Finding clarity when you’re feeling blocked, uninspired, overwhelmed, stressed …
I recently had a conversation with a colleague who knew he needed to take things “to the next level.” He was feeling pressure financially (as we all do at times; I mean, doesn’t almost anything that ails us almost always have some kind of financial impact?) to “make things happen,” yet he felt stuck.
This is a frustrating part of being an independent professional, for sure. We get busy “doing” things, taking care of clients, and when we start to feel the pressures of responsibility to get our businesses to a certain level, in the midst of our struggle, we feel SO uninspired. Sometimes, we get to the point where we even feel bored with what we find ourselves doing every day with our clients … not a powerful space to be in if we want to attract more business, right?
Don’t let fear interfere with your life
I live my life by this motto:
Any decision made out of fear is the wrong decision. If I’m contemplating a strategic move of any kind, personal or professional, before I’ll commit to anything, I need to know that I’m not going to make this decision because I’m afraid of something: failure, success, the opinions of others, losing respect or admiration, avoidance of conflict, not having enough money – notoriety – etc.
The Indian sage Nisargadatta Maharaj affirms, “To see clearly, the mind must be pure and unattached.”
Finding that pure, unadulterated space when we’re feeling pressure or emotionally taxed can really be tough. Still, it’s absolutely crucial that we develop that “muscle” in our minds, because to grow a business, we often need the strength to move stress and clutter aside so we can captain our journeys and tap into our own creativity.
The right questions can pull you out of the doldrums
When a colleague contacted me recently because he felt like he should start marketing his business, his tone sounded flat and uninspired. It’s a whole other post to talk about why it’s nearly impossible to market ly from an uninspired place. I told him, “Good marketing comes from a powerful, motivating vision. So, where do you want to go with your business? What excites you? Where are you being divinely guided to make a difference in the world?”
It seemed my question took him off guard; I think he expected me to launch into a bunch of marketing jargon that promised moonbeams, unicorns and pots of gold within 90 days. We spent the next hour talking about what he was passionate about, uncovering the things that inspired him to become a coach in the first place. He reconnected with what he loved, and from that passionate place, we began mapping out what growing his business might look like.
Understanding how the creative process works and learning to align with it is crucial to your success as an independent professional. Pick up a copy of Scott Jeffrey’s book,
if you’re ready for a deep dive. Creativity Revealed: Discovering the Source of Inspiration