Creating a purpose-drive business is work.
There are a million and one things to think about and keep track of, and it can be easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day business and forget about the big picture.
That’s why it’s so important to step back from time to time, take a break, and recharge your batteries.
For me, one of the best ways to do this is by spending time with animals. I recently had the opportunity to spend some away time at an animal sanctuary. It was an incredibly enriching experience. Not only did I get to spend time surrounded by some of the most amazing creatures on the planet, but I also got a reminder about what’s important as an entrepreneur
Let me know if these relate:
1. The importance of staying present
One of the things that struck me most about the animals at the sanctuary was how present they were in each moment. They weren’t worrying about the past or the future, they were just enjoying the moment they were in.
It’s so easy to get caught up in our own heads as entrepreneurs. We’re always thinking about the next big thing or how we can make things better, and we often forget to appreciate the present moment. Staying present is one of the most important things we can do as entrepreneurs because it allows us to be fully focused on whatever task we’re working on and to really enjoy the journey.
2. The power of being vulnerable
The animals at the sanctuary were also very comfortable with being vulnerable. They didn’t put up any walls or pretenses, they were just themselves! Wild and free, literally. Many roamed around outside their enclosures with the biggest, brightest personalities ever.
Being vulnerable can be scary, but it’s also one of the most powerful things we can do. When we’re vulnerable, we’re open to new experiences and opportunities, and we allow ourselves to be truly seen. As entrepreneurs, being vulnerable allows us to connect with others on a deeper level and create more meaningful relationships.
3. The importance of play
Another thing that I noticed about the animals at the sanctuary was how much they played. They didn’t take themselves too seriously, they just had fun and enjoyed life.
It’s so easy to get bogged down by work as entrepreneurs, and we often forget to take time for play. But play is essential for our well-being, it helps us to relax and recharge, and it can even boost our creativity. So make sure to schedule some time for play in your life, whether it’s going for a walk in nature, playing with a pet, or just taking a break to watch a silly movie.
4. The importance of rest
The animals at the sanctuary also knew when it was time to rest. They would take naps in the sun and just relax. It was very inspiring to see, it reminded me that even though we’re always moving as entrepreneurs, it’s critical to make time for rest.
Rest is essential for our physical and mental health, and it allows us to come back to our work refreshed and energized. So make sure to build some downtime into your schedule, even if it’s just a few minutes each day. Magic happens in moments of rest.
5. The importance of community
Finally, I was struck by the sense of community at the sanctuary. Everyone worked together to take care of the animals, and there was a real sense of camaraderie.
As entrepreneurs, we often work alone or in small teams, and it can be easy to feel isolated. But it’s so important to seek out community. It provides us with support, inspiration, and motivation. There are many ways to find community as an entrepreneur, whether it’s online or in person, and I encourage you to seek it out.
I hope these five lessons from the animal sanctuary inspire you on your entrepreneurial journey. Remember to stay present, be vulnerable, play, rest, and find community. These things are essential for a happy and successful life as an entrepreneur. Thank you for reading!
Sending Big Love 💜Lisa