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6 Tips for Female Entrepreneurs to Obtain Inner Peace

Posted by: Chareen Goodman
Category: Business

What do you have in place when faced with chaos?

For anyone who really knows me, they know that I am all about peace. Peace is a beautiful thing.

Truth be told, I believe that once you’ve experienced real peace and serenity, you will want to keep it and maintain it as long as possible. And to do this takes work.

I recall a time, quite a few years ago when I found myself on the other side of peace. I was experiencing too much drama and chaos swirling around me that I decided to call my sister and share a bit about what was going on.

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.

Thomas À Kempis

As I went on with my story, she asked me one profound question…

“Chareen, what are you doing to get peace?”

WOW! Stunner!

I instantly got revelation from that question. In that moment, I realized that in order to have the peace you want you have to actively participate in getting, keeping and maintaining it.

Essentially this meant to me that if I wanted peace, I had to stop fighting against everything external and go within.

The swirl of chaos.

There is a lot of chaos and drama swirling around us these days, and as female entrepreneurs, I believe we face 10x more chaos and drama every day that we work to build our business empire.

Just think about this for a moment…, how can you really be of loving service to your clients, employees, and those around you, if you are fighting against the chaos and drama outside? 

I have discovered that if I want peace of mind that I need to stop fighting with my thoughts.

I have discovered that if I want peace in my business that I need to stop fighting when things are up, down, or sideways.

Because here’s the thing… without maintaining that inner peace, delivering loving service just doesn’t work, or at least it doesn’t work for long before you find yourself spinning out of control.

For the female entrepreneur, mompreneur, solopreneur, bosspreneur, or the aspiring “I’m gonna be an entrepreneur”, there are so many things that come at you on any given day, which can zap you and drain your energy.

So it is vital for you to know how to obtain inner peace for yourself.

Without the inner peace work, delivering loving service just doesn't work.

While remaining calm and stable on the inside may seem near impossible, especially when everything and everyone around you is in shambles, it is possible to have that inner peace even during the daily grind of entrepreneurship.  

Of course, there are many outward things you can do to keep your stress in check like, take regular vacations, exercise, eat right, and get plenty of sleep, and every female entrepreneur should incorporate as many of these into her lifestyle as possible.

But when it comes to maintaining true inner peace in the midst of chaos, well that will require your active participation, patience and practice.

Take a look at these 6 tips that I use and see how you can incorporate a few and make them work for you.

Tip 1: Keep a personal journal handy.

If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts. Get the chaos out of your head and onto paper as quickly as possible. I’m a total advocate of good old fashion pen and paper. I guarantee you that once you start writing, you will feel instant relief. I also recommend having a little portable journal on hand at all times. The purpose of the journal is for you to free up some mental real estate in your head. Make room for the peace. You want to relieve the pressure, and journaling is a great way to get what’s going on inside out. This not only helps you, but it also helps anyone who may be nearby. You don’t want to “splat” on some unsuspecting person by mistake. Too, as you get your words on to paper you can reflect on them during less pressured times and assess what the triggers are that’s leading to the chaos. Writing in a journal helps you keep track of the thoughts you’ve built up in your head, which creates mind clutter and chaos. So get out pen and paper and start decluttering. Make a clearing for inner peace.

Tip 2: Start asking some questions.

Self-reflection is an amazing process. I believe it allows you to get comfortable knowing yourself. When you start asking questions of yourself, you get answers that come from you. No surprise right? That’s because there is no one who knows you better than you know yourself. Granted, there are those times where you get stuck and need to seek the help of a friend or coach to get you unstuck. But aside from those moments, you can start the assessment process by asking yourself questions like “what really does my ideal life look like?” Or… “Am I really doing things in my business that harmonizes with me?” Armed with answers to these questions, you can now assess the situation. Is the outlook for your future good or do you need to start putting a plan together for an intentional change? Are you on a clear path to achievement? But most importantly, are you happy with what you see in front of you. These types of questions draw you more towards inner peace, especially when you answer them authentically. Reflect on what truly makes you happy and the possibilities you see for your future.

