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My New Adventure, Next Phase To Complete Health

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’ve spent the last 7 years really working on and focusing on my mental and emotional health.

I won’t say I’ve magically arrived (and hope I never think that), but I’ve learned a lot and integrated so many positive habits and strategies and ways of life into my life that I’m so thankful for. My life has thoroughly changed and improved through that focus.

But recently I finally came to terms with the fact that a critical part of that is something I’ve terribly neglected the past couple of years: my physical health.

I think the shock, and final straw, was getting weighed last week at 241, the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life.

But there’s also my elevated blood pressure, lack of energy and poor sleep, not being able to fit into some of my clothes and, well, frankly, the desire to live longer so I can savor more quality time with the people I love (my wife and children in particular).

I can give all the excuses you’d want for how I got here. But that’s not what this post is about.

The goal of this post is to clarify what I’m doing for myself …. and to simply document what I’m learning … and also to share it with others, who might be benefited from it.

My hope is I can continue to post updates like these about my new adventure.

So here goes:

1. Transforming goals into learning adventures

I feel like this could be a whole blog post or series in itself. It’s a complete paradigm, mindset shift for how I’ve approached goals.

It started with reading this quote:

“When we express our goals in terms of how we will learn and grow, it opens us up to a whole new level of insight and achievement.” —Tasha Eurich in her book Insight.

That one quote was a life-changing lightbulb moment for me, especially in regards to a topic I have loathed even thinking about.

But I LOVE LOVE LOVE learning.

Learner is my top StrengthsFinder strengths …. as well as one of my top Character Strengths.

Additionally, a core value we have at iThemes is: Learn and Grow, Teach and Share.

The way I’ve always approached goal setting doesn’t really inspire me to action … they would traditionally read like this: “Lose 20 pounds in 8 weeks,” or ” Grow my company to $10M in 3 years” or “Plant a garden.”

Just reading those goals like that makes me instantly think about all the reasons or excuses I don’t want to do them.

HOWEVER …. goals framed as learning adventures do excite and inspire me. 

So for instance, if you take those traditional goal statements and reframe them like this … they pump me up:

  • (Small spoiler alert) To learn what physical health really looks like (nutrition, cooking, exercise, key metrics to watch) and to discover how to maintain that lifestyle for the next 50 years; or to simply learn how to reprogram my mind and habits
  • To learn how to become a better leader and manager, to explore the area I loathe and master it (financial), or to learn how to scale a business like the pros without sacrificing people and values we hold dear in the process
  • Learn how plants grow and why and experiment with them (something I’ve done recently with my kids)

So I’ve dove in with this mindset around my physical health journey, but it’s also transforming my thinking about every other goal in my life.

Learning just makes it more exciting to me. It maps to my strengths, passions and interests. And it transforms what would be a struggle to something of interest for me. And historically, that means success for me.

So now with every goal I ask myself … what could I learn from this adventure that is of interest to me? How can I turn this into a learning process? 

It might seem novel … but framed in that light … I get the motivation and plan I need to attack it and achieve it.

2. My simple, starting goal

So …. here’s my new goal aka learning adventure:

To learn how to live a sustainable, consistent healthy lifestyle SO THAT I can live longer, better, for myself and for those I love.

In reflection, I’ve never learned or been taught how to eat, or how to live a healthy lifestyle. Yeah, I’ve picked bits and pieces up in my 41 years, but it’s mostly very bad habits ….

And so I’ve never been intentional about LEARNING what a healthy lifestyle is, like:

  • How much food can (or should) I eat a day and not balloon up?
  • What kinds of food are healthy and will give me energy and health?

Let me be clear: The goal isn’t start a new diet or a new tool, but I’ll mention things I’m using in my learning.

It’s simply to learn a new and different, yet lifelong lifestyle.To learn a system and process and new habits that prolong my life and happiness, and yes, I’ll use some tools to teach myself that along the way.

Update: My friend Peter Chester’s story sounds so similar to my own and have drawn some new inspiration from it.

3. Nutrition

The first key priority area I’m learning is nutrition …. how to eat, what to eat and most importantly why. 

I’ll share throughout this post that I’ve used a lot of core values, principles and strategies that have made me successful in business and how I’ve applied them to this.

The first is asking myself: How can this fail? 

The basic idea here is to identify the obstacles and challenges to my goal and to take them off the board so I achieve my goals.

