• Want to have a thriving business?
• Want to attract prosperity?
• Want to have an expansive, abundant mindset?

Practice excellent self-care.

What is self-care?

It has many forms: it means getting enough sleep, providing yourself with high-quality, nutritious and beautiful food, taking appropriate action when you don't feel well. It means fueling up your internal energy gas tank, by connecting with nature or doing something creative. It means liberating yourself from constant mental stress and anxiety.

Why is self-care important?

It turns out that self-care affects you and therefore your business on multiple levels.

Superficially, great self-care gives you energy, and YOU are the engine for your business. This is like putting your oxygen mask on first, before you help others with their mask. If you become unconscious from lack of oxygen, you can't help anyone, period.

In order for you to do your best in your business, to continue helping others to the best of your ability, you need to feel GREAT! Not just good, GREAT!

If you want to receive more in life, try this: expect more. Feeling just OK, or mildly sluggish, or constantly stressed yet still able to function, is not aligned with expecting more or with receiving more.

You have a right to feel great, vs. feeling crappy. One of my favorite sayings is: Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. If you're suffering, it's most likely coming from your choice to do that. If you feel poorly, it's typically your choice (underlying physical illnesses excluded of course). Are you trying to get by on less sleep than you actually need? Do you even know how much sleep YOU personally need? Are you eating comfort food that's low in nutrition and high in sugar and fat?

Great self-care helps gives you energy to do what you need to do, in an easy and relaxed way.

Here's the deeper level around self-care: if you cannot take care of yourself - I'm not talking about taking care of other people, I'm talking about YOU taking care of YOU - if you cannot do that, that's a warning sign that you may have a problem with your deserve level.

People with a low deserve level feel unable to give themselves adequate self-care, much less GREAT self-care! If you feel you deserve only the burnt toast, only the leftovers, only the scraps while other people get the full table, then you are not going to experience full abundance in your business.

If you treat yourself as "less than", what kind of message are you giving to the universe about how you DESERVE to be treated and how you EXPECT to be treated? You are telling the universe that treating you as "less than" is OK, because that's the example you are setting for yourself.


• When you were growing up, did your parents practice great self-care?
• Do you have regular meals, or do you frequently postpone or skip meals?
• Do you (or does someone else) cook dinner for you at least once a week?
• Do you know how many hours you would sleep if there were no alarm or need to get up early?
• Do you get outside for exercise or enjoyment at least once a week?
• Is it hard for you to set a schedule for yourself and stick to it?

If you answer NO to all or most of those questions, then self-care is a problem for you. It's also an area that you can invest some energy, time and money, and be confident that it WILL make a difference for you and your business this year.

If you want to feel GREAT physically and mentally, as well as make more money, then it's time for a complimentary Success Session with me. I can support you as you create an abundant mindset, as well as help you with practical business-building strategies.

© 2011 Marcy Stahl

Author's Bio: 

Marcy Stahl’s passion is helping women direct sellers and solopreneurs achieve the successful lifestyle they want. She knows that the top entrepreneurs have the top mindsets. Her mission is to help every entrepreneur develop a profitable and abundant mindset.

Marcy is a serial entrepreneur. Previously, she co-founded and managed a government contracting firm that earned over $1M in annual revenues. She holds a B.S. with honors and M.S. in Computer Science from George Mason University. Prior to coaching, she spent 21 years in the corporate world in technology.

She is the co-author of Direct Selling Power. Marcy is an Area Chapter Coordinator with the Direct Selling Women’s Alliance (DSWA) and a member of the Direct Selling Women’s Speaker Bureau. She’s currently in coaching school for direct sellers.