Powering me first, then my business

Like most business owners, I have high hopes for my business in 2013.

lightbulbBut as I reflect on improving and making my business better, I wonder why it didn’t live up to my expectations last year. Or the year before. Or the year before.

Obviously EnMast gives me the tools to do what I need to do … but going down a little deeper, I need the energy to create a better business. And frankly, some days I get tired! Maybe not falling-asleep-at-my-desk tired, but tired. Uninspired. Unproductive. Do you know what I’m talking about?

So I did a little searching. At this time of year, there are so many weight-loss programs being advertised and while healthy eating obviously fuels your body, I need more than an orange and a treadmill to help me do what I need to do. I searched for “business fatigue” and tangentially came upon The Energy Project. Well, it may as well be called The Bridget Project because it pinpoints exactly, precisely what I’m going through — business owner burnout!

And apparently I’m not the only one. Tony Schwartz, president & CEO of The Energy Project, wrote about fatigue in one of his blog posts called Fatigue is Your Enemy. He wrote: “One CEO of a multinational company told me that just dealing with time differences had left him so exhausted he was seriously considering quitting. Another CEO at a much-admired company told me that for the first time, he’s losing truly valued employees who say they simply can’t take it anymore. In a recent survey at a third organization, over 80% of the top 400 leaders reported they spend the majority of their days feeling negative emotions, fueled in large part by overload and overwhelm.”

And it’s not wonder we are all exhausted. We’ve got texts and emails coming at us 24/7. We’ve got challenges and problems that we sure didn’t have when we worked for someone else. Who has the time to stop and refuel?

The Energy Project focuses on renewing your four sources of energy: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. I did The Energy Audit through The Energy Project and not surprisingly, it showed that I am quite depleted in three out of the four categories.

So, in an effort to build my business, I’m going to start my year off by first building up my four sources of energy. I’ll let you know how my energy project goes.

Who’s with me? Who is ready to re-energize?

Bridget

Bridget Ingebrigtsen owns Write On Command, a company that provides writing and editing services to businesses and not-for-profits. Bridget describes her six-year stint as Anchor Advisors' writer/editor as being "mutually beneficial" -- she helps Anchor Advisors keep their written projects on track and Anchor Advisors helps her keep her business on track. When she's not running her business, Bridget is running after her four children, two dogs and the latest in entertainment news. Connect with Bridget on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.