How many hats do you wear as a business owner?
If you’re like most business owners, I know there is a common answer
We, as business owners, are Superwomen and Supermen.
We can work more hours in a single day than most people could fathom.
We can run faster than a speeding bullet to meet the looming deadline.
While we may not always know exactly what to do in a given circumstance, we can certainly use our creative thinking, work ethic, and can-do attitude to get done what needs to get done.
We live by the thrill of the moment.
We create substance where there was once chaos.
We solve problems
We challenge the status quo.
We are difference makers.
Most days, we put everything on the line for the people we built our companies to serve.
If we run at full speed for too long, we’ll burn out.
We’ll neglect our loved family members whom we pledge to cherish.
If we allow our businesses to consume our lives, our businesses will consume our lives.
While it may be difficult to do, we have to give ourselves breathing room.
We have to step back and enjoy other aspects of our lives.
The challenge with this is that success in business is so enticing.
We’re learning something new each day.
We grow and expand beyond the person we were at the beginning of the day.
We make a difference in other people’s lives.
We win where other people have failed.
Success is an intoxicating partner.
But we must be vigilant.
We must guard room in our lives for other aspects of this mortal journey.
We have to be willing to let go of the things that drag us down.
We have to say farewell to the things that are not important.
We only suffer needlessly because we allow ourselves to suffer needlessly.
It reminds me of my favorite movie, The Wizard of Oz.
Dorothy spends the whole movie searching for a way to get back to Kansas.
At the end of the movie Glinda, the good witch, shares a message with Dorothy.
“You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.”
All we have to do to change our lives is change our actions.
We are always in control, whether we like to believe it or not.