Many people, especially women, join network marketing to create more balance in their lives. That’s why we chose this as the theme for our 2014 women’s issue.
While our business model certainly holds this promise and possibility, not every network marketer has found the work/life balance she or he was looking for.
Here are a few things I learned from balancing on my yoga mat:
Practiced regularly, balancing poses help us develop physical, mental, and emotional strength. Finding your center and being able to remain steady while balancing will improve your focus, relieve stress, and help you deal with challenging situations.
Women are instinctively in tune with others’ needs and have a keen sense of what’s going on around them. It takes practice to keep at least some of our attention inwards so we can remain connected to our core and values.
Trying to juggle family and business demands, we can easily lose sight of our still point. Sometimes we exhaust ourselves working on outer circumstances instead of tapping into our inner power. When we fall or fail, we tend to judge ourselves, which takes us even further away from our goal.
Leaving the corporate world or starting a home-based business can be an important step on your journey towards a more fulfilling life. However, no business model or no amount of money can get you there. Balance requires daily discipline and constant course corrections.
Depending on where you are in your business, keeping balance might mean delegating more or cutting certain distractions. Perhaps it implies rewiring your belief that leadership means setting a pace of high-intensity, sacrificing more, and working harder, rather than modeling a truly balanced life.
As your business grows, taking care of yourself is not a luxury; it’s another way of using leverage, because your team members look at you as a sort of template for creating the life they want.
“The world will be saved by the Western woman,” the Dalai Lama famously said. Having made enormous progress towards freedom, we now have a chance to pass on that freedom to others on a global scale. We have a big job to do!
Are you in this for the long haul?
Then read on and learn a few tricks and tips for staying balanced.
DR. JOSEPHINE GROSS is cofounder and editor in chief of Networking Times.