The last two years have been full of mixed emotions and turmoil. The last three months have been especially trying. I’m not telling you so you’ll feel sorry for me, but more to share something with you I’ve discovered as a freelancer and a writer, some things I think you can apply to your life no matter what you do.
Get away. I took a trip in October, business and pleasure mixed, but away from the hustle and bustle of my everyday life. The time away showed me some simple things.
- Stuff kept happening, whether I was here or not.
- Items that were ‘vital’ and ‘urgent’ were still waiting when I returned.
- My real goals were being neglected.
Returning offered a dose of both humility and reset thinking. Putting your personal needs aside does more harm than good, and directly impacts your ability to help others. Staying true to your goals is vital for your own happiness.
Evaluate relationships. There are people who you interact with who are good for you, and those who are bad. There are even those you are bad for. Taking a step back and reevaluating those relationships leaves you choices: repair the relationship or cut ties and walk away. Neither choice is wrong in every case, but knowing the issues are there is vital.
Start saying no. The two most powerful words are both yes and no. The most underused in the world of the entrepreneur is no. Simple fact: not everything is an opportunity. Sometimes the best way to move forward is to hone your focus, and say no to things that don’t fit.
I’m thankful for the trials of the last few months, and for the last two years, even as rough as they have been. The many issues have brought me to this point, where I can hit the reset button.
I can’t wait to see what happens next. What are the areas in your life where you should hit the reset button? I’d love to hear from you.