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Reframing Success: How To Set Up A Winning Lifestyle For The Long Term

To ensure you're fighting fit for running a business, you need to readdress the equilibrium, and reevaluate what success means

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The way we define success in society has changed. By and large, money and power attract respect, which is a massive driving force for wanting to be successful. In today’s culture, we glamourize being overworked and always busy through phrases like “I’ve got a dream worth more than my sleep,” and ”hustle ’til you no longer have to introduce yourself.”

The 9-to-5 isn’t enough, and if you keep regular working hours, people will likely ask what else you’re doing with your time. This mentality implies that the more hours you put in, the more rewards you’ll receive. In other words, the desired result is always achievable, providing you’re prepared to work long enough, hard enough, and fast enough.

These messages can be particularly damaging because you’re constantly “on” as an entrepreneur. Naturally, you want to succeed, and to a certain extent, some degree of stress is good for peak performance. But (and it’s a big but) when we start building chronic stress, it can cause a range of physical and mental disorders, before ending up in total burnout.

Growing a business can quickly take over your life when you set the pace. Your cognitive functions suffer, productivity becomes impossible, and maintaining success is no longer sustainable. Starting your own business is a huge emotional investment, and the journey is full of financial uncertainty, making it hard to step back and switch off. You might feel guilty or genuinely fearful about missing lucrative opportunities if you take a break. Plus, other factors may be driving you forward, such as a lack of self-belief or critical self-talk.

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