Valentine’s Day was yesterday. Remember the first few months of being in love? All you could do is think of HIM. Talk about HIM. Dream about HIM. Give HIM your best. Be your best for HIM. Think about out-of-the-box creative plans for HIM. Spend a lot of time with HIM even to the point of forgetting you had a life outside of HIM. And boy, did HE respond. It was thrilling, exhilarating, even seductive. You’re smiling, aren’t you?
Now, let’s replace HIM with YB, aka Your Business. All you could do is think of YB. Talk about YB. Dream about YB. Give YB your best. Be your best for YB. Think about out-of-the-box creative plans for YB. Spend a lot of time with YB even to the point of forgetting you had a life outside of YB. And boy, did YB respond. It was thrilling, exhilarating, even seductive. Are you smiling? Or squirming? Listen to that.
If you’re like me, you love to go to work, you love to work in your work and you love to work on your work. It’s the place where the amount of effort you put in is often rewarded by a factor of X. For me, work is my happy place. I invest in my employees, my customers, my systems, and my product/services. And by invest, I don’t mean just money. I mean I invest all my resources, including my most valuable of resources, my time and energy. But the real seduction? I can create the environment and a culture. Talk about an ego boost! I’ve been described as a workaholic. The term has even been hurled at me, repeatedly. It’s something I wear as a badge. A big badge. And I’m proud of it.
But, that’s the problem. When pride enters the picture, love leaves. The devotion I have to my business may be a source of provision, a creative outlet, and in my case, a safe and happy place (read: an escape from the hurt at home). But, denying those that love me, and sacrificing my most important relationships can have devastating consequences. Give to your business. But, save the best for those that love you and those you love.