So here the key obstacles and challenges I found, with some commentary for how I am attacking them:

  • Lack of motivation and inspiration — I gotta believe in this for it to work. Looking at this goal as a learning adventure has been the first key for me. The next is leveraging my Futuristic strength to see my lifelong goal, what it looks like at 50, 60, 70, 80, 90. For me, my wife, my kids. That’s pretty solid motivation and inspiration.
  • Lack of knowledge and understanding — knowing what to eat and why, how to cook them, how to make good decisions in every situation.
  • Lack of preparation — particularly not having foods readily stocked in our house, or for lunch at the office as well as weekly set meal plans. I’ve also spent a good amount of time preparing for all the disruptions that can derail me.
  • Lack of good decision making in all situation — this goes to disruptions, but also planning. If I don’t plan ahead and make decisions for myself ahead of time, I know I’ll fall into my bad habits.
  • Lack of a routine and plan — I’m aiming for a lifelong sustainable nutrition lifestyle. I need a plan I can fully integrate, by memory and action, into my life. This also includes meal planning.
  • Lack of documenting and reviewing — if I’m treating this as a learning experiment then I have to document AND review it (not particular strong disciplines of mine). But if I don’t properly document and then review those to see how it went, I’ll keep repeating the same mistakes over and over and over again.
  • Life’s disruptions — whether it’s a busy, stressful week at work, traveling, or parenthood … I started thinking about all the disruptions that will cause me to go off-track from consistent, sustainable healthy nutrition and a plan to handle them.

My next step was to prepare and plan ways for those obstacles destruction or to leverage them for success (ref. The Obstacle is The Way).

There will likely be a lot of debate about this in the comments and I’m not interested in that debate right not … but the TOOL I am using to learn basic nutrition is Weight Watchers.

I won’t link to the site, or recommend others use it. Someone I trust (my counselor) shared their story with me about it and I decided to use it as the tool to get started. Simple as that.

I needed to start somewhere and it hit all the criteria I wanted. 

For me, it’s a polished system that’s been used widely with success for a long long time and has everything I want to get started. I’ve learned it’s basically food budgeting. It’s a way for me to understand what I can eat and how much, as well as recipes for doing so.

At some point I can see me not using it (I hope to learn the lifestyle I need by default without the need of a tool like this) and will likely tweak how I use it in the future (there’s already things we want to do differently). But it’s given me a great start so far.

And currently it’s just an easy way to documenting, tracking system to see what works.

Here are some things I have done so far (with the help of Lindsey) with this tool and are planning for the future:

  • We went through recipes on Weight Watchers, favoriting a bunch and picked ones we liked and are easy
  • We went through our pantry, did an inventory, dumped some stuff and scanned labels to see how many points they were
  • Then we spent part of our Day Date Saturday going through Trader Joes and the local supermarket, like wierdo geeks, scanning barcodes to see the “Smart Points.” I wanted to go ahead and save time and buy things, but Lindsey sagely advised we look first, go out and talk and return later.
  • We made a meal plan for the next week. This was tougher work, but it went fairly fast.

If you see these actions clearly, you should see it’s attacking the obstacles of knowledge, understanding and planning. 

Another focus has been — learning how to cook (more, better). 

Again as a learning adventure, part of that includes cooking, something I’ve enjoyed learning to do more and better in the last couple of years. And cooking is critical to my success.

In fact, I started cooking our family’s breakfast almost every morning when our son was born and have thoroughly loved it, inching out and learning regularly. A couple years ago, Lindsey and I were given a gift certificate to a “knife cutting” class at our local vocational school and we LOVED it. Now we’re reviewing classes on healthy cooking.

We recently got an Instant Pot and over the weekend, with the help again of my wife, I started learning how to use it. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s good. I love it. But I’m also branching out and learning how to use the tools we have for cooking.

The last thing I’ll note for now is a focus on Mindful Eating. The Weight Watchers tool helps me greatly with that. But Sherry shared a list of mindful eating practices in last week’s ZenTribes and it was INCREDIBLY helpful. I’ve been trying to focus on this as I’m eating.

OK, that’s all I have for now on nutrition.

4. Sleep

The next critical area of focus on living a sustainable, healthy lifestyle is sleep.

I’ve neglected it for years. I’ve used dumb methods to help myself sleep better. And I’ve got bad sleep hygiene. But one thing I had to finally come to grips with is that … I may have some form of sleep apnea. 

