- Are you resisting letting go of the holidays season and fully getting back into the life of a growing entrepreneur?
- Does anxiety and the New Year tend to go hand and hand for you?
- Is there a part of you that would rather keep your head under the covers for just another day?
If yes, you are not alone.
As I self-coach myself to transition from a 2 1/2 week vacation (a wonderful Christmas with family in Ottawa where we embraced -20 degrees weather and fresh snow for a week!) and get back into the entrepreneurial lifestyle, I noticed a twinge of anxiety and put myself in the shoes of all of the fellow budding entrepreneurs I have had the honour to mentor. I shared a personal story with the participants of the Passion into Profit program and the Erickson Business Center community and I received a lot of “LIKES” and many comments, as it resonated with a lot of people. I thought I would share it with you, my valued TLC community, in hopes that it also supports you in experiencing the beginning of the year with more ease, inner fulfillment and knowing that it all happens the way it is suppose to.
Feature Article: Trust the Divine Timing of Your Life
The first 3 years of my business, without fail every January my body would shut down and I would be confined to my bed for at least 7 days. When I look back I realize the pressure I would put on myself to achieve, to produce results, to leverage the opportunity that the beginning of a New Year could provide for a coach helping individuals set and achieve their goals. By the first week of January, I would have created an online marketing campaign to sell my New Approach to Goal Setting Ebook and I was in full blown action to fill a live workshop I delivered by the end of January on goal setting and have at least a dozen other “going public” commitments under my belt for the first quarter of the year. Yes I was motivated and very passionate about what I did but underlying that was also a huge dose of lack of self trust, a driving need to feel like I was significant and that I would succeed as an entrepreneur.
I share this with you to assure you that if you are feeling anxious going into the new year or resisting taking your commitment to building your business to the next level, you are not alone.
As budding entrepreneurs, it is natural to put pressure on yourself, to have BIG goals, to have even bigger gremlins and perhaps the biggest gremlin of them all, “will I really make it as an entrepreneur”? (The relentless self doubt gremlin).
Eighteen years later, I begin the New Year very differently. Yes, there is still a twinge of anxiety but one that fuels me rather then landing me in bed for a week.
Here are the top three things I have learned:
- A marathon approach to business is more successful and sustainable than running sprints.
- Your success as an entrepreneur (who also lives a great life!) is directly related to your depth of self love! (Yes this one surprised me too
- Listening to and dancing with the divine timing rather than forcing your timing is a lot more fulfilling and effortless.
This January, resolve to make your relationship with yourself a priority, set realistic goals that energize you and trust the divine timing of your life.
If this post resonated with you, take a deep breath, and repeat this affirmation “I trust the divine timing of my life and know that everything happens at the time and the way it’s supposed to”. Really breathe into it. Repeat it again, Ok one more time. Now don’t you feel better?
Remember, as a community of coaches on the journey of realizing our entrepreneurial dreams, we are in this together (oh yeah, that is another big learning I received “You can’t do this business building thing alone! Being vulnerable, asking for help and cultivating a world class support team is key in realizing your entrepreneurial dreams”).
Resource of The Month: A New Approach to Goal Setting Ebook
This is a self-coaching e-book that helps you identify what’s most important to you, and teaches you how to design your life according to your values. It just might be the fastest, easiest way to boost your life to a whole new level, and it will certainly give you a fresh new perspective on your New Year’s Resolutions!
PS. I would love to hear from you! How do you start your new year? Do you set realistic goals and stick with them or do you feel overwhelmed? Share with us on Facebook.
Your personal business building mentor,