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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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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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