Talking with my dear friend Jeff, who owns a home sleep study company, and others who have been affected by and thankfully through their experience shares and strong urging … I finally went to my doctor and got a prescription to get a sleep test. It should be here in a couple of weeks!

Thinking back and noting my sleep in the past couple of weeks … I know something’s not right. I snore like a freight train (my wife is too nice to tell me … but my EO forum buddies at the last two annual retreats have unanimously told me as much).

I’m terribly excited to take the next steps and improve my sleep. By the stories I hear it could be life changing for me and my energy. I cannot wait.

5. Exercise

The last area of my current focus is exercise.

The goal here is to learn how to consistently, sustainably add exercise into my life.  

This is the area I have the least to report today, but I have been planning some things.

But first, how can this fail?

  • Never starting, taking first steps
  • Lack of motivation and inspiration — I hate normal routine workout crap and I don’t like to sweat when in the middle of the day when I’m going back to work
  • Lack of time and energy — can I plead parenthood and toddlers and entrepreneurship here?
  • Lack of plan and routine in all situations, for all disruptions
  • Lack of commitment and discipline
  • Lack of consistency
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of location or facilities to do so

So here are my ideas to tackle these obstacles:

Daily Activities

How can I get my minimum 90-minutes of exercise a week?

First, being mindful and intentional about exercise in my life.

Second, starting with my daily step count. Being intentional and mindful to simply walk more. WW has a goal of 3,000 steps for me. I’m getting close to that already so now it’s simply building onto that.

Here are some ideas I’m trying to integrate currently:

  • Turning playtime with my kids into exercise time too — Like running around the house (well, outside maybe) with my kids more. They are so active and I can be too and it serves dual purposes. So at the playground on Saturday, when they asked me to chase them, I chased them. And yes, even went down the slides 5 times (which meant climbing about three floors each time)
  • Parking farther away from places
  • Using our office treadmill (I bought it for our team and have never used it personally) — to avoid the monotony of it and not reading email, someone mentioned they listen to audiobooks or watching NetFlix series to keep me inspired (or occupied!)
  • My brother Travis and another friend mentioned boxing too … getting a bag in my garage and doing it every morning like he’s done.

Monitoring/Documenting

Right now I’m just using my iPhone “Health” app, but I need to find my FitBit and dust it off.

Team Sports

To get around the obstacle of hating routine, mundane workouts … I’ve realized I need to get into team sports. That’s much more interesting to me.

In college, I found my favorite sport on earth: volleyball. Last spring, at the urging and support of Lindsey, I returned to this love and played a season (despite being out of shape and practice for around 10 years). And I LOVED it and am watching for the next leagues.

Here are a couple of other ideas I’m exploring:

  • Indoor soccer — honestly I’m not a fan of soccer (although I always root for the Portuguese team!) and have always made the joke that I don’t run unless I’m being chased. However, two things interest me about this: 1. Lindsey wants to try it and we can do it together (quality time FTW). 2. I’ve never intentionally, beyond a class in college, learned the sport.
  • Pickleball — a friend has done this and it really interests me, plus leagues are playing near our house — something we can do together as well.
  • Softball — early on in our relationship, Lindsey and I played softball. I joked before our first game that it wouldn’t be much exercise, but holy cow, was I wrong!

6. Scheduled a physical.

When I visited my doctor about my sleep study, she asked about scheduling a physical. I’m looking forward to getting my baselines in a couple weeks at that appointment (something a friend urged me to do) and to start regularly monitoring and documenting them.

7. Eat the Elephant, Cory.

Another strategy that’s help me in business and in life is remembering to eat the elephant … one bite at a time. 

I’m trying very hard not to tackle too many things at one time. To overwhelm myself. To not slowly learn and integrate habits into my life that will be sustainable for the rest of my life.

I’m focusing on key things in the smallest, doable and most essential way. And then I’m layering in things gradually.

There are plenty of other areas of focus that I want to work on at some point, but for now, I’m trying to focus on a little in order to accomplish a lot.

8. I’m not alone. I’m not doing this alone.

Another business value we talk about at iThemes is Go Far Together. 

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African Proverb

I’ve written about her all throughout this post … but without the incredible support and encouragement of my wife, Lindsey, who has longed for me to do this for as long as I can remember in the most gentle, supportive and encouraging way, I would not be on this journey. 

When I finally came to the realization I must get serious about all of this, in what Dan Sullivan calls “Rugged Individualism,” I thought I’d simply do this by myself.

