Kicking back? Kicking it up? How ‘bout both?

 

Folks in the northern hemisphere are basking in the start of summer. If you’re like most
such people, you’re looking forward to vacations and road trips and some lazy days off.

The question is, Can your business afford to take a complete break?

The challenge in this situation is one every entrepreneur is familiar with: How do you
find an effective equilibrium between two competing imperatives?

You’re faced with this type of question every day as you decide what takes precedence:

This kind of thinking can make you totally crazy, because it implicitly assumes that
there’s only one “right” choice. This either/or approach creates an amazing amount of
unnecessary stress; you not only have to decide what that “right” choice is, but you then get to worry about whether you chose wisely.

Fortunately, there’s a straightforward way to avoid this trap: Choose to live from a
position of both/and.

 

Productivity requires both focus and relaxation.

 

This approach is not without its own challenges, of course, since you’ll need to
determine what combination of activities is right for you and your business. However, there are some big payoffs to living from both/and:

So how can you practice a both/and approach to life and business?

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What are some ways you’ve found to intentionally approach your personal and professional lives from a both/and perspective? How has that benefited you?

Or are you so busy reacting to phone calls/emails/Facebook notifications/LinkedIn updates that “being intentional” is no more than a fantasy? If that’s the case, I might be able to assist.

My specialty is showing insanely busy and/or overwhelmed and/or stuck entrepreneurs how to earn more money and feel less stressed by tossing aside what’s slowing them down and focusing on what will propel them forward. Are you someone who could benefit from this? Maybe.

One way to find out is to get acquainted by phone. I don’t know whether our mutual decision would be “Yes! Let’s start yesterday!” or “No way in hell!” or something in between; however, I do know that we’ll be confident it’s the right decision for both of us.

If that’s worth exploring, let’s set up that get-acquainted call. You can do that by calling me at 319-20-1214 or by emailing me with “I want to both explore possibilities and not be obligated” in the subject line. We’ll see where we end up.

(By the way, thanks to Kyle MacKenzie for posting the both/and image in the Creative Commons section of Flickr.)

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2 Responses to Kicking back? Kicking it up? How ‘bout both?

  1. Pat Schuler says:

    Kathleen, what great advice for a way to enjoy the summer without guilt – at least not too much guilt! 🙂

    • Kathleen Mavity Kathleen says:

      Pat, I’ve heard guilt called “the gift that keeps on giving” 🙂 – but I’m certainly okay with kicking it out the door!

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