What are you doing to get grounded?

  photo by moonsheep 

Electricity can be a great metaphor for a lot of things – as a business owner, it’s a great way to describe the entrepreneurial spark that powers your business.  It can be a blinding flash that makes a lot of noise or it can be a powerful steady thrum that consistently drives your business forward.

What’s the difference between the two?  In a word – grounding.

Benjamin Franklin initially invented the Lightning Rod in 1749 as a way to tame powerful electrical discharges (lightning) by shunting it to a natural grounding circuit (literally the ground of the planet).

As a business owner – it’s important to have grounding of your own, a way to keep things under control and not burn out!  What keeps you grounded?

The Thanksgiving holiday just passed here and I had an opportunity to spend a lot of time with my extended family.  If your family is anything at all like mine, they don’t really care what you do, what great ideas you might have or all of the day to day worries you’ve got from running your business.

They’re way more interested in learning about how the kids are doing and if you’ve been up to anything interesting lately (outside of work).  It’s a great reminder about what’s really important and for me it was a refreshing perspective that life goes on outside of what you’re building and if you’re not careful you just might miss it!  (Thanks Ferris!)

What keeps you grounded as you’re working in and on your business?  Have you taken the time to get some new perspective on what you’re doing in the grand scheme of things?  Share your thoughts if you think it’s important to be grounded (or not important at all….I know plenty of people that don’t buy into the idea that you need to be grounded and would argue that it’s holding you back).

Shawn Kinkade   Kansas City Business Coach