Sadly, I defaulted to what I always do and thought I’d go it alone.

But Lindsey was the first to pledge her full support with not just her voice, but her actions (we really did look like geeks scanning foods). And I’m so thankful. She’s been on this journey for a couple of years ago, doing 5:30 a.m. bootcamps and training and running half-marathons for the past couple of years.

If I’m truly honest … I’ll tell you, she was THE inspiration for all of this. She’s raised my awareness and has shared her welath of Fact Finder research about all of the above with me, teaching and mentoring me … she’s the ultimate partner. (Thank you so much, honey!)

Additionally, the support and encouragement I’ve gotten simply by saying I was doing of these things on Twitter and Facebook has been surprising and encouraging.

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OK, whew, 2800+ words later. That’s my update.

Quality Time Is So Critical With Your Most Important Partner

This week my wife and I have been on vacation in Jamaica with some good friends. It’s been an incredibly relaxing week so far. Lots of pool time, great food and drinks, laughs, reading, and yes, for me, trying to attempt something close to this on this Red Slide here.

But most of all — it’s the quality time with my most important partner — my wife Lindsey.

This week came at the right time for us. Even though we do weekly “day dates” together, we both acknowledged we needed some extended time away, from the busyness of life and the craziness of toddlers, just for us.

Early on in our relationship, we realized that regular, consistent, dedicated times to spend alone together was vital to our marriage and our health and happiness.

Just quality time together talking, reconnecting, holding hands, dreaming, reflecting, watching movies, reading books side by side next to a pool …

This week has been such an incredible reminder of the importance of quality time together.

As entrepreneurs, sometimes carrying what seems like all the worries and concerns of the worlds on our shoulders, I think it’s too easy to forget that and to set time aside just for you and yours. I know it’s true for me.

But the other thing is … realizing that importance for our most important partners — our spouses and significant others.

So a couple months ago, Dr. Sherry Walling and I started dreaming and planning a Couples Retreat just for entrepreneurs and their spouses/significant others. It’s coming in a couple of months.

It’s a time for you to reconnect with each other … in the company of other couples who get you and the often-challenging life you lead together.

Tickets are on sale now. We’re capping it at 15 couples, along with 3 host couples.

I think it’s a great excuse to put something on the calendar and to invest in your relationships.

Go check out more details about the ZenFounder Couples Retreat here. And whether you decide to join us or not for this retreat, I hope you’ll schedule some extended quality time together very very soon.

OK, now I’m heading back to the pool!

 

Find Belonging, Support With An Entrepreneurial Peer Group

In 2010, I was going through a tough divorce (aren’t they all) while my business was starting to really take off.

Despite the outward facing business success, I was also battling what I now know is pretty typical of the entrepreneurial experience: conflict, pain, stress, and perhaps burnout INSIDE my business.

It was the first time in my journey as an entrepreneur I thought maybe I’d rather work anywhere else.

And in so many ways I felt like my entire life was in full reboot mode. Or perhaps all my systems felt like they were crashing on me.

I can still recall sitting in my new little apartment, with sparse furniture (think an Ikea couch and bed), only Gatorade and cookie dough in the fridge, and feeling the empty longing of loneliness.

Not many people in my life at that time could come close to relating to what I was going through as a human combined with being an entrepreneur.

I was suffering in solitude.

And I was craving authentic relationships with like-minded people on a similar path who knew what living the entrepreneurial life — with its sometimes drastic ups and downs — meant and who were walking it every day, like me, and wanted to walk together with others too.

To be frank I wanted deep, committed friendships with people who just got me, who were willing to open up their otherwise much guarded lives to another human being, and to be myself with them, and to get support and encouragement.

I desperately wanted to share my life — the successes AND the struggles — with those who got the unique demands, responsibilities, pressures, stresses, worries and pains of entrepreneurship.

I wanted a bond. I wanted to take off my mask and be real, even if for a few moments or hours.

I wanted to know … I was not alone.

I also wanted to know my struggles weren’t any different than others. I wanted to hear their stories of struggle and triumph.

I wanted to use those stories to find my own truth in order to make my life better.

(Here are 5 Ways Entrepreneurial Peer Groups Improve My Life.)

The next year, I found that in a group of entrepreneurs meeting in Oklahoma City, where I live.

(Six years later, I’m still with that group every month for three hours …. and in a couple of days we’ll be heading out on our annual retreat.)

