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Have you ever had a week where you felt like you lost yourself in the process of doing life? We live in a very fast-paced society, where it is not uncommon for people to work 60-80 hours per week. Whether it is at a job or your own business, it can feel like it is sucking the life out of you. When people discuss their stress with me, I like to ask people this question: What is the most important thing? They usually respond with something about caring for someone else, making sales, keeping it all together, etc. Sometimes I like to whisper the answer.


“You are.”


We have bought into the lie that everything and everyone else is more important than us. We spend and give our best selves to honorable things. However, if we lose ourselves in the process, our business and life won’t have much left to show. You are the constant denominator in your life. When you show up with your full self, the impact is far greater than when you show up half-baked, dried up, and grumpy.


You are your first business before your business. You are CEO of You, Inc. Here are four ways to invest in yourself this week:


1. Take 15 minutes each day to reflect on your life. We need space in our lives – moments to pause and be. Start your 15 minutes by thinking about your wins for the day or previous day! It’s easy to overlook the good in our lives if we are not intentionally focusing on it. Pausing also allows us to make sure that our life is still in alignment with our purpose and direction.

2. Practice saying no. You don’t need one more thing to do. We tend to be overcommitted and under-rested. By saying no to something today, you are actually saying yes to something else tomorrow.

3. Eliminate if you can’t delegate. You may not have employees to delegate part of your job responsibilities. Virtual assistants may be a possible solution, but if you can’t delegate, eliminate. Become laser focused on your core competencies. Once you do, you can eliminate things from your schedule or to-do list that are taking away from what you do best.

4. Go watch the sunset today. It is one of my favorite things to do. I even bought a house where I could watch the sunset every day. It’s that important! Perspective can give us clarity if it is a habit incorporated into our daily lives. Watching the sunset is a reminder that you do not have to control everything. Sit back and enjoy the beauty.


Our daily actions become our habits that can steer us in new directions, and you, as CEO of You, Inc., are a really big part of it!

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About Hona Amer

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