I want you to think about how you might be overwhelming yourself when you think about what you have to do to be more visible in your business. Are you saying that time is running out – really?
Over the past week, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. I’ve been in the place that I need some more support as my business grows, but haven’t had much time to get it sorted. With lots of different projects going on, and ok hands up sometimes not so great choices, I’ve pushed myself into overwhelm.
Interestingly, a few of my clients have also been in the same place. Maybe part of it is that looming tax return, maybe just the thought of setting goals, or like me sometimes making the wrong choices – they can all make us feel stressed out.
The same applies to when you’re trying to be more visible in your business.
There are so many ways that you can be more visible in our businesses that it can start to feel insurmountable. We have this enormous to-do list that can feel a bit daunting
It’s not just things we need to do practically, but there’s also that emotional side where we know we need to step up a bit with our confidence and start to take brave action.
When I opened my inbox this week I had received an email from HMRC (tax office) with a reminder saying my tax return was due in 10 days and ‘time was running out’. Immediately, my body tightened up at the thought of running out of time. Wouldn’t that email have been SO much nicer if it had said something like this instead… “Your tax return is due in 10 days, you’ve still got plenty of time, but drop what you’re doing, go and make yourself a cuppa and get started now. No more procrastinating!”
The same message would have been conveyed, but it would have been kinder. We might think of ways that we could make the whole experience more pleasurable perhaps. Maybe, light a candle, listen to some nice music, schedule out some time to do it, snuggled up under a blanket or something.
Now back to visibility.
What are you telling yourself about your business when it comes to spreading the word about what you do?
Are you saying that time is running out? That if you don’t get x, y, z done then you’re a failure? That you’re never going to pull this whole business thing off because you’re just so behind. How can you be kinder to yourself? Yes – you still need to get all of that stuff on your to-do list worked through, but how is saying you’re running out of time really helping?
Give yourself a break. There may be a lot to do, but you don’t have to do it all today
There is only one of you after all.
Choose one area of visibility to focus on and do that one well
Review what’s worked and what hasn’t, tweak and adapt. If it’s working, keep doing it, if you hate it, choose a different way to be more visible in your business. There are just so many ways to raise your visibility, which is what makes this whole area of running your own business so much more fun.
Wait, did I just tell you that you can be more visible in your business AND have fun?! Well, yes I did, because you can.
Your call to action this week: Choose to focus on one area of visibility that you enjoy this week, and bring some fun into it, AND be nicer to yourself!
So that’s it from me today, I’ve got loads to do and my coffee machine and candles are calling me to make it all a lovely experience.
I’m not running out of time. I’m choosing to use it effectively, and have fun along the way!
What about you?
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