I’ve been there in my business – and I will take a wild guess you have, too.
Maybe you’ve been running ahead doing all the things, wearing all the hats, and assembling things in your business, focusing on sales, on money-making, on looking around the marketplace.
But something feels missing.
Perhaps your voice feels marginalized.
Maybe something just feels out of place, and you can’t put your finger on what it is.
When this happened to me, I began to feel zapped of energy. I’d been busting all the moves to get a specific program launched, but whenever it came to going online and talking about it, I kept finding reasons to delay the launch. Long story short, my reasons weren’t reasons at all – they were excuses. With personal coaching and LOTS of journaling, I found my offering was out of alignment. It was a tough realization, but it freed me up to discover what was right.
When that nagging feeling comes to bite, you can bet you aren’t doing one really simple, essential thing:
Working to your strengths and on things that are really true to yourself.
Often, we don’t even realize we’ve been spinning our wheels out of alignment.
We are so busy in action that the time for reflection takes a back seat.
The key to realizing you need to take stock is that feeling of stuckness; maybe you feel utterly defeated, and just not sure what to do next.
Maybe you’re thinking of hiring a coach – but you haven’t quite got the right amount of money to invest just yet.
Maybe you have a hunch you need to put new systems in place. You know there’s something big that needs to shift within your business, but you’re just not quite sure how you’re going do it alone – nor what it actually is that you need to change anyway.
So round and round you go.
Getting into a pickle with your business is normal.
But you don’t need to spin your wheels all alone for long.
In my experience, the best thing to do is to invest in support. This will help you determine what you need to figure out; trying to do it all and feeling overwhelmed is so exhausting, and it can actually slow you down for months.
The hard truth is, you can feel the legacy of indecision and stuckness for years.
If you’ve got to that point where you truly haven’t got all of the aspects of your business aligned to who you are, what you want to do, what really makes you tick and what you started the business for in the first place, it’s time for some new motivation.
When you’re flagging – when you’re really, really down and out about your business- and you’re trying to put on a brave face, what you need most is to feel inspired and motivated.
The first thing that people often do is to look around at what everybody else is doing.
This can be helpful at times, but often when you are in a place of stuckness, it can actually lead to more problems.
What you actually need to do is to look within.
When you feel things are lacking, looking outside of yourself is actually more escapism and procrastination, than a strategy that’s going to lead you to true answers.
When you feel you haven’t got a proper connection with your business, when you feel “out of alignment”, you keep going around in circles.
You CAN get your motivation back and get back in control, when you make time to lift the lid on your business, and discover exactly what’s going on.
It needs to come from a place of deeper meaning for you.
By doing this inner work and evaluation of where you are, you will gain insight into what needs to change.
By doing this inner work you will be able to visualize your business as it CAN be in the future.
When you picture it clearly in your head, and what you need to do to get there, you can truly be in the driving seat again.
That sense of freedom you wanted? The lifestyle you wanted for yourself? It truly is possible when you take a step back and reconnect.
When your motivation and direction are back in place, you can actually start each day with a really strong sense of what you need to achieve. In this way, you can break down an overall goal into smaller chunks.
It’s about lifting the lid on what the problems are.
It’s about finding out, with some help, what is actually going wrong with your business. That’s when you discover what you need to do, so you can bridge the gap from an un-ideal state to the ideal state.
You might not know what the overall vision is yet, and that’s ok.
But when you make time to create your vision, you’ll start to prize out all the wonderful gems, like how you really want to show up in your business, what you’d really like to be doing, and how you really want to work with people.
When you take a couple of steps back, you can take huge leaps forwards.