Life, as they say, happens. Sometimes it happens in a trickle and sometimes it happens in a deluge.
I have been standing under a torrential downpour since the holidays of 2011. Deployments, babies, deaths, graduations, and epiphanies have come fast and furious with barely a moment for me to catch my breath, much less fully implement my goals for 2012.
It is one of the most challenging situations that solopreneurs face as they create a business around their life, rather than a life around their business. What happens when life interrupts…?
In the evolution of my business I have been stressed out, overwhelmed, frustrated, and my proverbial tires have gone up in flames when the wheels have been spinning and I am getting nowhere fast despite feeling like I am working my tush off.
I crave simplicity. I crave ease. I crave flow…but how to get it?
Remember those epiphanies I mentioned? I’ve had plenty over the last 4 months and I’d like to pass them onto you.
Sometimes the flow doesn’t go where you want; accept what you can’t change at the moment.
All good things take time. Be gentle with yourself.
Stay present. I’ll admit, a tough one for me. I’m a future based, strategic thinker and am always looking at the horizon rather than what’s right in front of me.
Ask for help. Oooh, another ouchie one for me, but one I am getting better at practicing. Exhibit A: I’ve hired a cleaning company to come in monthly…a win-win; I get a clean house and I am supporting another solopreneur.
Block out small chunks of time. With my first grandchild coming and my crystal ball not working (ha!), many plans had to be tentative depending on when this precious child decided to make an appearance. I changed the way I blocked out my time for both personal and professional responsibilities. Fifteen minutes of fast and furious writing rather than 30.
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. Lots of bright, shiny objects floated past me over the last few months…I had to (more so than usual) carefully pick and choose my objects.
Awareness of how I want to feel. I don’t want to feel stressed, overwhelmed, out of control, and frustrated…so what can I do to change my state? How do I want to feel? I am the only one who can control that.
Remembering that I am here for the ride…not the destination.
I’ll be elaborating on these in future posts…stay tuned!
What do you do when your business gets interrupted?