their finances
and yes even their beloved business. Everyone around them sees the tired eyes with
dark circles, the extra weight, not to mention the stressed out, adrenaline crazed look
on their face.
  Yes, we all see it, the employees, customers, the spouse, the children, and yours truly
the business coach. In a very dignified way, my clients share their full schedules and
often dialogue with me for strategic time saving techniques. Behind the words, the
pragmatic tone, the professional guise, it seems as though they are really saying
"please, I can't take one more thing, I am exhausted, spent, when is it my time? HELP
I need space". Through the telephone, I seem to be able to hear the quiet desperation
behind each business conversation.
  Maybe not the first call or even the first month but it isn't long before I go there.
"Tell me about how you take care of yourself?" or "How do you re-energize and stay
focused"? I say. A loud silence follows then a muffled stutter "Well I took my kids to
the zoo last month, ummm I guess I get my energy from work, ummm, that's all I
seem to do?" long sigh.
  Remember these are highly intelligent, powerful and successful people, so of course,
their employees do not say anything. Ditto for their spouses...maybe a thoughtful
friend says a word or two about possibly needing time off but no one really says what
everyone is thinking...take time off, you look awful, or even better you than me!
  I understand. I really do, I own a small business too. The to-do list is never ending!
Add to that the value we place as a society on self-sacrificing hard work, making
money, getting ahead. Even the value "family first" can leave a well-meaning person
left feeling drained.
  We all know we need to move our bodies and eat well to thrive physically. Add to
that prayer or meditation for your spirit and mind. Let us not leave out loving
relationships for our emotional well-being. So why is well-being seemingly
expendable? Is the payoff worth the cost?
  Each call I chip away at my hard working clients...getting them to take time off here
and find some space there. Maybe they decide to go for a morning walk or stop
drinking soda. Sometimes they just need permission from someone and make
dramatic changes on their own. Always, Always, Always it elevates their business in
both profit and productivity.
  If you recognize yourself here, I ask that you use the same intelligence, creative
spirit and drive that you used to start your business and take care of yourself. Trust
that other entrepreneurs have taken the well-being challenge as well and have greatly
improved their businesses but more importantly their lives!
  Alicia Fruin Business Coach
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