This running a business stuff can be a little much sometimes, right!?
I swear, just when I think I have one thing nailed down something goes and changes. With change comes frequent identity crises, self-doubt and fear, it’s kinda like feeling like chicken little a lot of time.
If we mistake acorns for the sky, we start to run around scattered and scared. And a lot of the time, big or small change feels a lot like the sky is falling.
I have been in an amazing program (Digital Strategy School) the last 6 months that drastically changed my perspective on my industry and my place in it. And it sent me reeling into the “I’m not good enough” and “I’m not qualified enough” and even the “Who do I think I am” head space. Yep, I was screaming inside: “The sky is falling and a Starbucks application is my next step”.
The key is to remember it’s usually small acorns falling, not the sky.
(I know easier said than done.) We can adapt and move forward if we stop panicking about change and start to grow with it. It is uncomfortable? Yes… but that’s where the magic happens, right? 😉
So, I made it… I was just about to embrace my new perspective on who I could be and then I found out about more change: I’m pregnant again! (Total accident and yes, I know how these things happen.) And all of a sudden the sky was falling again. That was a big acorn. Not just in my business, but in my relationships and my family. And so I slept a lot. All business progress slowed way down.
An extra little life is bigger than your average acorn, so I took ample time to digest and adjust, and even start to get a bit excited.
Even if it’s an 8lb acorn, it is still an acorn and not the sky.
Being that we’re doing this life and this business thing, changes are constantly falling on us.
So, if you’ve recently had an acorn or 2 drop on your head:
- Take a few deep belly breaths
- Remind yourself the sky is still above you
- Look around at your stuff, your life, your business and breathe in a little gratitude for how far you’ve come
- Give yourself permission to stop or slow down so you can adapt
- Get back to business.
I promise, if you do those things, clarity will miraculously appear. (At least for a day or 2)
A few of major shifts I’ve made in my business: Adding “Strategy” in my email signature (yikes!), adding strategy in every custom design project, and added a new starter site service for businesses that really just need a small pre-made WordPress site to get going.