Tip 3: Cultivate a consistent attitude of gratitude.

There isn’t enough that can be said about the power of our attitude and a feeling of gratitude. It is hard to feel bad even when things don’t look so rosy when you have a consistent attitude of gratitude. Operating from a position of gratitude does not mean you are delusional about the chaos of the moment. But hey, can you imagine how you can shift the situation by being grateful that you see the chaos and can actively take steps to bring in more peace and calm to the situation? Start cultivating this attitude by maintaining a daily list of things you appreciate, big, small, and every place in between. This keeps you motivated and grateful and uplifts your spirit with hope. When you feel yourself in a world of complaint or your progress slowing down, read through what you’ve written and get re-energized and rejuvenated to keep moving forward until you have moved through it. Your victory is on the other side.

Tip 4: Take short physical and mental breaks.

When you feel the swell of chaos closing in, what do you do to interrupt the chaos before it takes over totally? Well, what do you love to do to relax and unwind? Finding a way to relax can quickly defuse the chaos. Take a few minutes to brainstorm a list of possibilities, and then implement them whenever you feel a swell coming on. For example, take a quick power nap, get outside and walk around the block a few times, get re-centered through prayer or meditation, color in a coloring book, or practice taking in a few deep breaths and releasing to relax your mind. My three favorites are: 1) watching cartoons. I love old cartoons – Bugs Bunny is a fav! I pop in a DVD and watch two or three clips and then back to work. 2) When the weather is good, pulling out my hammock and taking a 15-minute break looking up at the sky and sun gazing. This practice allows me to get some good vitamin D as well. 3) Opening up my Bible and reading a few scriptures. This is my favorite book, and for me, this one gives me instant inner peace. The possibilities are endless, simply find yours.

Tip 5: Stop chasing lions, tigers and shiny objects.

One of the best ways to retain inner peace is to maintain focus. I don’t know if people realize this, but constantly going from one thing to the next can cause feelings of chaos because your mind is trying to keep up with all the change. As a female entrepreneur, stop dropping high-priority tasks to pursue a less urgent one. Going from one thing to the next, without completing any of them is one of the easiest and fastest ways to create chaos and overwhelm in your life and your business. Maintaining focus means you are doing just one thing in the moment, and you aren’t thinking about anything else. So, here’s something to put into your business practice. Try closing all of the open windows on your computer and keep open only the one you are working on for the next 60-minutes – concentrated focus. When you plan out your day, create blocks of time so you can batch your work and focus on that piece of work until it is complete or until you come to a natural stopping point. WOW, can you feel the peace on this one?

Tip 6: Learn and develop skills that increase your leadership effectiveness.

Everything in your life and your business starts with leadership. Leadership is always within and moves outward. So to maintain inner peace means learning how to organize, delegate, prioritize and avoid being a perfectionist, while still pursuing excellence in your business, and this involves leadership. This means you have to step up and step into your leadership. This involves knowing when to say “no”, using time-saving tools to leverage, automate and delegate as you scale and grow your business. This also means if you don’t have the necessary skills to perform these essential tasks that you’ll step up as a leader and reach out to gain the know-how you need to grow stronger rather than burn out faster. 

Loving my peace.

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Final thoughts.

Hey, I know that being in business for yourself is one of the hardest things you got going on. And that’s why you need to know how to obtain that inner peace when the chaos begins to swirl around you. Having the ability to maintain inner peace is a skill you need to get very good at so you can forge ahead with sanity in your business.

At times it may seem as if you can’t do much about the high-pressure situations and circumstances that come with being an entrepreneur, and maybe you can’t, but you do have the power to de-stress your mind and your emotions. 

Nobody can give this gift of inner peace to you because the potential of it is already in you. You must give it to yourself.

Besides you are the boss. You have permission to treat yourself like royalty.

So why not just do that?