te whare tapa whaa ferrymead accountingAs a SME business owner it is easy to get caught up in the day to day running of operations, the sales, the staff, the finances and clients.

Whilst it's vitally important to ensure that this side runs smoothly, it's equally important not to neglect the most critical element of all.....personal wellbeing.

Whilst there are lots of models dealing with a holistic approach to wellbeing, one of the ones I favour, both for its ease of understanding and its graphical imagary is that of the 'te whare tapa whā'. For those of you outside NZ, it means the four cornerstones or walls of the house.

This model simply, and easily, graphicly represents that the four cornerstones of health and wellbeing; your psycological health, spiritual health, physical health and family health need to be strong and in balance to hold the roof....If they are not, the roof topples and the building falls.....

In applying this to life as a SME business owner, it is important to ensure that you, yourself, are not personally neglegting these cornerstones. After all, if your health and your life is in balance, you are not only giving your business the deep and stable foundations required to protect it from the challenges faced on a daily basis, but also giving a strong and stable platform for its future growth.

As an advisor to my clients, this is something I actively encourage many of them to work on....as, whilst the numbers are important, if the owner's life is out of balance, its highly likely that their business will be out of balance as well.

It's an unavoidable fact that as the owner manager of an SME business, your personal wellbeing is inextricably linked to your financial wellbeing.....and sometimes understanding this, and putting steps in place to restore your personal balance is both the simplest thing to realise yet the hardest thing to do.

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