Hi Confident Lady,
This week I am feeling called to talk about intentional living. I know, this is not something most business owners (think! they) have time for. I hope this insight will help you grasp the concept a little faster than I did.
Below is an excerpt from a journal entry about a year ago. I had just returned from vacation and was at a really great place in my business. The month prior I had filled my Mindset Mastermind + Mentorship program, was booked out with 1:1 clients, was in the midst of launching my Visibility Group Coaching Program, AND was secretly developing my paid membership community which today is my CL Inner Circle. I was on top of the world in my business. I had achieved above and beyond what I could have imagined achieving 8 months into business.
However, my personal life was suffering. I was working around the clock (which I LOVED doing. I get energized working 24/7… a blessing and a curse!) and making very little time for a LIFE. Earlier in the year I had implemented a new strategy into my business by taking at least a total of 7-10 days off each quarter. Which I did....... but it would be “cram-time” before setting off and then “catch up like a mad woman” when I returned. It just didn't feel sustainable. Again, working lit me up and I didn't want to slow down. But I knew deep down there would be personal and health consequences if I didn't. So I set this intention and began praying about it. Asking God to give me STRENGTH to slow down. Which is quite opposite for most!
So now you're probably wondering how I went from working 16 hour DAYS to being a work at home mama now, working 16 hour WEEKS.
Here's the not so secret secret.......
Already having the business foundation. I personally can't discredit this piece. There are seasons in business. Season one, months 1-10 were quite the hustle days. This set the foundation. I did the hard work. The dirty, painful, grueling work most wouldn't want to do for a day. And because I did planting, sowing, weeding, and nurturing season one, I am today reaping the harvest. Many things are on autopilot in my business. Passive income is a big part of my business model to allow me more time and space to be with my family. Also having a team to support me with all the backend parts of my business that are totally OUT of my zone of genius. My business wouldnt run without this crucial piece.
Discipline. At this point I was getting close to hiring a digital marketer as well as an online business manager. I knew if I was going to invest $$$ in help like this I would need to get even more disciplined in my work aka have content batched way ahead for them to use. I would also need to set more boundaries with myself in saying no to even more things and cutting out more of what wasn't serving me. I began to really only focus on what needed to get done and cut out the stuff that wasn't necessary.
Mindset. In order for me to go from 120 mph down to a steady cruise, I had to FIRST work my mindset. Most of us don't change habits for reward, but mostly to avoid consequences. There's a reason people use it in their marketing-- most resonate more with pain points than pleasure. I knew if I didn't change I would be at risk of losing relationships and doing damage to my body from lack of sleep and constant hustle mode. Which did begin to show itself evident in loss of menstrual cycle. And at this point it was NOT because I was pregnant (that came early August)--It was from exhaustion on my body. So I began to work more intently on my daily mindset practice. Began praying more. Began saying out loud there were more than enough hours in the day. I mean if Beyonce could be Beyonce and work out and eat right and do #allthethings, little old me could certainly find the time. Right? And so I began surrendering more and more over to the big guy upstairs.
So today I want you to take a few minutes to evaluate where you are in your business. Are you going a mile a minute trying to do #allthethings + save the world, while possibly losing touch with the people you care most about? And maybe even losing touch with yourself and your needs?
Are you ready to take it down a notch and bring intention back into your life? So first ask yourself, have I walked through the season of foundation building? If so awesome, this will make it easier for you. Then evaluate how disciplined you are and cut out the unnecessary. Lastly, evaluate your mindset. What can you do to reset your muddy thinking and get more intentional with believing there is MORE THAN ENOUGH time to make things happen.
How will you commit to getting more intentional in life +business today? What do you know you NEED to surrender in order to continue to grow your business without losing sleep and precious hours with your loved ones? Does any of this resonate with you? Comment below and let me know! If so and you think you might be ready to get some support with this, shoot an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessings + Abundance,
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