They were water to my thirsty soul. And now, years later, I know how crucial they’ve been to my health and happiness as an entrepreneur, husband, and father … and just human being.

If you’re like me … you need that too. Right now.

It wasn’t just this one isolated season of time, either, that showed how desperate I was for this genuine companionship … it’s every day since that time I’ve realized how much I NEED it.

I naively thought I could just keep walking by myself (yeah, Superhero Syndrome still has remnants in me) … but the truth I realized fully was that:

I NEVER WANT to walk alone on this journey as an entrepreneur again.

It’s a people and a place to belong.

We talk about riding the roller coaster of entrepreneurship, yet don’t surround ourselves with the team of support people for when the tough times come. (These are the rush in, while others run out people.)

We also say “work on our business, not in it” but we don’t often take time to work on and invest in OURSELVES.

Through my experiences, I believe we were as humans and as entrepreneurs meant to live and breath in community.

Together.

Not alone.

Together is so much better.

And as I’ve traveled and talked openly about how these types of small groups of entrepreneurs have had such a profound effect on my life, one key question ALWAYS pops up:

How do I get into one of those groups?

And until now, I didn’t have a good answer or solution to offer, and I’ve been on a mission to find a good answer.

Now I do.

I’ve partnered with Sherry Walling, a Ph.D. experienced psychologist who works regularly with entrepreneurs to start a new entrepreneurial peer group called ZenTribes.

We’ve taken the best of what I’ve gotten from my entrepreneurial groups, along with Sherry’s wealth of experience helping others in her practice, as well as working with entrepreneurs, to offer something tangible and good and impactful.

We recorded an entire podcast episode to talk all about entrepreneur groups and their benefits here.

We’re taking applications now for our next groups. Go check ZenTribes out and see if it’s time for you to take the next step in investing in yourself.

5 Ways Entrepreneurial Groups Have Improved My Life

Since 2011, I’ve been a part of 3 formal entrepreneurial life groups. Although that’s not their names, that’s the way I see them.

And the impact of those groups, the time I’ve spent in them, and the relationships I built through them have been priceless.

They have had a profound positive impact on my life and business.

In fact, I don’t think I’d survive without them. They have exponentially increased my health and happiness … and yes, my business has grown because of it too.

Increasingly I believe every entrepreneur should have some sort of small group of entrepreneurs to be able to do life together with.

Entrepreneurship is one of the toughest, most demanding and lonely jobs out there … and too often we try to go it alone.

Here are the most profound benefits I get from these entrepreneurial groups:

1. I’m Not Alone.

Entrepreneurship is one of the toughest, most demanding and yet loneliness jobs there is.

Having a group of people on the same or similar journey to share life and experiences together is one of the most profound, deeply impactful times of my life.

Every time I’ve met with these awesome entrepreneurs, I say to myself, “I am not alone. Everybody has the same problems, with different names attached to them.”

There’s a special hope that comes from knowing the universe hasn’t singled you out for misery.

My struggles aren’t as unique as I thought. Other people are often dealing with the same things as me, or will.

And through that experience, I have found unparalleled camaraderie and friendships that I couldn’t get anywhere else.

We, entrepreneurs, are a special breed, we deal with certain life situations, pressures and stresses that most don’t.

But these fellow entrepreneurs get me, are there for me, walking with me, sharing their life and experiences with me and vice versa.

It’s a place and a people to truly belong … and to never suffer in secret or solitude again.

2. I Learn and Grow and Improve My Life

Every time I meet with entrepreneurs I learn something new that benefits and improves my life.

There is no competition or judgment, but it helps me see areas I need to develop more and their example helps me model new behavior, especially in unknown territory (like becoming a dad for the first time).

Hearing others share their experiences over just giving advice allows me to know the full story, not just 140-character glossy version of it … and I get to draw my own takeaways from that.

3. I Can Take Off My Mask and Be Me

I can be open ….. and let down my guard and share things I can’t or don’t or won’t with others in my life (or business) in a safe, confidential people, without judgment.

Whether it’s a key struggle I’m wrestling with, or a huge success that I can’t otherwise share, I can in these groups.

Too often we simply bottle things up and then they inevitably end up blowing up in us. Or we check off a dream from our list … yet have no one to share that with.

I can be open, let my defense down and feel safe and embraced doing so.

4. My Life and Experiences Can Help Others Too

It’s tremendously rewarding to get help from others, but also to give help too.

