In today’s busy, work-based world, it can be extremely easy to get so wrapped up in your work life that you forget everything else. If you’re a business owner, this can be especially challenging. But it’s important to remember that you opened your business so you could have a better life – not so you could work 80 hours per week. Take 10 minutes today to consider your work and personal life. What makes you happy? What doesn’t? And, if you could change one thing, what would it be?
At The Growth Coach, we’re willing to bet that your answers will be some version of “I wish I had slowed down” and “I hope I will have built something people will remember me by.”
We’ve all heard people say that time flies by – even when it doesn’t feel like it. How often do you say things like, “Is it July already?” or “Wow your kids have gotten so big!” And even when you take time to reflect on times that may have seemed to take forever (try high school or the first six months when your newborn wasn’t sleeping), doesn’t it seem like time went too quickly? Just remember that, until your time is up, it’s never too late to slow down. Set aside time this weekend to take your spouse somewhere romantic and then schedule a meeting with yourself next week to block out times throughout each and every week doing what you love and spending time with people you care about.
When it comes to building a legacy, try not to forget that it’s not all about money. In most cases, we’d all rather be able to look back on our lives and say that we made a difference – that the impact of our being alive meant that the lives of others was improved. For entrepreneurs and business owners, this might also mean leaving a physical business to the next generation. If that’s your plan, start making those preparations now! You need to have strong business systems in place if someone else is going to take over – whether that’s in two years or 25 years.
So before your dedicate your days to reflecting on your days from a porch swing, take some time to do that now! It’s not too late to make changes and live an even better life.