Phew, you have done some serious soul searching these past two days and have been painfully honest with yourself about the state of things.
Being honest with yourself and letting the people close to you be honest with you is HARD stuff.
Just remember, we are all growing here, myself included.
With two driven business owners in our house, we revisit conversations like these OFTEN and while the truth hurts each time, it always serves to get us back on track and unifies us in the process.
Today we dive in and start with the first steps in building your framework for a thriving life and business! Are you excited?
There is a reason that you started a business and I have a feeling it has a lot to do with the FREEDOM that owning a business can bring. I say can bring because in too many instances, hopeful creatives leave their 9-5 only to work 24/7 as a business owner.
Now that you have clarified your priorities, here is where we begin to establish boundary lines that will help to ensure that each area of life gets the weight (time/effort/attention) that it needs to thrive and to keep the whole structure of your life “upright and steady.”
We are going to start with establishing your “non-negotiables.”
Warning, you can try to undertake this on your own but if you are married then success in gaining a sense of “balance” will likely require input and unity with your spouse in order to last. I realize that this may be hard in certain marriages, but I would at least encourage you to try to come to an agreement together about these non-negotiables with common goals in mind.
“Non-negotiables” are the often seemingly silly “rules for life” that protect the things that you say that you prioritize.
If you do not decide on your non-negotiables than your work (especially if you love what you do!) will wreak havoc on all other areas of your life from your health to your marriage, parenting and friendships.
There already? It’s not too late!
Here are a few of the non-negotiables in our family that allow us all to thrive:
We have many more, but this just gives you an idea of the things that we have established as the “norms” for our family in order for us to thrive.
STOP RIGHT THERE - this list is NOT to induce guilt or comparison.
This list is just to get your wheels turning about what non-negotiables can look like. Remember that you and I are different, and our non-negotiables will uniquely reflect the uniqueness of our family culture, our goals, our personal convictions, etc.
Now it’s your turn.
You have the power to determine where the line is drawn to protect the things that you care about from being stolen away by the pace of life. It starts with a decision though and it helps to put that decision down in ink. Make a list - what do you want your non-negotiables to be?
And remember, the goal is not flawless execution of sticking to these rules of life. The goal is to create a standard or “true north” that you are constantly reorienting to.
ASSIGNMENT: ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
Comment below with one non-negotiable that you are excited about!
BONUS TASK: Hold a “family meeting” and talk about your new family non-negotiables list with your children. Post them in the house and let the kids help hold you accountable (They are good at that! haha).
You are doing deep work here. Keep going. It will be worth it!
I’ll see you again here tomorrow!
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