If you are a doer like me, you may relate to the tendency to take heaps of action in your business, one thing after another, on an on.
The belief that we have to constantly be on the ball, on duty, to have success can be a driving force for this constant activity.
Our culture certainly champions overworking and adrenalized achieving as a worthy goal. For those of us who want to work differently, this can be a challenge to break away from.
Sometimes we fall in a heap after a big bout of activity and sometimes we come to our senses before the crash and take some time out for a while.
When we take time out or fall in a heap, or get sick, we let go and STOP.
We release the reins and let the horse roam freely for a little bit.
All of a sudden it seems; clients book in or a contract comes our way that appears to have nothing to do with the specific work we have been putting in.
We have accidentally allowed an important part of the process of business to happen.
That is, making available time and space for projects and undertakings to come to fruition.
It is like putting a cake in the oven and constantly checking on it or worse still, stirring it whilst it’s cooking. The cake needs time to bake. It may need some attention towards the end of its cooking time and it really doesn’t need us to interfere all the way along.
An interesting thing happened last week. I had been taking focused action in my business. Really enjoying connecting with women in business and discussing their needs and challenges.
Then I went away for the weekend on a retreat. A work-free environment with almost no phone or wifi coverage. I relaxed and was present to the people and the retreat.
I was having a conversation over a meal with one of the other women at the retreat, and we talked about what we did for work.
The next day, she said that she would like to work with me, that she thought I could help her with her business. I was delighted with the idea and with the easy way we connected.
This was such a great experience to remind me that I do not have to make things happen. I just need to take intuitive inspired action and be available to the opportunities that follow.
Nature is a great example of this in terms of growing and harvesting crops. The soil needs to be prepared, the seed needs to be sowed, the seedlings watered and fed with manure and then only when the crop is ready can it be harvested.
Even though we can buy instant oats which take two minutes to cook in a microwave, in reality, the oats take many months to grow to maturation.
We live in a world with the expectation of instant gratification.
Let’s joyfully take time out and allow our businesses to grow and mature so that we can reap the rewards.
If you have any experiences of allowing activity to come to fruition that you would like to share, I would love to hear from you.
Please comment below.
Stay in the flow