Sometimes, you just feel like quitting. A year and a half ago, Lydia DiFrancesco almost did. The CEO and wellness consultant at Fit + Healthy 365 was feeling overworked, exhausted and unsuccessful at achieving the goals she set for herself. Sound familiar to you too? Tune in as Lydia teaches us how to grow your business while putting yourself first.
First, fill up your bucket
Before you can give to others, be sure to take care of yourself first. Lydia advises that this doesn’t have to be saying a mantra three times in the mirror or going on a vacation. It can be as simple as crafting or taking a nap. Whatever you like to do, be sure to include it as part of your day.
Stop and smell the roses
Sometimes all you need is to take a step back and take a breath. Put your laptop and phone away for a second and reflect on how far you’ve come and the people you helped today. Even though it may seem like you’re not getting the results you wanted, you’re definitely making a huge impact with your clients.
If it helps, try focusing your energy on yourself and your clients. During a low point in her life, she did the bare minimum in other things but always gave her best to her clients and put aside time for things she wanted to do. You don’t need to necessarily stop the great work you’re doing, but instead, shift the focus away from things that keep you from doing what you love.
Busy isn’t always better
Instead of doing things to fill up your day for the sake of being busy, be strategic about your time. If you’re a company that uses Facebook, try going on it once a week instead of eight times a week – but do so thoughtfully. Think about why you need to be on Facebook and what you’re trying to achieve with it for the week. Then get it done and step away from it.
Lydia challenges us to be intentional with our time. This doesn’t mean sacrificing your time, but rather, blocking off time for specific tasks and getting what you need to get done within that time.
The link between personal and professional growth
What does your personal and professional growth have in common? They both require you to adjust your mindset! For Lydia, her money mindset was a big concern – something we all can agree with. How many times do we feel like we aren’t making enough money? Or that when we lose a source of income, we quickly need to replace it?
When you feel panicked and stressed about money, it affects the way you perform at work. Your interactions start to come from a place of desperation for income instead of offering to create an impact. Lydia urges us to reframe the way we approach our issues and instead remember what exactly we are trying to achieve at the end of the day. Offer your impact from a place of service – this is where things will start rolling and eventually, the clients (and money) will grow.
Practicing productive gratitude
Lydia practices what she calls “productive gratitude” where you can reflect or write down one or two (or more) things you are grateful for. You’ll find that there are things you are constantly grateful for such as friends and family, and then sometimes you’ll think of something different such as a new friend you’ve made the day before. You can write as many as you’d like – it’s up to you! Lydia also likes to write affirmation statements – which can also vary every day or become a consistent part of your morning routine.
Another great way Lydia likes to start her day is to ask herself, “how can I care for myself today?” It’s okay if you write down things you know you’re going to do – it reaffirms which self-care practices work best for you! You don’t have to make it complicated or feel the need to add to your already full plate – going for a 15-minute walk in your neighbourhood can help too!
At the end of your day, write down your accomplishments of the day. If your goal was to catch up on this week’s episode – you can definitely write it down as the accomplishment of the day!
Lydia notes that everyone is different – try out different methods and see what works best for you!
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