By being part of these groups, I also help and support others to improve their lives and work on their struggles by sharing my own life and experiences.

It’s not about giving advice, or telling them what to do … it simply saying, “I’ve been through a similar situation and here are the details of it all.”

Being generous with my life and experiences is an incredible reward. We’re in this together.

5. Investing In Myself Benefits Everyone Around Me

So many times, we hear the advice — “Work on your business, not in it.”

But when are we encouraged to work and invest in OURSELVES.

These groups allow me to set aside time to invest in myself that benefits everyone in my life.

I hate booking my schedule full of things so I have a limited number of repeating events. But I also know I need a set, fix, recurring time. If I don’t have something on my calendar (fourth Tuesday of every month) I’ll come up with every excuse to miss meeting with other people.

This is a focused, set and consistent time that gives me a great dose of camaraderie as well as time to invest in ME and to give to others.

And my wife, my team, my partners and my customers feel the difference when I do.

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Ready to Find Your Group?

Every time I’ve talked about the entrepreneurial groups I’ve been a part of, a number of people always say — How can I find one like that?

If you’re interested in these kinds of groups, I’m excited to share that I’m collaborating with Dr. Sherry Walling of ZenFounder.com, an experienced psychologist who works extensively with entrepreneurs, to start something new called ZenTribes.

It’s the culmination of several months of conversations and planning that we’ll be launching very, very soon.

If you’re interested in ZenTribes and what we’re rolling out … be sure to hit the link below to subscribe for our launch and upcoming groups.

Get Updates about ZenTribes

Two Things I’ve Learned Being an Entrepreneur and Parent

I was five years into starting and running iThemes when I added a new title to my resume: Dad.

Being an entrepreneur and a father is a very interesting combination. It brought up new issues, challenges and questions for me. In fact, it was one of the questions I went to my business group about before our first child was born, as many of them were already fathers and entrepreneurs.

My friend Ben Welch-bolen (and new father) has started a great new site called Entrepreneur Parents to share advice and experiences for those of us who are both. He asked me to chime in and I gave two answers, which you can also read here, but I wanted to share my thoughts to the questions here as well, so here goes:

With kid(s) and a business, what do you do to maintain your relationship with your spouse?

This has been our biggest struggle — simply making time for each other.

We quickly realized, no matter the cost, we had to do weekly dates. We found early on that night time dates (especially with infants) did not work well for us. We’d end up falling asleep on the date.

So now we do Day Dates, typically on Saturdays.

We can tell the difference when we skip a Day Date or simply don’t get one for a week or two. And continue to realize that it’s an investment in US, and we know the better we are together, the better we are for our children.

Plus, my mentor warned me …. we spend 18+ years raising kids and all the time-consuming activities and focus that includes … then one day they are gone, and we’re left with an empty house and a stranger.

We heeded that warning.

By the way, one huge benefit of having a physical office is we use it to get sushi and wine for lunch, watch movies, and talk on a couch while our kids are under the care of someone else at home. In the past, we would bounce around to different restaurants or places and spent more time, energy and money wandering like nomads than sitting and talking and enjoying quality time with each other. We still go out, but we know we have another “home base” to go to, something many others don’t have the benefit of.

What is the #1 piece of advice you would give an entrepreneur who is about to be a parent on how to balance those two worlds?

When I became a father, my business (my first baby) was in a good place. I tell people my busiess is now in kindergarten and under “adult supervision.” So the timing was really good to be able to focus less time and energy on my business than I did in the startup years and to shift that focus more to my children and family for a nice balance.

I have more time and energy constraints now as an entrepreneur and father, which I think is actually a very good thing. I have obsessive and workaholic tendencies and now I simply can’t (or won’t) do the things I did in the beginning, which gives me such a better perspective on life.

I’ve been able to focus on empowering and mentoring others in the business to do some of the things I frankly shouldn’t have been doing. I prioritize my time and energy so much better now.

The biggest thing I struggle with now is taking off my CEO hat when I get in the door at night and putting on the “Daddy” hat. It’s been a frustrating struggle, honestly. I’ve spent so much of the last 9 years being the leader, the one people look to, working with a team of adults and professionals, being able to give direction and know it’ll be done, that I have to reset my mindset when I’m home. I’m so much more of a caregiver, a teacher, a listener at home, but it’s also helped with business.

Patience is truly a virtue. And one I’m continually working on.

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Go share your thoughts over at Entrepreneur Parents too!