Hello, fellow Rockstarrs!
By the time you read this, I would have completed my end of quarter detox. Five days, y’all! Five days of strict nutritional choices (I don’t like the word “diet”), cleaning out, reorganizing, and preparing for colder temperatures. I’m glad it’s over!
I must say, though, a lot of gems can be found in the detox process.
Today marks 14 weeks that I’ve been fully self-employed! FOURTEEN…LONG…WEEKS!
Y’all! Y’all! Don’t buy the lies they try to sell you on those Facebook ads!
Let’s do the math, shall we?
14 x 7 = 98
Ninety-eight days…why am I still getting my bearings?! I’ve read the books. I’ve attended the webinars/seminars/teleconference calls. I’ve made the “list” – repeatedly. I’ve done the events. I’ve done the networking.
Is it me? Am I not approachable? Do I smell?
(Sniffs armpits…I’m good!)
So, what’s the real deal? The real deal is that *clap* THIS *clap* TAKES *clap* TIME! No 90 days. Not 60 days. Not 30 days. Truth be told – and all you experts/gurus/coaches/etc can get mad if you want – there is no possible way to determine how long your individual, fingerprint-like business will grow.
*steps off soap box and returns to epiphany*
As I was cleaning out my laptop I came across gem #1: my recorded strategy session that I had with my coach a few months ago. It was even more eye opening because I was listening to his words – and the plan – as an entrepreneur this time, and not an employee. It helped to clear out some of the fog that had settled around my eyes during this time of transition.
Gem #2 was my “plan of emergence” for this blog. This is back when it was The Motivational Rockstarr! My original followers know about that! Reading this plan – one that I wrote way back in 2011 – was yet another eye opener. It made me realize that no matter how long you’ve been in business, when it’s time for ish to happen, it’ll happen. Of course, planning, producing, and collaborating the right way will help. Bottom line, there’s an ebb and flow at work that no one – not even the best business minds in the world – can override.
I’ve had ebb and flow moments with readers for this blog, readers for my books, freelance clients, coaching clients, collaborations – everything! There were times when I needed an assistant, and there were times when I simply needed a lead! That’s just how it is being in business. When you’re IN someone else’s business you don’t always see the intricacies of what’s going on. You don’t feel the effects of the ebb unless they start cutting hours or laying people off. When you RUN the business, you see it from an entirely different perspective. Anyone that decides to toss their hat in this ring, I salute you. And if you say, “Bump this!” and take your hat back, I totally understand.
Here’s my point. Chasing our tails will have us falsely going around in circles, repeatedly doing the same things in the same way expecting different results. Sometimes, the tools, the tips, the “gems” we needed were right there all along, but we decided to let someone “sell” us on their plan, abandoning our gem for their rock dipped in marble paint.
I found my gems, I’m dusting them off, and this time they will not get away from me. It’s time to get back to doing what I was sent her to do in the first place.
Long story short: