Do you ever feel like your business is just as demanding as that corporate job you were dying to get out of?
Like you’re working long hours, on the brink of burnout and wondering if it’s always going to be this hard?
I haven’t written to you in a few days, and it’s not that I haven’t had anything good to say, but things have been shifting and well, life happened.
I had to take my 5 year old to the ER in the middle of the night Monday (he’s okay now- please don’t worry). It was a scary few moments but he was treated and sent home after a few hours. We got home around 6am and I was exhausted!
Unfortunately I had a in person client VIP scheduled for Tuesday and was lucky enough to be able to reschedule.
I had to keep my son home from school for the next 4 days, 3 of which included back to back client calls.
On one hand, I considered myself extremely lucky to have a business that’s flexible and allowed me to stay home with him. It’s one of the main reasons I decided to become an entrepreneur. As a single mom, I wanted to be able to be with my son whenever he needed me- the first few years before he started school, field trips, sporting events, vacations and those unfortunate moments when he wasn’t feeling great.
But on the other hand, I still felt tied to my desk. Almost like I was in the dreaded cubical again. I felt extremely guilty having to reschedule the VIP session and I felt even more guilty canceling up to 15 calls this week-so I did them. In between breathing treatments, requests for water, food, and hugs.
By the end of the week, I was drained. I sacrificed a lot this week, but I pushed through like I always do. And today, I woke up with a closed and burning throat and a (rescheduled) VIP session in a few hours.
Okay, Universe! I hear you!
As part of my original 2016 plan, I intended on taking less 1:1 clients. Not because I don’t like it, or because it’s hard. I have clients coming to me left and right basically throwing their money at me. But as an introvert, that amount of personal interaction takes a lot of energy from me. While I’m fired up on the calls, and when my clients text me to tell me they’ve just signed a new client who paid in full, or they just had a $9K week, at the end of the day, I’m beat.
Early this week, I was advised that I may be operating under the wrong business model- one that drains me, instead of energizes me. And this entire week, I’ve gotten nudge after nudge from the big U that it’s true.
I’m super excited to be building a business that supports my larger vision in the upcoming year. And while it was already in the works, I’m being pushed to make it happen even faster.
Oh, and all those 2016 plans have been turned on their head. But the best part is, I’m totally okay with it. Because I’m building a business that not only feels good, but will continue to create financial freedom and help me impact millions. It just looks a little different than originally planned.
So I have two major pieces of advice for you today, dear entrepreneur:
- Don’t be so rigid with the plan. Instead of building a business that looks like everyone else’s- create one that feels good to you, that supports your bigger vision and gives you all the spaciousness you desire. Even if it looks different that what you originally planned, be open to things looking a little different. Permission is hereby granted for you to do whatever the hell you want.
- Listen. Listen to your intuition and follow its guidance (she’s rarely ever wrong). Look for signs and confirmation that you’re on the right path- and when you get them- STOP doubting and go with it.
I know I’m a little late to the New Year party, but I’m so excited for new beginnings, because changes for me have always indicated growth, expansion and one step closer towards total alignment.
So how about you? Have you had that come to Jesus moment in your business? The one where you know things should look and feel different? If so, I’m super stoked for the next few weeks, where I’ll be sharing with you tons of no BS tips and advice to not work so damn hard, but still make a great living as a coach.