"Sometimes, you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be."
- Author Unknown
My apologies, but this week I won't be bringing you '6 Simple Types of Video to Showcase Your Business-Vlogs'.
You see, it's the last week of school holidays and my daughter and I are on a little road trip and short break.
Before we head off, I just wanted to check in and see how you're going. If you're like most businesses at this time of the year, you're probably frantic with end-of-financial-year stuff and taxation. I've been busy trying to juggle business with spending time with my daughter. As any parent who is in business would understand, school holidays are always a juggling act and you often feel torn between work and family with looming deadlines.
I'm looking forward to this little break. No computers, just my phone. But I've planned things well enough to ensure I have no pressing client jobs, work or deadlines and I've cleared my tray (so-to-speak) to ensure that I can relax for a few days and not have to check-in so much. I'll be mostly having an 'unplugged' break and only checking for the urgent, which shouldn't happen.
So, what about you? Do you plan for time off in your hectic schedule? If not, I really encourage you to, even if it's for a couple of days.
Reward yourself with time away from your business. It's important that you create space in your life to be able to stop, rest and reflect. In the craziness of running a business, we often forget WHY we do what we do. The vision we first hold when we start a business about what that will provide for us in terms of freedom, often gets pushed aside as we strive towards that end. Yes, we want a successful business, but what are we giving up in order to gain that success?
At the end of last year I got to breaking point. I've been there and beyond before. It's not pretty. I break down then spend an inordinate amount of time shutting myself away from the outside world as I pick up the pieces and regain my confidence and inspiration. I'd realised last year that I did this pattern. It's the perfectionist in me where I become a work-a-holic. And at the end of last year I decided I wanted different--I wanted to break that pattern, and that if this was how I was supposed to do business, then I didn't want to be part of that. I've always been a little unconventional, so why should I have to settle for 'mainstream'? And I'm not saying that's how you should do life--that's just me. Each person and business is different, and it's up to each of us to decide on the parameters.
So I decided to do different. To run a business the way that I wanted to so that I could still live my life and enjoy the little wins and successes along the way. It means that things are moving slower, but I'm okay with that. And in that decision, my life has been so much more rewarding as I begin to spend real time with friends and family who are important in my life--to deepen those relationships. The funny thing is, in slowing down my business has picked up. I'm attracting a different type of client and my clients really bring me great joy. I love working with them and my projects are becoming so much more interesting and inspiring.
Anyway, I thought I would share that with you and get you thinking a little. I hope if anything, this post will encourage you to stop and think. To reflect not only on your business,but WHY you do what you do. What's really important to you--and make time for that, however small or fleeting. It will bring greater joy to your life and reignite your passion within your business and hopefully help your business to grow.
I encourage you to create that space for yourself. And if you have time, I strongly recommend a road trip. Lots of time to think--to view the world from a different perspective--to slow down and allow the time and room for other thoughts and moments to enter your life, however briefly.
See you next week with our last instalment of '6 Simple Types of Video to Showcase Your Business-Vlogs'. I promise!
Kerry :) x