It's not even officially Fall yet and already the flu has struck our house :( I have traded daiquiris for tea and am trying everything I can to keep this flu from grabbing at me full force. For now just my two cute kids have managed to get it ... and it's awful :( It got me thinking about being sick and all that goes with it ... especially as a business owner mom.
There are times, as business owners, when we are going full steam ahead - nothing can stop us from being great and everything seems to be going our way. We are getting the clients we want, we are getting our work published, we are winning awards ... it's all smiles.
Our business is chugging the coffee and we are loving it!
But what about when your business or your company is feeling sick? What then? A business being sick and feeling down could be any of the following:
- Feeling taken advantage of by clients and overworked
- Watching your competition get clients who inquired with you
- Having a dip in income and feeling stressed about bills
- Knowing you need to adapt and change your business structure and not knowing where to start
In these instances (and many more that weren't named) the natural tendency would be to suck down the coffee even more and start kicking ass to turn all ^^ that around ... but is that always healthy? Being on go-go-go constantly isn't always a good idea ... it leads to being burned out which can lead to even more trouble! But slowing down can sometimes be even scarier as a business owner ...
What kinds of thoughts go through your mind when you know you need to set down the cup of coffee and snuggle up with a blanket and some tea??
Here are some of the thoughts that go through my mind:
- If I put on the brakes what if somebody else comes along and fills my spot?
- What if my blog traffic gets cut and all my readers find a new place to get inspiration?
- What if I stop being important because I stopped posting to social media and people forget I am here?
What if, what if, what if ... but what if I keep pushing myself through the stress and don't give my body a break? Taking a minute to reasses the situation and meditate on the answers may be just the ticket to getting your affairs in order and back to killing it at what you do best. I find that sometimes the best answers reveal themselves when I step back and focus on other things ... that my creative bank is refilled and I'm better and stronger than I was before.