I was interviewed recently about how, as a 'working mum', I handle guilt. It was a story that made the front cover of the Gold Coast Eye magazine, making me feel a little excited to be a covergirl and my son impressed that he graced the pages in a double-page spread of the newspaper (not that he really knows what that means).
Anyway, apart from being a story that generated much hype in our household, it was also a story that generated loads of conversation on and off-line. So here, I wanted to share a little further with you, why Guilt has a place and how to use it to your advantage in your business.
But, let me start here: I never call myself a 'working mum'. I refer to my role as a full-time mum and a full-time business woman. The reason behind this? Because really, when you are the head of an operation that brings in your livelihood and employs other people (in charge of a company, or the strategic director of your business) and a mother, neither role ever leaves your mind.
Even when I am hosting a 75-person breakfast event, writing marketing content for our various projects, or working with our clients in the Lead Better Business School, a little part of my mind is regularly checking in with my children. I wonder, 'How are they doing?', 'Are they happy today?', 'I hope that Charles went down alright for his lunchtime sleep'.
And when I am with my children, 6 out of 7 days a week, I am also monitoring the conversations in my mind about the business. Like, "I must follow-up on the speaker for the November event", "Did that blog post get sent today?", "I wonder how Ed's workshop is going?" And then sometimes, there's the niggling, "Seriously, would you two just go to bed so I can get an hour's work done!"
Neither role ever leaves you. But you have choice: It's what you do with those questions in your mind that either stops you, or supports you. And it's here, guilt has a necessary place in your every day, AND the outcomes you achieve in your business.