Everyone talks about how CEOs and business owners should ensure they spend at least 70% of their time on the business and 30% in the business. However, I believe working on your business is really about so much more.

For the past few years I have worked side by side with my husband and business partner building a wonderful business that is very successful. But during this time I have always put everything and everyone else before myself. Whilst my family are the most important part of my life, I made the decision that 2013 would be the year for me. The year I would put myself first and focus on what I want to achieve in my life.

So I recently joined a business coaching program.  I was expecting this program would give me so many new ideas and provide focus around things we need to implement and improve within our businesses. What I underestimated was the impact the other members and their stories would have on me.

Before I joined the program, as great as my life was, I was feeling a sense of loneliness and that something was missing.   I find it hard to attend events and networking opportunities due to my families schedule and I was finding that many of my friends just didn’t understand what it is like to be a small business owner.

I was not prepared for the impact this program would have on me. To be sitting in a room full of so many other members who all shared the same passion, commitment, enthusiasm and drive to build and improve their business.    The ability to be able to share your story, ideas, achievements and goals in an environment where there was no competition, or the need to have to prove yourself. To sit with people, who were just like me, like sponges trying to absorb as much as possible.

For the first time in a long time professionally, I feel like I’ve got my spark back, I’ve got my plan in place, I can’t wait to get started and have my new friends who will hold me accountable to achieving this.

It is all well and good to ensure you are spending the time working on your business and ensuring you have the appropriate planning in place. But as the business owner, you need to take time out for yourself. Reflect on where you want to go, who you want to spend your time with and how you are going to get there. It’s not just about the business needs, it is about your needs. You need to find something that ignites your passion for why you started your business in the first place.