If you missed today’s free training call about What to Do When You Fall Out of Love with Your Business, here’s the link. Alternatively, you can keep reading and enjoy the potted version via the article below!
So, you’ve hit a wall. Nothing about your business is exciting you anymore. Even the ideas that seemed exciting a couple of months ago that you were just about to start working on, are now feeling “meh”, and so naturally, you’re wondering…
Is this a sign that I should be doing something else?
Am I in the wrong business?
Is my ladder leaning up against the wrong wall?
Has this all just been a waste of time?
In my experience as a business owner, this actually tends to happen to me about every 6-9 months – so it’s a LOT! No matter how in love with my business I was previously, it can come from seemingly nowhere and always takes me by surprise – even though you would think I would expect it by now!
However, even though it can feel pretty unsettling and even alarming, this seems to be a natural rite of passage that happens for all of us visionary business owners, and it happens for a reason – it’s the exact thing that needs to happen in order for us to upgrade our business, our life, our income and ourselves.
Effectively this feeling of “wrongness” and lack of passion and excitement forces our hand to ask some important questions, to look within, and ultimately gives us the springboard to continue to raise the vibration of ourselves and our business, so that we can go higher and higher and higher and higher.
So what to do when this happens to you?
Here’s my 3-step process for moving yourself from quietly (or not so quietly!) freaking out, to being truly, madly and deeply in love with your business again. Yes, it’s entirely possible and this will work every time.
STEP 1: Identify What Feels Off
We just know, don’t we, what feels old, wrong, not working, uninspired and uninspiring… So these are the things that have to go. And perhaps they go completely, or perhaps some things are upgraded, replaced or adjusted… but something has to happen. And your intuition and emotional response to each piece that feels off should be your guidance system for exactly what to do.
These things that need addressing might be web pages (or even your entire web site!), any aspect of your branding, your publicised areas of expertise (you might prefer to teach something else now), a team member, a way of working, a program or offer, your pricing, or even your office setting or desk. All these things and more are up for consideration, and it’s important that you are honest, rigorous and attentive so that every rotten apple is removed, and then you can start the next incarnation of your business feeling clean, clear, excited and fresh.
I cannot emphasise enough how crucial it is that you are super-rigorous in this area, otherwise things will still feel heavy, dull and wrong and you won’t be heading towards that new love affair!
STEP 2: List What Excites You
Once you know what’s off and has to go, it’s time to feel into what comes next.
This is the exciting part!
To know where your business is headed (a.k.a being called), it’s vital to own up to where the juice now resides for you.
Have you had an idea for a great new product or program? Write it down.
Do you find yourself following certain Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest accounts almost religiously, and can’t wait to see what they’re posting next? What about their images, content or lifestyle speaks to you so much?
And when it comes to super-favourites, are you loving someone else’s work so much that you can’t stop reading their stuff and are practically stalking them online?! What about their work is making you wish you were them, or had their business or lifestyle? What is that magic something or somethings?
There are clues literally everywhere for you about where you are being called to next in your business.
- Articles that grab your attention
- Photos that excite or move you in some way
- Magazines that you can’t help but buy
- TV shows or movies that you fall in love with
- Books that you can’t wait to read or can’t put down
- People that you find yourself revering
- Apps that you constantly refer to
- Web sites that you can’t stop clicking on
You get the idea!
You will know that something moves you because you find yourself feeling desire, excitement, enthusiasm, inspiration, envy or even full-blown jealousy (and yes, it’s important that you admit it, even if it doesn’t make you feel too proud… you’re just admitting it to yourself, anyway!)
Basically, anytime we feel extreme emotion about something – positive or negative – it’s a sign that there is some gold to be mined right there – yes, even when we vehemently deny it (and especially when we do!). The stronger the emotion, in either direction, the more gold is waiting for you in there, and the more benefit and transformation you can potentially receive.
So often we deny our feelings, or believe that our business has to look a certain way for whatever reason, or we start worrying about what other people will think or say… Truly, this is not the way of a High Vibrational Business (or a High Vibrational Woman). Your High Vibrational Business is a Divine creation, and as such it will be Divinely inspired. This means expecting the unexpected, being open to things looking different – often much different – to how you thought they would look. And it also means not being in control of when and how that happens.
Yes, you need to get used to surrendering to an intelligence greater than your own!
Personally, I see this journey as following your own unique yellow brick road and just trusting that you are on the right path, you are being guided at all times, and by continuing to pay attention to what feeds you, uplifts you, inspires you and yes, even triggers you, you will be guided to create a business that sets your soul, and the world, on fire.
(Listen to the call for more about feeling a sense of duty or martyrdom and how this is not High Vibrational behaviour, even though we may think it is.)
Remember: What is for your highest good is for the highest good of ALL concerned.
STEP 3: Create Your New Vision
Once you have your list of what’s exciting you, it’s time to put it together.
Consider it as having your all-important pieces of jigsaw on the table.
Specifically, we are talking:
- Ideal client profile
- Brand values
- Image style
- What you want to be known for, or as
- Your income goal
- Your methods of “delivery”
- Your preferred marketing methods (click here to access the free Virtual Business Planning Workshop if you want guidance on how to do this and more.)
- How you want to look and feel in your business
- How you want your days to look and feel as you do your thing
And while you may not know how the final picture is going to look yet, once you have the pieces, you will figure it out.
And by staying honest to your feelings, how you want things to look and feel, what you want to offer, what you want to be known for, the kind of people you want to work with… a new picture will form and your new business will automatically reveal itself.
Will this stage be easy?
For some people yes, and for others, frustratingly for them, no.
For me personally, one of my gifts is seeing things clearly, seeing the bigger picture and being able to put all of the pieces together quickly and easily. Plus I have done this so many times for myself and others that it doesn’t faze me at all any longer. In fact, I get very excited every time it happens, as it always feels so good out the other side!
I LOVE reinvention!
And, it’s what I love to do – both for myself and others who need it.
If you are currently in this place and would like some assistance to redesign your business in a way that sets your heart on fire, then I invite you to check out my High Vibrational Business Programs for 2016.
All of these are currently enrolling, there is something for everyone whether you have a business yet or not, and if you are one of the first FIVE women who opt to pay in full for either the Rising Stars or the Foundations + Fireworks programs, you will receive an invaluable 30 minute 1:1 coaching call with me. (4 spots remaining.)
There is also a very juicy Early Bird price on the BRAND NEW High Vibrational Woman in Business program which is valid until midnight Eastern on January 1st, 2016.
I know how much time, money and energy can be lost when you find yourself in this place and spinning your wheels not knowing what to do or where to turn. And I don’t want 2016 to be a stuck, uninspired and lacklustre experience for you… And I’m sure you don’t either!
The good news is that as soon as you admit what’s happening and decide that’s not good enough for you, you can start moving in the right direction. This is when you start receiving Divine guidance to help you move forward, and if you pay attention to the signs – internal and external – things just get easier and more exciting from there.
(You will see my business undergo a massive transformation over the coming few weeks and months and I can’t wait to share that journey with you!)
Good luck with your High Vibrational Business transformation, and if this is happening for you right now, or you’ve gone through this transition before, I’d love to hear about your journey or any questions you might have in the comments section below.