Extending Grace to Myself

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Liberty is the freedom to choose how I meet people’s needs and how I monetize my expertise. Years ago, I read a simple statement about time management and it has stayed with me. It said, “You don’t manage time — you manage yourself in relation to time.” Growing up in a small town with two hard-working parents, four siblings, a full list of chores, lots of schoolwork, and very little time to play, I learned the value of time at an early age. As a woman business owner, this discipline helps me respect other people's time and stay focused on delivering true value to the clients I serve.

Liberty is the freedom to grow, to make mistakes, to learn from those mistakes, and to become a better person and business owner because of them.

Like many of us do, I often find it easy to automatically extend grace to others as I keep pressing forward to meet their needs, the needs of my business, and the needs of my clients. I’ve learned that it is critical to extend that same grace to myself and to consistently practice rejuvenating, tangible self-care methods. My personal favorite is fishing! If I don’t care for myself, how can I serve others?

Liberty as a woman business owner means that I am free to be a productive member of society, free to create solutions with other talented people, and with those talented people collaborate to effectively meet the needs of others.

There’s a saying that “only the mediocre are always at their best.” The fact is that to reach my potential, I know I must keep growing. And I’ve learned that doesn’t just happen. I must have a desire for growth, pursue it intentionally, and practice radical acceptance along the way to realize the transformative results everyone deserves and aspires to see.

This post is part of a series produced by CircleAround and NAWBO. Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States.

Carmen M. Payne, 55, is the president of Champion Business Consulting in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a business strategy execution specialist who enjoys the challenge of helping CEOs speed up the evolution of their business by many multiples.

Tags: NAWBO, Self Care

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