By Linda Woodhead

We have all heard the age old saying ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’ so many times, but how many of us actually STOP!... and do NOTHING! If you are anything like me it's a hard ask, as I certainly like to be on the go most of the time. Feeling inspired, productive and successful in all areas of my life is important to me. I set my benchmark high. Not a bad thing but there has to be a balance with life, love, family and work.

I think some of us get worried about ‘doing nothing’ and find it hard to be ‘non-productive’ but maybe that’s because we are mis-interpreting what ‘doing nothing’ really means.

To me it can mean something as simple as curling up on the couch and watching a movy, meditating, going for a walk, reading a book, sitting by the ocean, playing the piano, (I should do more of that!), even shopping!! To me its about not working, its about appreciating what I have and feeling gratitude for all that is good in my life… it’s about smelling the roses!

If you are a good business owner then you will live and breathe what you do. I do. I put my blood, sweat and tears into the mocha magazines, events, awards and competitions and am always coming up with new ideas and initiatives for us to create…. More work… but I wouldn't have it any other way. A good day is one where I have got through my list for the day and feel a sense of pride in what we have done. I am happy to say I have a lot of these days… although I do need to work on my time management for my never-ending list!

Surrounding myself with like-minded individuals is an absolute must and only those who have a positive influence on my life, both in personal and business issues. They say, ‘Your vibe attracts your tribe’ this is so true. What you give out you get back so its important to also be an asset to those around you who look to you for friendship, business support, love and success. And when it comes to that tribe…why waste time and energy on people who do not have your best interests at heart and why give your valuable expertise to those who do not value and appreciate it! Pretty simple really.

Strive for that work life balance. It’s not that hard and you deserve it! I hear successful people talk about how they have not been ‘lucky’, but instead have worked bloody hard to get where they are and what they have, so ‘work hard to play hard’ is a good motivation. Going back to my original point… work hard to also rest without stress or worry. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to take a breath, relax, chill on your back deck, knowing the bills have been paid, the kids and partners are all healthy and happy, staff are hitting goals, you’re on track for your business goals and your weekly list has lots of ticks!

The speed in which this year as gone by is testament to just how busy we all are. We set ourselves up to dream, believe and achieve and that's a great thing but somewhere along the way if you don't Stop and Smell those Roses, then what’s it all for?