Your small business, your happiness

Don’t lose sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing

As a small business owner, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of trying to please everyone, all the time. A quote by Abraham Lincoln sums this up beautifully though – it’s just not possible!

“You can please some of the people some of the time all of the people some of the time some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.”

How true that is! Sometimes we start to put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own, and we begin to feel stressed and stuck. At times like this, sit back, make a cuppa, and reflect on WHY you’re doing what you are doing. Some questions to help you put things back in perspective:

  • Why do you work for yourself?
  • How do you want to feel, and what needs to change for you to achieve this feeling?

One of my very wise clients said to me when we were chatting about this topic the other day, that no-one needs to know the exact hours that you work – and that really resonated with me. I was caught in the trap of ‘work time’ and ‘non-work time’ and had lost sight of the very reason I work for myself and from home – for the flexibility to work around my family and whatever family things came up. Since this chat, I’ve felt a lot clearer and more in control! Sometimes all it takes is a change in your thinking to turn things around.

So – it’s YOUR business, and you need to run it in a way that makes YOU happy