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As a female entrepreneur or solo professional, how balanced is your life? Do you have days when your life seems out of control and you've got endless demands pulling at you from all directions? With all the stress and worry placed on people today, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, exhausted - and just plain stressed! Sound familiar? More than likely you have experienced this more than once.

 

But whether you believe it or not, balancing your life doesn't require massive changes. It isn't necessary to throw in the towel, quit your career or business as a female entrepreneur, abandon your family and escape to a remote retreat in order to feel peaceful and happy. In fact, true balance is something that starts WITHIN YOU first and foremost - no matter what else is happening in your outer life circumstances.

As a solo professional or entrepreneur, creating a life of balance is crucial. Commitments of work, family, friends and others need to be rounded to create the happiness and the success you deserve.

 

To help you discover more balance in your life, below are three simple steps to begin building a greater sense of inner peace and harmony:

 

1. Quiet time.

Our personal time is one of the first things we tend to sacrifice when we're busy. Instead we devote most of our energy and attention to caring for others, multi-tasking, meeting responsibilities and "being productive". Over time this depletes our energy and we begin to feel more and more burdened by our responsibilities.

 

To live a life with more balance, quiet time to yourself is crucial. You may believe that you don't have any time available for yourself, but something amazing happens when you consistently make time; you find yourself feeling happier and more energetic, your focus improves - and you still get so much done! Get outside, go for a walk, enjoy the sights of the birds, the clouds in the sky, smell the flowers. Alternatively,just a few minutes spent sitting quietly in meditation, reading a book or writing in your favourite journal can do wonders in transforming stress into peace and happiness.

 

2. Self-care.

The most important person in the world is you so if you want to have balance in your life it is vital that you look after yourself. Beyond making time for things you enjoy, there are other ways to nurture and love yourself on a daily basis. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep (or as much as you personally need) is a great start, as well as following a nutritious diet with fresh foods, partaking in daily exercise, getting lots of fresh air and speaking kindly to yourself.

Have you ever noticed that when you're really tired or stressed, even the smallest problem can seem like a nightmare? On the other hand, when you're feeling well-rested and centered, you're much better able to handle upsets. Caring for yourself is one sure way to consistently replenish your energy, inner peace and joy - which means you'll have the fortitude to handle whatever comes your way.

 

 

As a female entrepreneur or solo professional, how balanced is your life? Do you have days when your life seems out of control and you've got endless demands pulling at you from all directions? With all the stress and worry placed on people today, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, exhausted - and just plain stressed! Sound familiar? More than likely you have experienced this more than once.

But whether you believe it or not, balancing your life doesn't require massive changes. It isn't necessary to throw in the towel, quit your career or business as a female entrepreneur, abandon your family and escape to a remote retreat in order to feel peaceful and happy. In fact, true balance is something that starts WITHIN YOU first and foremost - no matter what else is happening in your outer life circumstances.

As a solo professional or entrepreneur, creating a life of balance is crucial. Commitments of work, family, friends and others need to be rounded to create the happiness and the success you deserve.

 

 

3. Flexibility.

Are you constantly being too hard on yourself? One of the biggest causes of stress is rigid expectations? We are all guilty of it and experience this from time to time; we have a mental picture of how our lives "should be" - and get really annoyed or frustrated when our outer circumstances don't cooperate! One of the biggest gifts you can give yourself is a flexible state of mind. In other words, learn how to detach from unrealistic expectations and go with the flow.

When you change your attitude and allow yourself to have a flexible mind-set, you'll be better equipped to deal with crises and problems much more easily because you're not working against a preconceived notion of how things "should be". In fact, you're able to tap into your creative problem-solving skills and move through challenges without all the drama and frustration. Be like the tree that bends with the breeze - and you're much less likely to break! Wouldn't that give your life more balance?

 

To continue moving forward on your journey of success as a female entrepreneur, these inner changes can make a dramatic difference in your state of well-being, but you may also want to examine your outer life circumstances and see if there are other small changes you can make to help support your inner work.


For example, you might choose to let go of certain obligations that are no longer meaningful or enjoyable to you. Just because you agreed to host weekly meetings for a support group two years ago doesn't mean you have to keep doing it forever - especially if it's become a drain on your time and energy!

If you want to create more peace, harmony, happiness and balance in your life, take a few moments and ask yourself these four power questions.

 

1. What do you want more of?
2. What do you want less of?
3. What do you want to start doing?
4. What do you want to stop doing?


Be willing to let go of activities that no longer complement the lifestyle you desire. This will enable you to create a space for greater fulfillment, joy and peace.

The result will be a happier you. Your role as a woman and as a successful female entrepreneur with more balance in your life will be evident for the world to see.

 

 

To Your Success,

 

Barbara Harnsberger

 

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