I asked 4 popular tweeps and successful business people these questions.
Do you believe that maintaining a sense of inner peace is important in growing your business? If so, why is this important to you?
What is one key thing you do that helps you to maintain a sense of peace while growing your business to new heights?
The variety of answers is interesting. They are all good ideas to consider when looking at how to become more peaceful as you grow your own business to new heights – a nice combination of going inside to get quiet and taking practical steps to stay on track. Of course I added my answer below as well. Let us know what you think and what helps you be a more peaceful entrepreneur.
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Stacey Mayo, The Dream Queen
“Inner peace is now a part of how I define success. If I am making lots of money but am stressed out trying to keep up with it all, that is not success. It is much more fun to be peaceful and joyful while making a difference and making a good living. I choose to lead from stillness more and more.
What that means is that I get quiet and listen to what wants to be born. The One Minute Meditation is one of the tools I use to get quiet. I do not act out of impulse – at least not as much – but rather out of what resonates with me and fits with my bigger mission. It is about taking inspired action from a place of alignment, not from a place of urgency. Rather than hurry and do something, (like we’ve all been taught, to work hard and fast), the action comes after the stillness. This is how The Peaceful Entrepreneur concept was born. If the idea that wants to be born is a big idea and outside my comfort zone, then I take the time to clear the thoughts and beliefs that cause resistance so when I act, I truly am in alignment with it and the results are more likely to manifest quickly and ea
Denise J. Hart, The Motivation Mama!
“Inner peace is absolutely important to growing a business. In fact, inner peace is essential for success in life. It’s when you become still that you are able to hear and receive with the greatest clarity. As a small business owner so many challenges can come your way and it’s through tapping into your inner peace reserve that you are able to maintain in tough situations. Inner peace keeps a smile on your face and in your heart.
Jan Masters of Everyday Joy
“I do believe that maintaining peace–and joy–in developing my business is very essential. In fact it’s a kind of ‘burn the candle at both ends’ thing for me. Creating, writing, coaching out of a peaceful place communicates a peaceful, grounded vibration to my readers, clients, students. On the other hand, my work is my path, and so when I am not so peaceful and life is squeezing me, finding my way back can often take the form of writing, coaching, teaching, and hearing the message, feeling the vibration, allowing the shift to happen within me, within that context. It’s a circular thing for me since my humanity is my greatest asset in my work.
The key thing I do to maintain my peace in growing my business is that I keep up with my message. What I mean by that is that I am an evolving being, with new challenges and new joys every day, and new tools and strategies for dealing with them, and new understanding and integration and transformation happening all the time. I have always been one who experiences, looks for powerful energy shifting tools and processes, tries them out, and then takes the ones that are the most beautifully transformative and brings them to my market. This has kept me energized and enthusiastic and passionate, and has kept my market on the lookout knowing that they will be getting exciting new offerings from me. Everybody’s happy!”
Pam Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation
“Maintaining a sense of peace while growing a business is critical because success to me means enjoying my work while I am doing it, not just evaluating the results. If I don’t make sure I am happy and at peace, I lose my perspective, my body rebels and I become a cranky person.
This year is all about working with partners to make sure that I focus on the things I enjoy and do well. I started a new program with three partners which has been wonderful. I hired a virtual assistant to take lots of details off my plate, which feels amazing.”
Josh Hinds from Get Motivation
“Yes, I find it very important to be able to retreat during those times during the day when things are particularly hectic. In the course of any given day I have a large number of tasks related to larger projects which require my time, but also I have the responsibility of ensuring the smaller, some might say more mundane things are completed as well. Even in cases where these tasks have been delegated I still have to follow up and make sure they’re completed correctly and in the decided upon time. This is certainly not something that’s exclusive to my professional life, virtually everyone who might be reading this can relate to some degree….
One of the things that helps me quite a bit is to keep lists, even simple lists of the particular days most important tasks can help me stay focused & working on what’s truly most important — that is those things that I’ve determined before hand is most likely to yield the best results for me. This keeps me grounded on what I need to be focusing on, rather than running the risk of simply moving on to whatever “immediate emergency” might pop up in the moment.
Another thing I do is to take breaks (if you can schedule them all the better). There will be times where you will be so involved in a project where you just won’t want to step away from it. In some cases this is fine, but all in all I find that when I feel resistance to doing something I know I need to do, that is precisely when I would be served much better if I were willing to step away for a short period of time, or perhaps read a book or do something entirely different. Even something as seemingly simple as taking some deep breaths. Notice what I’m suggesting is far from procrastinating or putting off doing what needs to be done. Rather, I go into it telling myself that in doing so I’m recharging my internal battery a bit. Creating the necessary relaxation & balance we all need.”