Cut Yourself Some Slack
Spring has sprung and I’m not sure about you but I have not been feeling particularly inspired to embrace the new season with vigour. It seems that every person I am in contact with (myself included) has been sick, or their children are sick, or they are dealing with some type of personal crisis that is seriously impacting their ability to run their business.
Personally I have found this a real struggle. I don’t do passive, I don’t do minimal output, I don’t do de-motivated. The essence of my business is to support and encourage other business owners. How could I possibly do that when I was feeling like I was barely keeping my head above water?
We all seem to have these rules around how we should run our business – when we should work, how many hours we should bill, how many client meetings we should have, how many sales we should make, how many social media posts, blogs written, etc, etc.
We should all over ourselves and it does us no favours. Lucky for me I have some very wise people in my corner who smack me over the head (figuratively!) and stop me being so hard on myself.
So if it is any help at all, my message to you this week is to cut yourself some slack.
Yes, it is frustrating when things don’t go to plan but real life has a funny habit of getting in the way of our best intentions. One of the (many) perks of being your own boss is that you can step in when your kids/family need you or when you have some other personal situation you need to deal with.
Interestingly, when you don’t have the capacity to be as hands on or work to the level you normally would, you discover that near enough is actually good enough. Done is better than perfect. You get more comfortable saying “no” to the things that are not important and you accept help where you may never have asked for it before.
Once you step back into your business, you will do so with fresh eyes. You will realise that the sky did not fall in while you weren’t working at full throttle and you may just see the benefit of adjusting your usual business habits as a result.
Now is the time to be kind to yourself and to those around you. Instead of worrying about what you haven’t achieved, focus on what you have managed to get done given your current situation. And remember, this won’t last forever – normal programming will resume very soon (she says with her fingers and toes crossed very tightly).