Values are what guide your behaviour and your decisions. They’re the ‘why’ behind everything you do, both in your VA business and your personal life.
But, as you get involved with your own business needs and the needs of your clients, you can lose sight of your core values. You can get side-tracked by your client’s requirements, as well as the core needs of your business – leading you to make choices based purely on fear or financial pressure, or taking a more reactive stance in specific situations, as opposed to your usual proactive one.
So how do you ensure you stay true to your core values, brand and boundaries?
#1: Know what constitutes a value.
Values can be something as simple as integrity, passion or honesty, right through to something like believing it’s always best to ask for help when needed, or always having another person’s best interests at heart. You use your values to set boundaries in your VA business and your personal life, and they help to form part of your overall business brand too.
#2: Know what YOUR values, brand and boundaries are!
You need to know what is important to you, in order to protect it. If you’re unclear on your boundaries and values, you can expect them to get trampled over. If you’re unclear on your branding, you’ll be working hard, with no real results, or you’ll be working with unsuitable clients. Therefore, the first thing you need to clarify in your VA business, is what your values, brand and boundaries are.
#3: Remember, you’re the boss
It’s your VA business, no one else’s. Sometimes, that can be a daunting reality, especially when you need to make difficult decisions – but it IS your reality. You need to step up and do what you need to do, in order to grow your business. Your VA business isn’t going to run itself and, if you don’t step up and be the boss you need to be, it isn’t going to be running for long.
#4: It’s ok to say no
One of the quickest ways we disrespect our own values, is to agree to do something that we know we don’t want to do. We find it so difficult to say no – whether it’s to clients that aren’t a good fit, or signing up for a workshop we don’t really want to attend. You need to remember, you’re a grown-up, running your own business – so you can say no, without any judgement or comeback.
#5: Honour your feelings
Luckily for us, we all have an inner guidance system that’s linked to our values. Our feelings (or our ‘gut feelings’), help us understand what’s important to us – feel good; you’re on the right track, feel bad; you’re not. If you want to stay true to your values, you have to learn to trust your feelings and your intuition. Often, this means giving yourself a tiny bit of breathing space, before you make a decision and, if you’re unable to do this, then you know your feelings will give you the answers.
By staying true to your values, you’ll be happier and more productive. They enable you to be authentic to yourself and your business brand, but also guarantee you’re working from an inspired space too – and that positivity and integrity will radiate out to your clients too.
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