“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
I recently had the opportunity to help a friend work on her masters thesis on the topic of self-care among mental health professionals. What is self-care? Self-care is anything you do primarily for the benefit of your mental, physical, or spiritual health. Looking at this in the context of mental health professionals is interesting as the individuals are intimately familiar with the issues of psychological health, but it’s also interesting to think about what self-care means in the context of entrepreneurs.
“In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.” – Oscar Wilde
One of the determining factors in whether a business succeeds or not is the decisions made by those in control. I imagine there are cases where things hit such amazing alignment that the management of a business never had to make a tough decision, but I promise you that this is a rare condition. In most business the managers constantly need to make difficult decisions that have significant impact (what business model do we use? is this market worth going after? should we enter this parternership?). Given that these are decisions that need to make, how do they choose one path over another?
“Goals must never be from your ego, but problems that cry for a solution.” – Robert H. Schuller
I think one of the mistakes we tend to make as entrepreneurs is thinking that people care about us or our product significantly more than they do. We spend a lot of time fretting about what our customers will think if we make a certain change, what our friends will think if our business fails, and in general worrying about external perception.