Our society tells us to hustle, work for your dream, push, sell, scream, do all kinds of nasty things in order to make your dream a reality.
Don’t believe me? Look through your Instagram feed, Facebook pages, even at the podcasts you listen to! Hustle culture is at its peak.
Most content you’ll find online constantly tells you that you won’t achieve success if you don’t dedicate blood, sweat, and precious quality time with your loved ones.
Well, I personally think that’s a one-way street to Burnout Ville. 🤷♀️ Constantly hustling is not a sustainable business strategy. Worst-case scenario is it might lead to resenting what you used to love doing.
Thing is, the more you trust and let go, the more things will flow into your life. That is why I read every morning in bed. I prioritize getting eight hours of sleep. I prefer flow over hustle any given day.
This even led to rebranding from a social media agency owner to being a business and marketing coach because I decided to find my flow and realized my strengths lie in establishing a personal relationship with mission-driven entrepreneurs. Nowadays, I’m more in my element and it feels reinvigorating!
“So HOW do I transition from constantly hustling to finally finding my flow?”
Great question! When you’re so used to hustling, you might be at a loss on how to find your flow.
That’s why I took the time to provide three simple ways for you to reflect on what should be your focus.
1. Ask yourself: What do I do whenever I procrastinate?
When you’re constantly procrastinating, that may be pointing to a sign that you’re not really enjoying what you’re doing.
But let’s not focus on that. Instead, let’s think about and reflect on what you do exactly whenever you procrastinate.
Let’s say you started as a jewelry designer but you’re starting to get tired of designing gold bracelets.
Instead of sitting down to sketch new bracelets for your launch next season, you’d often find yourself hand-painting quirky wooden earrings for your niece. And you can’t deny that you’d rather do this.
If that’s the case, looks like it might be time to re-think your product offers and start selling handmade accessories.
There’s procrastination and there’s productive procrastination. As a budding entrepreneur, I think it’s important that you should learn how to distinguish between the two.
Why? Because this often points to what you actually enjoy doing.
2. Find your flow by asking for some help
One thing to consider if you’d like to have a sustainable business strategy? Delegate, delegate, delegate. I know what you’re thinking: Why should I hire when I can save my hard-earned money and do it myself?
And I get it, I really do. It seems like a daunting step, especially when you’re a small business owner.
However, you also fall into the trap of getting stuck in this particular cycle: Dedicating 80% of your day to the tasks you hate because they just need to get done and only allocating 20% to the tasks you’re actually looking forward to doing.
This doesn’t give you enough room to find your flow and reflect on your actual strengths! Instead of thinking of hiring someone else as a waste of money, think of it as an investment. You’ll scale your business better when you delegate the to-do list you’d rather not face to someone who’d be eager to do it.
This means you’ll be freeing that 80% to dedicate it to reconnecting with why you started your business in the first place and finding ways to grow and level up to the next step.
3. Silence your mental chatter
As a small business owner, you’re most likely thinking of a hundred and one things. It’s tempting to start your mornings ticking off the to-do list.
Before everything else, I suggest taking a moment of silence for yourself. Take a deep breath and find your flow by letting your mind just wander, even if just for 10 minutes.
After that, stop listing all the things you have to do and focus instead on what YOU’D LIKE (not should) to get done for the day. That will dictate your flow for the day.
Quick action step: Take a moment right now to write down in the comments that ONE thing that gives you a thrill. I challenge you to add this one thing to your weekly schedule! The more you do things that make you happy, the more flow you’ll experience in your life
Let me know how it flows 😉
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