Have you ever felt like you were drowning? Furiously swimming toward a finish line that was only getting further and further away? That’s how I felt earlier this year, and I know you’ve been there too.
I had taken on too much—volunteering on too many school committees, more clients than I had reasonable time for, and just generally saying “yes” to all the things. Big mistake! I got caught up in all of it and stopped taking care of myself.
Secure your own floatation device first, right?
The plans for Copper Bottom, and the education I want to share with you got put on the back burner. So did my family. I was miserable. So I had a little heart to heart with myself and wrote down my thoughts on overwhelm as if I were giving advice to someone else. I just came across those notes yesterday and thought I’d share them with you . . . in case you’re in need of a life raft.
What if you didn’t do [insert one of the billion things on your to-do list]?
Would you be happier? How would that change your quality of life? Your outlook? Your attitude? Think about it.
If something is stressful, step back and evaluate what would happen if you eliminated that one thing from your to-do list.
Stop swimming toward a finish line that continually gets farther and farther away.
Building your business is not a “season” in life, it is your life. Make sure you enjoy it!
Those words changed everything for me. I walked away from the school committees, gave my active client projects all of my energy, time, and focus—and then I took time off.
It was glorious.
That revelation helped me slow down and get to a place of contentment. I am more focused now. I am happier. I’ve allowed myself to watch the boys play soccer and finished up some home improvement projects. I love my life now. Which makes me love my business even more.
If you are feeling overwhelmed take a step back, read some words of encouragement, and start taking care of yourself first. It makes all the difference in the world.