Many people are successful and even more… are not. What is the secret for people like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, or Jeff Bezos? You may not be interested in becoming one of the richest people in the world. But you have to admit, avoiding worry about money would be the cherry on top.
There is something that each of those entrepreneurs has done. It’s definitely working. So, what is it?
Alignment. Alignment. Alignment.
Presumably, you already know. Alignment happens when what you believe in and value, works seamlessly with your work and family life. When this happens, it’s like Will and Kate’s fairy-tale wedding. Aspects of your life come together, working in unison, and life is beautiful. Make your life as blissful as the royal family. Be more productive, effective, happy, and content in every area of your life.
Like many people, especially women entrepreneurs, your life is chaotic and exhausting. You work, cook, get everyone ready for bed, run a business, and carpool to 5 after school activities – every day. When you align your goals with your business, you silence the craziness in life.
Take a moment to pat yourself on the back and say:
“There are no limits to what I can achieve.”
Repeat this affirmation every morning. Set your day up for success by believing in yourself, your ability, and your values. They all work together. I promise.
What happens when goals are not aligned?
By not setting personal goals, it becomes difficult (sometimes impossible) to scale your business. The two go hand in hand. If goals are never set, you don’t know which direction you are going, in your life or in your business. It becomes chaos.
Like when your children turn the house into an indoor playground. It’s like that but in your head. You feel scattered and unsure about where to start. It’s easy to get distracted by another item on your to-do list because your brain is all over the place.
Declutter your mind by sorting through what your core values actually are. Your family, values, and business will work together seamlessly when you uncover what means the most to you. Aligning your decisions with your business goals grow your business while living a life you dreamed about.
How do you identify your core values and align them with your goals?
Goal alignment is a process. Don’t rush it. Be sure to have some time to yourself to really consider what is most important in your life. Silence to think and no distractions help you get real with yourself. Need a few days to think about what means the most to you?
Embrace it. Take as much time as you need. Take off your rose-coloured glasses. Get to the nitty gritty of what you love and what you completely despise. This makes all the difference for your happiness. Truly knowing what you want out of life and figuring out how to make it happen, is followed by success.
Try these suggestions to get clear on your values and goals.
Take a few minutes to jot down memories that come to your mind. A moment in time when you learned something valuable. Difficult, enriching, happy, or devastating. It can be anything, good or bad. Remember, we all learn from our failures (so they are actually successes).
Group your memories together.
Narrow down words or phrases you noted. Put those into groups This is where the quiet comes into play. Spend a little time writing your list and grouping these teachable moments. How you organize these groups is up to you. This is your personal process. You get to do it how you want.
Who are you, really?
Put a star next to the memories that you feel represent who you are at heart and who you want to grow into. All the items that are left with a star are your accessories. Girls love accessories. Your core values list has some to. Just as jewelry is special and makes an outfit more beautiful, who you are makes you… YOU. Your values are unique to you and make you stand out from the crowd.
Narrow it down.
Pick no more than 10 items from your list. These are your core values to practice daily. These values are intentional and meaningful to you. When you finish making this list, they should align with your views and feelings on your business, family, relationships, and well-being. Does your list look like that? It’s ok If doesn’t… yet. Revisit your list tomorrow, dig a little deeper. A close friend, coach, or significant other can help you to get honest with yourself.
Every month assess your core values. You can do this somewhat fast, in about 15 minutes.
What comes easily to me?
What doesn’t resonate with me anymore?
Which values are hard for me to incorporate into my routine and why?
Do I need to get rid of some items or add something new?
Set Yearly Goals
Values change. You change as a person and as a business owner so it’s expected for your goals and values to need readjusting. Reflecting on the previous year serves you as momentum and motivation for the year ahead.
Consider values that:
- Feed your behaviours
- Make your relationships positive
- Improve your health
- Promote financial growth
Write a short summary. Lists, pictures, or drawings to sum up what values improved which area of your life.
You know when you need to realign your goals and values when you don’t feel motivated by what you are working toward. When your goals stop lighting the fire inside of you, try revisiting your morning routine. Have you neglected it? Do you have a morning routine?
It can be tricky to make time for yourself to start the day. I’ve been there. Try getting up 15 minutes before everyone else in the house. (This will absolutely take some practice in self-discipline.) Read, say affirmations, or glance over your goals for the day, month, and year. This helps you stay in alignment with your values and goals and know when to adjust.
Go ahead, try it.
Sync your business strategy and your personal goals so both flourish.
Check out my podcast, Hello Monday, and my Facebook group The Ballet Fitness Room for more FITpreneur strategies.