The Guide To Staying On Course
It’s only 4pm and I’m drinking a liqueur.
I don’t want you to know this because but its sharpness and strength is numbing some of the pain I feel right now.
Lately I’ve been tearing up a lot you see and no , I’m not pregnant, much as my Italian in-laws would love that.
I can’t explain why when business is well, my body’s in good health and my bank account is finally growing that suddenly I’m feeling dissatisfied and just want to hide.
When I woke up this morning there was no hiding though, we had an early call from Francesco’s mum to say she’d had a mild heart attack last night and was recovering in hospital.
Who does that?
Why don’t Italians get someone else to call and break the news?
That would never happen in the UK.
Anyway my first thought was “Is she ok” but my second was “Who’s going to cook for us this weekend” ?
How selfish is that?
To make things worse before leaving for the hospital my MacBook decided to die and so we had to rush her to the Apple doctor and get a brand new charger.
I think I panicked more at the thought of losing my computer with all my writing and client details than my Mum-in-law.
They’re both fine though.
What’s not fine is drinking aniseed in the afternoon, hiding from the world and welling up with tears at the stupidest things.
Perhaps I’m not alone though and this is in fact the dark side of being an entrepreneur, contrary to the life you shout about loudly on Facebook?
You see the path to growth is peppered with growing pains, despite how easy we want it to look, it’s not like our mentors have waved a magic wand and suddenly we’re there.
That’s just how we all want it, to skip the journey and arrive at the final destination, looking photoshopped beautiful our brands and reputation still in tact.
The reality is less graceful though; and sometimes makes you wonder if maybe life was simpler with a steady pay check and a day job.
The truth though is that once you’re in this game you’d rather stay the course, pain and all, than return to a life of constricted freedom and false security.
The Guide To Staying On Course When Life’s Getting You Down.
1) Write it out.
Action: Write daily for up to 30mins, it’s the cheapest form of therapy and what you say on paper to yourself is often more courageous than what you’ll admit verbally. Writing can help you integrate your feelings, be with the shame, jealousy and despair , safely. It’ll have you course correcting in no time.
2) Take your eyes off the audience.
Action: Wake up and brew some hot water and lemon, some good coffee, centre your mind before you switch on social media where most entrepreneurs are shouting about their latest victories, I’m no exception, but these one sided messages are knocking your confidence and ability to stay on course.
3) Reward yourself daily.
In whichever way feels good to you, a glass of wine, a massage, a good home cooked meal , daily self-care will refresh you on this creative journey to your best life and business.Action: Consider what you can do today to raise your spirits and get you back on course.
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