I woke up today with a case of the shoulds.
The last few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster in my family and even though I am still feeling underpowered, I noticed a little nudge saying: "You have a lot to do, you should put in some time at work today."
The thing is, it's CEO Friday, a day normally reserved for deeper reflection and self-investing in my mind, body and spirit. And I felt the tug-of-war starting.
Most business owners can relate to this.
When life gets in the way of a beautifully calendared and compartmentalized week, it's easy to justify working on your days off or splitting your attention when you are meant to be present with something other than your business.
THIS is why we need to have a deep connection with our overall vision for our business and life, as well as values to check our actions against to see what is truly aligned. (And if you don't already do this, join the early interest list for The Vision + Process Mastermind to learn how here.)
Here are a few of my values and how I applied them to decide how to deal with my inner conflict:
Self-investment is non-negotiable
Simply, no drama
Our revenue reflects our impact
At the end of the day, if we aren't making money, it means we aren't living our vision. No money = no business. So my final value check was to take a look at the metrics for the quarter so far.
Are we delivering on our promises to our clients?
Do we have the dollars in the bank as tangible proof that this business is thriving and has what it needs to grow?
Honestly, if my answer weren't an enthusiastic yes to all of the above, you can be sure I would put in some time at the desk to get us on track.
This is how I make value-based decisions, even on a small decision like how I will use my day today.