overwhelm

Is it just me or is life getting faster? Are the days getting fuller and our schedules busier?

It’s almost the end of 2016 and yet it feels like the year just started, right?

The pace of it all often makes business fell harder.

We worry that we aren’t reaching our goals and we aren’t growing fast enough.

We look our list of goals and see we haven’t reached as far as we hoped.

We watch other people and wish we could be that successful.

This is when we get burnt out and overwhelmed, right?

Does this happen to you? How do you cope?

Let me give you some advice; that I know from being in that space myself, time and time again.

It will pass. Creativity ebbs and flows, inspiration has good days and bad and sometimes life gets in the way of what you hope to achieve with your business.

But you are doing great. You are doing the best you can with what you’ve got right now.

And you are amazing!

I wanted to share that with you today, because I know it doesn’t always feel like it.

If you are scared, nervous, angry or upset because things are not going right for you at the moment, please remember:

This too shall pass.

And you can help get pass it quicker!

I’m not just here to tell you it will get better, but to offer a few tips to help you speed up that process.


 

Take Time Off

Step away from your business for a day, or maybe just for a few hours.

The more work you have to do, the more pressure you will feel. This often drains your creativity completely.

Step back from the to do list and let your brain re-charge.

Connect With People

Spend time with people who inspire you – even if you just go out for a coffee, connecting with inspiring people can spur you into action.

They might be friends or family but it would be even better if you can find a group of woman who has the same passion for creative business as you do. Talking about the challenges you are facing with people who really understand what you are going through is a great way to feel lighter and energised.

Look at Outsourcing

If you cannot physically fit in any more production time of your goods or services, it could be time to outsource jobs such as admin, bookkeeping etc.

Find the parts of your business that are causing you the most frustration and see what you hand off to someone else, who will probably love doing that job. Or outsource some of your other responsibilities like cooking and house cleaning. Maybe its as simple as asking your partner and the kids to help you or you could at hiring help.

I pay $30 a fortnight to have a lovely lady come and mop my floors and clean my bathrooms. I still have to vacuum in between but those out sourcing those few jobs gives me so much more time and headspace for business.

Connect with you WHY

Allow yourself time to focus on why you started the business in the first place. We often get side track by the “should dos” and the emails or orders but it is important to stay rooted in your core purpose.

That might mean for a day of creative play in the studio, it might mean connecting with your tribe and reminding yourself of the value you bring to their lives. Whatever it looks like for you, give yourself permission to play in your business and remember your WHY.

Recognise your superpowers

Once you re-connected with your why it’s time to be loud and proud about what you totally rock at.
Take some time to read your testimonials, customer emails and other positive feedback you get for your business.

Remind yourself of the things you do that make you awesome and know that your work is a gift to the world.

You don’t have to be loud about it really but don’t be afraid to share with your tribe the good things people say, it might even prompt others to share their feedback.

Running a Business is Tough

If you are having a bad day, or even a bad month, be kind to yourself and know that it’s all part of the journey.

There might been tears, sleepless nights and moments of dread, but I want you to know it will all work out.

If you believe in what you are doing, put in the effort and stick it out, it will all be worth it.

You are amazing and intelligent and you can figure it out and the world needs what you have to offer.

{NOTE: This post was originally written and posted on Create and Thrive.}