Sometimes it is really easy to get wrapped up in the business “hows.” How do I get more clients? How do I market? How do I get all of this stuff done AND run my business?
I have a lot of experience playing with the HOWs. I used to think that if I knew HOW to do it all, I could control it and get the precise result I desired. Hahahaha. Well, that just doesn’t happen. Controlling every which way of a HOW is like trying to control a river.
So when you are feeling overwhelmed with the HOW and are not sure where to turn, what do you do? One great, often overlooked, solution is to take a break, sometimes in the form of a nap. Taking a break defuses the pent-up energy associated with the worry of “how.” This brief down-time helps me clear my mind. With clarity I am then able to see what it is I CAN do to make a difference or a dent in my list versus looking at all the questions as endless and/or hopeless. This also helps me make realistic lists about what I can/cannot get done in a reasonable time.
Yet sometimes I get really clear and then still feel a little lost. The thing that has worked for me best when I feel lost is to always return to my authentic voice and why I love doing what I am doing as a guidance point: What do I LOVE about this task or about my business? What am I trying to say as an individual through my work? What part of this best lets me shine my light through? What part of this lets me do my best work that I can be proud of? I’ve found that the more I return to the basic elements of doing what I love and doing it the best I can, good things happen. I feel great, I attract amazing people and circumstances, and, often, my original questions get answered.
If you get overwhelmed and are not sure which way to turn, practice taking a small break and returning to “why” you are doing what you doing. In turn, you will feel a sense of calm, gain some clarity, and may even find better answers to your initial questions.