An ambitious client was giving herself pressure. She felt that the end of the year was closing in so quickly, and there was an important project she hadn’t yet launched. Maybe you can relate.
The thing is -- she has been working diligently much of the year, launching various things. The feeling of pressure and time-squeeze now was due to making plans that were simply too ambitious.
“Why not just do those projects next year? There will be time!” I suggested.
If success were easy, just about everyone you know would be successful in their chosen field. Unfortunately, success is rare. Most people avoid doing the "hard" work needed to reach their vision.
Why is the work “hard”? It’s often because we intimidate ourselves. We imagine the entire project and how daunting it is. We don't even realize that we are the ones stopping ourselves.
We meet resistance, and then do the easy stuff we already know, which is usually the things that aren’t that important. We keep delaying our most important work.
And yet here is the truth -- step by step, we can get anywhere we want to go!
Emotions, personal growth and being a Solopreneur
Guest post by Lucas Forstmeyer and Ruth Toledo Altschuler
As service based Solopreneurs (Therapists, Coaches, Wellness Practitioners) how do we keep up with our work, when our life goes through turmoil and we experience big emotional challenges?
How can we stay on top of our multiple roles, from leading client sessions to taking care of our marketing and our administrative tasks, during difficult personal times?
As Solopreneurs we always have a lot on our plates, so when tides are high and we are being pushed around a lot, it can get very tough. And as Coaches, Therapists and Practitioners, there is the increased challenge of being asked to be fully present with our clients during sessions — we do not just hold space for ourselves and our business, we also hold space for our clients!
Sounds familiar? It did to many of us in the MasterHeart Authentic Business Group. The discussion was heartfelt and insightful, moving us to compile the highlights here, in the hopes that it supports you.
(Originally written April 2017, Updated Oct 2019.)
Overwhelm happens when we have too many choices.
The next time you feel it, try this -- apply temporary constraints.
By temporarily limiting your options, you create relief from overwhelm, and more focus on the things that matter most.
Let's explore a specific example:
Wondering if you're giving too much? You may be:
Unfortunately, this is a recipe for burnout. Instead, I wish for you to have long-term personal fulfillment and vibrant energy in your business.
Let’s prevent burnout by creating some awareness around which activities you may need to drop, and which activities are worth your energy…
George Kao is a Marketing Coach for small business owners, especially solopreneurs such as Coaches and Mentors. He focuses on ethical & effective ways to grow one's platform and build true livelihood.
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