Smelling the roses and recharging our batteries!

Written by Lisa Schmeckpeper

This holiday season marks my 3-year anniversary inrepparttar Internet Marketing business. Of course, on such anniversaries we all ask ourselves: Am I better off now then when I started? My enthusiastic answer is: By far :-) That automatically raises another anniversary question: Am I where I want to be? My answer, thoughtful but still enthusiastic, is: Not quite ;-)

Sound familiar? Or maybe you haven't gotten torepparttar 117922 "better off" part yet. Regardless of how you answer these two introspective questions, my piece of advice to you this holiday season isrepparttar 117923 same: Take some time off. Relax, enjoy your family, regroup your thoughts and goals and decide what is really important to you, your personal life, andrepparttar 117924 lives of those most important to you.

This piece of advice, like most advice I give, comes from personal experience. I have been running around like crazy forrepparttar 117925 past three years growing this Internet business. Granted, it has paid off well, in many visible ways, but at what personal price?

My children miss their mommy, my husband feelsrepparttar 117926 pressure of his long hours at work, compared to allrepparttar 117927 work here at home (which I can't always attend to because of my own business time and focus requirements), and I can feel my good health slowly diminishing.

Many organizers and time management specialists will tell you that if your life, as a whole, is not running smoothly then your neglected areas will suffer. And how true that is! Ifrepparttar 117928 kids ain't happy, nobody inrepparttar 117929 house is going to be happy. If your spouse isn't happy, then how can you truly be happy? If allrepparttar 117930 ongoing work and resultant unhappiness inrepparttar 117931 family cause you to be unhappy, how effectively do you think you will perform your job? Not well at all!

And what do you, as owner-operator of your own web business, think happens when your health fails? Not much! Most jobs inrepparttar 117932 "real world" include someone who is there to take your place while you are out sick. But when you run your own business, nobody is hovering inrepparttar 117933 wings, ready to take uprepparttar 117934 slack and keeprepparttar 117935 operation humming.

I have personally been putting off having my wisdom teeth extracted for over a year. I haven't seen my gynecologist since my daughter was born three years ago, and my once-religious exercise routine has ceased to exist as pounds keep getting measured by my unforgiving, depressingly honest bathroom scale. All inrepparttar 117936 name of entrepreneurship.

Some people would call that extreme dedication, laziness or even a unique late-twentieth century form of mental illness! I'm not even sure what I consider it anymore. What I have realized is that taking time off can be like recharging dead (but rechargeable) batteries. Accomplishing evenrepparttar 117937 simplest of tasks with dead batteries can be a chore--nearly impossible. But take time to recognizerepparttar 117938 problem, put in a fresh set and you can get three timesrepparttar 117939 work done effortlessly.

This past Thanksgiving weekend I spent a glorious three nights atrepparttar 117940 Wilderness Resort Lodge inrepparttar 117941 Wisconsin Dells. Just my husband and I and our children, enjoyingrepparttar 117942 water park, horseback riding and getting away fromrepparttar 117943 stress with other activities we found open inrepparttar 117944 off-season. It was great!

Am I totally refreshed? No, not yet. But I plan to be as I am not going to come back fully from vacation until afterrepparttar 117945 new year. One thing this mini-vacation made me realize is that I am not happy if I miss out on what I normally view asrepparttar 117946 "important stuff." I say normally view because when I have my entrepreneur mindset on I experience complete tunnel vision. I don't even realize what I'm missing because all I have my eyes on are allrepparttar 117947 opportunities to grow my business onrepparttar 117948 little glowing electronic screen in front of me.

I KNOW I'm in Heaven!

Written by Mike Banks Valentine

I've recently completed an extensive training course to become a Certified Hypnotherapist (C.Ht) in a program that emphasizes a connection between everything we think, say or do in spiritual terms. I'd like to suggest that there is a kind of Zen of business at work in every aspect of our business lives as well. Those that approach their business life with spiritual zest and a driven faith that they will succeed will very often find themselves atrepparttar top of market in their chosen fields.

The firm belief and understanding that you KNOW this is what you are supposed to be doing with your life is something that business giants possess far more often thanrepparttar 117921 rest ofrepparttar 117922 working world. There are secretaries that realize this early in their career. These arerepparttar 117923 secretaries that become Executive Assistant and Corporate Executive Secretary. They think they are in Heaven.

Janitors that KNOW end up being Building Superintendents and Maintenance Engineers running sprawling office complexes, twenty story buildings and shopping centers with a staff of janitors and facilities engineers working for them and believe they are in Heaven.

There are those that KNOW when it comes to business principles that they are intended to operate small businesses. This type of entrepreneur has an innate sense of how to make a business run smoothly and effortlessly with unmatched joy and spirited energy. These masters of success are living in Business Heaven.

Those that KNOW are to be envied and studied so we can learnrepparttar 117924 path to business enlightenment ourselves. Now let's return to my opening andrepparttar 117925 Hypnotherapy Training. In working with clients struggling with difficult personal issues, phobias, addictions and past traumas during my training I watched in awe as they reach a KNOWING about their issue that finally helps them to conquer their demons and make meaningful change.

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