Back in 2015, I tried to consume everything I could online – I wanted to be way ahead than where I was. And it was perfectly okay for me to want that, but not when it was negatively influencing my health, my ability to do one thing really well and the enjoyment of my journey as an entrepreneur… leading to nothing but comparison and exhaustion.
Enthusiasm and excitement are great traits to have, but rushing in and trying to do too much in a short space of time results in overwhelm, burn out and unnecessary mistakes.
For me, it meant wanting to quit. I even took the steps and deleted everything – my website and blog AKA my business/career (6-figure monthly traffic stats), my social media channels (19k+) and my email list (3k+) – everything I had spent years building. I longed for a fresh start. One where patience, passion and purpose paved my path.
Taking that time just to BREATHE again felt like something I couldn’t have imagined in such a busy, digital world. I threw away a lot of opportunities but gained back my sanity. A small price to pay.
So many people believe it’s not possible to really switch off or step back. They’re obsessed with the need to be online and to be doing. But those moments away from all of that, where you feel grounded again are where the biggest breakthroughs happen. Why are we so afraid to give it a chance and get back to listening to ourselves?
My all-time favourite quote is “be patient with yourself, nothing in nature blooms all year”. We need to grow and bloom at our own pace, just like nature does. Everything does not happen in an instant, it takes time, energy and other factors (our resources).
It’s true… patience IS a virtue. So don’t expect too much of yourself 365 days a year or try to consume everything… but don’t wait until things are perfect either. Find that balance and embrace an intentional journey.
I believe that we can have a work/life balance whether we are the CEO or an employee because WE get to define what that means for us. We all have the ability to make it happen by taking meaningful actions, outsourcing, collaborating, thinking bigger, taking care of ourselves, learning, speaking up and not settling.
I’m here to tell you that it’s not all about build, build, build or hustle, hustle, hustle. Business and life go through phases, and you have to be able to be proactive, active and reactive as you navigate them.