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An Inner Peace Plan is Just as Important as a Business Plan

An Inner Peace Plan is Just as Important as a Business Plan

As an entrepreneur, you know the importance of a detailed and well-executed business plan. Having an understanding of the who, what, where, when and why of your business is a pivotal part of creating something sustainable and successful. Most importantly, your business will reflect who you are and your clarity and commitment.

But what about a plan for ensuring your own peace of mind?

Even if your business is thriving, if you’re stressed to the point of unsustainability, then what’s the point? Success is more than making money. Success means thriving and that includes your state of mind, and ultimately your inner peace.

It’s no secret that running a business can be stressful. Most people haven’t been taught how to cope with high levels of stress. The number one leading cause of chronic stress amongst American adults is too much pressure at work, and when you’re an entrepreneur that pressure is all the more present. Modern research shows that chronic stress is linked to the top 6 leading causes of death.

But there’s good news, with the right knowledge and planning, you can feel empowered with strategies and solutions to better cope with stress and overwhelm. You can train yourself to reframe your reactions when things go “wrong” and start responding to challenges from a place of calm.

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Enter what I like to call an Inner Peace Plan, a combination of practices and techniques you can use to go beyond creating a successful business and create a truly successful life.

A Plan to be Calm, Cool and Collected Even in the Midst of Chaos

Intention, is powerful, and when you set the intention to have a productive day, you’re much more likely to achieve that outcome than you not setting an intention.

Setting intentions is all about planning and directing your energy in a focused manner. Intention makes that which you intend worthy of manifesting come to life. As a leader and entrepreneur, you must be aware of all the possibilities and set the intention to remain focused, present, mindful and calm.

In business, there will always be ups and downs, things that work and things that don’t. Maintaining a successful business is a process of constant refinement. You can allow the ebbs and flows of your business to pull you along with them, or you can set the intention to remain stable and collected, even when the ideal outcome isn’t met.

Practice: On your Inner Peace Plan, make a list of typical events that would set you off and how you can practice responding instead of reacting.

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Ex. A client doesn’t show up for a meeting and offers no explanation. You can consciously feel your emotion and let go and use the newfound time to accomplish your objective or create something new and innovative.

The Elements of an Inner Peace Plan

The most important part of your inner peace plan is the intention behind it. When you write a business plan you intend for your business to be successful, when you put together a plan to ensure your emotional well-being is kept in check, that’s a potent step towards making that intention a reality.

Mission and Vision

Whatever your mission, vision, and purpose is for your business, take that and infuse an element of personal balance and well-being.

Ex. Your mission is to inspire change in the tech industry by creating easy to use analytics software. Your vision is to create the most sought-after analytics software in North America.

The peace part comes into this by setting the intention to follow through towards your goals while maintaining your mental and emotional well-being. If at some point you realize that you’re reaching your business goals but you’re on the verge of burnout, you can go back to your peace plan and remember that balance is also an important aspect of your aspirations. Your business will reflect your vibrational, energetic and mental state.

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Integrate your own need to maintain peace with the mission and vision you have for your business.

Strategies in Situation Analysis

Situation analysis in business is an overview of your objectives, strategy, and execution among other things.

Applying situation analysis towards ensuring peace of mind in all circumstances, solidifies the stress management strategies you have in your arsenal, for dealing with the unexpected in a way that it embodies mindfulness and doesn’t throw the rest of your life off balance.

A few ideas for stress reduction strategies include…

  • Focusing on the breath in moments when your mind is scattered.
  • Release tension through exercise and movement practices.
  • When you’re triggered by something someone said, try to not take it personally and practice letting go.
  • When overwhelm sets in, take a look at your time management practices and refine them where needed.
  • Practice clear communication at all times, if something feels fuzzy, reach out for clarity and deeper understanding.
  • Remember to practice gratitude, even when things aren’t going your way.
  • Practice self-care in regards to the thoughts you have about yourself, the food you nourish your body with and the time you take to just BE.
  • Visualize the outcome you desire.
  • Spend plenty of time with family and friends.

Strategies and Action Plans for All Predicaments

Someone didn’t pay their invoice…

You didn’t get approved for the business loan or grant…

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One of your employees has been stealing money…

You fell way short in achieving your goals for the last quarter…

There’s always going to be something trying to grab your attention and raise your stress levels. But you have the choice to react or to respond.

If you set the intention to respond in a calm mindful way, and use the strategies you put in place to help you experience more inner peace you can ensure that even if your business fails, your mental health won’t. Maintaining inner peace is like insurance on your most valuable asset, YOU.

When you expand your inner peace, raise your vibrational frequency and integrate your unresolved emotional content, you’ll expand your ability to meet each challenge and see them as opportunities instead of setbacks.

Track Your Successes

Just as you track everything in business, do the same in your personal ability to cope with chaos. Look at the events and circumstances that arise in your business every month and analyze whether or not you met those events with hostility and stress, or peace and acceptance.

The truth of the matter is that whether you view something in a negative or a positive light, it doesn’t change what happened, but it does change your state of mind and peace. You can grow in understanding and choose to learn from what went wrong, strengthening your ability to experience peace in any circumstance.

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10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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