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How do we create massive success without compromising our values and sacrificing our needs?

The hardest thing entrepreneurs face when rapidly growing their business is that there’s no one-size-fits-all model. We may want a silver bullet to reach our goals without work, but growth requires courage and personalization. 

One of my former clients, Mae, faced this exact problem.

When Mae had come to me, she’d recently taken over a financial management franchise from the previous owner, and she was running it the same way he had: constantly working without rest, trying to gain more clients without worrying about what kind of client they were.

Mae was tired, overworked, and burned out. She wasn’t living or working to her own personal values and wasn’t making the necessary progress towards her goals and vision.

As we started working together, the first thing Mae did was get clear on her values and imagine what her ideal day looked like. Once she had these in mind, we realigned the business so that it suited her, and soon she saw success:

Her business grew FOUR TIMES faster than her industry average, and she was able to give herself a 28% raise (multiple years in a row)!

Mae’s story is a phenomenal one, and there’s a lot we can learn from it.

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  1. Prioritizing Self-Care Leads to Sustainable Business Growth 

Creating space and time for yourself is okay. In fact, as entrepreneurs, it’s necessary that we make time to care for ourselves. This journey is hard enough, and if you’re constantly working and never resting or getting to know yourself, then your business will never grow. It will remain stagnant, and you’ll be stuck in an endless cycle of work, your vision and goals just out of reach. 


With help from me as her coach, Mae realized just how little care she put into her own well-being. So, she flipped the script and started making time for herself, her family, and her life. Giving herself the time to focus on both her physical and mental health actually gave Mae the freedom she needed to create solutions in her business. She was more focused and energized when she went to work and happier overall. Being an entrepreneur isn’t about sacrificing your very life to your business; it’s about building a business that adds to your life.


  1. Evaluating and Adjusting Your Business is Okay
    When we get busy with the hustle and bustle of building a business, we often forget to stop and evaluate what is—and what isn’t—working. Consciously taking the time to look at what needs to be fixed or adjusted in your business is key to your success. You don’t need to change everything all at once, though. Make small changes, consistent tweaks, keeping what works and gently letting go of what doesn’t.


When Mae felt her business wasn’t lining up with her personal values, she made the changes she needed to. We worked on shifting her focus, finding a way for her work to coincide with her own values, even though it was the industry standard. Little by little, we tweaked things here and there, and eventually, she was working fewer hours with better results. Sometimes, the most effective changes don’t need to be huge; they just need to be reworked.


  1. Reevaluating Your Personal Values and Vision is Necessary
    Have you ever looked at your life only to realize you’re living by someone else’s dreams and standards? It’s almost like coming out of a fog when you notice that you’re not living the way you want to, by your own personal values and goals, but by someone else’s vision for your life. This is why it’s important to take a moment and think about what’s meaningful to us. Remember: It’s your life and your business. Create it how you want. Just because someone says there are certain rules you have to follow doesn’t make it true.


With my help, this is what Mae did. She realized that she was living her life and running her business the exact same way the previous owner had. He was okay with constantly working all day and gaining as many clients as possible without worrying about the quality of those clients. Mae, on the other hand, wanted to put her family first and had a crystal clear vision to be an exceptional woman in her franchise without sacrificing her personal life. And when she finally put down the old owner’s vision and picked up her own, she achieved the success she was looking for.


The resources mentioned in this episode are:

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🔥Join the free entrepreneurial community at https://briseeley.com/community for opportunities to connect with powerful women aiming towards big dreams and visions.

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🔥 If you need support on your entrepreneurial journey to strengthen your resilient mindset and set yourself up for success in uncertain times, consider submitting your application to work with The Entrepreneur Coach Bri Seeley here: https://briseeley.com/apply

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