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How I Started Seeing Results In My Business

 

If you are working long hours, marking items off your never-ending to-do list, and are religiously setting goals and action steps in your small business, but still aren’t seeing the results you want, then I invite you to read my story as I found myself in that exact situation a while ago.

here’s my story.

One evening at home, I was sitting on my lounge suite severely overwhelmed. My business had not met the target that I had set for it, the house was a mess, business and personal bills were piling up, and I had not had any vacation time in years because I couldn’t spare the time off. Despite all my best efforts, I felt such a sense of helplessness and resentment towards everything. Perhaps you can relate?

I knew I had to change something – immediately.

I decided to confide in someone close to me, hoping to gain some outside perspective on my current situation. Once I had unloaded my situation and resentment, I sat waiting expectantly for something that I could ponder and turn into an action plan to get me on the course I had determined for myself.

Their response completely threw me off course.

“You need to Rest” was the answer I received. It certainly was an extremely simplistic solution for the complex issues that I was experiencing so I was not convinced in its merit.

After that conversation ended, I thought it over and decided to test if rest would have any impact. At that moment in time, I was willing to try anything my personal beliefs would allow to change my current situation, so a day off sounded like a fairly painless solution.

There’s a reason why God took a day off after He created the earth.

That one day spent completely unplugged from my day-to-day tasks did absolute wonders for me. In a short space of time, I managed to complete items that were on my to-do list for months. I set new goals and drafted actionable steps for these goals, my family was happier, cash flow was improving, and my overall productivity was at a record high.

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Why is rest so critical to our emotional and professional success?

Other than the obvious perks like quality time to spend on something you really enjoy, there are some really important medical benefits that lowering stress levels can have on your body.

Improves memory.

Studies have shown that something as small and simple as resting with your eyes closed in a dark room for 10 minutes can drastically improve your mind’s ability to retain new information.

Assists with maintaining a healthy weight.

Some people comfort eat in times of stress. While a tub of ice-cream may give you with a quick feel-good fix, what’s not so “quick” is getting rid of the extra kilograms that it add to our body. Stress also raises our cortisol levels which can derail your body’s most important functions.

Reduces your risk of heart disease:

Studies have linked high levels of stress to blood clots which increase your chances of heart attacks, as well as persistently unhealthy elevated levels of adrenaline which may lead to heart disease.

Boosts your immune system.

Long-term chronic stress can have a devastating effect on your immune system. Not only does it create chronic inflammatory conditions, but a lowered immune system leaves you more susceptible to catching colds and influenza.

Other benefits of rest include.

  • Boosts your capacity for creative and out-of-the-box thinking;
  • A good rest can leave you feeling re-energised, refreshed and ready to take on the world;
  • It boosts your morale and overall mood;
  • By allowing yourself time-out to rest, it provides you with the opportunity to engage with loved ones and friends. We should make family timea priority in our lives. So often we forget this.

Relaxation tips to get you destressed in no time.

Prayer.

In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. I know that in my deepest, darkest moments, my faith has pulled me through it all by simply engaging in conversation with my G-d.

Keep a journal.

I have found that writing down my thoughts at times allows me to see incidents from a different perspective. Having a fresh perspective can assist you with solutions to those issues. You may also be able to pick up on behaviour patterns that could be the root cause of your stress and work on fixing them.

Cut the technology cord.

Try picking up a book, playing a board game, learning an instrument or how to oil paint on canvas. Go cold turkey every no and then and have fun without technology. This article by Strategic Psychology explains how technology can cause stress in our lives.

Exercise. 

Exercise increases levels of epinephrine, serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamine which not only have a positive effect on energy levels but leave you feeling fantastic post-workout. If I need to detach myself from a particularly stressful day, doing a quick HIIT workout or lifting weights really helps me feel rejuvenated.

Get in touch with nature.

Studies focusing on environmental psychology conclude that humans have an “instinctive biophilia”. This is a deeply embedded instinct to seek out connections with nature. Positive side effects of getting in touch with nature include reduced stress, improved mood and improved cognitive performance (perception, reasoning skills, etc.). I make time to visit my local botanical garden or local park at least once a week to reconnect with nature and get some exercise and fresh air in my system.

Music doth soothe the savage beast.

While slow, quiet, classical music has long been cited as an extremely effective relaxation tool, any calm music will do. Classical music is not for everyone so go with what feels right for you. I personally have created a playlist on Spotify that is my go-to when I have had a particularly challenging day.

If you think that rest cannot have that much of an impact on your success, I challenge you today to re-evaluate your opinion. Start small by having a forced rest day once a week and set working hours for yourself that you stick to. I still have to catch myself every so often as I am a recovering workaholic, but the benefits of taking time out to rest are too many to ignore.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Jan Zac
    December 19, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Hello,

    I saw your tweets and thought I will check your website. Have to say it looks very good! I’m also interested in this topic and have recently started my journey as young entrepreneur.

    I’m also looking for the ways on how to promote my website. I have tried AdSense and Facebook Ads, however it is getting very expensive. Was thinking about starting using analytics. Do you recommend it? Can you recommend something what works best for you?

    Would appreciate, if you can have a quick look at my website and give me an advice what I should improve: http://janzac.com/. (Recently I have added a new page about FutureNet and the way how users can make money on this social networking portal.)

    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Regards
    Jan Zac

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      Magdalene
      December 20, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Hi Jan, thanks for your comment!

      The reason why I personally haven’t used Facebook and Adsense for advertising is because of the cost factor. I’m also dead-set on growing my reach organically by producing content that people want to read. To be quite honest I haven’t quite been using Analytics to its full potential either but it’s definitely something that I plan on utilising to grow my reach.

      Networking like this is also an amazing tool to grow reach organically. I will absolutely check out your website and let you know what I think 🙂 If you blog as well, maybe we could guest post on each other’s sites if you like? This way we would have a link to each others sites plus what readers can expect from us if they choose to visit our corner of the net?

      Would love to hear from you to!
      Magdalene

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    Trudy Auricht
    December 25, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us, you really know what you are talking about! Bookmaгked 🙂

    • Reply
      Magdalene
      December 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      Hi there.

      Thanks for your kind words!

      Magdalene.

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    Georgia Soria
    July 13, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    I have discovered wonderful blog posts here. I like the way you define. So excellent!

    • Reply
      Magdalene van der Walt
      July 27, 2021 at 8:25 am

      Hey there,

      Thanks so much! I hope you visit us soon!

      Magdalene

  • Reply
    Janet
    November 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!!
    Finally I have found something that helped me.
    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Magdelene
      November 24, 2021 at 7:39 am

      Hi Janet

      Thanks for the feedback! We’re working on releasing new content soon so please do pop back in for a visit from time to time 🙂

      Mags

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