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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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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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