You were tired of the rat race. Your job, your responsibilities were no longer fulfilling you! You never had time for yourself, always running, and you kept thinking that there must be more to life than that.

When you had a chance, you decided to leave the corporate world to set up your own business. You were thrilled at the idea of running a business doing work you love. You could already picture it, the thriving results, the freedom it would give you and the life you would live!

A few years have passed. You wake up tired, you’re overwhelmed, easily irritated, frustrated, disappointed and let’s face it, on the brink of a burnout. Is that why you left the corporate world?

I’ve seen it too often and to be very honest I’ve been there myself at some point. How can it be that we recreate what we dread the most for ourselves ?

After so many years working with my clients (and reflecting upon what I had done myself) I’ve clearly identified two common trends leading to the same outcome:

  • You were driven by your passion but forgot to look into the business aspect of things. You set up your business, not realizing that doing work you love and running a business are two very different things that require complete different skill sets. The consequence is that the results aren’t there and that your business looks more like an expensive hobby than anything else. You’re working (too) hard, juggling with (too) many things to do, wondering what your next move should be amongst all the things that are on your to-do list.

  • You were driven by your business skills but forgot to connect to what is important to you. The financial results were quickly there. Now your business is thriving, but you seem to have lost yourself in the process. Your romantic life has turned into some drama. You’ve become estranged from your kids. You hardly have time to see your friends. You don’t have a social life anymore, and don’t even remember what the word self-care stands for.

Take a coin: scenario one is one side of it and scenario two is the other one. The coin can’t exist without its two sides.

You want a different result than the one you had so far? You can’t just set up your business without taking the time to balance who you are with what is important to you, to your life and business. If you do, you will re-create your own rat race, guaranteed!

If you’ve been reading thus far, you probably are eager to find out what you can do to change this situation. The good news is that there is a way. I know, I did it before and so did my clients. There is no magic wand, it won’t happen overnight, it will require some work, but the results will be there. All it takes is for you to:

  • Be clear about who you are and what is important to you,

  • Clear what stands in the way of your fulfillment and success by changing your mindset and shifting your relationship to money and success,

  • Up-leveling your relationship to yourself and others by putting yourself back at the center of your life

  • Re-assess your business so that it can actually support the life you desire

  • Implement the tools and systems to ensure you stay committed to it.

Decide to make it happen, take action and the results will be there! You will have a life again and be able to enjoy every moment of it!

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You seemed to have it all!
The successful business or career, the family, the friends, the house (although, if you are completely honest with yourself, it wasn’t really fulfilling, something was nagging at you, something was missing) …

That is when life chose to knock you down: you lost someone dear to your heart, had to fight a life-threatening disease, left a toxic relationship, faced depression, lost your job or went through bankruptcy. Everything you had fell into pieces, and you may even have lost everything in the process! There you are, feeling lost and completely disoriented in what seems to be a bottomless well.

Believe me, I know what you are going through, as a matter of fact, the only thing I haven’t experienced myself from the above list is facing a serious disease. But I also know that there is a way to change that and that it is possible to make things happen again in your life and business. I know, because I have done it for myself!

But, let’s revert to you. In a situation like that you only have two choices:

1) look at your circumstances and continue to believe that the odds are against you.  As a result nothing will ever change, or,

2) reconsider all your choices in life and business and see this situation as an amazing opportunity to reinvent yourself!

 Let’s take a closer look at the second option:

Before life hit you, you were highly driven; you obviously had the skills and the needed competencies. You knew how to make things work for you. That hasn’t changed, so there is no reason for you not to succeed again! The thing is, back then you were missing a few pieces of the equation. You were not connecting the dots between you, your life and your business and that has ultimately hit you in the face.

 What it would take to for you to be successful again but this time with room for more meaning, more happiness and fulfillment?

Step 1 – Clarify who you are and what is important to you 
Caught as you were in your rat race to success, you weren’t connected to what was true to you. Now is the time to step back and reflect. Time to think about your values and your needs as well as your vision for your life and business. What would that change for you?

Step 2 – Clear what stands in the way of your success and fulfillment
Take a closer look at your mindset and at the lens through which you are viewing your life. How do you relate to money and success? What do you need to change to be fully in charge and make the conscious choices that will lead to your success and fulfillment?

Step 3 – Put yourself back at the center of your life 
If you are like most women I know, there is little to no room for yourself in your life. Now that you have identified your needs and values, what are the boundaries you can implement to ensure they are respected? How can you make your self-care such a priority that it has a positive impact on your relationship with yourself and others?

Step 4 – Reassess and up-level your business
Look at your current business model (or the one you had thought of if you haven’t set up your business yet). Who do YOU want to work with? What value do you bring to them and what services can you offer to ensure that you no longer trade time for dollars? What business model do you need to implement to ensure your business can sustain the life you desire?

Step 5 – Don’t let your business rule you and your life 
A business is a business, not an expensive hobby. You need to handle it as such, but if you don’t pay attention, you will quickly re-create the rat race you run away from when you were in corporate. What systems and tools can you implement to ensure you stay focused and on top of your business? What can you delegate so you spend your time only on activities where you add value?

Take our online assessment, if you you would like to know what is missing for your life and business to support each other.