Taking control of your personal well-being can advance your business. Here’s how to take care of yourself first.

If you’re looking to grow your business, start by looking in the mirror.

No, I’m not referring to outer appearance. Let’s go deeper. To boost your business growth, take a moment to reflect on your inner strength.

High potential women who sustain success in business do so because they’re grounded on a personal level. When you’re feeling stuck at work, try tackling your personal matters first. After all, our professional growth often stems from the investments we make in our personal development.

Here are five ways women entrepreneurs can tackle personal development to catapult their professional growth.

1. Get More Sleep

As The Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington has shared, a good night’s sleep can be the catalyst for professional growth. Her wake-up call came in her early years at HuffPost when she landed in the hospital after working herself to the point of physical collapse. The result? A reorientation of her priorities — and now, her wellness platform to support the growth of driven professionals like you. So take her wisdom to heart. If you’re having trouble moving ahead in business, consider first whether you’re getting enough rest. Then, resolve to do it.

2. Learn How to Deal With Conflict Effectively

This is a skill many of us struggle with, because — let’s face it — who likes conflict? But conflict is a part of both life and business, and learning to handle it effectively often begins with our skill at managing it in our personal lives. If you’re having trouble satisfying clients, managing staff, or coping with pressure, evaluate your conflict management skills both in the office and out. Most of us can benefit from sharpening these skills, and the more we practice, the more confident we become.

3. Have Conviction

Before you can expect anyone to invest in your business, you’ve got to have confidence in the value of your brand. Conviction communicates volumes about your worth to clients and prospects. If you’re wavering, revisit the passion that launched your business in the first place. Back then, you saw a need and knew you could meet it. You rallied support. You launched a dream. Do whatever you need to do to remind yourself daily of that vision, and preach it to yourself when you begin to falter.

4. Don’t Be a People-Pleaser

It can be especially hard for women to avoid this trench. We all wear many hats in addition to the role of business owner, and it can be paralyzing to be faced with the burden of others’ dissatisfaction. The truth is that it’s not possible to please everyone all of the time. Consider whether you’re trying too hard to keep everyone happy — and then, fill your tank first. When your own priorities are met, you will be better equipped to meet the needs of others.

5. Surround Yourself With People Who Are Better Than You

It’s exhilarating to be the expert in the room, but if you’re always the expert, you’re never learning. All of us can benefit from taking a break to spend time with people who have lived more, done more, or know more than we do. Having a personal friend or a professional mentor who can lend some perspective will pay dividends for your business as you grow in wisdom.

Remember: We’re all people before we become business owners, and our attention to personal growth will help us blossom as professionals, too.

What would you add to the list?

About Emily D. Tisdale, Founder & CEO

Meet the brains — and heart — behind LEAP for Women. Emily is LEAP’s guiding force, committed to supporting women entrepreneurs at every stage in their journey.

She loves LEAP because:

We’re an authentic resource for women who want the nitty-gritty details of running a business. I want everyone to have the same amazing resources I had.

A resident of Indiana, Emily prides herself on being a transplanted Hoosier and enjoys watching Colts football and spending time with her husband and their two children.

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